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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
11:56 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New Hampshire: The Birthplace Of Video Games. Really.

Ralph Baer in his home office.
Ryan Lessard, NHPR

In 1966, while working for Sanders, a defense contractor in Nashua that is today a part of BAE Systems, Ralph Baer began secretly working on his invention. He didn't have a name for it at the time so it was hard to sell to his superiors. No one knew what a "video game" was.
 

  

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Video Game Industry Could Keep N.H. Young and Tech-Savvy

Screen shot of pre-alpha version of Bacon Man. Certain assets like character design have yet to be added.
Courtesy of Neal Laurenza

New Hampshire is producing young programmers and designers looking to start their own video game business. And the trick is getting them to stay in the state…


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Word of Mouth
2:35 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Here's What's Awesome: International Edition

Credit Warm n'Fuzzy via flickr Creative Commons

NHPR’s All Things Considered host Brady Carlson doubles as Word of Mouth’s internet Sherpa and scanner of the latest internet memes and viral trends. We all know that the internet has made the world smaller; once something goes viral it’s not always easy to determine where exactly it came from. But we generally hear about the most Americo-centric of online oddities, however for today’s “Here’s What’s Awesome” Brady is clueing us into some viral content playing big on the international stage.

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Forecasting The Weather: Is The European Model More Accurate?

ECMWF Model Forecasts
Credit via unisys.com

Computers have long been outperforming humans in complex tasks, including predicting the weather. Weather junkies are accustomed to telegenic meteorologists making predictions in front of dynamic maps. Where they get their data is stirring up a little storm system in the field. Producer Jon Lynch has the story.

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Word of Mouth
1:19 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Robot Inquisition

A NAO Robot
Credit roboticage via flickr Creative Commons

They may not be able to dream or feel emotion, but a recent study suggests that robots do a better job of getting accurate witness statements than their human counterparts.  Cindy Bethel, is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University that specializes in human-robot interaction and the lead author of a study recently covered by The New Scientist. Also joining us is Deborah Eakin, the psychologist on the project.

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Word of Mouth
11:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

New Sounds From Arab Lands

Credit Carlos Casas/Aga Khan Music Initiative

New Sounds From Arab Lands is five musicians from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon respectively. They were brought together in collaboration with the Aga Khan music initiative, and are artists in a residency at Dartmouth College curated by ethnomusicologist and music professor Ted Levin. The group performs this evening at the Spaulding auditorium. We caught up with the group from a studio at Dartmouth College.

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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home

Between 1978 and 1988, the murders of seven women in New Hampshire and Vermont were attributed to the “Connecticut River Valley Killer”. Investigations of several suspects, and one deathbed confession went cold, and the killer was never found. Novelist Joseph Olshan’s “Cloudland,” is a fictionalized crime thriller based on the case. We spoke to Joe Olshan last spring when the book was released, now, it’s out in paperback. He lived in the upper valley when the sixth and final victim was found, and he explained what, as an outsider, he saw happen to local residents.

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Word of Mouth
9:13 am
Mon February 25, 2013

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"

Ai Weiwei with filmmaker Alison Klayman
Credit via pbs.org

Ai Weiwei is China’s best known artist and the sharpest thorn in the side of its government. He’s a humorous and clever digital dissident, whose installations, viral videos, and tweets mock Chinese censors, and have made him an international symbol for freedom.      


After years of attempting to cozy up to him with bribes and favors, the Chinese government turned on Ai Weiwei, charging him with tax evasion and bulldozing his freshly built studio in Shanghai. Then, on April 3, 2011, he disappeared.


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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Miami: Muse Of The Mediocre?

The Miami skyline, as seen from South Beach
Credit Marc Averette via Wikimedia Commons

Recently, long time Miami resident and author Dave Barry joined us for Writers on a New England Stage and he spoke a lot, as he always does, about his wacky adopted home:

"I think of myself as sort of an ambassador for the city of Miami - which needs an ambassador because it doesn't have a good reputation.

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Word of Mouth
5:13 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Word Of Mouth: Circa 1993

Boy Meets World or Zach Meets Taylor

Our segment today on the profundity of the year 1993 brought up a lot of memories for the Word of Mouth team. I thought it might be nice to share what we were all doing in 1993.

In the year 1993 our very own Zach Nugent almost didn't make it to 1994. While on a field trip to a tree farm in a bus loaded with 8 year olds, the bus driver missed a gear and the bus started hurtling backwards. Luckily he survived the trauma went on to live the real life saga of Boy Meets World with his buddy Taylor Quimby.

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Writers on a New England Stage
2:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dave Barry

Dave Barry with host Virginia Prescott
Credit Monte Bohanan, The Music Hall

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry with Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot Burmese albino python named Blossom.

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Word of Mouth
12:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

There's A Razzie For That: Awarding The Worst Of American Cinema

Credit Razzies.com

On Sunday, tens of millions of people worldwide will watch the dazzling gowns, jewels, and strained smiles on display at the eighty-fifth annual Academy Awards.  On Saturday, a much, much, much smaller audience will watch the Razzies!  For the 33rd year, film buffs and industry professionals gather to recognize the biggest flops, lamest performances, and most tired screenplays of the year.  It’s a dubious honor, but still, some, uh, winners do show up at the Razzies to accept their dis-honor...like Halle Berry for her worst-actress worthy performance in 2004's Catwoman (*note: the video contains some expletives).



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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Curse Of The Golden Oscar

He is all cute until he destroys your career. Maybe.
Credit lincolnblues via Flickr Creative Commons

Grab your ballots, Oscar weekend is coming up. This year's category for best actress includes a then-six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and eighty-six-year-old "Amour" actress, Emmanuelle Riva. Neither is considered a front-runner, but could that save their careers? It might, if you believe in...THE OSCAR CURSE.

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Word of Mouth
10:58 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Tonight We're Gonna Party 'Til It's 1993?

X-Files. Believe.
Credit Everett Collection via newyorkmag.com

Which year would you call the single most important in US cultural history? Try 1993—life before the internet and pop star designer fragrances.  The year that marked the beginning of NAFTA, hope for peace in the Middle East, and a saxophone playing president.


“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star” is a new exhibition at the New Museum exploring the year they argue changed everything about art, culture, and politics.  Margot Norton is Assistant Curator at the New Museum and joins us to talk about the art and historical context of the work featured in the show.


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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Elon Musk And Tesla Take On The New York Times

The Tesla Model S
Credit teslamotors.com

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a scathing article about Tesla’s Model X…the article has since stirred up controversy on the web and in media and auto industry circles, and it’s a story that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Joining us with an explainer and an update on the latest developments in “Tesla-Gate” is Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of US News Best Cars.


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