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
9:28 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Philanthropy Class Attains Real Donation Fund

Last semester, students attending a course on philanthropy at University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Studies Department were given one-hundred thousand dollars to dispense to area non-profits.  Yesterday, Virginia Prescott caught up with Doug Bauer, Executive Director at the Clark Foundation – who co-teaches the course alongside Greg Goldman, Vice President of Development at the non-profit Philadelphia Zoo.



Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Monster Trucks Crush In New Hampshire

Backdraft gets some air
Sean Hurley for NHPR

They’re twelve feet tall, twelve feet wide and crush metal into scrap for fun.  They have names like Maximum Destruction, Eradicator and Thrasher. If you’re envisioning a new breed of comic book villains, think again. They’re some of the gigantic debutantes of a new season of Monster Truck Madness. The touring circuit known as Monster Jam 2013 landed in New Hampshire last week. Sean Hurley put in some earplugs and visited the spectacle for this radio field trip.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lake Street Dive Gaining Momentum

Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

10 Monster Trucks With Not-So-Tough Names

The real Half-Pint, people

Sean Hurley's story on Monster Trucks got us thinking about all those awesome Monster Truck names, like Gravedigger and Big Foot. Anyone with a TV knows those names sound great with heavy metal and lots of reverb designed to make us run (NOT WALK!!!) to the arena on Sunday (SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!) So we were  surprised to find so many Monster Trucks have names that are...well...kind of lame. Check out our list, and listen to what a commercial might sound like if they got top billing:

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Piltdown Man Caper (and Five Other Archeological Hoaxes)

Replica of the Piltdown skull
Credit via www.History.com


It has been a century since one of the most publicized scientific hoaxes was presented to the world, and only sixty years since the find was exposed as a fraud. Here to talk about the centennial anniversary of the discovery of Piltdown Man is Robert Goodby. He’s an archeologist and Associate Professor at Franklin Pierce University.

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Word of Mouth
9:39 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Ballet Girls: A Portrait of Life in Damascus During the Revolution

Emma LeBlanc


 


As the Syrian revolution grinds on, middle-class Damascus clings to the rituals of everyday life. Photographer Emma LeBlanc and Phil Sands capture the other story of the revolution. It is the story of a tension that has come to define this new Syria in transition, though the quiet, frightened, quotidian voices of the majority are those less often heard amidst the shouts for freedom and those for president Bashar. 

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Word of Mouth
9:12 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Safeguarding Liberty: Beyond the Second Amendment

Credit Roger Wood / NHPR

Today, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee with a goal of countering the influence of the gun lobby. the new PAC leverages public calls for stricter gun controls following the Sandy Hook shooting last month.


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Word of Mouth
4:18 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

High Heels Are Sexy and Other "No Duh" Research

Credit pixieclipx via Flickr Creative Commons

The high heel—ever the fashion accessory—has always attracted attention. Turns out (insert astonishment here) that they make the wearer more attractive and more feminine. 


In honor of this not quite surprising research, here are our top scientific no-brainers inspired by the Ig Nobel prizes for thoughtful, humorous and sometimes absurd research.

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Word of Mouth
11:44 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Self Help: How to Think More About Sex

Credit How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

The author and philosopher Alain de Botton addresses the chasm between our private feelings and real world experience of sex in “How to Think More About Sex."  It’s one of two new books in The School of Life Series – a smart and frequently funny twist on the “self-help” genre, which he curates.

Check out this short film that accompanies the book:

Word of Mouth
10:51 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Adopt a Fire Hydrant, Fix a Pothole...There's an App for That

Credit Code for America

The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities.  Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.

Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Talking About Mental Health, Post-Newtown

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Andrew Beaujon is senior online reporter for the Poynter institute. He talked to a number of health reporters about how they think mental health coverage is being handled post-Newtown, and he joins us with his findings.



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Word of Mouth
10:29 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The News That Got Buried Under The Fiscal Cliff

Credit stoven2 via Flickr Creative Commons

The last few weeks of 2012 were dominated by media coverage of the fiscal cliff crisis. News outlets covered everything from the projected impact of the cliff to shouting matches between legislators. Lost in the mix throughout the crisis were important, but less sensational news stories. Joshua Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy and he joins us to talk about some of these backseat news items.



Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Coming and Going: Literary and Gastronomy Trends in 2013

We’re beginning the new year with some "culture-vores" about which trends and habits they expect to fade out or faze in during 2013… Joining us for more on the literary scene is Jason Boog, editor of the publishing news website Galley Cat...and, for more on what’s coming up for food in 2013, we asked Maine chef and cookbook author, Kathy Gunst – who cautions that watching for culinary trends is not an entirely objective undertaking.

Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Wed January 2, 2013

The New Year in Video Games

Credit Steven Andrew Photography via Flickr Creative Commons

Clay Wirestone is Arts Editor for the Concord Monitor and our favorite video game freak. He joins us to run down what's coming in gaming in 2013...and kills the screen on the trends of 2012.

Word of Mouth
10:28 am
Wed January 2, 2013

What Will the Blockbusters Be in 2013?

Credit Brett Jordan via Flickr Creative Commons

2012 was a banner year for big-screen comic book adaptations – Marvel’s The Avengers, was the top grossing film of the year, followed by the latest in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises.

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