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
9:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Gross America: Your Coast to Coast Guide To All Things Gross

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Most everybody knows our country’s diverse landmarks and attractions – the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland – but not everybody knows about the Spam Museum in Austin Texas... or Leila’s Hair Museum in MissouriRichard Faulk is a freelance writer and editor.

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Tue October 30, 2012

The History Of Freak Storms

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In the lead up to last night’s powerful landfall in Southern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy was branded as a so-called “franken-storm”, lacking precedent among meteorological records…  here to explain more, and look back at some of history’s strangest and most destructive storms is Christopher Burt.  He’s a weather historian with the online service Weather Underground, and author of th

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Tue October 30, 2012

How Sandy Could Affect The Election

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The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome.  So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.

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Word of Mouth
10:22 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Dear Prudence On Halloween Etiquette

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Last month while reading Dear Prudence, we stumbled upon a question that had to do with Halloween etiquette. It was a spat between neighbors, one side upset over the other’s Halloween decorations – which they claimed were too scary for their daughter.

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Word of Mouth
9:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

International Organizations Helping Monitor Polls on Election Day

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Next week, voters will take to the polls to elect the next president of the United States.  Watching the process will be a number of observers from all sides of the political process.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Word of Mouth 10.27.2012

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Part 1: Your Own Personal Jesus:

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Word of Mouth
12:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gorilla Tourism's Downside

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More than three decades ago, the Mountain Gorilla project started a tourism project to save the threatened gorilla population from poaching. The project hired poachers as park rangers and demonstrated that live gorillas were much more valuable as tourist attractions than dead ones. Since then, gorilla tourism has added hundreds of millions of foreign tourist dollars to state coffers in Central Africa, and the great ape populations have seen a modest rebound.

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Word of Mouth
11:53 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Anthropology of Asian Food

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Jeffrey Alford is an adventurous sort. He left his Wyoming home in the late 1970's with very little money and began traveling in Asia. He funded his travels by smuggling gold and hawking jewelry before meeting another restless spirit named Naomi Duguid on a Tibetan rooftop in 1985. The two vagabonds got married, had two sons, and turned their love of Asia and its foods into a career of travel, writing and photography.

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Word of Mouth
10:43 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lake Street Dive...Live

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Schooled in jazz and infatuated with pop… the Brooklyn based band Lake Street Dive came together at the New England Conservatory with a goal to play improvised, avant-garde country music. Think Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. Yeah, it sounded about as rough as it is to imagine.

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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A Sudsy CSA

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In Maine, consumers can buy dairy products, meat, fish, eggs and organic produce via a growing array of subscription-based, community supported agriculture programs. CSAs encourage customers to pay a farmer or fisherman up front in exchange for weekly shares of, say, shrimp or mixed vegetables. As Jay Field reports, microbrew lovers on the Blue Hill Peninsula will soon be able to buy their beer the same way.

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Word of Mouth
10:53 am
Wed October 24, 2012

What To Do Tonight: Rufus Wainwright and Bikes!

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You may have heard that the city of Concord is contemplating designs for a major overhaul of it’s downtown. Tonight, the Central New Hampshire bicycling coalition is hosting an event called Bike-toberfest at Red River Theatres in Concord. The idea is to bring people together to talk about how bike transportation could fit into the design, and to view some short films featuring bicycles.

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Word of Mouth
10:23 am
Wed October 24, 2012

John Herman gets creative...digitally

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This Saturday, Virginia will be hosting TEDx Amoskeag Millyard… a satellite TED event at the Millyard in Manchester. The theme is  co-innovation, and the presenters include thought leaders in business, education, and the arts, including our guest, John Herman.  He’s a filmmaker, stage producer, and a finalist candidate for Spaceflight, and last but not least, a full time high school English teacher.

Word of Mouth
9:40 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Ingrid Michaelson: Not Just For TV Soundtracks

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If you have never heard of Ingrid Michaelson, don’t worry… chances are you have heard her music. Whether it was during an Old Navy sweater commercial…or on TV shows like One Tree Hill, Army Wives, or most frequently, Grey’s Anatomy. Her brand of accessible and emotional indie-pop has made her music a go-to for soundtrack supervisors… and since, built her a grassroots army of fans devoted to each of her five studio albums.  Her latest is called Human Again

Ingrid + Grey's= Tears

Word of Mouth
9:55 am
Tue October 23, 2012

The Politics of Philanthropy

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Earlier this year, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an initiative to invest billions of dollars into increasing contraceptive access for women.  Anybody with a mailbox or cable subscription knows it’s a somewhat risky move: whether we’re talking about contraceptives, abortion rights, or funding for Planned Parenthood, women’s issues have been front and center throughout the long election season.  We wanted to know more about the collision of philanthropy and politics, and take a general look at the state of philant

Word of Mouth
9:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Weapons: The Great Equalizer?

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For those who live under oppressive regimes, weapons are the subduing tool of tyrants.  But for many others, they’re thought of as the great equalizer.  Consider the principle behind the much debated 2nd amendment:  “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In the latest issue of New-Scientist, Laura Spinney investigates an opposing theo

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