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
1:05 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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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A Printmaker Makes His Mark On Issues Of Art And Race

Printing was not the first career choice for Amos Kennedy. He was 40 when he left his lucrative job as a programmer at AT&T to try his hand as being what he calls “a humble negro printer.” From his recently relocated workshop in Detroit, Amos cranks out posters, pamphlets, postcards and books by hand. His work provokes questions about art, race, and social inequality.

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

States Differ In Defining, Supporting "Gifted" Students

Findings from a recently published national survey suggest that gifted students are getting the shaft. The survey looked at how states define, identify, and accommodate gifted students.

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Word of Mouth
12:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Snowshoe Racing: Winter's Leisure Sport Speeds Up

The starting line at The Sidehiller
Sean Hurley for NHPR

The Sidehiller snowshoe race in Center Sandwich is the oldest snowshoe race in New Hampshire…a remarkable distinction for an event that began in 2005. We sent correspondent Sean Hurley on a radio field trip to learn  more about the fast-growing winter sport.

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Word of Mouth
11:53 am
Wed January 30, 2013

E-Cigarettes Suck In Users, Evade Regulation

Credit momentimedia via Flickr Creative Commons

Long gone are the days of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man. (The last television ad for a cigarette, incidentally, aired on January 1, 1971 at 11:59pm, right up to the second an advertising ban took effect.) The tobacco industry faces strict regulation, but the market for E-cigarettes is still an unregulated, wild, wild west with endorsements ranging from Playboy Playmates to Stephen Dorff.


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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Best Used Mini Cooper Ad In History

This 2002 Mini Cooper is not as awesome as Tim's.

Back in November, “The Best Used Car Ad in Craigslist History” was brought to my attention through a Facebook post. I hit the "contact" button and got in touch with its author, New Hampshire’s own Tim McLaughlin. It's kind hard to describe…so I'll bring it to life for you. First, you'll hear Tim tell you what he's trying to sell. (A note to listeners: the Craigslist ad was a tad saucy…so I’ve added plenty of bleeps.)

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Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Embracing Do-It-Yourself Funerals

A small and growing group of Americans are returning to a more hands-on, no-frills experience of death. In the world of "do it yourself" funerals, freezer packs are used in lieu of embalming, unvarnished wooden boxes replace ornate caskets, viewings are in living rooms and, in some cases, burials happen in backyards.


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Word of Mouth
9:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of An NYC Extortion Ring

In July of 1965, New York City Detective James McDonnell was called to the Western Union Office at Grand Central. A man posing as a detective was there with a 14-year old runaway boy. The kid’s father suspected something fishy when asked to wire twice the amount necessary to fly the boy home and called the cops. McDonnell quickly figured that the sharply dressed man was impersonating a cop and called for back-up.


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Word of Mouth
9:29 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Is Social Net Speech Protected?

From demanding access to employee Facebook profiles to soliciting job applicants via Twitter, the disparity in company policies surrounding social media are a marker of both its newness and its influence in our lives.


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Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Historic Doodles And The Great Minds Who Drew Them

Credit via The Atlantic

Our conversation with Sunni Brown sparked an interest in history's doodles; here are some great minds that weren't afraid to scribble a shape or two on their stationary.

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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Reassessing The Awards Season

The Oscar Buzzmeter is getting louder. Over the weekend, “Argo” captured top prizes at The Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America Awards. Those ceremonies – and the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards – represent a ‘jury of peers’ in Hollywood. "Argo" may be gaining momentum, but director Ben Affleck was not nominated for an Oscar. Hollywood watchers call it a snub in a season of snubs. Amy Diaz, editor and film critic for The Hippo, takes another view.

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Word of Mouth
10:16 am
Mon January 28, 2013

The Doodle Revolution

In a world where doodling is often criticized as a means toward distraction, new studies have shown that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension and creative thinking. Sunni Brown argues that there is no such thing as a mindless drawing. Her movement, and forthcoming book, is called ‘The Doodle Revolution'. She joins us to set the record straight.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

We start off the weekend with a critically acclaimed documentary that has no dialogue, narrative, or text. The film is Samsara, filmed over five years in twenty five different countries; it’s a combination of music and imagery full of life and culture from all over the world.  The film will be playing Friday, January 25 at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Theater.

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