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When Word of Mouth sent me to cover a competition designed around Legos, I had no idea that I was walking into the Superbowl of problem solving. LINKS: First Lego League Web Site Watch the Yappin Yodas in action The Union Leader covers the contest

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended Kings reach far beyond the bestsellers list, earning him the title of Master of Horror, and establishing him as one of the most influential writers of our age. Stephen Kings newest novel is 11-22-63. The book follows a teacher who travels through a mysterious portal into the past to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The novel takes readers...

Today on Word of Mouth, a healthcare model that offers rides, cuts toenails, and does generally whatever it takes to keep the elderly healthy. Plus, the less-quoted constitutional clauses and oddities that inform and amuse our American way of life. Also, from homies to hermanos: an unlikely way out for Central American gang members weary of the streets. And former war correspondent PJ ORourke describes life in the trenches of family vacations.

11/26/11 PART 4

Nov 26, 2011
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Former war journalist turned humorist P.J. ORourke talks about travel writing, and living in the family war zone. His latest book is Holidays in Heck.

11/26/11 PART 3

Nov 26, 2011
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Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing homie trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the Northern Triangle of Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism. He tells us just some of their stories from his new book, Homies and Hermanos .

11/26/11 PART 2

Nov 26, 2011
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Jay Wexlers new book and blog focus on the odd Constitutional clauses we should, maybe, focus on a little less... and those we should, perhaps, turn into awesome t-shirts.

11/26/11 PART 1

Nov 26, 2011
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Author and journalist Adrian Slywotzky discusses whether Caremore , a patient-based healthcare model based on little details, can still save money after going big. Plus, Jessica Golloher investigates a Russian preference for alternative-alternative medicine over visits to the doctor.

Casual carnivores imagining a vegan Thanksgiving might picture something like this: a grayish mock turkey, dry spongy stuffing, and cookies that taste like sawdust. Vegan cooking has made great strides in recent years, but it still feels like a bit of a buzzkill to insist upon being vegan at Thanksgiving. That is, until youve seen Robin Asbells compilation of vegan recipes, Big Vegan . We spoke with the chef, food writer and cooking teacher about her new (big) book with 350 meat-free, dairy...

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Celebrity designer Matthew Mead shares his tricks for making entertaining easy, beautiful, and fun...even if you dont have time to make a walnut wreath.

Former war journalist turned humorist P.J. ORourke talks about travel writing, and living in the family war zone. His latest book is Holidays in Heck.

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Super designer and celebrity lifestyle expert Matthew Mead shares his ideas for Holiday entertaining. A vegan cookbook does its best to make Turkey Day yummy. P.J. ORourke shares tales from the lighter side of reporting. And why we should do a little better with that whole listening thing.

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Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing homie trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the Northern Triangle of Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism. He tells us just some of their stories from his new book, Homies and Hermanos.

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Jay Wexlers new book and blog focus on the odd Constitutional clauses we should, maybe, focus on a little less...and those we should, perhaps, turn into awesome t-shirts.

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Jessica Golloher, Word of Mouths eyes and ears in Moscow, reports on the scads of Russians signing up for alternative medicine.

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No politician will ever lose votes by coming down on the side of community banks. Unlike the mega-banks of Wall Street that helped fuel the worlds dive off an economic cliff, community banks have a better reputation. They avoid exotic financial deals and, for the most part, stick to their knitting.

GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich offered himself as their defender when he spoke to supporters at campaign headquarters in Manchester, N.H. Community banks are 12 percent of the banks right...

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Politifact catches Newt in a whopper of untruthiness. Why Russians are turning to alternative medicine in droves. The Constitutions weirder clauses. And the stories of gang members turned Evangelicals.

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Reverse migration: African American populations boomerang back below the Mason-Dixon line. Plus, why adding sandwich board to your resume could be a good thing. Also, an NGO spreading sustainability in Niger turns 10. And a look at a Native American Art exhibition from the Hood at Dartmouth. Finally, data through light - the future of electronic transfer?

