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, and Logan Shannon. Our Senior Producer is Maureen McMurray

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Word of Mouth
11:58 am
Mon December 12, 2011

NPR's Guy Raz: Recorded live at the Tupelo Music Hall

A conversation with NPR's All Things Considered host Guy Raz, recorded live at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, VT.  

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Word of Mouth
9:35 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

(Photo by David Murray of Clear Eye Photo)

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews." What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:53 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

The Art of Being a Feminist Body Builder

 

Our guest embodies two very different worlds – the ivory tower, and the fitness center. By day, Lianne McTavish is a professor of art history at the University of Alberta Canada, she lectures on the seventeenth-century history of the body, and its representation in medieval art. After class, she heads to the gym for weightlifting and toning. Her enthusiasm for fitness got her thinking about working out as a woman and led her to create a new identity as – “feminist figure girl” – and enter the world of competitive bodybuilding.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:19 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

A Politifact check from the campaign trail

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Jon Greenberg is executive editor here at NHPR and representing today for the Politifact New Hampshire’ Partnership, a joint effort that also includes the Nashua Telegraph and the Valley News. You can hear their truth-o-meter tests of candidate statements right here on Word of Mouth. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:16 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Imagining the real John Lennon

John Lennon
(Photo by Pedro Netto via Flickr Creative Commons)

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the day that John Lennon was shot and killed on the sidewalk in front of his home in New York City. Reams of words have been written about that senseless, irrevocable act. But writer and critic Tim Riley prefers the parts of John Lennon’s story that are not so well known. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:34 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Costello Takes a Stand

Photo by: Paper Girl

 

A story to restore your faith in music superstars this holiday season. Elvis Costello is rallying his fans to save money by *not* buying a shiny new gift box set of his music called “the return of the spectacular spinning songbook”. The title comes from a trademark of Costello’s live shows with his band, the Attractions…he invites audience members to get to go up on stage and spin a massive, game-show style wheel of song titles from his back-catalog…whatever comes up, Elvis & the Attractions play.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:50 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The inspiring and mysterious drawings of Harris Burdick

For more than twenty-five years, readers have puzzled over the mysterious Harris Burdick. Here’s the legend: a man walks into a publishing house and drops off a set of 14 drawings…each with a tantalizing caption. He promises to return the next day with stories to accompany them, but is never seen again. The illustrations are eerie and unsettling…birds fly off wallpaper, a seated nun hovers placidly mid-air in a cathedral, a giant cruise ship plows through a venetian canal.  Since then, thousands of school children have written stories sparked by these illustrations.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:50 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Auto-Paparazzi

Photo by Khalid Almasoud, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Car makers have a long standing tradition of keeping their forthcoming models under tight wraps, sometimes going to extreme lengths to disguise new cars even as they’re being road tested. But of course, wherever there’s a secret to be uncovered, there are spies trying to get a look under the hood… Photographers who will do just about anything to capture a clear picture of a car before it’s being manufactured.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:00 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Yule Logs, Egg Nog and Holiday Guns

Photo credit by Randy Cox

 

Sales have been brisk for guns this holiday season. Black Friday 2011 surpassed the single day record for FBI background check requests on gun customers by 32%. Today, a background check of sorts on the Freedom Group, which has swiftly become one of the world’s leading manufacturers and sellers of guns. Natasha Singer a reporter in the Sunday business section of the New York Times, investigated the shadowy Wall Street investment company that has quietly acquired some of America’s most venerable gun and ammo manufacturers.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
1:30 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Small World, Two Authors

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:30 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

The Home Made Toaster

Photo by: healthserviceglasses

Produced by Avishay Artsy

The writer Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series In one of those books, the hero, Arthur Dent, is stranded on a planet populated by primitive people. Dent thinks to himself: I could show them the wristwatch! The internal combustion engine! The toaster! I’ll be crowned their emperor. The trouble is that without other humans around, he has no idea how to make any of those things. All he can make is a sandwich.  After which he’s elevated to the high office of “sandwich maker.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:46 am
Mon December 5, 2011

21st Century Cow Rustlers

Photo by Randy Pertiet, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Hard times and new technology are making for a resurgence in old-school range robbery. But these are not the rope twirling thieves of yore – today’s black hats are using GPS tracking, four-wheelers, and apparently, some inside knowledge of the industry to wrangle cattle. Freelance writer Laura Zuckerman talks about the upward trend of cattle rustling in the American West.

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Laura's article from Reuters

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:46 am
Mon December 5, 2011

The War on Christmas...trees.

