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
1:29 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Pay-For-Play: NCAA Athletes' Rights

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Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations board ruled that college football players at Northwestern University are considered employees and could form a union. The NCAA and Northwestern University promptly appealed the ruling, arguing that student athletes are not “employees” under federal law. The two sides might see some resolution as early as next week when the house education and workforce committee will hold hearings on the case in DC. The Pay-for-Play  model is just one issue in the broader college athletes’ rights movement.

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Word of Mouth
1:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Unusual College Courses: Zombies In Popular Media

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Brendan Riley is an associate professor of English at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches writing, media studies, and literature courses. He has been teaching "Zombies in Popular Media" during January terms since 2007.

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Word of Mouth
12:39 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Unusual College Courses: How To Win A Beauty Pageant

At the collegiate level, there are many courses that take an unorthodox approach to core subjects.

Case in point, Oberlin College's "How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity." Here's Oberlin Assistant Professor Afia Ofori-Mensa talking about it:

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Word of Mouth
12:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

How About This For A Commencement Speech: 'You Are Not Special.'

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It was the high school commencement address heard ‘round the world. When English teacher David McCullough, Jr. addressed 2012 graduates from the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts, he told them, "You are not special."

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Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Unusual College Courses: The Science Of Superheroes

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Professor Michael Dennin from the University of California in Irvine, discusses his course "Science of Superheroes', which recently changed its title to "Science Fact, Science Fiction" to avoid disappointing superhero fans. Michael spoke with producer Taylor Quimby about superhero science: from Spiderman's webs to the mystery of The Hulk's instantaneous mass increase.

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Word of Mouth
1:17 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Coaching In The Classroom: What Teachers Can Learn From Athletics

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Craig Owens is an associate professor of English at Drake University, and, by his own admission, he is much more academic than athletic. This didn't stop him from merging the two worlds into a program he co-created and called "Coaching in the Classroom." Having acted as an honorary coach for the university's varsity women's basketball team, Craig was inspired to bring sports into the classroom. He spoke with producer Taylor Quimby about "Coaching in the Classroom."

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Word of Mouth
12:34 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

5.5.14: The Sixth Extinction & Why Is The Sky Blue?

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On today's Word of Mouth, we tackle that most pervasive of human curiosities: Why is the sky blue? You might have some vague understanding that you could give to an inquiring child, or, if you're like author Phil Plait,  “You look him or her right in the eye and say, ‘It’s because of quantum effects involving Rayleigh scattering combined with a lack of violet photon receptors in our retinae.’" That explanation might be a bit too advanced for young minds, so Phil wrote the book on how actually to explain such scientific quandaries to kids.

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Word of Mouth
4:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois

This taxidermied fox is SHOCKED by the results of this quiz.
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After Virginia’s conversation with Slate senior editor Dan Kois about all things cool, we thought it would be helpful to quiz Dan on what is cool and what is not. Without further ado, we present Word of Mouth’s “Cool vs. Uncool Quiz” with our host Virginia Prescott.

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Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Audio Orchard For April

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Each month producer Zach Nugent handpicks his favorite new songs for a playlist called 'The Audio Orchard'.

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Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway?

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The search for “cool” has been a quintessential cultural quest for decades: we all want to be cool, but by definition only a select few will ever achieve it, and only for an instant. So what is “cool,” anyway, and why are we so fascinated by the people who make cool? Here to answer that question is Dan Kois. He's Senior Editor at Slate, which is doing a month-long series on the nature of cool. 

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

5.1.14: Space Farming, The Birth of 'Cool', Caspar BabyPants, The Bitter Barista & The Audio Orchard

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Make a lunch date today with your loyal friend, Word of Mouth. We're revisiting some favorites from the last year, and our nostalgia is set to max capacity. Kicking off the show are two stories about farming. In space. Then hit the juke box and press play for a segment on the origin of 'cool'. Speaking of cool, Chris Ballew of the band The Presidents of the United States of America talks about his family friendly musical persona Caspar Babypants. Then, the internet can provide a place for venting about Ventis. Wrapping up the show, Producer Zach Nugent shares his latest picks for The Audio Orchard.

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5.1.14: Space Farming, The Birth of 'Cool', Caspar BabyPants, The Bitter Barista & The Audio Orchard

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: P.J. O'Rourke

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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with P.J. O'Rourke recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. The journalist, satirist, bestselling author, and frequent Wait Wait Don't Tell Me panelist has written humorously about some of the worlds' scariest conflict zones and got us laughing about economics and political flim-flammery in Washington as a writer for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and seventeen books of nonfiction.

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Word of Mouth
2:49 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Slideshow: Ansel Adams' Wilderness, Transfer Station Gold & Playgrounds

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The outdoors have provided wonder and fascination for millennia. Ansel Adams captured this in his photographs. Playgrounds have inspired this in children the world over. Even transfer stations, what many people mistakenly think are the last stop for the worn out, run down and used, are full of treasures. You just have to know how to look.

Word of Mouth
2:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

4.29.14: The Great Outdoors

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"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein, 1951

Ah, the great outdoors. A place for life, death, and seemingly infinite inspiration. Today's Word of Mouth is all about the outdoors: capturing its beauty through photography, creating its beauty through manipulation, and rediscovering its beauty in the most unlikely places. Join us for a walk through the wild then share your thoughts on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Word of Mouth
1:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

4.28.14: The People's Platform, Naming Genocide, Rash App & Slot Car Racing

4.28.14: The People's Platform, Naming Genocide, Rash App & Slot Cars
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On today's Word of Mouth, we explore the digital world and two apps recently added to it. NHPR's Sean Hurley brings us a story of a World Record with New Hampshire origins. Finally: a look at a Sundance film about genocide. We’ll learn about Raphael Lemkin, a Holocaust survivor who coined the term, providing a legal framework for prosecuting the crimes of WWII. Listen to the full show and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

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