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
11:32 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Cicadas Aren't The Only Creatures With Bizarre Life Cycles

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You’ve likely heard about the seventeen-year cicada, last seen when the Macarena was popular. Long before the insects began to poke out of the ground along the east coast, the species was making headlines for its wacky life cycle. Nature has plenty of examples of biological oddities… science journalist Brandon Keim compiled a list of nature’s strangest life-cycles for Wired magazine.

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Word of Mouth
11:19 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Traffic Jams On Mount Everest

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Sixty years ago last week, since Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first confirmed climbers to summit Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak.  Many than 3000 people have since repeated the feat…the numbers grow along with advances in mountaineering gear and forecasting technology…which make it easier than ever to reach the peak. Along with the unprecedented number of climbers comes the mounting problem of high altitude traffic jams. Jon Kelly wrote about Everest’s climber congestion for BBC news magazine, and he joins us with more.

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Word of Mouth
11:09 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Making Movies With The Pentagon

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The Pentagon has often played a role in shaping blockbuster films…at least those featuring tanks, ships, and other military gear. We wondered about the relationship between Hollywood and the D.O.D.…what do filmmakers have to do to get access to all that firepower?

To find out, producer Taylor Quimby called Sean McElwee. He’s a freelance writer who blogged about what studios that collaborate with the military have to give up – in terms of creative – and even ideological – control of their movies.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Soldiers And The Fight Against Fatigue

A soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards (1WG) rests following intense fighting with Taliban insurgents in Helmand, Afghanistan during Operation Panchai Palang 2(Op Panthers Claw). Photographer:Cpl Dan Bardsley RLC
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In the US and around the world, researchers working for the armed forces are setting their sights on the human need to recharge, something increasingly perceived as a fatal flaw when missions demand pilots and soldiers stay awake and alert for days at a time. Here to discuss the fight against fatigue is William Saletan, national correspondent at slate.com where he covers science, technology and politics.

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Word of Mouth
10:19 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The New Confessional Booth Conveniently Located In Your Computer

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Time for a high school confessional…the digital edition. Teenagers and young adults often get stern warnings against over-sharing on social media…one incriminating photo or post could torpedo a college or job application, after all. Now, students across America are turning to online confession pages – anonymous forums for relaying painful experiences, grievances, and the baring of souls.  The appeal of anonymity and ease of use found on Facebook makes confession pages extremely popular among young adults. For example, UNH’s Facebook confession page has more than sixty-four hundred followers.  Justine Sharrock is West Coast editor at Buzzfeed.com; she joined us to talk about high school confession pages.

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Word of Mouth
9:59 am
Mon June 3, 2013

A Beer Genius With Autism Embarks On A Cross-Country Brewery Tour

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Meet Lance and Aaron Rice, whose project “Lance’s Brewery Tour” will be taking them across the country to some the best breweries in North America. Since launching “Lance’s Brewery Tour; A Beer Genius with Autism and His Dream.” on Kickstarter on May 13th, they have begun to receive national attention for the project.

Lance Rice is a brewery historian, who for forty years has been becoming an expert on all things beerish. He plans to write a book about North American breweries and their history, based partially on the trip he hopes to take with his nephew, Aaron. The kicker in all this is that Lance has autism.

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Word of Mouth
9:48 am
Mon June 3, 2013

One Girl Scout Troop May Meet Behind Bars, But The Lessons Will Go Far Beyond

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Hear the phrase “Girl Scout meeting”, and you may think merit badges, social service projects – cookies, perhaps? Well, for a few girls in the Granite State, a scout meeting is one of the few times they get to see their incarcerated mothers. NHPR correspondent Melanie Plenda reported from Goffstown Womens’ Prison on the program, called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Cut The Cord On Cable, Still Watch Your Favorite Shows...Legally

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Premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime, and AMC are pricey, and with  many programs available on Netflix, Hulu, and other online sources, viewers are cutting the cable cord.  Those hanging on say they want to watch what they want, when they want it.

Joining us to give us some practical tips on cutting the cord to premium cable was David Sirota, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and contributor to Salon, where he wrote about his own exodus from cable.

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Word of Mouth
5:03 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Girl Scouts Meet Behind Bars

Say the phrase Girl Scout meeting, and you may think Merit badges, social service projects – cookies, perhaps?

Well, for a few girls in the Granite State, a scout meeting is one of the few times they get to see their mothers.  The Goffstown womens’ prison is home to the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program.

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Word of Mouth
3:18 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Word Of Mouth 06.01.2013

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One week of great radio, boiled down to a single delicious hour of spectacular programming.

This week, historic re-enactment meets medieval sporting event in the incredibly painful-looking "Battle Of The Nations".  Also, a smart guy explains "The Quantum Internet", the untold story of how thousands of women unwittingly helped build the first atomic bomb, and NH singer-songwriter Tristan Omand performs live from Studio D.

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Word of Mouth
2:29 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Thing In The Spring Returns To Peterborough

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The Thing in the Spring is coming to downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire next weekend, June 6-9th. The quirky music and arts festival has over twenty bands playing in various venues around town and its own arts fair. The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­founders of the festival, Eric Gagne and Mary Goldwaith came to give us the scoop on “The Thing.”

Our Interview With Mary Goldwaith and Eric Gagne

We have music from some of the bands who will be at the festival, under the cut.

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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Thu May 30, 2013

The Contagiousness Of PTSD

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We spoke with Mac McClelland about the spread of the invisible disorder that somewhere between 100 and 300-thousand veterans brought back from war …trauma. “Secondary traumatic stress” does not have its own entry in the DSM, and is often called compassion fatigue, a more euphemistic title. Sufferers experience PTSD symptoms, but are often faced with even more hurtles than veterans when seeking help. The important difference people see between the victims of PTSD and secondary traumatic stress is that the latter’s trauma was not originally their own. Mac McClelland wrote an article for Mother Jones’ about the phenomenon of secondary traumatic stress and its affect on the families of returned soldiers. She’s also working on a book about PTSD.

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Word of Mouth
10:14 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Battlefront Against Cyber Attackers Is An Adorable Miniature City

Ed Skoudis

On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers had gained access to the designs of more than two dozen US weapons systems, including combat ships, aircraft, and missile defense systems. Although China denied the claims in the Defense Department report cited by the post, that country’s government announced earlier today that they have plans to conduct China’s first “digital military” exercise next week. President Obama and the Pentagon have increasingly addressed concerns about government-backed Chinese hackers in recent months, and next week, the president is scheduled to discuss cyber security with China’s president.

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Word of Mouth
9:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Rise Of The Hijab Blog

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Bathing suit anxiety takes on a whole new dimension for Muslim women…so do skinny jeans and other body-conscious fashion trends.  A spate of blogs and podcasts aimed at Muslim women have grown along with the fashion blog trend. Blogs like Hijab Trendz, Dianrainbow and Slice of Lemon feature tips and creative approaches to dressing with style as well as modesty.

Mariam Sobh is a Chicago-based journalist and public radio colleague from WBEZ in Chicago. She created Hijab Trendz in 2007, which averages 2 million page views a month.

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Word of Mouth
9:12 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New Zealand Cat Wars

New Zealand cat owners are reacting with outrage against a plan to drastically reduce the number of free-roaming cats proposed by renowned environmental activist Gareth Morgan.

The movement is rooted in a long-standing national concern about the dwindling native bird populations, including the kiwi, that are struggling against New Zealand’s cat population, which is the largest per-capita in the world. Here to discuss Kiwi’s cat war is ecologist Dr. James Russell, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

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