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
10:30 am
Wed January 2, 2013

The New Year in Video Games

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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?

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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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Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Does Holding a Gun Make You See a Gun?

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A study finds that the very act of holding a gun (even a wii gun!) prompts subjects to identify an object held by another person as a firearm...even when it's just a shoe.

We talk to the researcher behind this work, Jessica Witt of Colorado State University.

Word of Mouth
5:01 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for January

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If you want an email notification ONCE A MONTH when a new podcast is out you can sign up here, and  you'll never miss it! Thanks!

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Note to Listeners

Only the extra-good can hope for Taylor under the tree.
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Word of Mouth is taking a break for the holidays...to check out a complete list of the special programming airing in our stead, click here.

We'll be back on the air in the New Year with some fresh ideas, new conversations, and radio to satisfy your curiosity.

Have a great holiday week!

-Rebecca, Taylor, Zach, Jon, Ali, Bill, and Virginia

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

A Word of Mouth Christmas

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What is the trick to gift-giving? Is the ski chalet dead? What about the smartphone? What if Monopoly wasn't about, well, monopoly? Is Die Hard a Christmas classic? Can a physicist make good chocolate? What happens to a Grinch when holiday cheer abounds? and... IS there a Santa Claus?

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Word of Mouth's "End of the World" Playlist

Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack.  It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.  

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Why Dystopian Reads May Be Good For Teens

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Most of us read 1984 and Lord of the Flies in high school, but the new dystopian novel has grown in popularity beyond the required reading list to include a new generation of young fans.  David Sobel looks at the legion of apocryphal novels set in worlds devastated by wars and environmental collapse now aimed at teens as emblematic of a rising tide of hopelessness. He is a member of the senior faculty at Antioch New England, and his article “Feed the Hunger” was published in the November-December issue of Orion magazine.


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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

What to Eat (and Drive) as the World Ends

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What would you want your last meal be? What would you choose for a getaway car? Are white shoes appropriate for a December apocalypse? To figure out the answer to at least the first two questions for the end-times we spoke with J.M. Hirsch, food editor at the Associated Press and author of the High Flavor Low Labor cookbook and  Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of US News Auto, which named “The 13 Best Cars for the Mayan Apocalypse.”



Word of Mouth
11:11 am
Thu December 20, 2012

What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway?

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As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his enigmatic four-line poems have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with Stéphane Gerson, Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom to find out why a 16th century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will be giving a free talk at the New York Public Library on February 4.


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Word of Mouth
4:39 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

5 Shows We Hate-Watched in 2012

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A new TV trend has emerged, "hate-watching," or staying true to shows that make you feel a little bit bad about yourself the morning.


This year we found hate-watch blogs on TV Guide, The Root, and TV.com, among other places. We've also compiled our own list, curated by Senior Producer and resident television addict Rebecca Lavoie.


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Word of Mouth
11:15 am
Wed December 19, 2012

TED's Fight Against Bad Science

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TED is the world-wide home for “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and the non-profit organization’s event videos are watched by an eager audience of millions.  People wanted their own local TED experience, and the TEDx phenomenon grew quickly with over 5700 events since starting in 2009.

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Word of Mouth
10:36 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Case of the Missing Santa Claus

It’s a sad sign of holiday desperation that in many towns, burglaries and thefts spike around the holidays. Two years ago a landmark seasonal statue was stolen from a small New Hampshire town…now a gallery in Massachusetts is trying to find it through the power of art.

Word of Mouth
10:14 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Micro

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With the recent paperback reissue of Michael Crichton's posthumously published book, Micro, we thought our segment from last year was worth revisiting. Does a sci-fi novel about nanotechnology improve with age? You be the judge.

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Word of Mouth
1:32 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Best Podcasts of 2012

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Just a few years ago, the podcast was a way to hear radio on your own schedule, or a mouthpiece for amateur creative types. Not so today, when as many as 40% of Americans listen to audio on digital devices. Given the tens of thousands of podcasts available to get you through long car rides or gym visits, we wanted to find some of the best.

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