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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
7:17 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Crazy Love

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Pop singer Rihanna made news recently when she confessed to Oprah Winfrey her sympathy for ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who beat her up on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009. Rihanna’s tears for her abuser had many domestic violence advocates up in arms, and many of the rest of us scratching our heads. Here to give her take on the complex and often baffling emotional life of domestic abuse victims is Leslie Morgan Steiner.

Word of Mouth
2:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Bringing Back Noir...for the Tablet

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For many, the noir genre lived and died in those smokey, black-and-white films and pages of dog-eared pulp fiction in the mid 20th centuryNow, a Kickstarter project led by long-time magazine veterans Nancie Clare and Rip Gorges aim to give the noir genre the digital age treatment, with video, animation and rich media.  Also with us is Megan Abbott, author of

Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Endeavor's Final Voyage

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Space shuttle Endeavor took a final victory lap over California landmarks Friday, piggybacked on top of a NASA 747 on its way to retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavor is the last of the four space shuttles to be relegated to a museum, and its final flight brought crowds of thousands out to streets, rooftops, and even freeways, looking to the sky for a glimpse of history. Valerie Hamilton sends this audio postcard from the Los Angeles International Airport.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Word of Mouth 09.22.2012

Part 1: Big Fundraiser Flame-Out, Circa 1884

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

More Africans Heading to China for Higher Education

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While the number of Africans enrolled in American and European higher education remains stagnant, nearly a third of international scholarships offered by the Chinese government are awarded to Africans. China’s is deepening its 12 billion dollar investment in Africa by aiding African universities and setting up Chinese language schools on the continent.

Word of Mouth
10:39 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Is Young Adult Fiction the New Chick Lit?

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If you’re over thirty but have read Twilight or The Hunger Games, don’t be embarrassed.  You’re not alone.   Young adult novels are hardly reserved for young adults anymore.  At the same time, many readers have moved on from the once uber-popular “chick lit” genre…it’s a contrast stark enough that Buzzfeed senior editor Anna North recently asked the question, “is young adult fiction the new chick lit”?

Word of Mouth
10:19 am
Thu September 20, 2012

David Wax Museum Stirs the Music Melting Pot

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As a band,  David Wax Museum is a kind of palate cleanser, take  some Mexican folk songs, run em through an indie pop bath, add a dash of southern fiddle, maybe a donkey’s jawbone and you’ve got a musical breath of fresh air.  David Wax Museum’s new album Knock Knock Get Up has a kind of brightness that you might not expect on an album produced in an old farmhouse in the bracing cold of a Maine winter.

Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Wed September 19, 2012

An Anti-Bullying Agreement

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New Hampshire’s anti-bullying law was signed into law in 2010, and was implemented last September. A number of high-profile bullying cases have made the news over the past few years, including the forced-tattooing of a special-needs student at Concord High School.  The Concord Monitor’s Sarah Palermo talked to parents and administrators to see how the state law designed to prevent bullying is faring.

Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Sandusky Effect

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In Massachusetts, a new manual authored by the children’s trust fund offers teachers advice about how to cope with another threat…sexual abuse.  Joanna Weiss, columnist for the Boston Globe, gives us more information on the manual, the inspiration behind it and what it means for teachers and kids.

Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Splitting up the 99%

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This week marks the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement – and though some vigilant protesters saw a lot of promise in the 185  New York arrests on Monday, there’s no denying that the movement has changed, and in many ways diminished since last fall.  Here in New Hampshire, an online feud has forced Occupy’s local chapter to do some tricky math... how do you divide 99 percent by two?  NHPR’s Ryan Lessard has the story. 

Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Art of Losing a Campaign

Walt McDougall, New York World, Oct. 30, 1884.

Mitt Romney’s campaign is trying to contain blow back from a secretly recorded video at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser. With less than fifty days until the election, Romney’s leaked comments, in which he dismisses 47% of the country as “dependent on government,” is dominating political coverage at a time when Romney is already down in the polls. It may be little relief to Romney staffers to know that there is an historical precedent to this media debacle.

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Word of Mouth
10:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Eating Your Way to Alzheimer's

While still in its early stages, a growing body of research reveals connections between diets heavy in fatty, sugary foods and the development of Alzheimer’s and possible other health problems.  Those same high-calorie foods are blamed for the diabetes epidemic now weighing America down. A flurry of new evidence has led some researchers to wonder whether Alzheimer’s may be a version of diabetes that hits the brain.

Word of Mouth
9:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Coolest Police Website Ever

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Anyone who’s been online looking for DMV hours, or tried to download a fishing license application knows that government websites are rarely a good time.  No frills, no eye for design – just a lot of dense, complicated information and a wealth of webified bureaucracy.  So, imagine our surprise when we saw posts on AdWeek and Ad Age praising the beauty and functionality of the Milwaukee Police Department website.  The site was designed by ad agency

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Word of Mouth
10:12 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Living with Lyme

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Recently, we learned on this program about the other tick-borne pathogens we should be worrying about beyond Lyme Disease. In the meantime, more and more people in New Hampshire are contracting Lyme. It’s a trend we’ve noticed even on Facebook, where many of our friends are posting about their positive test results, including Word of Mouth contributor Adam McCune…so we asked him to share his story.

Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Mon September 17, 2012

A Foreign Perspective on Election 2012

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Foreign policy has taken center stage in Election 2012 after protests and violence at multiple U.S Embassies.  Political back and forth about how or how not to respond to the incidents have held up headlines, while the riots themselves remind us that there is world outside our borders that may not be voting for the next President of the United States, but nevertheless have an opinion.  We wanted to expand our on the international perspective of Election 2012, so we called Foreign Policy Associate Editor

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