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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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Comic-Con Comes to New Hampshire

Tintin aka NHPR's Ryan Lessard interviews Mike Pasha, Libertarian Filmmaker at Granite-Con
Silver Circle Movie via Flickr

Comic-Con in San Diego lured more than a hundred thousand visitors earlier this month so it’s no wonder that smaller Cons are popping up just about everywhere, not only because of comics’ continued bleed into pop culture through TV shows and blockbuster films, but because of the boost a Con can inject into a local economy, even Manchester, New Hampshire. Ryan Lessard brings us the story.

Check out Comic-Con International in San Diego (a slightly larger event than Granite-Con):

Word of Mouth
11:19 am
Tue July 24, 2012

When Young Girls Grow Up Too Fast, Keep Them in Ballet Class

Oude School via Flickr Creative Commons

Parents of girls dread the moment when freckles and flats first make way for lipstick and heels - when soon-to-be-teen girls start flirting with adult styles and sensibilities.  A new study reveals there’s one activity that might help shelter young girls from the cultural rite of sexualization for a few more years… ballet. 

Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Ballet is for Boys too!

Boys and Ballet via Flickr Creative Commons

We’ve recently noticed a trend of all-boys ballet classes popping up in dance schools, including the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, herself the mother of two boys, wanted to find out more about all-boys ballet, so she reached out to that school’s artistic director, Patricia Lavoie (just coincidence…no relation) for more on their all-boys ballet program, and the trend of these classes popping up all over the country.

Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Tue July 24, 2012

The Prose of a Practitioner

rosefirerising via Flickr Creative Commons

Literary journals offer aspiring writers a window into the process of professional publishing and immersion in the community of writers. They are a mainstay of MFA programs, and as well as a number of graduate and post-grad programs in the sciences. We wanted to know more about the creative lives of America’s future practitioners after leafing through Lifelines. That’s Dartmouth Medical School’s arts journal.

Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Four Keys to Kickstarter

AslanMedia

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Sisterhood on Skates

Photo Credit 4nitsirk, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Roller derby continues to explode in popularity nationwide…in New Hampshire, numerous home and travel teams have formed over the past few years… boasting names like the Queen City Cherry Bombs and the Legis-Lashers.  In the early stages of the boom, we sent intern Erin Gleason to learn more about its appeal…Check out the link to Erin's original post.

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Word of Mouth
10:41 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kickstarting Public Radio

Photo Credit 401 (K) 2012, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Before and after every successful NHPR fund drive, we ask ourselves this question: is this the best model for raising awareness, interest, and excitement in the service we provide?  How do we continue reaching out and relating to new audiences with today’s listening technology?  Regardless of the answers, those questions are one reason we’ve been keeping such a close eye on Roman Mars, creator and host of 99 Percent Invisible: an independent radio podcast about design and architecture tha

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Mon July 23, 2012

A Very Public Choice

Photo Credit sxyblkmn, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Maggie Koerth-Baker is a science journalist, author, and blogger for Boing-Boing, where she usually writes about the convergence of science and technology with culture. But it was a blog she posted recently, which diverged from her typical subject matter, which prompted us to ask her to return as a guest to the program.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

The Return of People

Photo Credit Guillermo Esteves, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Old media’s long and steady decline has most recently been blamed on the developer-laden world of aggregate sites like BuzzFeed, where an increasingly attention-deficit audience turns for the latest clever soundbite or viral story. But hope may not be lost for the human element online, says our next guest. Dorian Benkoil is senior vice president at Teeming Media.

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Word of Mouth
11:00 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Word of Mouth 7.21.2012

Photo Credit Atelier Teee, via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Part 1: A Horse of Exactly the Same Color and Jumping for Gold...Someday

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
10:45 am
Thu July 19, 2012

The Amazing Outhouse Race

Gentlemen, start your outhouses!

In a town of fewer than four thousand, tucked in a valley in Western Vermont, the fourth of July means one thing – an outhouse race.  Yes, that kind of outhouse. The Bristol Great Outhouse Race is an eccentric village tradition that has been held for the last 34 years… and it draws quite a crowd. Sarah Reynolds has the story.

Photos by Lauren Ober

Check out this video of the race:

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Word of Mouth
10:35 am
Thu July 19, 2012

"Miss Fuller"

Photo Credit sdixclifford, via Flickr Creative Commons

Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
10:14 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Memorable Atrocious Artists

Photo Credit Michel.h, via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s the hope of most artists that someday their work will be recognized by the masses, admired by historians, and remembered by all. For a select few, two out of three will have to do. Our regular guest Clay Wirestone compiled a list of the most well-known but worst-received artists of all time for Mental Floss Magazine.  Clay is also arts editor at the Concord Monitor, and he joined us in our studio to rundown a few of history’s most memorable creative fails.

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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Meet @SelfAwareRoomba #It'sAlive!

(Photo by hmblgrmpf via Flickr Creative Commons)
  • @SelfAwareRoomba comes to life.

A clever Twitter handle got our notice recently when some of the smart folks we follow started tweeting about it. You might be familiar with Roomba…that round little robotic vacuum that cleans all by itself. Well now, through a string of tweets, @SelfAwareRoomba is telling a compelling story about coming to life, falling in love with a toaster, making an enemy of a child, and, in a storyline that got hundreds of people tweeting frantically, suffering a near-death experience after taking a tumble down the stairs.

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Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Wed July 18, 2012

ZOOsk

Photo Credit Sad Diego Shooter, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Remember how people used to joke about online dating? What once was an easy target for digs about desperate singles and social pariahs is now a success story for oodles of couples and dozens of highly profitable dating services.  Among the unabashed masses of online daters these days is an unlikely demographic – the animal kingdom. Reyhan Harmancy is a staffer at Buzzfeed, where she wrote about how zoos use online dating methods to profile and pair species together. 

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