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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
9:22 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Forgotten Vice President

A Vice President seems like an obvious choice at the end of any President’s second term, but President Obama’s right-hand man may face an “over-the-hill” battle for the nomination. Steve Kornacki writes about why Joe Biden so frequently gets left off of the presidential short list.


Word of Mouth
1:16 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.12.2013

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The best and brightest segments from our daily program.

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Word of Mouth
4:10 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Five Cinematic Reasons Not to Go Mars

Our conversation today about our genetic wanderlust got us thinking about the interstellar urge to roam. Luckily, the Dutch-based Mars One is planning the first human trip to Mars in 2023. If you have ten years to spare—and are resilient, adaptable, trusting, curious, creative, and resourceful—you may be the ideal candidate. Before you rush to fill out your application, consider these cinematic warnings about space travel. Because everything that can go wrong in outer space, will go wrong. Yeah, Murphy's Law is intergalactic.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Haiti Three Years Later

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Today marks the three year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the country is still struggling to rebuild in spite of the $7.5 billion dollars disbursed in official aid and contributions for post-disaster relief. Laurent Dubois is a professor at Duke University and author of the book, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History that talks about the country's complicated social, economic, and political history and how it can be rich again.

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Are We Obsessed with Obesity?

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The slew of recent articles on obesity are nearly unanimous in agreement that there is a health crisis in the United States. Dr. Abigail Saguy, UCLA sociologist, takes a different perspective, saying there is no such medical consensus around the need to lose weight. In her latest book, she argues that our negative association with obesity is a deliberately framed viewpoint—and not necessarily a healthy one.



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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Why We Roam

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The success of the human race in spreading across the globe, and striking out even into the blackness of space, owes itself in no small part to our desire, ambition, and need to push the frontiers of human exploration.  Not everybody has the will or means to become an astronaut, a sailor, or deep sea diver—but for those that do, a chronic sense of restlessness may live inside their genetic code.  David Dobbs is an author and freelance science writer who wrote about the biological roots of that roaming urge.

Word of Mouth
4:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The Paperback Quest for Joy

If you’re in the mood for a little self-improvement at the start of the year, you’ll have no trouble finding guides; there are at least 45,000 self-help books currently in print. They run the gamut: the self-made man, mind-cures, chicken soup, subliminal messages and Zen meditation. They’re published in dozens of languages, but self-help books are predominately an American phenomenon.  To explain why, we turn to Laura Vanderkam, author of “The Paperback Quest for Joy”.

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Word of Mouth
3:36 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Music to Look Forward to in 2013

Here's a video playlist of music we talked about today with Melissa Locker based on her article for Time, 11 Albums to Look Forward to in 2013

NOTE: Please be aware that some of these songs contain explicit language.

Tegan and Sara: Closer

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Word of Mouth
1:48 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The Alzheimer's Café: Unforgettable Therapy

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can strip away memory, sometimes even dignity, and can isolate even the most outgoing individual. There’s no cure for the brain disorder, but now, patients and those who care for them are finding relief at something called the Alzheimer’s Café.


Writers on a New England Stage
10:38 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, takes the stage to discuss his latest foray into a field he has made his own -- a biological analysis of human history.

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Word of Mouth
9:42 am
Wed January 9, 2013

The Miniature Cyber-City: A New Training Ground

Courtesy Ed Skoudis

Computers are often associated with certain intangibles: data, communication, and storage space rank among them. At a recent hacker conference, a speaker presented his ability to tap into and display anything on the monitors of a public train system. Increasingly, computers are gaining an ability to control things in the real world. In anticipation of this threat, Ed Skoudis has created a real-life miniature training ground for tomorrow's cyber-warriors.



Word of Mouth
9:28 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Philanthropy Class Attains Real Donation Fund

Last semester, students attending a course on philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Studies Department were given one-hundred thousand dollars to dispense to area non-profits.  Yesterday, Virginia Prescott caught up with Doug Bauer, Executive Director at the Clark Foundation – who co-teaches the course alongside Greg Goldman, Vice President of Development at the non-profit Philadelphia Zoo.



Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Monster Trucks Crush In New Hampshire

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They’re twelve feet tall, twelve feet wide and crush metal into scrap for fun.  They have names like Maximum Destruction, Eradicator and Thrasher. If you’re envisioning a new breed of comic book villains, think again. They’re some of the gigantic debutantes of a new season of Monster Truck Madness. The touring circuit known as Monster Jam 2013 landed in New Hampshire last week. Sean Hurley put in some earplugs and visited the spectacle for this radio field trip.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lake Street Dive Gaining Momentum

Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

10 Monster Trucks With Not-So-Tough Names

The real Half-Pint, people

Sean Hurley's story on Monster Trucks got us thinking about all those awesome Monster Truck names, like Gravedigger and Big Foot. Anyone with a TV knows those names sound great with heavy metal and lots of reverb designed to make us run (NOT WALK!!!) to the arena on Sunday (SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!) So we were  surprised to find so many Monster Trucks have names that are...well...kind of lame. Check out our list, and listen to what a commercial might sound like if they got top billing:

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