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, and Logan Shannon. Our Senior Producer is Maureen McMurray

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dana G(h)ould's Six Picks For Spooky Flicks

Dana Gould doing some research for this year's Halloween costume. He told us he's going as The Doctor!
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We had the pleasure of speaking with Dana GoOoOoOuld about his favorite Halloween movies. If you haven't solidified your spooky viewing schedule for tomorrow night, here's a list of his recommendations with links for where you can watch them.

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WEB EXTRA: After the interview, Dana and Virginia talked about a few more scary movies and Dana gave us his best spooky laugh. Listen below:

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2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?

: Map by Steve Bushey and Angela Faeth, with added notes by Taylor Quimby

In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.

Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.

And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.

Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?

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2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Haunted Hillsboro: Trip To Haunted Pond In Francestown

Author Eric Stanway
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It was a sparkling fall day with trees ablaze in Francestown, New Hampshire.

Senior Producer, Maureen McMurray and I, met historian Eric Stanway on the town green in Francestown just as the bells of the white clapboard community church pealed noon. From there we then followed him to a small beach at Haunted Pond; a lovely, shallow pond rimmed with summer cottages, birches and pines -- the picture of serenity despite the number of people who met their ends there. Listen to the spooky story below.

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

10.30.14: The Cost Of Overreacting, Dana Gould's Spooky Film Picks, & Haunted Hillsboro

Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Photo courtesy CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith.
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When it comes to rigid safeguards against the Ebola virus, New York’s governor says “Better safe than sorry”. But what happens when panic inflates the price of public safety? On today’s show, calculating the cost of over-reaction.

Then, comedian Dana Gould, writer for The Simpsons and a B horror movie aficionado, shares his picks for the best Halloween schlock, including the Vincent Price vehicle, The House on Haunted Hill

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

10.29.14: Polling The Pollsters, The Early Days Of Playboy Centerfolds, & The Film: "Laggies"

A polling center in Exeter, New Hampshire. November 7, 2006.
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When an unrecognizable number shows up on your phone during election season, chances are pretty good that the caller is someone taking a poll. On today’s show, turning the tables on pollsters. We’ll find out how they view polling accuracy and ethics for Election 2012.

Also today, the aging bunnies –  a group of Playboy centerfold models now in their 60s and 70s, reject the idea that they victimized, and remember a more tasteful time for the men’s magazine.

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

10.28.14: Ghost Towns

Ghost Town
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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.

We’ll also hear the story of a small town in northern Maine where the ghost of a sea captain is said to roam.

And we’ll visit a ghost town in North Carolina that hit the jackpot when it was transformed into District 12 from Suzanne Collins dystopian novel, The Hunger Games.

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Change The Sound, Change The Mood

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When we spoke to Joel Beckerman about his new book Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy, we couldn't help but think of the movie trailer. Designed to show only the best parts of a movie, a trailer's job is to convince you to pay the price of admission, and give you a sense of the movie. Movie trailer directors artfully use sound to create a mood in just a few short minutes. So what happens when you change the sound?

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

10.27.14: Creating A Sonic Experience & The YouTube Musician Known as Kutiman

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The ad agency for Royal Caribbean chose a lively, catchy tune for a series of commercials for the cruise line, but it didn’t exactly match the wholesome, fun loving image they were trying to promote. On today’s show we’ll explore how the power of sound can make or break an experience. Then, we’ll speak with the Israeli musician known as Kutiman, about crafting an album made entirely of unrelated sound samples from YouTube videos.

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Word of Mouth
1:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

10.26.14: The Fine Line Between Comedy & Journalism, NH's A-List DJ, & Good Gig

Daily Show reporter John Oliver at the 2008 DNC at Invesco Field.
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Former Daily Show reporter John Oliver’s fake news show on HBO is bucking the odds: diving deep into stories that aren’t in the headlines, and climbing in the ratings. On today’s show, what happens when comedy meets investigative journalism ?

Then, A-list DJs appear to live in the top tier of fabulousness. Jet-setting to giant clubs and VIP parties. We’ll get the inside view from Juan Maclean, an international star living quietly in Dover, NH.

Plus, we continue our series “Good Gig” with the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out what goes into determining color trends for a living.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

10.23.14: Using Social Media To Solve Crime & Nosferatu's Live Soundtrack

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Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. On today’s show: how police departments across the nation are using social media to fight crime and bolster their image. 

Plus: the 1922 version of Nosferatu still tops lists as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We’ll find out what goes into scoring this silent classic for a live audience.

