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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12:00 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Native American Art at Dartmouth

For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause for celebration.  The holiday commemorating the survival – thanks to the Wampanoag tribe – of early settlers also marks the first wave of a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people.

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8:04 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011 Part 4

Throughout the year, we’ve been featuring a series we call 11 for 11… conversations with innovative thinkers who challenge and provoke new ways of thinking about the issues of our time. Dr. Raymond Tallis is a former clinical neuroscientist turned author.

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8:03 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011 Part 3

Richard Conniff talks about his new book, The Species Seekers. And NHPR's Sam Evans Brown takes a trip to Vermont to find out what permaculture is.

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8:02 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 2

Word of Mouth’s internet sherpa Brady Carlson is back. After his weekday shifts hosting All Things Considered, Brady likes to unwind by gathering new items for Here's What’s Awesome, our frequent look at the web and its endless list of memes, trends and viral hits.

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8:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 1

A secret online black market exposed. And a Connecticut High School's controversial, Columbine-style ruse to clear the hallways for a drug sweep.  

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8:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011

S is for Saturday!
(Leo Reynolds via Flickr)

Part 1:

We take a journey to an online black market where you can buy anything from M-16's to fake identities. A Connecticut high school's Columbine-style ruse to clear the halls for a drug sweep.

Part 2:

Brady Carlson returns with Here's What's Awesome.

Part 3:

Richard Conniff on The Species Seekers. What the heck is permaculture?

Part 4:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

How Pizza got Vegefied

Our new favorite vegetable
(Instant Vantage via Flickr Creative Commons)

You may recall that as President, Ronald Reagan labeled ketchup as a vegetable. On Monday, a joint House-Senate spending bill added tomato paste slathered on pizza to the vegetable group. In fact, pizza is now designated as a “supervegetable”. Julian Pecquet covers health care for The Hill and has been following the bill, and the lobbying effort behind it.

We can't help but wonder what Michelle said when she found out.

 

 

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12:32 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

African Cuisine in the Upper Valley

African food
(Jan Ekenstam via Flickr Creative Commons)

Former Word of Mouth intern Stephanie Reighart visited an unexpected restaurant catering to the Upper Valley called Tastes of Africa.

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12:24 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

A Pox on your Pops!

Girl with chicken pox
(Andreas Photography via Flickr Creative Commons)

Before vaccines became standard care, parents who wanted to build their children’s immunity to common diseases often brought them to play with other neighborhood kids already infected with bugs like the measles and chicken pox. Now, a small group of parents opposed to vaccines are reviving “pox parties” via social media sites like Facebook. Recently, one mother catered to that  crowd by advertising homemade lollipops tainted with the varicella virus…yep.

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11:52 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Death Talk Goes Viral

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11:42 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 17th, 2011

lollipop girl
(Photo by Thanh Quynh via Flickr Creative Commons)

How pizza got vegetized. An African restaurant in the Upper Valley. Facebook Pox Parties. And the real mortician behind "Ask a Mortician" talks about bringing death talk to the masses.

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12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Bit Coins for Black Markets

Photo by Vaporizers, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Our guest Sabrina Rubin Erdely describes her journey down the Silk Road, an underground website where hack-savvy browsers can buy virtually anything, assuming it's illegal.

LINKS

Sabrina's article about the Silk Road

Sabrina's website about other stuff

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 16th, 2011

Photo by lmanage, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Today, a walk down the Silk Road, where savvy web-browsers can buy anything from weapons to weed to weird.  Also, how one teacher works to help immigrant and refugee schoolchildren learn language and adapt to a new home through pictures.  Plus, the Total Artifical Heart, a primer on Permaculture, and a ride through the wilderness of Idaho in search of pioneer apples.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

Photo by Damon Clarke, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Journalist for the Atlantic Robin Romm chronicles a sperm donor's discovery that his "contribution" is the subject of an online blog. 

LINKS

Romm's article All His Children

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

The Latest Awesome

Photo by Evan Hahn, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

NHPR's host of All Things Considered and resident web-guru pilots us through the interweb's latest viral videos and telling finds.  

