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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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Word Of Mouth: 08.03.2013

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Our favorite content from the daily version of the program, packaged in one weekly radio show that airs Saturday at noon.

This week, Robert Kolker talks about his new book, "Lost Girls," which chronicles the unsolved case of the Long Island Serial Killer. Plus, what our voices say about us; learning about love from The Hunger Games; the "Apple Whisperer"; and Red Heart the Ticker performs live from Studio D.

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Word of Mouth
3:40 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Scott Simon's Twitter Vigil

Scott Simon's parents on their wedding day
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A few years ago, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviewed his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, for StoryCorps. She talked about what a great companion he was; when he broke down, in response, his mother told him to "stop crying."

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Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Your Space Forecast For The Day

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Dan Colgan gave us an update on today's space weather.

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Word of Mouth
11:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

One Of These Space Weather Events Is Not Like The Others

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As we learned from Joe Hanson, space weather can be an amazing thing. As receiving real-time space weather forecasts is becoming more of a reality, it would be good to familiarize yourself with some of the weather events you can expect to see. We’ve compiled a list to test your space weather knowledge. All of these events sound fantastic and have been the fodder for many a Sci-Fi plot, but do you know which one of these 4 space weather events isn’t real?

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Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Making Ourselves Happier

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What makes you happier? This simple question lies at the heart of a new app called “Happier” – a social media community and iPhone app which collects and shares the little actions, moments and gesture that brighten their day. The app was developed with the idea that the key to happiness is focusing on the positive and plenty of people have joined so far. We wanted to know – are they any better off? Nataly Kogan is co-founder of the Boston-based Happier Inc. and she spoke with us about the app.

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Word of Mouth
8:55 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Space Weather Could Be Coming To A Forecast Near You

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It’s summer storm season, and before heading out of the house it’s not a bad idea to take a quick glance at your local Doppler Radar to avoid getting caught in a downpour.  The breadth and scope of weather forecasting has advanced rapidly in the past few decades – now, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service is partnering with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to begin providing forecasts of space weather in near real-time. We wanted to get a better idea of what a space forecast might sound like, so we called Joe Hanson - host and writer of the PBS digital studio’s It’s Okay To Be Smart.

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Word of Mouth
8:54 am
Thu August 1, 2013

A Plot Twist We All Saw Coming: Writers Like Alcohol

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The notion that the creative muse can be found in booze is as old as the ancient Greek myths. Literary genius, unlocked by alcohol, is part of the legend of Tennessee Williams, F Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Dylan Thomas and countless other sodden successes. Many of whom we imagine at the typewriter in a sepia-toned, romantic haze, rather than embarrassing themselves, sloppy, or shaking with DTs. 'Why do writers drink?'  wondered Blake Morrison  -- himself a poet – author and professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, who wrote about why …and how…writers drink for The Guardian.

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Word of Mouth
8:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

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Children’s books are delightful, colorful, and whimsical ways to introduce children to reading. Although parents may find it a wee bit annoying to repeat the same stories night after night, reading to kids is crucial to healthy childhood development and helps form their vision of a world outside of their own. A study released last year found that children’s books are woefully under-representative of cultural diversityJason Boog is editor of the publishing website GalleyCat – he’s working on a book about reading to kids, and has been keeping an eye on content for kids.

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Word of Mouth
1:21 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Handwriting Is Not A Lost Art Thanks To A Computerized Pen

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People often lament that handwriting is a lost art. But if the creators of a new educational tool have their way, calligraphy will never die out completely. The Lernstift – or “learning pen”– is a working computerized pen which uses vibration to help improve handwriting, and is projected to go into production this fall.   Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue spoke with Daniel Kaesmacher who helped develop the Lernstift, to learn a little bit more about it.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Urban Farming: A Bright Spot In The Collapse Of A Once Great City

Photo courtesy By Gerbriel Kamener and Sown Together

Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy this summer opened up the floodgates for stories of its decline. Documentary films, photo essays, and articles reveal a once-proud American city, home to world’s highest-paid workers and a strong middle class, as a shell of its former self. Some residents are finding hope among the abandoned neighborhoods, crumbling municipal buildings, and rusting car factories that made the motor city hum.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Learning To Live Without A.C.

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The heat wave that blanketed the east coast in mid-July was the longest to hit New York City in a decade. Not surprisingly, the Big Apple broke records for energy usage, as sweltering city-dwellers turned up the AC.  The US leads the world in climate control – but at a significant financial and environmental cost.  Leon Neyfakh is a reporter for the Ideas section of the Boston Globe – and author of the article “How to Live Without Air Conditioning”.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Pope 'Didn't Say Anything New.' Blogger Behind 'Joe. My. God.' Weighs In

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Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous and startling frank press conference on a plane ride following his week-long trip to Brazil. In response to a question about gay priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

This stands in stark contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, who publicly and repeatedly stated that gay relationships were “evil” and “contrary to natural order.”

Here to talk about what might some are saying is a monumental shift for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church is Joe Jervis, the blogger behind “Joe. My. God.”, which covers LGBT issues, the media, and politics.

Word of Mouth
11:52 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Turning Data Into Art

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IBM calculates that the human race creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day, with information ranging from scientific research to consumer tracking to social media output. As businesses, governments and researchers continue to search for new ways to parse through this vast amount of information, one man is searching for the bridge between data collection and everyday life. In his project “The Quotidian Record,” Brian House interprets a year’s worth of his own location and movement data into an 11 minute musical track, morphing binary code into warm vinyl rhythm. House is a doctoral student at Brown University in the Music and the Modern Culture and Media Departments; he also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He created the quotidian record while he was a member of The New York Times Research and Development Lab.

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Word of Mouth
10:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Breaching The Veazie Dam To Restore A Habitat

More than 300 excited spectators gathered to watch the breaching of Veazie Dam.
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On July 22nd, bulldozers breached the Veazie dam in Eddington, Maine – an 830 foot strip of concrete that had separated the Atlantic Ocean and the Penobscot River for a century.  It was an effort undertaken by an unlikely coalition of conservationists, fishermen, power companies and others, who came together to help restore 1000 miles of endangered Atlantic salmon habitat. Brian Graber is director of the river restoration program at American rivers, one of the partners behind the project.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

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Nearly three years have passed since Long Island police uncovered the bodies of four dead girls along their local ocean parkway. Following the discovery, authorities uncovered commonalities among the deceased that included internet prostitution and a poor, working class socio-economic background. These revelations, coupled with a fifth girl who disappeared nearby under similar circumstances, resulted in the pursuit of a faceless serial killer who left behind very few leads.

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