Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, weeknights at 9 pm, and noon on Sunday.

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
10:37 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Fine Dining...at Hardees

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Since spring of this year, our Shifting the Balance series has explored how environmental and social factors affect the way people eat…and how those factors play in to America’s obesity epidemic.  A recently published study in Pyschology reports demonstrates how setting the right mood at meal time can help diners cap their calories. 

Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Word of Mouth 9.08.2012

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Part 1: The Science of Changing Your Mind/Sex and Religion

Ever wonder whether hard facts play a part in changing a person's mind? Turns out, not so much. Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote about the real influences on choice for The New York Times Magazine. 

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Thu September 6, 2012

'Creating a Spectacle' in an Underwater Wheel Chair

Sue Austin is artistic director of Creating the Spectacle, a project that really has to be seen to be appreciated. At it’s center, a modified wheelchair designed for use underwater, and a video of Sue floating, almost flying between canyons of coral,  her arms and long hair floating behind her as though she were on a slow-motion rollercoaster.

Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Thu September 6, 2012

U.S. Coverage of Paralympics Does Not Medal

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You may have heard about double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, aka blade runner, and his world-record qualifier then unexpected loss at the Paralympic two-hundred meter race.  However, I doubt you’ve heard almost anything else about the games, which kicked off on August 29th – U.S. coverage has been scant.

Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Thu September 6, 2012

True Story: Heist at Canada's Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve

We in New Hampshire tend to think of ourselves as living in the heart of maple syrup country –in reality, Canada is by far the largest producer. Seventy-five percent of the world’s supply is tapped in the province of Quebec alone. News of a recent – and rather daring heist at Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve had us wondering what happened and, since when does Canada have a strategic maple syrup reserve?

Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

We're Not Outta the Woods Yet, New Tick Virus Discovered

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One more reason to slather on the bug spray, increasing concern over incidence of Lyme disease in recent years has kept New Hampshire residents on the lookout for ticks – but it turns out Lyme isn’t the only tick-borne pathogen in town.  Here to tell us more about the recently discovered “Heartland Virus” is New York Times reporter Denise Grady.

Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

School Lunch Gets the Chef Treatment

Elaine Grant for NHPR

If packing a lunch is a bit too daunting, never fear, at least not if you're the parent of a Souhegan High School Student. As part of our series Shifting the Balance, Elaine Grant got the skinny on their new, chef-inspired lunch program. (Check out the menu!)

Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Beating the Lunchbox Blues

Virginia sets the mood before digging in to her homemade lunch
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Back-to-school season means new notebooks, pencils, and pens, and for at least one very lucky kid – a brand-spanking new lunchbox.  J.M.

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Word of Mouth
11:20 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Urban Poverty vs Rural Poverty...Who's Better off?

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Urban Squalor, it’s an image of misery: barefoot kids picking through heaps of smoldering trash or fetid water. With an increasing number of people living in such conditions in the world’s mega-cities, the question of whether living in urban poverty is worse than rural poverty is a persistent one. Charles Kenny- economist and senior fellow at the center for global development wrote “In Praise of Slums” an article published in Foreign Policy Magazine.

Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

It's All About the Locker Bling

Taylor Quimby checks himself out in a locker decorated by Emma. So dreamy!

There's a new trend in locker bling, as The New York Times' Elissa Gootman explains. But is the trend frivolous, or kind of awesome?

Special thanks to LockerLookz for lending us some bling to try out in our workspace lockers, and to intern Emma Ruddock for giving our office a bit of middle school pizzazz.

Photo gallery by Emma Ruddock for NHPR

Word of Mouth
10:26 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesting with Chalk

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Sidewalk chalking, long a staple of street artists and hop-scotch players, has resulted in the arrests of 50 people in 17 American cities. Josh Harkinson is a staff writer for Mother Joneshe’s been following the arrests and the emergence of a popular new form of protest.

"The Chalking 8"— drew anti-cop slogans on the wall of the police station in Manchester, New Hampshire:

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Word of Mouth
9:54 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Do Religious People Have Hotter Sex?

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Nigel Barber is an evolutionary psychologist and author of The Human Beast blog on Psychology Today, where he put together the results of several studies to address this provocative question. A warning to concerned parents and sensitive listeners that we will be discussing the existence of sex,  pornography, and in this segment.   

Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Sore thumbs: Are video gamers athletes?

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For the industry that makes and sells them, video games are an over twenty-five billion dollar business.  For the millions of consumers they sell them to, they’re an every day part of home life.  And for a select few, playing video games is even a competitive and potentially lucrative career path.  The BBC's Matt Danzico recently attended an event held by the MLG – or major league gaming – where international gaming champions square off for big money in front of big crowds.  The event prompted Matt to ask the question,

Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Word of Mouth: 9.01.2012

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Part 1: Chasing Lightning/Birth Photography

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Whatever Floats Your Flag

NHPR Intern Zach Nugent poses with carrot flag
Photo by Emma Ruddock

In most downtowns across America, there are a handful of staple successful businesses: the pizza place, the hardware store, the movie theater.  

Then there are the niche stores that never seem to last long, the kind that make you wonder, can someone make a living selling just that?

In downtown Concord, N.H., that store might be Flagworks Over America.  And as its name implies, it sells only flags.

Patrick: “That’s a 48-star cotton flag that belonged to my wife’s grandfather, and it use to fly over in the Chicago area out in front of their house…”

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