HERE'S WHAT'S AWESOME THIS TIME:

Herman Cain's webpage "error"

How to win a Russian election

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

More RAM for Refugees

Photo by Moe M, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Pastor Joel Kruggel of the Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford talks about his congregation's work providing Sudanese refugees with their own place of worship, as well as computer literacy classes and computers. 

 

LINKS

To donate, contact The Bethany Covenant Church

More about the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church in Manchester

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 15th, 2011

Photo by Evan Hahn, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Today, a sperm donor discovers decisions can have unintended consequences.  Plus, a double dose of awesome internet viral videos and worthy time-wasters.  Also, a family who must divide in order to stay together through mental illness.  And a church works to provide Sudanese refugees with computer literacy skills.  Lastly, the future is now for prosthetics: a look at bionic appendages.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

From Chinatown to Ghost-town

Photo by Canalita0306, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

More evidence that some people are losing faith in American exceptionalism: Chinatowns everywhere are vacating as residents head back home in search of the "Chinese Dream".  Journalist Bonnie Tsui explains the circumstances surrounded the growth and decline of American Chinatowns.

 

LINKS

Bonnie's article "The End of Chinatown"

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11 for '11
12:00 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

11 for '11: Raymond Tallis

Photo by jetheriot, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Here on Word of Mouth, we love brain science.  Brain-science in the courtroom.  Brain-science and aesthetics. Brain-science and poverty.  Image a brain and we'll hear your pitch with open ears.

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12:00 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 14th, 2011

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Our 11 for '11 series continues with Raymond Tallis, author of Aping Mankind, on why our focus on brain-science may be overrated.  PLUS, the next segment of the WBEZ series "Out of the Shadows", and why American Chinatowns are becoming American ghost-towns.  And a brief look at the science of polling.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

WoM for Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Photo by Gilderic, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Where are all these fracking earthquakes coming from? The correlation between natural gas and shifting plates.  Also, Agent Twitter and Double-O-Social Media: predicting riots, epidemics and other social phenomena through aggregate online data. Plus, World of Adcraft: the growing gimmicks of big-budget video game advertisements.  And an interview with Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke.  His latest novel is Damned.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

Part 1: FrackQuakes and Agent Twitter

Photo by Martin Luff, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

Part 2: iPhone's Funny-bone, and World of Adcraft

Photo by Acid Zero, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

Part 3 and 4: Chuck Palahniuk

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12:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me

Photo by See-ming Lee, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The latest attempt to predict the future: scientists use digital data from Twitter, traffic webcams, and bazillion other places to create a model that can foresee epidemics, social upheaval, and more. That' the theory anyway.  Much like the weather, you can't always count on the forecast.  Sharon Weinberger writes for Nature. She tell us more about the project.

LINKS

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 10th, 2011

Photo by Peter Shanks, Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. spy agencies use twitter and other online data as a digital fortune cookie. The first part in a WBEZ series on mental illness in youth.  Video games advertising gets gimmicked out. And investing locally: how to make a buck and help your neighbors, too.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

What Goes Around...

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You've seen bumper stickers: shop local, eat local... now, a grassroots call to invest local.  And like any good movement, it utilizes a catchy word-combo. Joining us to talk about it is Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit it.

LINKS Amy's Blog about Locavesting NH Community Loan Fund site  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Grand Theft Advertising

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Independent producer John Lynch explores the increasing role of big-budget advertising in seducing the 30-something gamer generation to support the industry's Hollywood level profits. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

A Fracking Disaster?

earthquake damage
(Photo by martinluff via Flickr Creative Commons)

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that rattled the east coast back in August triggered speculation about whether the controversial gas drilling technique called fracking may have been responsible. Fracking involves drilling thousands of feet into the shale deep below the earth’s surface, then fracturing the earth by pumping millions of gallons of sand, water, and chemicals into the shale to release natural gas. So far, contamination of groundwater supplies has been the focus of those opposing big energy’s push to expand fracking.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:18 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The Panic Principal

Late last month, students at Wolcott High School in Connecticut were on lockdown. An announcement on the intercom warned of a threatening intruder. Doors were locked and police swooped in with dogs…drug-sniffing dogs as it turned out. But there was no gun-toting maniac roaming the halls. It was a “lockdown intervention drill”… a ruse to clear the halls for a school-wide drug search.

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