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Word of Mouth
2:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Good Gig: Color Expert Lee Eiseman

Good Gig is a series of conversations with individuals who have landed their dream job.

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2:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

10.22.14: The Power Of Pairs & Good Gig

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Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, Marie and Pierre Curie, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On today’s show, the myth of the lone genius gets knocked down by an exploration of creative duos. We’ll find out why artistic and scientific breakthroughs often come from dynamic collaborations.

Plus, we continue our series “Good Gig” with the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out what goes into determining color trends for a living.

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Word of Mouth
1:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Things That Should Never Get Pumpkin Spiced

Whether you love or hate the pumpkin spice trend that is rampant this time of year, it seems the marketplace is finding an increasingly large number of ways to incorporate the flavor of fall into nearly all ingestible products. We had planned to give our own top five weirdest pumpkin flavored products, but then we realized that virtually everything has a seasonal pumpkin slant these days. Instead, we present to you: Things That Should NEVER Get Pumpkin Spiced. We encourage you to submit your own.

Here's a few that didn't make the fancy poster:

1. Pumpkin Tuna

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Word of Mouth
1:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

10.21.14: The Rise Of Vaping, Best & Worst Pumpkin Beers, & Old Cookbooks

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According to Wells-Fargo, the e-cigarette market is an estimated 2.5 billion dollar industry and is projected to reach 10 billion dollars in the next 3 years. On Today’s show, we uncover the surprisingly complex vaping scene.

Then, from gum drop bread to the rib sticker, we get nostalgic for the locally-produced-independently-published cookbook. Plus, a look at the beer industry’s dangerous love affair with pumpkin-spice.

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Word of Mouth
12:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Conspiracies, Cults, & Cons

Pull the shades, put on your skeptics cap, leave your friends behind and climb on board because today’s show is all about conspiracies, cults, and cons. From the magic bullet that killed JFK, to Jim Jones cyanide punch, to the Ponzi scheme, America has had its fair share of conspiracies, cults, and cons. We’re going to take an unexpected look at all three, starting with the conspiratorially minded among us.

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Word of Mouth
1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Season Of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock & Roll

In 1966, the top of the music charts had a decidedly split personality. Hits like Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees and Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Gang, were sharing the airwaves with The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows and The Rolling Stones Paint it Black. Chalk it up to social changes sweeping the nation, or perhaps the availability of LSD, but a new counter cultural approach to reality and spirituality was opening up and rock music was hitching a ride.

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1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

10.15.14: Are Milgram's Torture Experiments Still Valid & The Gift Of Adversity

Ontario Science Centre: Milgram's Electric Box
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In the early sixties, social psychologist Stanley Milgram tested the limits of humans’ obedience to authority with an actor, an unsuspecting volunteer and a fake electroshock machine. On today’s show: the experiment that stunned the world and the repercussions Dr. Milgram faced as a result. 

Then, we’ve all heard the self-help mantra: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Turns out, there may be some truth behind it. A psychiatrist explores the benefits of adversity.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Internationally Known Musician Behind 'The Juan Maclean' Calls New Hampshire Home

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When you think of electronic musicians, DJ's that spin thumping dance tracks to swarms of sweaty dancers at A-list parties, do you think of Dover, NH? Probably not, but Dover is where John Maclean, the force behind The Juan Maclean, calls home. Virginia asked him if it feels like he's leading a double life.

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2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

10.14.14: Is John Oliver A Journalist & Inside The Doge Meme

Former Daily Show reporter John Oliver’s fake news show on HBO is bucking the odds: diving deep into stories that aren’t in the headlines, and climbing in the ratings. On today’s show, what happens when comedy meets investigative journalism ?

Then, A-list DJs appear to live in the top tier of fabulousness. Jet-setting to giant clubs and VIP parties. We’ll get the inside view from Juan Maclean, an international star living quietly in Dover, NH.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

10.13.14: How Actors Create Characters & Five Billion Years Of Solitude

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As the air grows colder, we leave behind the hot summer blockbusters, and move to more serious films, many of which will be vying heavily for award show attention. On today’s show we go behind the spotlight to examine the art of how actors create characters. Then, we’ll explore the next frontier: exo-solar planets.  The search for planets outside our solar system – with the idea that discovering one just like ours – is a real possibility.

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Word of Mouth
3:35 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

10.12.14: The Wonderful World Of Books

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Today’s show is all about the wonderful world of books, starting with the U.S. Senate Handbook, a 380 page document of sometimes confounding rules intended to keep Senate offices running smoothly. Then, we’ll speak to an antiquarian bookseller about the beauty and obsession of rare books. And actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk discusses his debut collection of writings, A Load of Hooey.

