Word of Mouth

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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
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

Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Beer Politics

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Here at home, both campaigns are working hard to brand their candidate as more relatable, more quintessentially American.  It’s a mission that involves lots of visits to diners, burger joints, and county fairs.  But when it comes to looking folksy, the President has one advantage that GOP nominee Mitt Romney just can’t swallow.  Producer Taylor Quimby reports.

Check out the White House Beer brewing process and the recipe for the beer here:

Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon September 17, 2012

All You Need to Know About the New iPhone 5

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It’s been only been a year since Apple revealed the iPhone 4s to the world:  it looked a lot like its predecessors, but included one game changing new feature: voice assistance technology.  A short time later, we had Apple guru and explainer-of-all-things-wired Rob Fleischman on the show.  Well, it’s one year later and Rob is back to talk about the iPhone 5,

Word of Mouth
9:12 am
Mon September 17, 2012

The New Dogs of War

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When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.  For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.  After a long hiatus, U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.  There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Later this week...

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Virginia and be attending the PRPD conference this week, and will be airing some vintage episodes of Word of Mouth. Never fear, though, we'll be back live on the air on Monday.

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Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Voter ID Problem? There's an App for That.

Last week, the Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, or to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity in order to vote. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter, is here with more on what New Hampshire voters can expect. 

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Your TV is Talking to YOU. Yes, YOU.

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Personalized, addressable ads are finally hitting our televisions. Ad Age's Brian Steinberg explains how they're doing something that seems a little too Minority Report to be true.

And, some feedback about a listener about our coverage of the non-coverage of the Paralympics.

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Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The Science Ignored by Liberals

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Think the right has cornered the market on denying science? No way, says Alex Berezow. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author of the book Science Left Behind: Feel Good Falacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left.

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