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
1:53 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Ted Williams

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Today on Word of Mouth we wrap up our series Rethink 2014 with, perhaps, the most difficult concept …death. Then we delve into a discussion about the possible disruption of wildlife photography and ethical practice. Finally, Ben Bradlee, Jr. shares revelations on a Boston Red Sox player: Ted Williams. Listen to the full audio and scroll down to read more on individual segments.

1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Author Ben Bradlee Jr.

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Word of Mouth
3:42 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jesse Thorn's Podcast Picks

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With so many choices, exploring the wild frontier of podcasts can be overwhelming. Don't fret, we have a great starter package for you.  We asked Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and founder of Maximum Fun, to share five of his favorite podcasts with us. He delivered six. Full disclosure, Jesse admits a slight bias in selecting some podcasts from his podcast network, Maximum Fun, but made it exceedingly clear that he is not directly involved in their production. We present Jesse Thorn's podcast picks, in no particular order, of course.

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

1.29.14: Power Of Audio

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Audio: it can be both poetic and powerful. Its influence is undeniable, but what happens when we need to be concerned with limiting its intake while simultaneously expanding our auditory horizons? Today on Word of Mouth: the ear-plug debate, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, the band Spirit Family Reunion, and continuing the Rethink 2014 series with a conversation about, you guessed it, radio.  Listen to the whole show below or keep scrolling to listen to individual segments.

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Word of Mouth
3:18 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Poison: Doctor Who, Zombie Ants, And The Princess Bride

DANGER! POISON!
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Reptiles are not the only source of poison in the real and imagined universe.  Fascination with administering deadly serums, gases, and even fungi has infected pop culture, from episodes of science fiction drama to comedy classics and beyond. It affects alien and human alike in Doctor Who, awaits unleashing from a vial in The Princess Bride, and its natural effects on ants are documented by BBC's Planet Earth. Whether your poison is light-hearted, clever, or downright deadly, there's something for you here. Just don't bother with the antidote; this post is abound with enough poison to keep you captivated.

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Word of Mouth
3:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Of The Union Bingo!

State Of The Union Bingo
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card here, and keep your ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!     

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Word of Mouth
1:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

1.28.14: The Bitcoin Rollercoaster, Poison, & Pet Reptiles

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It’s been called “gold for nerds,” and “heaven for speculators.” The media love it, criminals have been buying illegal goods with it, and investors are lining up to buy it. But is Bitcoin the next great thing? Today on Word of Mouth: the prospects and pitfalls of bitcoins. Plus, we look at a new exhibit on the paradoxical power of poison in myth, murder, medicine, and history. And while we’re on the subject of snakes, Producer Taylor Quimby visited the New England Pet Reptile show in Manchester this past weekend and found some warm blooded mammals cuddling their cold blooded pets. Listen to the whole show below or click Read More to listen to individual segments.

1.28.14: The Bitcoin Rollercoaster, Poison, & Pet Reptiles

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Iguanas, Geckos, And Snakes, Oh My: Slithering Around At The New England Reptile Expo

Awwww... Isn't he cute?
Tiffany Quimby

The New England Reptile Expo falls somewhere between a trade show and a petting zoo. Displayed across the length of the Radisson Expo Center are thousands of geckos, iguanas, turtles, frogs, and of course, snakes.  Lots and lots of snakes. Indiana Jones would be freaking out.

Producer Taylor Quimby at the New England Pet Reptile Expo.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Creepiest Stories On The Web

The creepy factor of clowns.
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The telling of the scary story is as old as the campfire. Now, they’ve made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web. The internet’s hunger for new, sharable content has sped up production of scary stories and urban legends. A bewildering number of web-forums, messages boards, and specialty websites are dedicated to sharing stories that have been passed around so often that no one knows where they came from, and which maybe, possibly, could be true. The genre is called “creepypasta,” a silly-seeming name for some of the scariest stuff on the web. Our guest Will Wiles, wrote about "creepypasta," a genre he calls the folk literature of the web.

Inside the internet writing genre "creepypasta."

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Pond Hockey : The Tradition Continues

Zach Nugent NHPR

Pond hockey has been a favorite winter activity for many hearty New Englanders since 1883, when the first hockey game ever played in the United States happened on the ponds at St. Paul’s school right in Concord. This weekend the pond hockey tradition continued at the 4th annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship at White Park in Concord.


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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

1.27.14: Creepy Stories, Black Ice Pond Hockey & Richard III

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Whether told by a campfire, or at a childhood slumber party, everyone loves a spooky story. Today on Word of Mouth we explore our ‘creepy’ appetite. And the macabre continues with the true story of the battle over Richard the III’s remains.  Although he reigned five centuries ago, his burial site has sparked a modern-day war of the roses among Britain’s Richard-files. Also on the show, the Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament celebrates its fourth year at White Park, and producer Zach Nugent sat on the bench to bring us the sights and sounds. Listen to the whole show below or click Read More to listen to individual segments.

1.27.14: Creepy Stories, Black Ice Pond Hockey & Richard III

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Word of Mouth
5:17 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

1.25.14: Rethinking Sex, The Man Who Gamed Spotify, Music And The Brain

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This Word of Mouth Saturday broadcast is carnal, committed, and concerned with creative content. Cool, right? If you are as interested in sex, marriage, and music as we are, then tune in and read up. (Interests not necessarily in that order).

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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Five Billion Years Of Solitude

Most Earthlike Exoplanet started out as a gas giant.
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In his Washington Post review of Lee Billings book, Five Billion Years of Solitude, astronomer Mike Brown compressed the age of the earth into a human lifetime.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Rethink 2014: The American Dream

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The statistics are grim. Since the late 1970s, incomes for the top 1% of Americans have quadrupled, while real wages for the bottom half of the workforce have stagnated. Just this week, Oxfam International reported that the 85 richest people on earth, now have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the global population. So what does this all mean for the American ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In his latest book Who Stole the American Dream?  Hedrick Smith chronicles the dismantling of America’s middle class over four decades. Smith is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of many books, including The New Russians, and Rethinking America.

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Word of Mouth
1:49 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Word Of Mouth's Wicked Weepy Playlist

Team WOM weeps uncontrollably upon hearing the Wicked Weepy Playlist
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Can't help singing along to your favorite sad songs in the shower, the car, or from the middle of a crowded street?  Looking for something to help you dwell on your latest breakup, or summon your personal demons?  Want to put something on the stereo that will dull your roomate's perversely happy attitude?  Word of Mouth has the playlist for you. 

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Word of Mouth
12:49 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Why We love Sad Music, And Other Musical Mysteries Explained (By Brain Science!)

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Wherever you live, whatever you’re into, human beings respond to music. Brain researchers have found that listening to music not only makes you feel good – it alters your brain physiologically. To find out more we, talked to Dr. Robert Zatorre,  Neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.

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