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
12:39 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Top 5 Audiobook-Celebrity Pairings of 2012

Lucky for all of us, Snookie isn't reading any books on tape...yet.

Today we spoke with Robin Whitten, founder and editor of AudioFile magazine about the best books read by celebrities in 2012.

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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Word of Mouth 12.08.2012

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Word of Mouth's weekly program. This week's show features an art blog that uses Google Earth images to show the battlefields of drones, a radio show produced in an an insane asylum, Ty Burr's "Gods Like Us," and history's badass-iest nuns. Plus, webcast funerals!

Part 1:

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Higher Ed Gets an Online Overhaul

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As more and more students head to American colleges and universities to advance their education and economic prospects, there is dwindling faith in the quality of a four-year degree, especially given the high price tag. Meanwhile, a whole new model of learning is quickly gaining ground. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer education to anybody with a reliable internet connection, often for free.  MOOCs are attracting massive amounts of students, investment capital, and accolades.


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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Forget the Wrapping Paper on These Gifts

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It’s not terribly surprising that for the second year running, the national retail federation claims the hottest holiday present is a gift card. But are we losing something when we focus on the material aspects of gift-giving? With us to rundown some alternative ideas for experiential gifts you can’t fit under the tree is Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine.


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Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Thu December 6, 2012

3 Gift Ideas for the Adrenaline Junkie

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Today's segment about experiential gifts got me wondering what I'd get for someone with more thrill-fueled interests...

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Word of Mouth
10:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Five Surprising Radio Station Locales

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We recently talked with psychologist  Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky about Radio La Colifata, the world’s first and largest radio station broadcast from a psychiatric facility. She made several visits to El Borda National Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires to see, and hear Radio La Colifata for herself. 

It got us thinking about other unique places with radio broadcast frequencies. Here's our top five.

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Word of Mouth
10:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Library of Human Experience (Online)

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 Jonathan Harris is working to make the internet, or at least his corner of it, a more human experience by giving regular people the tools to become storytellers. As creator of Cowbird, he has built an online haven for vulnerable human thoughts, ideas, emotions, and stories.

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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify Protections for People with Disabilities

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This week the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) was narrowly rejected on the Senate floor.  The treaty, negotiated during the Bush administration, has already been ratified by126 other nations—including China, Russia, and Iran. 


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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Art and Science of Chocolate

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Richard Tango-Lowy is a physicist turned chocolatier who melds a zen-like appreciation for the process with exacting standards for experimentation. Virginia Prescott visited Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, New Hampshire to learn the art of making (and tasting) chocolate.


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Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mourning a Loved One Via the Internet

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The funeral industry is embracing the digital age. Funeral homes are beefing up their websites and social media to include tributes and photographs of the departed.

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Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games

100 Games - Cupcake Edition
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After researching our segment on the unknown origins of Monopoly, we decided to keep looking for other games with surprising backstories.  We hope that they will inspire your game-based holiday gift-giving.

1. Clue was originally invented as a game to play in underground bunkers to wait out lengthy air raid drills during World War II. Due to such turbulent times,  its initial production was heavily delayed due shortages of material.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly

GO TO JAIL. How fun!
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I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing  your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.


The most popular game in the world, according to this amazing article in Harpers, is, simply put, theft. And it has an incredible, almost unbelievable history:

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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Slopes Are Melting!

David Brooks, writer for the Nashua Telegraph, walks us through current and future threats that global warming poses to the ski industry.


Word of Mouth
9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tumbling the Drone War

We look into a Tumblr  account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestragram.


Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The End of the Alpine Lodge?

The lodge at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
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In winter sports communities out west, ski lodges are shedding their antlers for a more contemporary decor. But does the cocoa taste as sweet? And will New England ever give up its slopeside a-frame aesthetic?

Will contemporary ski architecture snowball in New England?

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