Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

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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1:43 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

A Far-Flung Festival

Ossipee Valley Music Festival
Greta Rybus

Last weekend I went to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival in my hometown of Hiram, Maine.  The festival takes place at the local fairground, with the music stages set up in the midst of 4-H barns.

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10:44 am
Thu August 2, 2012

A Good ol' Barn Dance

The Defibulators at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival Barn Dance
Greta Rybus

Last weekend was the Ossipee Valley Music Festival in South Hiram,Maine. The festival is a weekend long event with four stages of Americana, Bluegrass, and Rockabilly music from bands all over the world. But the real party starts when the sun goes down at the raucous Saturday night barn dance. Word of Mouth intern Zach Nugent decided to shake a leg and bring us this audio post card. 

Check out the barn dance band, The Defibulators:

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Chasing Lightning

Guided by the laptop weather map reflected in his window, Tim Samaras rushes to catch up to a dying thunderstorm. He hopes to be the first to photograph the split-second event that triggers a lightning strike
Photo Credit © Carsten Peter

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Teach Your Children Well

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Former child actress turned author Quinn Cummings's talks about her new book. It's a chronicle of her first year of homeschooling...and how she compares with homeschoolers at large.

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mice...in...Space...

Photo Credit Brian Kellett via Flickr Cretive Commons

Three mice have returned home from ninety-one days aboard the international space station. The trip was the longest in space for any animal besides humans. Jessica Hamzelou wrote about what these intrepid space mice reveal about how space travel and zero gravity affect physiology for New Scientist Magazine and joins us now to go over the results.

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11:44 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The N.R.A. Lobby vs. The N.R.A. Members

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Gun violence is an everyday occurrence in many cities in the united states, but after a tragedy like the Aurora  shootings or the Virginia Tech shootings, the gun control debate starts to make more noise on the socio-political landscape.  The second amendment typically divides parties and beliefs, but are gun control laws starting to divide the N.R.A itself? The National Rifle Association is a major player in keeping the Second Amendment exactly how it is for better or worse.

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11:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Social Networks in Epic Poems

Long before the advent of Facebook and Myspace, societies shared news and were connected by networks;relationships represented in history’s most treasured mythologies.  Padraig Mac Carron is a graduate student at Coventry University in England, who authored a paper which examines and evaluates the social networks in some of the canon’s most famous – and not so famous -- epic poems.  Word of Mouth producer Taylor Quimby spoke with Padraig from his parent’s home in Ireland. 

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10:48 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ben Sollee is Ditching the Van

Planning a road trip this summer,why not go by bike? That’s what singer- songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee is doing with his cello, equipment, and merchandise in tow. Ben and his band are performing at the Portsmouth music hall on Saturday August 4th.

Word of Mouth
10:12 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Soundtrack to Our Lives...of Joblessness

Throughout the presidential campaign you’ll be hearing from unemployed auto workers in Michigan,out-of-work machinists in Ohio and maybe casino workers in Nevada will share stories of not being able to catch a break.  We don’t often hear from the office worker who’s company packs up and moves, leaving them jobless, with no place to go.  Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra wrote “No Place to Go", a show about the anxieties and driftlessnes

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9:45 am
Wed August 1, 2012

A Former Muslim's Journey to Understanding Islam

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Once a practicing Desi Muslim, Heina Dadabhoy is now a self-proclaimed atheist, feminist, and a blogger at Skepchick.  She recently funded her Kickstarter project, A Skeptics Guide to Islam.

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1:06 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jonah Lehrer's Fall from Grace

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We read, with great disappointment, about Jonah Lehrer's resignation from the The New Yorker yesterday after admitting that he published fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his best-selling book, “Imagine."  Jonah was the very first guest on Word of Mouth’s pilot broadcast in March of 2008.

Word of Mouth
11:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

What Makes a Great Science Teacher?

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Produced with Phoebe Axtman and Zach Nugent

Mounting research has shown that the most important factor in a child’s successful education is not his or her socioeconomic status, class size, or even the design of the curriculum…. it’s the teacher.  But teacher dropout rate is high and the highly talented teachers are too few, especially in Science and Math.

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10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem With Environmental Education

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If you want to learn about the earth, you’re gonna have to get your hands dirty.   That’s the philosophy of environmental educator David Sobel: senior faculty member at Antioch University New England, and author of the book "Beyond Ecophobia".

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10:34 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Author Megan Abbott on Her Book, "Dare Me"

"Dare Me" is a new and much buzzed about book by Megan Abbott. The cheerleaders at Sutton Grove High have more to think about than their spray tans. Their pretty, hard-driving coach holds the squad in her thrall. She has less control over her own life, which opens up a dark tale of jealousy, physical and psychological abuse, and a mysterious death. 

Aside from reading the book, Executive Producer Rebecca Lavoie watched Bring It On, like, fifty times for  "research":

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Robot Cameras Help Carry the Load at the Olympics

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While the world’s top athletes compete at the  London 2012 Olympics, hundreds of photographers are contending to capture the game’s defining moments on camera.  To maximize its odds of snapping a winning pic, Reuters is getting some help, from robots.  The new shutter-bots will be stationed at Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Fencing, Weight Lifting, and at the main Olympic Park for some of the big events.  Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby caught up with Patrick Cain, a freelance reporter for th

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