Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, weeknights at 9 pm, and noon on Sunday.

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott, and produced by Taylor Quimby, Zach Nugent, and Logan Shannon. Our Senior Producer is Maureen McMurray. Check out a playlist of music used on the program on Spotify. You can leave us a message on the Word of Mouth Listener Line anytime. We reserve the right to use your message on the air: (603) 223-2448

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11:55 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Notes from a Maine Kitchen

However you celebrate the holidays, we are now in deep. Hannukah begins at sundown tonight. There are five more shopping days and umpteen things to do until christmas…the holiday parties, the food shopping, the secret santa gifts, school plays and pick-ups. Time seems to compress as our wish to enjoy each other in this dark season expands.

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12:32 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The expiring tax breaks you might NOT have heard about

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Over the weekend, the Senate overwhelmingly approved extending the payroll tax cut for two months...but before earners could count their thousand-dollar chickens, house speaker Boehner announced the extension would be DOA at the House, sparking a fierce public debate on a week better known for empty halls on Capitol Hill. But with all the kerfluffle over the payroll tax, there are a number of smaller, targeted tax cuts set to expire this year you probably haven't heard about.

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12:23 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Why They Love Their Oppressive Leaders

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South Korean troops are on high alert today after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong iI. Kim’s chosen successor and third son, Kim Jong Un, now becomes the figurehead of an exalted dynasty that is revered by the citizens, despite a dismal quality of life inside of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea or D.P.N.K.

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11:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Here's What's Awesome: 2011!

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Awesomator Brady Carlson runs down his top ten awesomest online moments of the year.  

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11:33 am
Mon December 19, 2011

A Year of Big Ideas

Raj Patel, Sherry Turkle, Bruce Levine, Tyler Cowen and Eliza Griswold...oh, my! We smack a big red bow on our 11 for '11 series of conversations with big thinkers, analyze their predictive powers, and talk about their spheres of influence.  How  

We also look at some folks who, in retrospect, should have made the list, like leading edge tweeter Evan Hill, and music critic and retro-downer Simon Reynolds

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8:00 am
Sat December 17, 2011

Word of Mouth for 12.17.2011

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Part 1: Auto Paparazzi

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12:14 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Banking for the 99%...maybe

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Back in the mid-2000's, peer to peer lending web sites like Prosper and Lending Club bet that ordinary people could take the place of banks. The business model was both daring and consistent with the hyper-connected internet culture. The idea was that people who needed loans could connect with investors willing to bet on getting paid back with a little interest. Prosper’s faith in crowd-sourcing replacing traditional risk-assessment tools used by banks turned out to be a mistake.

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11:59 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Do you have Klout?

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The CEO of Reppify, a start up offering employers a new way to measure prospective employees by their use of social media, explains why "Klout" is what it's all about.   

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11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

The Lessons Hollywood Learned in 2011

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The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today, with usual suspects Meryl Streep and George Clooney making the grade along with newcomers Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling getting nods for acting. Award nominations generally have some surprises for Hollywood, but the industry doesn’t always heed the message. As we approach the 2011 best-of-extravaganzas, Word of Mouth is asking two of our favorite movie critics to review some of the things Hollywood has learned.

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1:17 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

This Year’s Gaming Show Case

Photo by: DG Jones

 

If there are gamers in your family, their Christmas lists probably include a new title or two, or maybe a shiny new HD or even 3D video game system. As with all things in pop culture, games are subject to their own trends, some are blockbusters, some bomb, and others inspire franchises and copycats. Here to tell us what’s hot in video games now, and what could be coming down the pipe is Clay Wirestone. He’s an avid gamer and freelance writer who has written for Mental Floss Magazine. He’s also the arts editor for the Concord Monitor.

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12:37 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Video Games,No Longer Just For Teens

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12:06 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

The Tale of Two Farms

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We’ve heard the stories of farm family underdogs pitched against profit-hungry developers or deep- pocketed corporations. This story of a land dispute in Canterbury New Hampshire defies the good guy versus bad guy model. The players in this conflict are two well-liked farm families. One has been farming in town for hundreds of years, and currently runs a dairy farm. The other family is not native, farms organically, and has corporate backing.

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12:06 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Listener Comments

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Reactions to our interview with A.P. food writer J.M. Hirsch.  

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1:30 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Three cognitive scientists walk into a bar...

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How many public radio hosts does it take to change a lightbulb?  None – they tell their producer to do it.  Okay, so maybe you have to work in “the industry” to appreciate that one – but it does bring us one feeble step closer to the subject of this segment:  the connection between humor and thinking. The funny bone rarely attracts the serious scholarship of other body parts and functions… Until a cognitive scientist, a psychologist and a grad student walked into a lab and studied the connection between laughter and the human brain.

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12:10 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

A Facial Hair Face-Off

Beard champion Jack Passion
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When I read about the New York City Beard Competition on the New York Times's City Room blog, I had to find out more about it...can you blame me? Turns out, Matt Flegenheimer was the guy to call.

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