Word of Mouth

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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
1:34 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

This Valentine's Day, Don't Go Into Diamond Debt

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Valentine's day is creeping closer…a big day to celebrate abiding love or seal the deal on a new one with a diamond engagement ring. And now for the wet blanket: diamond debt. You know that whole two months salary for an engagement ring calculus? It’s tradition, right? Not really. Diamonds were not associated with romance until the Debeers Diamond Company began marketing them for engagement rings in the 1930s. Debeer’s "Diamonds Are Forever" campaign remains one of the most successful of the 20th century. So, young men still march into jewelry shops prepared to spend…and retailers have plenty of financing available for those who don’t have money up front. Gerri Detweiler, is the director of consumer education for Credit.com, and she recently wrote a blog post about the common credit traps diamond buyers fall into.

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Word of Mouth
9:53 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Good Kids By Benjamin Nugent

In 1994, fifteen year-old classmates Josh and Khadijah catch his father and her mother having an affair. That discovery and the ensuing fallout leads to the pair forming an unlikely bond and making a vow that they’ll never, ever, cheat on anyone. This poignant and at times absurd coming-of-age story is just the starting point of “Good Kids,” a novel that’s getting a lot of buzz for its author, Benjamin Nugent, and has critics comparing his first foray into fiction with the likes of Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Franzen.  


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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Amazing Randi: An Honest Liar

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For the past 40 years, the Amazing James Randi has served as a crusader for skepticism and rational thinking. The magician-turned-professional-skeptic has squared off against alleged psychics and spirit healers, debunking their claims of supernatural powers. Recently, a documentary chronicling his life was successfully backed on Kickstarter. Documentary filmmaker Justin Weinstein is directing the film, and he joins us to talk about the project.


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Word of Mouth
9:41 am
Tue February 5, 2013

People Choose High Calorie Food When Stressed

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Research from the University of Miami provides an alternative to commonly held beliefs on why we are drawn to high calorie foods and insight into the continued popularity of high fat food since the great recession. Stress, not piggishness, may trigger the choice of the double cheeseburger instead of the grilled chicken salad. We talk to Tony Salerno, a PhD candidate and co-author of the paper “Life-History Strategy, Food Choice, and Caloric Consumption” to get the skinny on the link between stress and food choices.

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Word of Mouth
9:40 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Media's Most Overused Phrases

Breaking news! Experts say there’s a lot wrong with new media journalism. According to the Daily Beast’s Michael Moynihan, the real crime being committed by online journalists is overused, over-hyped language. He joins us to share his linguistic pet-peeves. Some critics say it's one of the most unbiased and nonpartisan exclusives Word of Mouth has ever featured.

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Word of Mouth
9:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Blind Hiker Takes On The Appalachian Trail

Mike Hanson, blind hiker, on the Appalachian Trail
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Trekking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail is an admirable accomplishment for anyone, and although the number of AT “thru-hikers”, as they’re called, is relatively small,  Minneapolis attorney Michael Hanson is part of an even more exclusive club – he’s one of only two people in recent memory to hike the trail without the benefit of sight.

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Word of Mouth
9:16 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Understanding The Placebo Effect

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When it comes to measuring the placebo effect, which works better: fake acupuncture or fake pills? Researchers have recently redefined the role of the placebo, from a nuisance variable that needed to be controlled in clinical trials, to bona fide contributor to the improvement of patient outcomes.

Ted Kaptchuk, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and Director of the  Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, joins us to share his findings.

Word of Mouth
9:02 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Immigration Reform's Affect On Asian-Americans

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With all the talk of how immigration reform will affect our neighbors to the South, we look at how it might affect immigrants to the United States from the Far East. 

A US based Chinese Journalist even argues that certain aspects of  the reforms might actually be beneficial for Asian immigrants. Mee Moua, Executive Director from the Asian American Justice Center joins us to discuss the issue.

Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Warms Up New Hampshire

Zach talked with bandleader Mauro Durante via Skype from Italy about Pizzica music, the band's American tour, and if they are bringing enough warm clothes.

It’s not often you get to hear authentic world music in New Hampshire, especially in the dead of winter. But on February 6th at the Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, the southern Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will be bringing their high energy pizzica tarantata music and dance.  Leading a new wave of young Italian artists reinventing and invigorating traditional Italian music, CGS includes six singers/musicians and a dancer.

I think it would be impossible not to have fun at a show like this:

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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Word of Mouth 02.02.2013

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The best of the best of Word of Mouth's content, rolled up into one awesome program. This week, why your company's rules about social media could be impinging on your rights, how the NFL is dealing with their foray into social media, and our Facebook find: the greatest used car ad we've ever read.

Plus, printmaker Amos Kennedy, the oldest snowshoe race in New Hampshire, and the films that won't get Oscars, yet still deserve a second look.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Social Media On And Off The Gridiron

Increasingly, fans are taking in a second screen NFL experience on social media. The drama of this year’s football season has been echoed, and sometimes fed by the tweets of fans, players, and even players’ wives…leading to more than a few PR scrambles by the league. This is all new territory for the NFL, which only last year began dipping its heavily guarded brand into the fray of social media. Doug Tribou is a producer and reporter for NPR’s Only A Game, and he joins us from WBUR in Boston to talk about football and this season’s biggest social media trends.


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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Dead Celebrities On Social Media

Elvis is in the building!  Or at least on your smartphone.  Despite being laid to rest nearly 35 years ago, the King of Rock n’ Roll still posts on Facebook, and tweets several times a day…here’s a sample: “love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go… hashtag Valentine’s Day deals at Shop Elvis!”  The BBC’s Matt Danzico recently looked into the social media afterlives of departed celebrities – he lets us in on how they do it. 


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Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Feminist Boot Camp

When people talk about boot camp, they are most likely referring to grueling workout routine designed to get people into shape, fast. But when Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner offer their boot camp in New York City, it is not military training or abs of steal that they promise, it’s feminism.


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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Feminist Spring

The increasing prominence of women’s issues on a global scale has a number of scholars and activists wondering if we are on the verge of a “Feminist Spring”.  Two years after seething political and social discontent exploded into protests that changed the landscape of the Middle East, mass movements are forming around women’s issues. From the streets of India to Steubenville, Ohio, protestors are marching against sexual violence against women. In Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, women are active members of the ongoing resistance. Here in the US, a record number of women are now in congress and running states as governor, and issues like reproductive health and gun control have activated formerly silent female voters. Sahar Khamis is assistant professor of communication at the University of Maryland. She’s written extensively about female activism in the Arab spring uprisings, and joins us for a read of where those struggles stand today.


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