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
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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Word of Mouth
9:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Terrorists in Love

Few people have gotten further under the skin and into the minds of Islamic Jihadis than  Ken Ballen. The formal federal prosecutor and congressional investigator spent five years interviewing more than one hundred terrorists throughout the Muslim world. Some were locked up, many being held in a rehab center of sorts in Saudi Arabia…others were still operating. He chose six of their stories for his book, Terrorists in Love, which is now out in paperback.

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Word of Mouth
8:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The laws of attraction based on bad data?

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Angus Batemen’s mid-twentieth century study into the breeding habits of fruit flies concluded that females are a limiting factor in reproduction – in other words, they are choosy about mates – while males are sexually indiscriminate. Sound familiar?  Batmen’s paper on sexual selection has been cited nearly two-thousand times since its original publication. His ideas have trickled into popular portrayals and jokes about   prudish, commitment-centric women and indiscriminate, sex-hungry men.

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Best Books Hot off Indie Presses

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Back-to-school season isn’t for another month-and-a-half, so there’s still plenty of time to knock another novel or two off your summer reading list.  For true bookworms with stored-vacation time and quiet spot to spend it, we’ve got a few belated small-press summer suggestions that might have slipped your radar. 

With us is Michele Filgate—freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at community bookstore in Brooklyn.  Here are her picks:

GLACIERS by Alexis M Smith

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Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Are you really my friend??

Alex Steed, Cornish, ME
Tanja Hollander

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
9:07 am
Tue July 17, 2012

A Horse of Exactly the Same Color

Photo by eXtensionHorses via Flickr Creative Commons

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
7:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Jumping for Gold...Someday

Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

One New Hampshire rider is sure to be glued to the TV for the crown jewel of Olympic equestrian contests: jumping. That's because she might very well join them...someday. Elise Lesko is just ten years-old, but it seems she's got the patience (and the pony) to see this dream come true.

Watch Elise and Snitch jump 3'6"...a little too close for comfort:

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Word of Mouth
11:28 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Chickens and Bulls

Photo Credit IC Rapoport

New York City detective James McDonnell was looking at a good collar. In July of 1965, a man claiming to be a detective was at the western union office at grand central in the company of a 14-year old runaway. The boy’s father suspected something fishy when asked to wire twice the amount necessary to fly the boy home. McDonnell drove down and quickly figured that the sharply dressed man was impersonating a cop and called for back-up.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Computers Like Music

Anjo Leee

Digital musicologists around the world are using computers to analyze music in ways humans can’t.  Turning beautiful melodies into cold hard numbers has given us insight into how music works, why we like it, and what it says about our culture as a whole.

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