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
2:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Hand Of The Small Town Builder

Bonney Camp, Rangeley Lake, Maine, Bath house. Builder unknown.
W. T. Pfeffer

We spoke with W. Tad Pfeffer about his book The Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Summer Houses in Northern New England, 1876-1930. Here are some images from the houses he researched, and his captions give a deeper look into the history of our favorite summer tradition, the summer house.

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Word of Mouth
2:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

6.05.14: Amazon's Drug Trade, Worldwide Webcams, And The History Of New England's Summer Homes

Amazon.com is one-stop shopping for Kindle downloads, on demand movies, and illegal prescription drugs? Today on Word of Mouth: steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics delivered right to your door. Then, if you’re bored by life in your cubicle, why not watch someone else’s…in Russia? A look at Opentopia, a curiously popular website that provides access to webcams across the world. Plus, we get the history behind a beloved New England trademark: the summer home.

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Word of Mouth
3:04 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

6.04.14: The Hygiene Behind Bacteria-Rich Body Sprays, And The Thing In The Spring Hits N.H.

Credit Mike Saechang via Flickr Creative Commons

From hand sanitizers to anti-bacterial soaps, we go to great lengths to keep our skin microbe-free, but is all that scrubbing necessary, or even healthy? Today a look at a new approach to cleanliness: bacteria-rich body sprays. Then, The Thing In The Spring is fast approaching, and we’ll speak with the founder and creative director of the festival about some of the acts hitting the stage in Peterborough. Plus, the film “Snowpiercer” stars two Academy Award winners and is opening the Los Angeles film festival this month. So why is it unlikely to come to a theatre near you?

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Word of Mouth
2:43 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

On Demand: What's New To Netflix And Redbox For June 2014

Credit Taylor Quimby

If you subscribe to Netflix Instant you already know that its selection is vast, but finding something you really want to watch can still be a challenge.  There are dozens of new titles added every month, and although  many of them aren't exactly fresh, there's still plenty worth watching, even if it is for the second time. Here are a few of the best Netflix offerings for June, both new and old.

Orange is The New Black: Season 2

Netflix may not have a lot of new movies to offer this month, and I'll get to that in a bit, but they're making up for it by serving up the highly-anticipated second season of their original show, Orange is the New Black.  Available June 6th.

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Word of Mouth
12:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

6.03.14: The Psychology Of Killers, Weathermen Get Serious, And Product Placement

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In a world filled with tough news, we’ve come to expect our weather updates to include a bit of comic relief. But is it time for them to sober up?  Today we’re challenging our expectations with the case against kooky weather-reporters. And, amid calls to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, we’ll hear a challenge to the notion that health-care professionals can weed out America’s killers. Plus, we take a look at the funniest and most culturally resonant examples of product placement from the last ten years.

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Word of Mouth
7:48 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Ghost Town That Became District 12

Henry River Mill Village
Credit Ken Fager, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina was just another American ghost town - abandoned, except for the occasional passing tourist or history buff.  That is, until it was transformed into 'District 12' - the oppressed coal-mining community from the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games.

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Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Abandoned New Hampshire

Credit Sean Hurley

The forests of New Hampshire provide an excellent hiding place for those things that either wish to remain hidden, or have simply fallen into the past. Old logging towns, abandoned train tracks, and the leftovers of eccentrics funded by economic booms all litter the state and set the background for many a local legend. Here we’ve listed some of the loneliest, and often mysterious, spots in the state. 

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

6.02.14: Ghost Towns

Credit Sean Hurley

From the dusty towns of the old west, to the empty mills of the east, there’s just something about abandoned places and the stories they leave behind. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about ghost towns, from neglected Olympic villages to forgotten websites. Plus, the story of a couple who transformed an abandoned underground missile base into their home-sweet-home…complete with an overhead front door.

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Word of Mouth
11:59 am
Fri May 30, 2014

5.31.14: The Sea Show

Credit Taylor Quimby

With the weather warming up across New England, people are heading for the coast. Today Word of Mouth hits the high seas. First we'll ponder the unfathomable push and pull of the open ocean. Then, we’ll speak to an artist who created the world’s first submerged sculpture park, his underwater gallery not only attracts art-lovers, but serves as an artificial reef. Plus, farmed fish now exceeds beef production. Have fish farmers learned from the mistakes of the meat industry?

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Word of Mouth
1:56 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals

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No matter your opinion on them, grand musical numbers are notorious earworms. Here we’ve compiled some of the most famous, beloved, and recognizable movie musicals. Go on, sing along, everyone else will too.  

Top Hat (1935)

This was the first screenplay that was written specifically for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though they would go on to do at least 6 more movie musicals together. The movie helped to save RKO from bankruptcy with $3 million in box office revenues and it was only beaten by Mutiny on the Bounty, which would go on to win the 1935 Best Picture.  

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Word of Mouth
1:37 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Live From Studio D: David Kontak Ensemble

The David Kontak Ensemble invaded Studio D with a bevy of strange instruments and put on quite a show. Check out the performances to see the group "playing" Slinkys, original instruments called 'Babels', and glow in the dark handheld fans.

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Word of Mouth
12:20 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. We go behind the glimmering façades and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David Kontak, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.

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Word of Mouth
11:22 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Audio Orchard: A Playlist Of May's Best Songs

Credit Sara Plourde

Every month producer Zach Nugent picks a fresh bushel of new music for The Audio Orchard Playlist. Check it out below.

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets

'Dog Cap' $8.99. The Battle of Gettysburg claimed the lives of over 50,000 soldiers. "Never forget," says Fido.
via Gettysburg Heritage Center

The gift shop at The National September 11 Memorial Museum has raised eyebrows and ire for selling items like "survivor tree" earrings and plush FDNY rescue dogs, but tone-deaf keepsakes are hardly unprecedented in America.

We scoured the on-line gift shops of museums and memorials dedicated to significant events in U.S. history and found plenty of examples of tacky tchotchkes. Click the photo above to see a slide show of some of the most cringe-worthy.

Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

5. 28. 14: Tacky Museum Gift Shops and Letters Worth Reading

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The gift shop at The National September 11 Memorial Museum has sparked controversy for such keepsakes as: a plush FDNY rescue dog and “survivor tree” earrings. While many find the items tasteless, the impulse to commemorate is as old as the country itself. NHPR's Brady Carlson takes us on a historical tour of tone-deaf keepsakes, from toy hand grenades to Confederate flag throw pillows. Plus, we'll speak to the founder of Letters of Note about the beauty and power of handwritten correspondence. 

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