Photo by Tomasz Krawczak, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The holiday season, we’re often reminded, is a time for people to come together…except, when it isn’t.   This year’s ‘War on Christmas’ skirmish revolves around the Christmas tree.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:46 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Becoming complacent about AIDS

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The international conference on aids and sexually transmitted disease in Africa, or “ICASA” is convening this week in Ethiopia. Over the past few decades, activists and educators worldwide have endeavored to dispel rumors and misinformation about aids and people with aids. Today, more HIV positive people can disclose their status without shame and stigma. But there’s a downside to those advances. Relaxed attitudes toward HIV may be contributing to a trend of complacency toward the disease, even here in the United States.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat December 3, 2011

Word of Mouth for 12.03.11

Photo by Tom Maglieri, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

PART 1

 “Clean coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gases and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. “Carbon Sequestration” is an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. We spoke with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor for Boing-Boing; she visited a carbon sequestration demonstration in Alabama.

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Writers on a New England Stage
7:30 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

7:30 pm | The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:50 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

An Experiment in "Cleaner Coal"

(Photo by Simple Rich via Flickr Creative Commons)

“Clean Coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gasses and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. This week, a large demonstration of clean coal technology is being staged in Illinois, testing the viability of so-called “carbon sequestration,” an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Are WE ruining research?

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Word of Mouth keeps its eye out for stories that are interesting, counterintuitive, many of which come from the world of science. It’s part of our mission to find the under-reported, simmering, surprising ideas that make us go “what?”

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12:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Random Hacks of Kindness

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There's a gathering of developers and code writers taking place globally...and they're invading Manchester to create apps for doing good. 

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Random Hacks of Kindness

Manchester gathering info

Small Dog Electronics

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:18 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

There's a Twilight WHAT?

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Our very own Taylor Quimby runs down some of the weirder products inspired by the Twilight franchise.

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Bella's Engagement Ring

Twilight "Manllows"

Twilight (and other really weird) Condoms

Word of Mouth
12:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Word of Mouth for December 1st, 2011

(Photo by Grace Fell via Flickr Creative Commons)

A bold experiment in "Cleaner Coal." Are sciences being driven by sexy press coverage? Random Hacks of Kindness. And our own producer runs down some of the weirder stuff Twilight fans can buy. 

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:48 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Unpacking a New Legal Fight Over Music Files

(Photo by That One Doood via Flickr Creative Commons)

At the dawn of the MP3 era, music-lovers digitized their CD collections, racking up thousands of hours of songs on their home computers, while clearing out their shelves. The thrill was soon followed by the realization that most of us owned far more music than we had time to listen to.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

A Dental Scrape...

Dental instruments
(Photo by Wolkenkratzer via Flickr Creative Commons)

NHPR's Chris Jensen reports on the Molar Express, a non-profit program engineered to delivery basic dental care to North Country kids. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:07 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Here's What's Awesome

Word of Mouth's Awesomator Brady Carlson is back with his latest super cool round-up from the world of the web.

BRADY'S AWESOME LINKS:

Pepper Spray Cop is a Meme...

10 things Siri will help you get instead of an abortion...

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Word of Mouth
11:52 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 30th, 2011

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An intellectual property scholar explains the battle between the music industry and a new site that offers to re-sell your dusty old MP3's.

Whitening Wars: Dentists say allowing hygienists to operate their own practices would cause decay to their industry. 

Plus, Awesomator Brady Carlson does some internet spelunking and lives to tell the tale 

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Word of Mouth
2:06 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 29th, 2011

A washed-up mixed martial arts champ’s comeback tells a bigger story about the meteoric rise of a sport once derided as human cockfighting. A mortician/blogger answers questions you’ve never dared to ask. And a campaign that’s been resurrected, despite being run like a Mel Brooks parody. 

Plus, a competition for ultra-smart kids who prefer to solve big problems with an iconic building toy.

Word of Mouth - Segment
2:01 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Is it Springtime for Newt?

(Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)

On Sunday, the Manchester Union Leader endorsed former house speaker Newt Gingrich as Republican candidate for President and enlivened the Sunday talk shows. Salon’s news editor Steve Kornacki  compares the surprise of "newtmentum" to another theatrical scheme…Zero Mostel, playing Max Bialystock to Gene Wilder’s timid Leo Bloom in the 1968 Mel Brooks film, The ProducersKornacki says tha

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:43 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

He's a Fighter, Not Just a Writer

(Photo courtesy Matt Polly)

Who doesn’t love an underdog? A Rocky in the ring? With the audience for boxing eroding, the new ring is an octagonal cage. In popularity and profits, mixed martial arts, or MMA, has knocked out boxing in the past decade.  The Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA’s flagship event, was sold for two million dollars in 2001. Today, it’s worth an estimated one billion. Our guest today is a definitive UFC underdog.  He’s a writer who dove George Plimpton-style into the grueling world of MMA and landed in the octagon. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:30 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Legomaniacs Get Their Due...

(Photo by Greg Gillinger via Flickr)

When Word of Mouth sent me to cover a competition designed around Legos, I had no idea that I was walking into the Superbowl of problem solving. 

LINKS:

First Lego League Web Site

Watch the Yappin' Yodas in action

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Stephen King

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended King’s reach far beyond the bestsellers list, earning him the title of “Master of Horror,” and establishing him as one of the most influential writers of our age.

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