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
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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Word of Mouth
2:26 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Tan Vampires

When the band Tan Vampires came to our studios last week, we found them to be mostly pale, and pretty lively…it turns out that their name was a bit of a lark invented long before the whole vampire saga.  The other surprise about Tan Vampires is noted…with some disbelief… in just about every review of their well-crafted, soaring, folk-rock songs…they’re from New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
10:08 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Redrawing The American Ideological Divide

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Though political parties have long been responsible for drawn-out decision making in Congress, Michael Lind, writer and Salon columnist, believes that geography has also served as a formidable catalyst for inter-American dispute. Michael joins us to talk about his recent article for Salon, “The White South’s Last Defeat,” where he suggests that the root of the problem isn’t traced to the left or right, but rather, points north and south.

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Word of Mouth
11:17 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Joshua Bell

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A few years ago, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell set up as a busker at D.C. subway station. The former child prodigy whose concert performances command hundreds of dollars made less than fifty bucks that day. Joshua Bell doesn’t play it safe. He’s been called a “classical music rockstar” with 40 albums to his credit ranging from solos to movie scores.

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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Women And The Gun Debate

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Women are a growing part of the debate over gun rights and potential new gun laws – partly because there are growing numbers of women who own and use guns. Erica Goode is a national correspondent on criminal justice issues for the New York Times; she wrote about the rising number of female gun owners this week, and she joins us as part of NHPR’s series on guns, “A Loaded Issue”.

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Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Tue February 12, 2013

To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Adventure

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When Ryan North, the brains behind Dinosaur Comics,  set out to raise money for his new book, a choose your own adventure story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he turned to Kickstarter. Thirty days later, he managed to successfully raise $580,905; he only asked for $20,000. His campaign is currently the highest funded publishing Kickstarter in the company’s three year history. Ryan joins Brady Carlson to talk Hamlet and why using the word literally is literally dangerous.

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Forget Westminster, Here Are The Dogs of NHPR

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The Second Annual Dogs of NHPR is upon us, just in time for the 137th Annual Westminster Dog Show. We have a lovely selection of various breeds, and even a few other pet species thrown in for good measure. So without further ado, we present with minimal editorial input  substantial editorial input, the Dogs [and other critters] of NHPR.

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Word of Mouth
12:05 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The Federal Budget Versus The Household Budget

Politicians, economists, and pundits consistently compare the federal budget to a family budget, so it follows that like a family with a stack of bills on the kitchen table, government must tighten its belt and live within its means. Whether accurate or not, it’s an easy metaphor for a complicated problem and an almost dizzying amount of line items, deficit columns and numbers followed by lots and lots of zeros. We asked an economist to help us take the analogy a step further. What would the federal budget look like when scaled down to a real household budget? And is that an accurate comparison? With us today, Matthew J. Slaughter, Associate Dean for Faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Word of Mouth
12:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The Science Of Peer Reviews: How Did The Controversial “Arseniclife” Study Get Such Glowing Reviews?

Two years ago, a press conference was held at NASA headquarters, where it was declared that an alien life form had been discovered in Earth’s backyard. It wasn’t green and it didn’t say “take me to your leader”.  But still, this tiny microbe dubbed “arsenic-life” caused quite a ruckus in the scientific community. Dan Vergano is a science correspondent for USA Today and he joins us to discuss his investigation into the study.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

The Saint Anselm Abbey Players say this weekend's highly original one act play festival never fails to delight. The festival features three one-act experimental plays directed by students including "Here She Is!" by Joyce Carol Oates, "Wasp" by comedian Steve Martin and "November" written and directed by Saint Anselm senior Matthew Hurd.

Maine painter Meghan Howland has an exhibition in Rochester this weekend.  You can visit the downtown gallery where a few of Meghan’s painting are hanging.

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