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
12:39 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats

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Classic video game music evokes a special kind of nostalgia, a mixture of childhood whimsy laced with pixel-fueled frustration. For musicians, sampling video game music adds an extra layer of fantasy in otherwise hardcore genres like rap and metal. Spin even compiled 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples (Some are NSFW. All are awesome). In metalcore, sampling video game music resulted in an entirely new genre in the late 1990s at first jokingly called NintendocoreWizards and Warriors is pretty great, as are most of the songs by Horse the Band. Themes from the NES and Super Nintendo eras are especially popular. I tapped into my Nintendo nostalgia for some of the best classics (and admittedly my favorites):

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

4.24.14: The Game Show!

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Welcome to the show, and come on down! Wait. Rewind. This isn't that kind of game show - but it is a show all about games. From video games, to board games, to game culture, we spoke with the industry game changers. Our adventurous host Virginia Prescott even took a dive into the virtual world of gaming with a Skyrim sesh for better ("I just swiped at someone pretty mightily!") or worse ("I'm getting slaughtered!"). Check out her experience and gaming pointers here. Is she now a self-proclaimed gamer? Find out on today's show - join us for the fun and games here and on our Twitter and Facebook!

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4.24.14: The Game Show

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Word of Mouth
1:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

What Virginia Learned While Playing Skyrim For The First Time

Credit Maureen McMurray

Authored by Sarah Thomas 

We reached out on Facebook to find out what video game you wanted Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott to play for our game show. Options were limited to Producer Taylor Quimby's Xbox games, which include Call of Duty, Skyrim, Portal 2, BioShock Infinite and Halo 4. The masses ultimately chose Skyrim, drawn to its "Game of Thrones-ness" and option to "pretend to be a stabby turn-of-the-century street urchin." With virtual mace in hand, Virginia bravely took on the world of Skyrim and learned a few lessons along the way.

Virginia Bravely Tackles Skyrim

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

4.23.14: The Brain Sell, Sandra Bernhard, & The Search For The Next Dog Star

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Big congratulations to Word of Mouth's own Zach Nugent for his Murrow Award! Hear an encore of Zach's adorable story, plus so much more on today's show. We explore The Brain Sell, a new book about how our consumption decisions are influenced by retailers. Then, the safety pin is more than a mundane fastener - it's a staple in punk fashion and history. Sandra Bernhard joins us to talk about her show Sandyland. Finally, NHPR's Sam Evans-Brown takes into the world of New Hampshire's wolf dogs, blurring the line between domestic and wild.

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4.23.14: The Brain Sell, History Of The Safety Pin, Sandra Bernhard, Wolf Dogs & Zach's Soundpiece

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Word of Mouth
1:02 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Word Of Mouth's Zach Nugent Wins Murrow Award For Feature Reporting

Carly Gendell with winner Buckley
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Last June the Prescott Arts Festival in Portsmouth staged the musical Annie, and held open auditions for the role of Sandy. Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent attended the audition to get a closer look at the next big doggie sensation. And we are proud to announce that Zach was just awarded a regional Edward R.

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Word of Mouth
1:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

4.22.14: Drug Tourism, History Of Ice Cubes, Heartbleed & The Americans

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Ahhh. We finally have a week full of warmer temps. What better way to spend your afternoon work break walk than with Word of Mouth? Pop in your earbuds and turn it up; today's show heats up, cools down, and explores real-life risks of the internet and a scandal relived through television.

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4.22.14: Drug Tourism, History Of Ice Cubes, Heartbleed & The Americans

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow

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Pop in some Marvin Gaye because these ice pics are steamy. The shape. The clarity. The perfect size for the perfect cocktail. So refreshing.  Who knew ice could invoke so much raw feeling? But this isn't just any ice - this ice is carefully frozen, crafted, and shaped to complement cocktails in the absolute best way possible.

Browse the slideshow of ice art and join the new ice age discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Then listen to Virginia's conversation with Camper English, who wrote about the history of ice here!

Word of Mouth
4:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

4.21.14: Why We Make Things, Bowling, Fast-Food & Lincoln's Beard

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Things are important. They help us get places, allow us to sit back and relax, provide entertainment, memories, sustenance, and warmth. I used to vow intense dislike for the word "things" ("It's so vague; what does it mean?!"). But truthfully, things - and the many uses of the word - are important. On today's Word of Mouth, we're exploring a lot of things. Really. From making to eating to growing, things can do so much for us. Hop on the "thing" bandwagon and listen up. As Oprah would say, "You get a new thing! You get a new thing! Yes, you get a new thing!"

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Word of Mouth 4.19.14

Avoiding awkward conversation on our lunch date - The "W" is startlingly good conversationalist.
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Life can be awkward.  Dinner conversation even more so.  Elevator encounters?  AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard not to be awkward, but hey... even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes.  On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?  It's awkward.

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Word of Mouth
12:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

4.17.14: Cringe Humor, An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry

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We've all felt it before, that cringe when you witness something awkward that you have absolutely no control over. Let's admit it, though, we don't ever actually look away. We might cover our mouth and contort our face when watching the king of awkward bosses Michael Scott up the awkward ante, but without the Michael-isms, The Office just wouldn't be the same campy success that it was. Today's Word of Mouth delves into those cringe-tastic moments to reveal why it is now the pervasive comedy style.

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4.17.14: Cringe Humor, Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry

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Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Hannah Burke

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We're continuing our Poetry Out Loud feature with Hannah Burke,  a Junior at Jesse Remington High School. Hannah joined us in studio to recite the poem that won her the competition, "Sanctuary" by Jean Valentine.

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

4.16.14: The Art Of Conversation

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're talking about the art of talking. It's not always easy, it's not always fun, but it's often necessary. So how do we avoid those awkward pauses, non sequiturs, and uncomfortable topics? Sometimes we don't, and our first guests implore us that it's OK. They're breaking the rules of conversation and expanding our potential talking points from the weather to spirit animals (spoiler, Virginia's is apparently the attic raccoon). Listen to the show and then continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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4.16.14: The Art Of Conversation

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Frentzen Pakpahan

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Continuing our celebration of the talent from Poetry Out Loud, today we he hear from Frentzen Pakpahan, a sophomore at Dover High School. Pakpahan joined us in studio to recite "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee.

Poetry Out Loud: Frentzen Pakpahan

 

Listen to fellow competitors Eden Suoth and Aliyah Brown.  If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How To Delete Your MySpace Profile

Looks like I'm not the only one trying to scrub my social media past...

Myspace. The velvet leisure suit of social media.  Fewer than six short years ago, MySpace boasted more members than Facebook.  Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody who admits to having an account. The thing is, you know lots of people who have a MySpace profile – but many of them haven’t logged in for years.  You might even be one of them.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

4.15.14: Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry And Silence

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Crowds are gathering in Boston today to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Today on Word of Mouth, we remember the victims, the injured, the first responders, and all of those who offered help.

4.15.14: Remembering Boston The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry and Silence

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