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
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top 3 High-Tech Marriage Busters

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We discussed the quickly-developing market for spousal surveillance technology with Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Valentino. You can listen to her interview here:

In the meantime, we were surprised to learn how marriage and divorce are being affected by technology...and how quickly it's all happened:

1) Social Media: Breeding Ground for Evidence

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Word of Mouth
9:56 am
Mon December 3, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To...Ben Affleck's Beard

Virginia Prescott notices that recent movie reviews include as much critical analysis into facial hair as they do to cinematography, sound design and acting. Check out Virginia's take on the phenomenon here:


Word of Mouth
9:42 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Gods Like Us: Our Evolving Obsession with Fame

Ty Burr, film critic and author of the new book Gods Like Us, traces our ever-shifting fascination and disgust toward the on-screen and private lives of celebrities.


Ty is appearing tonight in Hanover, NH. Here are the details.

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Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The End of Smartphones?

Word of Mouth's favorite explainer of all things wired Rob Fleischman discusses our beloved internet devices and the emerging technologies that may be gearing up to take their spot.

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Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Word of Mouth 12.01.2012

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Word of Mouth's weekend program includes some of our favorite stories from from the daily program.

Part 1: Syria/Chemical Dangers

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Word of Mouth
3:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life

Because who doesn't want their vacuum to look like an Orca?

When we first saw Robert Ito's Pacific Standard piece on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:

But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot is the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:

1) Buy him a snazzy costume!

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Audio Orchard for December

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The Audio Orchard explores music being made right here in New England, and introduces you to artists that find their way here while on tour. Each month, we hand pick a variety of songs to sample. Click HERE to listen and download on Soundcloud, or click the "Podcast" link on the right of this page for iTunes. Happy Listening!

UPDATE: I'm not a big fan of email subscriptions because they usually end up spamming your inbox, but if you want me to email you ONCE A MONTH when my new podcast is out you can sign up here, and that way you'll never miss it! Thanks!

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Word of Mouth
2:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Vice Turns Back the Pages on Syrian Resistance

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The conflict in Syria is reaching the one year mark, and a newly reformed Syrian coalition has just been officially recognized by Britain as the unifying voice of the opposition. Vice Magazine, a publication known for its willingness to cover sensitive subjects, recently devoted an entire issue to exploring Syria’s complex resistance.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Tintype Photography: An Exhibition

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Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley works with tintype photography, a medium that came out ten years after the daguerreotype. Just like the photographers of the 1850’s, she uses similar chemical recipes, period brass lenses, and wooden view cameras. 

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

The Disappearing Daguerreotypes

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In 2005, the International Center of Photography opened an exhibit called “Young America”. The exhibit largely featured a collection of ghostly daguerreotypes - antique images made through the pioneer process that paved the way for modern photography. The exhibit opened to rave reviews - but within weeks many of the historic images began disappearing before the curators very eyes, aging decades in a matter of days.

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Badass Nuns

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Pop culture has a pretty good store of gleeful nuns along with plenty of repressed, vindictive sisters and mothers superior.  The stereotypical nun is neither action hero, rockstar or Klan fighter. That’s why we found a recent list of gutsy nuns in Mental Floss so intriguing.


Clay Wirestone is a freelance writer who compiled a list of some of history’s bravest and boldest nuns for the December issue.


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Word of Mouth
1:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Black Friday Backlash

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Black Friday has long been a post-holiday shopping tradition for many Americans. During the last several years, customers have found their favorite stores opening ever-earlier in anticipation of growing demand. This time around, employees are fighting back against the early hours.


Emanuella Grinberg, writer with CNN.com’s Living Section, joins us to talk about her article “Retail Employees Fight Black Friday Creep.” 


Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

The New Secessionist Sentiments

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In the aftermath of the election, talk of secession is stirring in every State in the Union. The first petition came out of Louisiana the day after the election. A few months earlier, the secessionist sentiments of the Old South were stirring right here in the Great North.

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Word of Mouth
11:15 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Pilgrim's Progress

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A metaphor for making one’s way through the world is the pilgrimage. The pilgrim aspired to following an inner path, guided by the spirit, from a state of wretchedness to blessedness.  We’ve been following a literary magazine that draws on all these traditions.


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Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Adrian Tomine: A Decade of Drawings

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Adrian Tomine

The cover of the November 12th issue of The New Yorker effectively summed up the two big stories coming out of New York City this past month: Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012. In the picture, a backpacked shaggy-haired man, chest-high in water, searches for his polling place among the pitch-black flooded streets of the Big Apple.  It’s a drawing that someone makes a city of over eight million people seem like a very lonely place to be.

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