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Word of Mouth
12:54 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Cell Phone For The Super Rich

An orange phone we can support, an orange phone that can cost up to $10,000 is a stretch.
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We spoke to Gabriel Roth, who took the Aster for a test drive at one of Vertu’s upscale boutiques and wrote about the phone for Fast Company, "The Cadillac Bentley of Cell Phones." The Aster starts at a meager $6900 for the 'entry-level' calf leather model and rises to $9700 for a bright pink ostrich skin model.

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12:53 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

10.9.14: What Happens When You Survive A Lightning Strike & The Truth About Amazon Women

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Tesla cars…Louis Vuitton luggage…Philippe Patek watches…luxury brands are selling well. How about a $10,000 cell phone? On today’s show, we’ll learn about the new handcrafted cell phone with optional concierge service that’s become a new symbol of conspicuous consumption.

Also today, from fierce fighters in the Trojan wars to Wonder Woman, Amazons have been described as figures of myth. A classics scholar sifts through new DNA evidence and other proof that these female warriors on horseback were real.

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Word of Mouth
1:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Good Gig: Rare Books Dealer Ken Gloss

Good Gig is a series of conversations with individuals who have landed their dream job. 

We're kicking off the series with Ken Gloss, the proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, one of the largest--and oldest--antiquarian bookshops in the country. He has also been an appraiser of rare books and manuscripts for The Antiques Roadshow since 1998.

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Word of Mouth
1:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

10.8.14: Soldier's Farewell Letters, Grief Can Kill, & Good Gig

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From the Trojan war to the current war in Afghanistan, soldiers have been penning farewell letters for centuries. On today’s show, a look into the deeply private “death letter” tradition throughout history.

Then, we’ll kick off our new series, “Good Gig”, with a rare bookseller who found his dream job among the binders on a dusty shelf.

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Word of Mouth
12:56 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

10.7.14: Big Brother In Your Car & Bob Odenkirk's New Book Of Essays

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From dash cams to the EZ Pass lane, big brother is in our passenger seat, whether we realize it or not. But just how much are drivers being monitored? And who is benefiting from the surveillance? On today’s show, the future of car surveillance.

Then, a conversation with actor and comedian, Bob Odenkirk. While many know him as strip mall lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, he has achieved near cult status for his contributions to sketch comedy. We’ll discuss his storied career, the legacy of Mr. Show, and his debut collections of essays, A Load of Hooey.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

10.6.14: Inside The Secret Senate Handbook & Supernatural Destinations Around the World

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USA Today recently published the U.S. Senate handbook, a 380 page document of rules intended to keep Senate offices running smoothly. On today’s show, from carpet color to telephone hold music, we reveal the handbook’s most confounding regulations.

Plus, ‘tis the season of ghosts, witches, and vampires. We’ll explore how cultures around the world interpret the supernatural.

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Word of Mouth
12:52 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

10.2.14: Embracing Invasive Species & The Rise Of Refrigeration In China

Magnificent, though invasive. This bee originates in the South China, Korea, Japan part of the world, but has been introduced into North America now and spread as far as Colorado, likely will go all the way to the West Coast.
Credit USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Invasive species like zebra mussels to Asian carp, are destroying biodiversity across North America. Or are they? On today’s show: the upside of invasive species.

Then, a look into China’s push to build a frozen food infrastructure. The number of urban Chinese households with a refrigerator has risen from just 7% to 95% in a decade. We’ll find out what that means for global climate change.

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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

10.1.14: Is Kindness A Virtue In Surgeons & The Evolution Of The House Key

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Surgery requires years of education, steady hands, extreme confidence, and…kindness? On today's show we ask: when it comes to being a good surgeon, does bedside manner matter? We'll also look into the growing digital house key market and the complicated math behind queue design.

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Word of Mouth
1:53 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

9.30.14: Preserving The Moon & Why Men Need To Make More Friends

The Moon is just super.
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As more and more countries plan their future lunar missions, the question becomes, who gets to decide what happens to the evidence of past missions that has remained perfectly preserved on the surface of the moon? We'll hear from a space law expert and an anthropologist about plans to preserve America's lunar legacy. Plus, a sociology professor thinks that men need to make more friends. A study published by the American Sociological Review found that white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends of any American demographic – which may be why the 'bro-mance' movies like I Love You, Man hit so close to home.

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