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
9:39 am
Tue January 15, 2013

One Man's Quest to Save Pinball

The steadfast fixture of arcades and bars has dwindled as the gaming industry has moved towards handheld devices and home consoles. Only one pinball production company remains. However, Jack Guarnieri is looking to revive the once uber-popular gaming machine.

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Word of Mouth
9:33 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Lead: The Criminal Element

Boing Boing Science Editor Maggie Koerth-Baker has tracked trending scientific evidence that suggests leaded gasoline was the primary catalyst for national fluctuations violent crime, IQ, and ADHD.

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11:49 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Five Triumphantly Memorable Joe Biden Moments

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After Steve Kornacki unpacked Joe Biden's forgettable status as a 2016 Presidential front-runner, we felt compelled to illuminate all the ways that the Vice President HAS left an indelible mark on our collective memory:

1. Speaking on his unique relationship with the Office of the President:

"Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." - Aug. 22, 2012

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Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dystextia: A New Warning Sign

Here’s another sign that personal technology has penetrated nearly every part of our lives – Boston Globe Health Reporter and blogger Deborah Kotz recently wrote about a newly recognized medical phenomenon called “dystextia”


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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

The recent and somewhat controversial changes to the manual to diagnose mental illness, also known as the DSM-5, will become official later this spring. Edits to the manual are based around an evolving understanding of mental disorders, which historically, haven’t always been accurate. A shocking diagnosis took hold at the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, when thousands of young black men were arrested at protests and sent to the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Michigan, where they were systematically diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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Word of Mouth
9:35 am
Mon January 14, 2013

How New Hampshire Is Helping Nanobreweries Revolutionize Craft Beer

While beer sales have been down, nationally, since the great recession, the craft beer industry has been going strong – growing 15 percent in 2011, according to the American Brewers’ Association.


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Word of Mouth
9:22 am
Mon January 14, 2013

The Forgotten Vice President

A Vice President seems like an obvious choice at the end of any President’s second term, but President Obama’s right-hand man may face an “over-the-hill” battle for the nomination. Steve Kornacki writes about why Joe Biden so frequently gets left off of the presidential short list.


Word of Mouth
1:16 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.12.2013

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The best and brightest segments from our daily program.

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Word of Mouth
4:10 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Five Cinematic Reasons Not to Go Mars

Our conversation today about our genetic wanderlust got us thinking about the interstellar urge to roam. Luckily, the Dutch-based Mars One is planning the first human trip to Mars in 2023. If you have ten years to spare—and are resilient, adaptable, trusting, curious, creative, and resourceful—you may be the ideal candidate. Before you rush to fill out your application, consider these cinematic warnings about space travel. Because everything that can go wrong in outer space, will go wrong. Yeah, Murphy's Law is intergalactic.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Haiti Three Years Later

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Today marks the three year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the country is still struggling to rebuild in spite of the $7.5 billion dollars disbursed in official aid and contributions for post-disaster relief. Laurent Dubois is a professor at Duke University and author of the book, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History that talks about the country's complicated social, economic, and political history and how it can be rich again.

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Are We Obsessed with Obesity?

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The slew of recent articles on obesity are nearly unanimous in agreement that there is a health crisis in the United States. Dr. Abigail Saguy, UCLA sociologist, takes a different perspective, saying there is no such medical consensus around the need to lose weight. In her latest book, she argues that our negative association with obesity is a deliberately framed viewpoint—and not necessarily a healthy one.



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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Why We Roam

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The success of the human race in spreading across the globe, and striking out even into the blackness of space, owes itself in no small part to our desire, ambition, and need to push the frontiers of human exploration.  Not everybody has the will or means to become an astronaut, a sailor, or deep sea diver—but for those that do, a chronic sense of restlessness may live inside their genetic code.  David Dobbs is an author and freelance science writer who wrote about the biological roots of that roaming urge.

Word of Mouth
4:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The Paperback Quest for Joy

If you’re in the mood for a little self-improvement at the start of the year, you’ll have no trouble finding guides; there are at least 45,000 self-help books currently in print. They run the gamut: the self-made man, mind-cures, chicken soup, subliminal messages and Zen meditation. They’re published in dozens of languages, but self-help books are predominately an American phenomenon.  To explain why, we turn to Laura Vanderkam, author of “The Paperback Quest for Joy”.

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Word of Mouth
3:36 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Music to Look Forward to in 2013

Here's a video playlist of music we talked about today with Melissa Locker based on her article for Time, 11 Albums to Look Forward to in 2013

NOTE: Please be aware that some of these songs contain explicit language.

Tegan and Sara: Closer

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Word of Mouth
1:48 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The Alzheimer's Café: Unforgettable Therapy

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can strip away memory, sometimes even dignity, and can isolate even the most outgoing individual. There’s no cure for the brain disorder, but now, patients and those who care for them are finding relief at something called the Alzheimer’s Café.


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