Word of Mouth

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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
11:33 am
Thu March 14, 2013

And The Dartmouth Idol Is...

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Last week, we spoke to two contestants and the producer of Dartmouth's annual singing competition, Dartmouth Idol. One of our guests, Nathaniel Graves, was victorious, so we tracked him down on his spring break to see how it feels to be this year's champion.

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Makem & Spain Brothers' Rory Makem

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we get a visit from Rory Makem of The Makem & Spain Brothers, a new generation of Celtic music royalty with roots right here in New England.

Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. High Schoolers Compete At Poetry Out Loud Championship

Our own Virginia Prescott will emcee the Poetry Out Loud state finals championship on Friday where New Hampshire high schoolers will recite their hearts out in hopes of taking home a shiny trophy and poetic street-cred. Watch online or head to Grand Representatives Hall at the statehouse in Concord on March 15 at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Word of Mouth
12:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Author Circles Purgatory With Personal Tale Of Depression

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Research published last month suggests that major mental illnesses may have more genetic associations than previously thought, perhaps leading to new diagnoses and treatments. Author David Blistein wrote his latest book, "David's Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression,"  inspired by his own experience.

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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How A Particle Physicist Became A Drug Smuggler

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In a story riddled with cliché, world renowned particle physicist, Paul Frampton, was arrested in a Buenos Aires Airport last year for checking a bag stuffed with a half million dollars full of cocaine. Like a CSI plot gone off the rails, his explanation defied common sense: his online girlfriend/Czech bikini model forgot it at the airport and asked him to bring to her.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

D.I.Y. Sistine Chapel Security: How To Build Your Own Faraday Cage

Yes, I went to Art School. No, it wasn't for illustration.
Credit Logan Shannon via Rob Fleischman's Brain

Want to keep your home as signal-secure as the Sistine Chapel will be during the Conclave? 

Today's segment on Faraday Cages really inspired my inner maker-bot so I asked Rob Fleischman to give me instructions on exactly how to make one. It really does seem surprisingly easy to create one out of a few relatively inexpensive materials easily acquired from your local hardware store.

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Word of Mouth
10:52 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Young And The Jobless

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The International Labor Organization – or ILO -- announced last week that global unemployment has dipped to its lowest level since December 2008. However, the numbers don’t look nearly as promising for young people. An estimated 75 million people in the 15-to-24 range will be unemployed this year.  The ILO warns that if these trends continue, a generation will be scarred by economic disadvantage.  Mona Mourshed is Education Director  for the McKinsey Center for Government , which is studying youth unemployment. Mona is co-author of the McKinsey  report: Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works.”

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Word of Mouth
10:28 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Vatican's Very Own "Cone Of Silence"

Two people inside a Faraday Cage.
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There was a time when locking the Vatican’s doors was enough to ensure secrecy over the process of choosing a new pope – but with at least seventeen cardinals on Twitter, and who knows how many on Facebook – the church isn’t taking any chances.   The Vatican has now installed something called a “Faraday Cage” – a device sort of like the “Cone of Silence” from the 1960 spy comedy, “Get Smart”, designed to keep what happens in the Vatican… well, in the Vatican. Joining us today to unlock the secrets of the Faraday Cage is Rob Fleischman, Chief Technology Officer at Xero-Cole, and our favorite explainer of all things wired.

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Word of Mouth
10:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Wonder Women!

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Wonder Woman has yet to be the subject of a major motion picture. Until now…sort of. “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” is a documentary that follows the character from her Amazonian origins to that campy TV show in the 70s to her following among punk rockers, suburban girls, and even Gloria Steinem. The documentary is screening tonight at Concord’s Red River Theatre and will make its broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens series on April 15th. Kristy Guevera-Flanagan directed the film and joins Word of Mouth to talk about it.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Top 5 Quirky Travel Destinations

Giant Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas
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Spring is just around the corner and for many people that means one thing: vacation.

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Word of Mouth
10:07 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Measure Of Civilization

Ian Morris
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IAN MORRIS, Professor of Classics and History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center, is author of several books including, Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, which was published in 2010, and his latest, The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations. We spoke with professor Morris about his new book, the seminar he gave at Langley to members of the CIA, and his early heavy metal aspirations.

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Word of Mouth
9:10 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Beware The Nasty Effect

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The internet is a technological forum for public conversation, debate and cross-cultural interaction and their very opposites. Reader comments often take on characteristics more like the roman forum…it’s in the comments section where sniping, shaming and mean-spirited insults are pelted like rotten tomatoes onto a stage. A study published in the journal of computer-mediated communication measured the influence of reader comments on the articles they describe.   Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison discusses reader comments and their influence on the articles they cling to. He recently co-authored an article on the subject for the New York Times with Dominique Brossaard, "This Story Stinks"; the comments section for the article closed with 400 comments.

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Word of Mouth
11:18 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Media Obsession: Pageant Queens And Pornography

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Once upon a time, Miss America ranked alongside the Superbowl and the Academy Awards as one of the most anticipated broadcasts of the year. But in 2012, 2.8 million viewers watched the nation’s best-known pageant… more than twice that number tuned in to see the Downton Abbey third season premier.  

And yet, a recent story of a disgraced pageant queen has gone viral –attracting far more attention than she ever received by winning a pageant in the first place.

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Word of Mouth
11:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

This...Is Dartmouth Idol

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“Dartmouth Idol” is the Ivy League college’s version of the ultra-popular TV show and singing competition…it may also be one of few venues where you’ll see future world leaders rapping. After a crowded field of contestants, the final round of this year’s “Dartmouth Idol” is onstage , Friday March 8th, at the Spaulding auditorium. Joining us to discuss the contest are Phoebe Bodurtha and Nathaniel Graves two of the finalists, along with the show’s producer and music director Walt Cunningham.

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Word of Mouth
10:56 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Book Reviewers: The Gender Imbalance

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Last week, we came across an info-graphic that went viral among bookish types on Facebook and Twitter. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, released a series of charts illustrating the results of “VIDA Count 2012”…that’s a tally of male and female book reviewers at major publications --  including The Atlantic, Harpers, and The New York Times Book Review -- and the  gender of authors they reviewed over the past three years. Jason Boog is editor of the publishing website "Galleycat", where he blogged about the findings.

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