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
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?

Photo Credit USDAgov, Via Flickr Creative Commons

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

Photo by Henry via Flickr Creative Commons

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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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Rent Crackdown

Photo Credit James.Tompson, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Increasing numbers of tourists turn to websites like craigslist and airbnb.com to find cheaper and more intimate lodging, the short-term vacation rental industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry.  For a while, these home B&B’s and low-key online arrangements slept under the radar, but now lobbyists for big hospitality are encouraging states and cities to crack down, with New York City issuing over 1900 violations in less than a year to homeowners who rent out property for less than a month.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Word of Mouth 7.14.2012

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 Part 1: Steve Jobs Reincarnated? And the French Nobility in Carpentry

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Word of Mouth
11:22 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Foster Care for Veterans

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The Department of Veteran Affairs expects to spend $57 billion in 2013. A significant part of that budget pays for nursing home care for elderly vets. This month, Washington Monthly magazine is exploring American wealth. Editor John Gravois wrote about the V.A. program that follows the foster care model.

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Word of Mouth
10:58 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Rubblebucket Makes Noise

This Green River Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts has a packed line-up this weekend with a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, Los Lobos, the Rebirth Brass Band and a few Word of Mouth veterans, including the Winterpills, Chris Smither, and the eclectic Brooklyn ensemble, Rubblebucket. In September, six of Rubblebucket’s eight members stopped by to play live at NHPR’s studios.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Thu July 12, 2012

What Would You Take from a Burning House?

•Great Aunt’s Violin (& Bow) •US Passport •Photograph of Siblings •2 Letters •Journal •New American Standard Bible •Rilke’s Book of Hours •T.S. Elliot Collected Poems •MacBook Pro •Black Flipflops
Kristi Dahlstrom

Imagine you’re confronted with the question: what do you take from your burning house?  Money, photographs, your laptop, or your favorite pair of old shoes?  What is so important in your life that you cannot live without? That is exactly what our guest Foster Huntington set out to discover when he started the Burning House Tumblr project – a collection of submitted photographs and drawings that reveals what we value most. 

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Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Indigenous and Incredulous

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New Hampshire-ites are called a lot of things…flinty, self-reliant, and fiercely independent. But what about skeptical? Producer Adam McCune recently infiltrated a group dedicated to spreading the word of fact, not faith—the Granite State Skeptics.

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Word of Mouth
10:43 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Awesome Kickstarter

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We talk with Brady Carlson about his awesome Kickstarter project that aims to dig up the history of presidential grave sites.

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