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
1:55 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra

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Over the past 25 years, the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, at the same time, the internet has been widely embraced. Coincidence? Today on Word of Mouth: does the internet spell the fall of religion? Or is it more of a correlation than a cause? Plus, we peruse the new release section of the bookstore and notice a trend, Catastrophe 1914, 1914: History in an Hour, 1914: Fight the Good Fight. A look into the downside of treating years as celebrities.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Candlepin Versus Ten-Pin: A New England Bowler's Dilemma

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That's right. I'm asking the age old question: candlepin or ten-pin? Outside of New England, this may not be a hot topic. It may not be a topic at all, as the popularity and instance of candlepin is concentrated almost solely in northern New England. To be completely honest, I didn't even know candlepin was a thing until I moved here almost seventeen years ago. (Military brat - hi!). As with sprinkles vs. jimmies, hair elastic vs. ponytail, and roundabout vs.

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Word of Mouth
11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

5.13.14: MIT Tech Review, Talking To Strangers And "The Cochlear War"

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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Each spring, the MIT Technology Review puts out its list of the 10 biggest breakthrough technologies of the year. Today on Word of Mouth: from agricultural drones to 3-d printing organs. What are the true tech milestones of the past twelve months?

Also, as kids we’re told never to talk to strangers. As adults, many of us still abide by that rule. But are we missing out? Why talking to strangers might be good for your health.

Plus, the debate over cochlear implants and why some feel they technology marginalizes members of the deaf community.

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5.13.14: MIT Tech Review, Talking To Strangers And "The Cochlear War"

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Word of Mouth
11:57 am
Tue May 13, 2014

WOM Covered 5 Of The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs In MIT Tech Review

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Each spring, MIT Technology Review puts out its list of the 10 biggest breakthrough technologies – and every year we check that list to see how many of them have been covered on Word of Mouth. We’re happy to report another strong affinity. Here to recap twelve months’ worth of amazing – and useful -- scientific advances is Brian Bergstein - deputy editor of MIT Technology Review.

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Word of Mouth
2:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

5 Funny Horoscope Sites You Didn't Know Exist

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"I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not." - Author Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Astrology. Whether you are a believer or not, it's probably safe to say that there are certain astrology sites and tools that are more vetted or valid than others. Some are more practical and less whimsical. Others appeal more to a vague psychological need or impulse. Many carry simple entertainment value, and still others delve deep into long analysis of a person's personality and how it was shaped by their zodiac sign.

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Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

5.12.14: Life Coaches and Psychics

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"Welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway, the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter." - Drew Carey

When life throws curveballs, I like to apply those wise words of Drew Carey to my life - the small stuff I'm stressing about probably doesn't matter in the long run. But sometimes it takes more than a "Everything is gonna be all right" to bring us out of a slump. That's when we turn to people - and powers - for help. On today's Word of Mouth, we're discussing the benefits and nuances of life coaching, life hacking, and astrology. Sharpen your resume and shape your aura - WoM is here to inspire.

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Word of Mouth
6:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

5.10.14: A Matter of Degrees, The Mother of Mother's Day

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Word of Mouth wishes all moms a very happy and public radio filled Mother's Day weekend! Curl up with a glass of [your drink of choice] and [your listening device of choice], and relax with our Saturday show. Thanks, moms!

NCAA Athletes’ Rights

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Word of Mouth
5:55 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Surprising Origins Of Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day! WoM is bringing you a special Mother's Day treat with two stories. The first comes from Andrew Phillips who spoke with host Virginia about the origins of Mother's Day. Andrew is curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia – which is also hosting an exhibit on Anna Jarvis and the origins of Mother’s Day. 

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Word of Mouth
2:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

5.8.14: Defending Millennials, Wheelchair Motocross & 'I Didn't Type This Article'

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"No man ever steps in the same river twice" - Heraclitus, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher

While the philosophy of Heraclitus and his pre-Socratic peers is debatable, fans of Word of Mouth can attest that they never listen to the same WoM show twice. Ideas change. Concepts Change. Times change. Even when the segments stay the same, the takeaway, the emotion, the value in context of your life can change. Today, we bring you new ideas, old sound with new meaning, and new sound with retrospective importance. So join us, scholars of WoM, for today's show, and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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Word of Mouth
1:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

David Foster Wallace's Commencement Speech: 'This Is Water'

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Back in 2005, writer David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address, "This is Water" At Kenyon College. Three years later, the acclaimed novelist committed suicide, but his speech lives on – and has become sort-of The Places You’ll Go of the digital age: shared on social media, and re-published in print around graduation time.

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Word of Mouth
1:26 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

In Defense Of Millennials

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David Burstein is an author and founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization, as well as a documentary filmmaker. He wrote Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World and joined us to talk about why he is defending millennials against being labeled aimless, risk-averse, and narcissistic.

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham: Wheelchair Motocross

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Wheelchair motocross. Yes. It's a thing. An adrenaline fueled and insanely awesome thing. And Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is the adrenaline junkie bringing it to the spotlight. Aaron, or Wheelz as he's called by his friends in the world of extreme sports and Nitro Circus, was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair most of his life.

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Word of Mouth
12:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

George Saunders: "Congratulations, By The Way"

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In 2013, writer, journalist, and college professor George Saunders made a short speech at a graduation ceremony that quickly went viral. He was speaking to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University where he teaches.

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Word of Mouth
1:45 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

5.7.14: NCAA Athletes' Rights & 'Why Is A Crossfit Gym Suing Scientists?'

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Today's Word of Mouth is chock full of the stories that keep us on our toes. Why would a Crossfit gym sue scientists? Guest Warren Cornwall gives us the scoop. We're also continuing our examination of higher education with two segments: one about the NCAA Pay-for-Play debate; the other about a brain-y college course.

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5.7.14: NCAA Athletes' Rights & 'Why Is A Crossfit Gym Suing Scientists?'

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Word of Mouth
1:44 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Human Behavior In Bonobos

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Frans de Waal is a distinguished biologist, university professor, and author who specializes in primate social behavior. For years, he’s been bucking prevailing ideas about the nature of human morality and ethics. Over decades of research, he’s found evidence of altruistic and empathic behavior in a number of species, concluding that there is a biological foundation for human morality that emerged from our animal origins.

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