Word of Mouth

Saturdays at 11 am, Tuesdays at 8 pm

Word of Mouth explores the nooks and crannies of New Hampshire and is hosted by Virginia Prescott. Airs Saturdays at 11 am and replays Tuesdays at 8 pm.

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Curious about things you've seen, heard, or experienced in our state? Send us your "Only In New Hampshire" questions here!

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  • Director Michael Venn, Producer Karlina Lyons and Recovery Advocate Sandi Coyle talk about their new documentary The Heroin EffectThe film premieres Thursday, March 30th at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.
  • "The Golden Age of Black Baseball" - Before Jackie Robinson, there were the Negro Leagues -- home to some of the greatest untold stories in baseball. Listen to this story again at prx.org.
  • Lez Zeppelin. All girls. All Zeppelin. We talked to Steph Paynes, founder and lead guitarist about playing the music of Led Zeppelin. You can see them live on Friday, March 31st at The Flying Monkey. And Saturday, April 1st at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.
  • 10-Minute Writer's Workshop - Mario Batali

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Writers on a New England Stage: Krista Tippett

Mar 24, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Krista Tippett recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. She’s the New York Times best-selling author of Einstein's God and more recently Becoming Wise, and host of the public radio show and podcast On Being. Since the program launched in 2003, she's spoken to hundreds of activists, scientists, scholars, religious leaders and spiritual seekers. Becoming Wise draws from that store of accumulated knowledge to reveal creative, original thinking and approaches to living a whole-hearted, hopeful life. 

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Sweeney Todd, the 1979 Sondheim revenge tragedy musical set in Victorian London, is a challenging and musically complex play to stage even for professional companies with big budgets - even more so for the Vermont based non-profit, Main Street Arts.  Sweeney Todd is part of a larger strategy to build community and coordination between a number of small arts organizations on either side of the Connecticut River - a collaboration that defies the sinister nature of the plot. 

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3.13.17: Civics 101 & The Stranger in the Woods

Mar 13, 2017
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  • We spoke to Wesley Lowery about his experience reporting on race and activism, and the myth of objectivity. His recent book is They Can't Kill Us All.
  • "Oil, Water" from Nate DiMeo and The Memory Palace. Listen again at prx.org
  • Civics 101: The Nuclear Codes
  • A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman
  • "Cycling 101 for Adults" from producer Sarah Elzas and Radio Farnce International. Listen again at prx. org

3.8.17: Series of Tubes & The Guys Next Door

Mar 8, 2017
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On today's show:

  • A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman
  • "Oil, Water" from Nate DiMeo and The Memory Palace. Listen again at prx.org
  • The Guys Next Door is a documentary from Directors Allie Humenek and Amy Ferrer. It is one of the films being screened at Red River Theatre in Concord on Saturday, March 11th. For details follow this link. [Segment starts at 13:09]
  • "Cycling 101 for Adults from producer Sarah Elzas and Radio Farnce International. Listen again at prx. org
  • Learn more about NHIA's Storytelling festival at this link.

3.7.17: The Nuclear Codes & Overheard

Mar 7, 2017
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3.6.17: Overturning the SCOTUS & The Caped Crusade

Mar 6, 2017
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Human beings spend a lot of time satisfying primal urges, but relatively little talking about or studying them. On today’s show, what we can learn by studying hedonism.

Also, hell can mean a bad day, other people, or a threat to sinners, but it wasn’t always so. We'll talk about how hell has evolved, from a place of flaming torture, to tangible horrors here in the real world.

And, at the height of the Ebola epidemic last fall, the hardest hit areas in West Africa not only struggled with containing the virus, but respectfully burying the dead. We’ll take a look at how funeral rites were handled during history’s worst epidemics.

3.01.17: Federal Courts & Sex in the Sea

Mar 1, 2017
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  • Our Civics 101 podcast looks into the process of impeachment
  • "The Best and Worst a Country Has to Offer" from producer Virginia Lora. Listen again at prx.org.
  • Writer Ismail Muhammed talks about his piece: "The Misunderstood Ghost of James Baldwin" - Interview starts at 12:10
  • Tomorrow is the last day of the RPM Challenge. Producer Taylor Quimby checks in on Rob "RC" Thomas as he wraps up his 10 songs. - Interview starts at 26:00

The Oscars, A Series of Tubes, & The Ostrich Paradox

Feb 24, 2017

On this weekend's show: 

  • Walt Hickey talks to us about 538's Oscar Tracker and which categories will be the most interesting to watch.
  • "Now There's Only Time to Live Forever" from producer Jessica Ripka. Listen again at prx.org.
  •  A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman, our new series all about tech. 
  • We talked to Robert Meyer about the book he co-wrote with Howard Kunreuther called: The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters.

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2.21.17: Executive Orders & The Ostrich Paradox

Feb 21, 2017
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Presidents' Day 2017

Feb 20, 2017
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Episode 7: Executive Orders

Feb 13, 2017

You may have heard of executive orders, but how about executive memoranda? Today, we talk about the different tools of executive action that the President uses to direct his administration, and enforce public policy. Are they laws? Can they be revoked by Congress? How are they vetted? Karen Hult, Chair of the Department of Political Scientist at Virginia Tech, fills us in.

Episode 5: Calling Your Congressperson

Feb 9, 2017
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We're often urged to call our elected representatives to voice opinions on the issues, but what happens after that call is made?  Where does the message go? And do those calls ever sway decisions?  In this episode of Civics 101, we go into a congressional representative's office to find out.

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