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Analysis of 2011 U.S. census data continues to reveal surprising demographic shiftsincluding a largely unreported exodus of middle class African Americans to cities in the south. Today, 57% percent of black Americans live below the Mason-Dixon line, the highest percentage since 1960. At the same time, black populations in traditionally integrated cities including New York, Chicago, and Detroit have dropped for the first time in American history. Denene Millner is a columnist, blogger, and...

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This weekend, Moammar Ghadaffis son Saif was captured while trying to flee south into Niger, which offered asylum to his brother Saadi a few weeks ago. The last time the western world heard much about the North African nation was during the buildup to the Iraq war when British and U.S. intelligence claimed that Niger was the source of yellowcake uranium for Sadaam Husseins weapons program. Today, Niger remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Joining us is Bess Palmisciano a New...

For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause for celebration. The holiday commemorating the survival thanks to the Wampanoag tribe of early settlers also marks the first wave of a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people. The meaning has evolved, but images of buckle-hatted pilgrims dining with fringed and feathered Indians still get tacked up on grammar school walls. When the artist Fritz Scholder published Indian Kitsch in 1979, it was a...

Throughout the year, weve been featuring a series we call 11 for 11 conversations with innovative thinkers who challenge and provoke new ways of thinking about the issues of our time. Dr. Raymond Tallis is a former clinical neuroscientist turned author. His new book, Aping Mankind, targets what he calls neurotrash, the explosion of pseudo-science that puts forth explanations for human behavior from believing in God to falling in lovein other words, exactly the kind of breakthroughs Word of...

Richard Conniff talks about his new book, The Species Seekers. And NHPRs Sam Evans Brown takes a trip to Vermont to find out what permaculture is.

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 2

Nov 19, 2011

Word of Mouths internet sherpa B rady Carlson is back. After his weekday shifts hosting A ll Things Considered , Brady likes to unwind by gathering new items for Heres Whats Awesome, our frequent look at the web and its endless list of memes, trends and viral hits. AWESOME LINKS: Herman Cains creative web page Vladimir Putins totally awesome campaign ad Flying rhinos! And yes, the guy yelling at the pizza truck.

A secret online black market exposed. And a Connecticut High Schools controversial, Columbine-style ruse to clear the hallways for a drug sweep.

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Part 1: We take a journey to an online black market where you can buy anything from M-16s to fake identities. A Connecticut high schools Columbine-style ruse to clear the halls for a drug sweep. Part 2: Brady Carlson returns with Heres Whats Awesome. Part 3: Richard Conniff on The Species Seekers . What the heck is permaculture? Part 4: Raymond Tallis on why just about everything we think is interesting about brain science might simply be neurotrash. And the interns of Black Swan rebel. Plus....

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You may recall that as President, Ronald Reagan labeled ketchup as a vegetable. On Monday, a joint House-Senate spending bill added tomato paste slathered on pizza to the vegetable group. In fact, pizza is now designated as a supervegetable. Julian Pecquet covers health care for The Hill and has been following the bill, and the lobbying effort behind it. We cant help but wonder what Michelle said when she found out.

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Former Word of Mouth intern Stephanie Reighart visited an unexpected restaurant catering to the Upper Valley called Tastes of Africa.

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Before vaccines became standard care, parents who wanted to build their childrens immunity to common diseases often brought them to play with other neighborhood kids already infected with bugs like the measles and chicken pox. Now, a small group of parents opposed to vaccines are reviving pox parties via social media sites like Facebook. Recently, one mother catered to that crowd by advertising homemade lollipops tainted with the varicella virusyep. pox pops. Nancy Shute is correspondent for...

Produced by Chris Cuffe Despite the makeover from the popular HBO series Six Feet Under , morticians still get stamped with the image of a tall, spindly old man in a threadbare suit, with matching tap, or, barring that, just a little bit creepy. Caitlin Doughty is doing her best to update that image, and to lift the lid on a profession that will, ultimately, touch us all. She hosts the Ask a Mortician series of videos on YouTube, and she joins us to answer just a few of our pressing questions.

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How pizza got vegetized. An African restaurant in the Upper Valley. Facebook Pox Parties. And the real mortician behind Ask a Mortician talks about bringing death talk to the masses.

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