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
6:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"Girl Rising": A Global Movement Through Film

Girl Rising” is a new documentary directed by Academy-Award nominee Richard Robbins and the centerpiece of a global campaign called 10X10 (“Ten Times Ten”), which is dedicated to educating and empowering girls. The film is premiering this Thursday, March 7th, at hundreds of simultaneous public screenings across the U.S, including one at Fox Run Stadium in Newington, New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Word of Mouth 03.02.2013

Credit Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons

Our favorite content from the program, delivered in one sound-errific package.

This week, why robot interrogators might beat humans at getting to the truth. Mass shooter Amy Bishop's first victim...her brother, back in 1986. Why jury duty matters. The diverse cast of a New Hampshire production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." And the active social media lives of long-dead celebrities.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for March

1. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)

March 24, The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, So Good At Being In Trouble

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Word of Mouth
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

"Which One's Worse?" The Worst Jobs We've Ever Had.

You think YOU've had a bad job?
Credit The Library of Congress via Flickr

I was so inspired by today's segment on Micro-tasking and the practice of doing mind numbing work over the internet for pennies, I thought I would interview the Word of Mouth team to see which of their worst jobs could go head to head with being an Amazon Mechanical Turk. It's a little game I like to call: Which One's Worse?

So without further ado, here's what I found out my colleagues used to do before they found their groove in public radio:

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth Friday night, accompanied by pianist Sam Haywood

If you’re feeling Shakespearean, the Keene State College Theatre Department performs The Tempest this weekend at the Redfern Arts Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform at the Hopkins Center in Dartmouth through the weekend; the San Francisco Chronicle referred to a company production as “spectacular dancing that thrills you to your marrow”.  The program includes Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations.”

And right here in Concord…jazz pianist and composer Pamela Hines will be playing at the Purple Pit.

Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird: Rochester Opera House

Tim Plaisted and Sandi Clark
Sean Hurley

This weekend, the stage version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” premieres at the Rochester Opera House. Reporter Sean Hurley introduces some of the cast and crew members to us in an audio version of a playbill.  In this case, their stories go a little deeper than the blurb in an average program.

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Word of Mouth
11:25 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Give Me Everything You Have

Credit via indiebound.org

Today’s digital world has turned the feedback process into a real-time drama.  Home videos, blogs, book review; once posted, everything is fair game for comments, ranging from the rational to the vicious.  Few people know this better than James Lasdun - a poet and author, most recently of Give Me Everything You Have.  The new book is a chilling account of his relationship with a former student turned stalker, who since 2007 has been working to tear down Lasdun’s personal and professional reputation through a terrifying online campaign of hate mail and public commentary.

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Word of Mouth
12:52 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Human Science Behind Consumer Behavior

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Anthropology translates literally to the “science of humanity." We tend to think of it as a field that seeks to answer the big questions about what makes us human. A number of consultant anthopologists are seeking to answer queries that appear somewhat less profound. For example, consulting firms like ReD Associates use field research and ethnography to figure out (among other things) how people are drinking Absolut vodka at house parties.  Their services offer corporate clients a deeper understanding of consumer behavior through these anthropological methods, which presents a challenge to a traditionally academic arena with its own code of ethics and standards.


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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

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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
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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
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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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