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
10:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Elon Musk And Tesla Take On The New York Times

The Tesla Model S
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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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Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Wed February 20, 2013

A Mass Shooter's First Victim

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Patrick Radden Keefe's stunning investigation into mass shooter Amy Bishop's past has gone hyper-viral. The New Yorker writer joins us to talk about Bishop's 1986 shooting of her younger brother, and how family dynamics may have played into her 2010 murder of three colleagues at the University of Alabama.

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Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Making Music Out Of Everything...Even An Intercom

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Ranjit Bhatnagar is no stranger to cool projects...he's made iambic pentameter from tweets, and is creating a bunch of instruments out of unexpected items, like a robo- toy piano.  Now, the sound artist can add one more feather to his cap...coming on our show.

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Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Fula From America

In 1981, playwright, performer and theater company director Carlyle Brown decided on a whim to take a trip to Africa. That launched a journey of self-discovery and an adventure that became the basis for a one-man show called “The Fula from America: An African Journey," which Brown performs tonight at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. It’s a fund-raising event for Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground, and will be followed by a candelight procession to the site where the design for a memorial will be unveiled.

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

How Much Is That Titanium Knee In The Window?

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Pop question: how much does a hip replacement cost for an uninsured person? Answer: somewhere between $11,000 and $125,000. A college student’s survey of American hospitals found quoted costs to vary wildly – even when the hospitals provided quotes; many could not, or did not provide the quotes at all. The results were recently published by JAMA -- The Journal of American Medicine Association. Elisabeth Rosenthal covers health and medicine for the New York Times and wrote about the study for “Well”.

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Word of Mouth
1:40 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Hampshire Native Skates With Disney

Disney on Ice's Kaitlyn DeRoy
Greta Rybus

Earlier this month, “Disney on Ice” glided into  Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena with a parade of princesses, Peter Pans,  and talking mice on skates.  We sent Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent to meet a cast member with New Hampshire roots.  Zach arrived a few hours before the show and managed to get in a little bit of ice time.

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Word of Mouth
12:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Is 'In Cold Blood' Tainted By Found Documents?

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Nearly half a century ago, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood detailed the savage murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. That book is regarded as a literary landmark… the first so-called “nonfiction novel” that brought the true crime genre to the mainstream and cemented Capote’s celebrity status. It’s inspired three films, among them, “Capote,” in 2005, which earned a best actor Oscar for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Word of Mouth
11:48 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Saving The Post Office

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Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. However,  a host of other factors have led the United States Postal Service to financial decline, job losses, and in August, the stoppage of Saturday delivery.  Freelance writer David Dayen says he has an idea that could save the country’s second largest employer:  in a piece for Pacific Standard Magazine, Dayen suggests the post office get back in the business of banking.

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Word of Mouth
3:15 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Word Of Mouth 02.16.2013

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Our shiniest and sparkliest content, all in one show-tacular program. This week, a Salon writer contemplates the history of "white Southern defeat," a foremost expert on gluten explores the hype around the latest food trend, New Hampshire author Ben Nugent talks about his new novel, "Good Kids," and illustrator Danny Gregory explains how grief was overcome with art. Oh, and Sean Hurley contemplates the danger of skating on thick ice.

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Word of Mouth
11:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Rose By Any Other Name: Changing Your Name When You Marry

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Suffragette Lucy Stone is remembered as the first modern woman who decided to keep her maiden name after marriage – that was back in the 1850s.  The trend took more than a century to peak in the 1990s, when nearly a quarter of women bucked the tradition of taking on their husband’s name. Since then, that number has been in steady decline. According to the wedding website theknot.com, today a mere eight percent of women stick with their given name.  Of course, that doesn’t mean the decision has gotten any easier to make.  Word of Mouth’s Taylor Quimby reports on the reasoning, and occasional regret, behind the decision to keep or leave behind a name.

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

Dollars And Sex

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At its most transparent, Valentine’s Day is a holiday built for consumption. That may sound like a bit of a buzz kill, but there is loads of research activity connecting our romantic ideals and more base human motivations to our decisions to spend and save…mostly spend. Joining us, is Dr. Marina Adshade who teaches Economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She hit a nerve there in 2008 when she launched an undergraduate course called Economics of Sex and Love. It was an instant hit among students, and led to the launch of the Dollars and Sex blog and now, a book of the same title. It uses market research and economic analysis on matters of the heart and other anatomical bits.

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Word of Mouth
11:15 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Author Elizabeth Gilbert Talks Marriage

It's Valentine's Day, and we're talking about love in its many forms and literary interpretations. In 2011, we sat down with Elizabeth Gilbert for writers on a New England Stage to discuss her follow up to “Eat Pray Love.” That book was a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years and was adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts. “Committed,” picks up where that book left off, with Gilbert making peace with marriage, an institution she swore to avoid after a painful divorce.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Falling In Love...With A Robot?

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This past fall we spoke with Robert Ito about the growing phenomenon of human-robot bonding. His article "The Love Bot" was featured in Pacific Standard Magazine. From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Robots like the Japanese made "Paro," pillow pets, and vacuum cleaning Roombas are engineered to be social.

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Word of Mouth
10:24 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Relationship Advice From Dear Prudence

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Dear Prudence (or Prudie as she is known by her fans) has the answers to all manner of relationship issues, handling delicate matters with aplomb, sensitivity, and humor. Emily Yoffe, a.k.a. Prudence, writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate and joins us to offer some last minute advice on Valentine’s Day.

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Word of Mouth
2:54 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Six Songs For Celiacs

Our segment on celiac diet trends led us to local band, The Bramble Jam, and their song, "Gluten Free." It inspired us to separate the musical wheat from the chaff (so to speak) to create the perfect non-gluten playlist.

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