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Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

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
12:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mourning a Loved One Via the Internet

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The funeral industry is embracing the digital age. Funeral homes are beefing up their websites and social media to include tributes and photographs of the departed.

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Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games

100 Games - Cupcake Edition
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After researching our segment on the unknown origins of Monopoly, we decided to keep looking for other games with surprising backstories.  We hope that they will inspire your game-based holiday gift-giving.


1. Clue was originally invented as a game to play in underground bunkers to wait out lengthy air raid drills during World War II. Due to such turbulent times,  its initial production was heavily delayed due shortages of material.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly

GO TO JAIL. How fun!
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I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing  your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.


The most popular game in the world, according to this amazing article in Harpers, is, simply put, theft. And it has an incredible, almost unbelievable history:

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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Slopes Are Melting!

David Brooks, writer for the Nashua Telegraph, walks us through current and future threats that global warming poses to the ski industry.


Word of Mouth
9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tumbling the Drone War

We look into a Tumblr  account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestragram.


Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The End of the Alpine Lodge?

The lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
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In winter sports communities out west, ski lodges are shedding their antlers for a more contemporary decor. But does the cocoa taste as sweet? And will New England ever give up its slopeside a-frame aesthetic?

Will contemporary ski architecture snowball in New England?

Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top 3 High-Tech Marriage Busters

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We discussed the quickly-developing market for spousal surveillance technology with Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Valentino. You can listen to her interview here:


In the meantime, we were surprised to learn how marriage and divorce are being affected by technology...and how quickly it's all happened:


1) Social Media: Breeding Ground for Evidence

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Word of Mouth
9:56 am
Mon December 3, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To...Ben Affleck's Beard

Virginia Prescott notices that recent movie reviews include as much critical analysis into facial hair as they do to cinematography, sound design and acting. Check out Virginia's take on the phenomenon here:


Word of Mouth
9:42 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Gods Like Us: Our Evolving Obsession with Fame

Ty Burr, film critic and author of the new book Gods Like Us, traces our ever-shifting fascination and disgust toward the on-screen and private lives of celebrities.


Ty is appearing tonight in Hanover, NH. Here are the details.

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Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The End of Smartphones?

Word of Mouth's favorite explainer of all things wired Rob Fleischman discusses our beloved internet devices and the emerging technologies that may be gearing up to take their spot.

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Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Word of Mouth 12.01.2012

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Word of Mouth's weekend program includes some of our favorite stories from from the daily program.

Part 1: Syria/Chemical Dangers

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Word of Mouth
3:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life

Because who doesn't want their vacuum to look like an Orca?

When we first saw Robert Ito's Pacific Standard piece on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:

But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot is the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:

1) Buy him a snazzy costume!

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Audio Orchard for December

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The Audio Orchard explores music being made right here in New England, and introduces you to artists that find their way here while on tour. Each month, we hand pick a variety of songs to sample. Click HERE to listen and download on Soundcloud, or click the "Podcast" link on the right of this page for iTunes. Happy Listening!

UPDATE: I'm not a big fan of email subscriptions because they usually end up spamming your inbox, but if you want me to email you ONCE A MONTH when my new podcast is out you can sign up here, and that way you'll never miss it! Thanks!

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Word of Mouth
2:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Vice Turns Back the Pages on Syrian Resistance

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The conflict in Syria is reaching the one year mark, and a newly reformed Syrian coalition has just been officially recognized by Britain as the unifying voice of the opposition. Vice Magazine, a publication known for its willingness to cover sensitive subjects, recently devoted an entire issue to exploring Syria’s complex resistance.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Tintype Photography: An Exhibition

Credit Keliy Anderson-Staley


Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley works with tintype photography, a medium that came out ten years after the daguerreotype. Just like the photographers of the 1850’s, she uses similar chemical recipes, period brass lenses, and wooden view cameras. 

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