Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

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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Word of Mouth
1:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed

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L.L. Bean, The North Face, Nordstrom and Land’s End all sell apparel, but they have another thing in common: they guarantee their merchandise for life. But is that really a shrewd business move? Today on Word of Mouth, the pros and cons of the lifetime guarantee.  Plus, Producer Zach Nugent interviews a few people who have tested that policy, and talks to one company’s PR rep about the fine print of their policy.

Also today, child-soldier-turned novelist Ishmael Beah talks about rebuilding lives, communities, and trust after a brutal war.

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3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Word of Mouth
2:16 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Johnny Cash: The Lost Album

Back in the 1980's, Johnny Cash recorded an album that never saw the light of day; his record company at the time, unceremoniously shelved the project. Lucky for all you Johnny Cash fans, Legacy Recordings got a hold of the long forgotten dusty tracks and released them. Virginia spoke to Robert Baird, music editor for Stereofile about the new/old album, Out Among the Stars. You can hear that interview, right here.


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Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

3.25.14: Walter Kirn, Snake Oil, Johnny Cash & "MFA Versus NYC"

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No fooling: today's show deals with some dangerous imposters. It's not all lies and deception, however. We also have some "lost" sounds from the man in black himself. Finally, Chad Harbach talks about his controversial essay about making it as a writer. Grab your headphones and turn up the volume; we've got the stories behind the stories.

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3.25.14: Walter Kirn, Snake Oil, Johnny Cash & "MFA Versus NYC"

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Word of Mouth
1:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Famous Germaphobes

Howard Hughes' success is unprecedented, but he also experienced mysophobia within his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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We wash. We sanitize. We might wash again, just to make sure. But in the end, we will probably allow ourselves to believe that it (whatever it is – a hand, a dish, a children’s toy that the dog confused for its own) is clean enough. We carry on.

At least, some of us do.

This is the time that all the germaphobes out there reading this raise their sanitized hands and say “Me! Me! That toy is not clean. For the love of Clorox – it is not clean!” Was this your reaction? You may be suffering from mysophobia, the fancy term for “fear of germs.”

Keep calm; you’re in good company.

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Word of Mouth
11:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

3.24.14: Democracy of Germs, Permafrost Virus, Darth Vader Courthouse & Josh Ritter

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Today on Word of Mouth we're exploring the macro influences of the micro world. Then 99 Percent Invisible brings us a story about a menacing courthouse. (Perhaps a phantom menacing courthouse?) Finally, a conversation with Josh Ritter, whose album The Beast in its Tracks was recently released.

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Sex Ed By The Dashboard Light

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The talk” is a rite of passage for many young Americans. It often happens either too soon, too late and usually leads to hilarious tales of awkwardness between parent and child. But when it comes to the real nitty-gritty of sex education - that’s when the classroom takes over, for better or worse. For Word of Mouth senior producer Maureen McMurray, it was probably for worse.

Listen to what just might be the most awkward talk about the birds and the bees ever told.

Senior Producer Maureen McMurray's Sex Ed with Meatloaf

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Snowy Owls In The Granite State... And Beyond!

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Eric Masterson joined us in studio to talk about the rare influx of snowy owls to The Granite State.

Interested in tracking snowy owls? Check out this bird tracking tool. The difference in number along the eastern seacoast from 2013-2014 is readily apparent.

Snowy Owls

Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees

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While the weather these days might not be an indicator, spring is officially here. Which got us thinking in the Word of Mouth pod...about the birds and the bees. And also birds and bees. On today's show a conversation about the most awkward talk a parent has to have: "the talk." Also, a bird expert tells us about this year's unusual snowy owl migration. We'll also hear about the next great frontier in self tracking apps: fertility apps. 

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3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Your Essential ICANN Primer

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You may have heard news this week that the U.S. is “relinquishing control” over the internet – more specifically, that the Obama administration has decided not to renew its contract overseeing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.  The decision has sparked a vocal backlash from conservatives.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tweeted “Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the internet to an undefined group.  This is very, very, dangerous”.  But let’s face it – most of us have no idea what ICANN does, or how this decision will or will not change the way the internet functions.

Rob Fleischman joined us to explain all things ICANN. He is chief technology officer at Xerocole, and our explainer of all things wired.

ICANN

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

3.19.14: Big Data, ICANN & Body Farm

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're unpacking big data. Should we fear or embrace it? Then we get a lesson on ICANN - what it is and how the decision made by the Obama administration not to renew its contract to oversee see it actually affects the way the internet functions. Finally, bodies! How do you study the effects of certain conditions on human remains? With a body farm, of course.

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Word of Mouth
1:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Best Family Cars, SUVs & Minivans

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These days, family cars are equipped with all sorts of bells and whistles: from text message alerts to - vacuum cleaners? It might sound superfluous, but mother and family car test driver Jamie Page Deaton tells us why the vacuum cleaner - and other family car extras - can be incredibly useful in unexpected life moments. While she appreciates those extra perks, her top two concerns when test driving family cars, SUVs, and minivans are safety and space.

Listen to Virginia Prescott's conversation with Jamie Page Deaton and click Read more to see the full list of best family cars.

Best Family Cars

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott: VIDEO

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We asked Douglas Whynott to stay a few extra minutes for a sticky challenge: a blind maple syrup taste-test. The aim was to test his ability to distinguish between the various grades of maple syrup.  We sat down with five cups paper cups - three were filled with varieties of grade “A” amber – light, medium, and dark.  There was also a cup with grade “B” syrup, which has a stronger maple flavor and has traditionally been used for cooking, and of course the ringer – a brand-name artificial syrup. And because you can tell a lot by the color of syrup, both Douglas and I donned blindfolds for the occasion – well, not blindfolds exactly.  Our producers tied one of my scarves around Doug’s head, and I wore my winter hat over my eyes, to prevent any accidental or intentional cheating. For good measure, we videotaped the taste test, so you can see for yourselves, there was NO cheating.

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars

Author Douglas Whynott & Host Virginia Prescott
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Today on Word of Mouth, a sweet conversation with a man who knows maple syrup. Emerson writing professor and author, Douglas Whynott joins us to discuss his new book The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest. Plus, we'll put Whynott to the test when he joins Virginia in a blindfolded taste test of 4 grades of authentic, New Hampshire made maple  syrup and one imposter.

Also on the show, Jamie Page Deaton breaks down her list of the top choices for family cars. 

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3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & Best Family Cars

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Word of Mouth
2:48 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Best Songs For St. Patrick's Day

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Top o' the mornin' to ya, lads and lasses! Ahem. We'll drop the attempt at authentic brogue, but our St. Patrick's Day continues with a playlist that has enough Irish inspiration to make up for it. We reached out on Facebook to find out what tunes you play to celebrate St Patrick's Day. 

Click Read more for our top St. Patrick's Day songs!

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Word of Mouth
1:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

3.17.14: Redeployment, Prosthetic Drum Arm & Paddy Moloney

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, the day when everyone gets to be Irish! Doff your green cap, sip (or chug responsibly) your green drink, and tune into Word of Mouth. Slàinte! 

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3.17.14: Redeployment, Prosthetic Drum Arm & Paddy Moloney

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