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
11:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

What Makes a Great Science Teacher?

the_exploratorium via Flickr Creative Commons

Produced with Phoebe Axtman and Zach Nugent

Mounting research has shown that the most important factor in a child’s successful education is not his or her socioeconomic status, class size, or even the design of the curriculum…. it’s the teacher.  But teacher dropout rate is high and the highly talented teachers are too few, especially in Science and Math.

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Word of Mouth
10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem With Environmental Education

Tiggywinkle via Flickr Creative Commons

If you want to learn about the earth, you’re gonna have to get your hands dirty.   That’s the philosophy of environmental educator David Sobel: senior faculty member at Antioch University New England, and author of the book "Beyond Ecophobia".

Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Author Megan Abbott on Her Book, "Dare Me"

"Dare Me" is a new and much buzzed about book by Megan Abbott. The cheerleaders at Sutton Grove High have more to think about than their spray tans. Their pretty, hard-driving coach holds the squad in her thrall. She has less control over her own life, which opens up a dark tale of jealousy, physical and psychological abuse, and a mysterious death. 

Aside from reading the book, Executive Producer Rebecca Lavoie watched Bring It On, like, fifty times for  "research":

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Robot Cameras Help Carry the Load at the Olympics

pluckytree via Flickr Creative Commons

While the world’s top athletes compete at the  London 2012 Olympics, hundreds of photographers are contending to capture the game’s defining moments on camera.  To maximize its odds of snapping a winning pic, Reuters is getting some help, from robots.  The new shutter-bots will be stationed at Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Fencing, Weight Lifting, and at the main Olympic Park for some of the big events.  Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby caught up with Patrick Cain, a freelance reporter for th

Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave reads from Gold, his latest novel.
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee.

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Word of Mouth
10:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

The Blackout Battle

Photo Credit Premshree Pillai, Via Flickr Creative Commons

America’s blackout boom—our national electric grid is badly in need of an upgrade, as power outages are seemingly becoming the norm, especially with the onset of extreme heat and increasingly inclement weather. This has many people wondering why the power industry seems to be lagging behind when it comes to innovations to keep the lights on, and how politics plays a part in stagnating investment into renewable energy and smarter grid infrastructure.

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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

History of Going for the Gold

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Gold medal victories of Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, Kerry Strug, and Joan Benoit...these moments of triumph, sometimes against all odds are what make the Olympics stand apart from other sports competition. The idea that a human being can achieve feats most of us can only imagine.

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Word of Mouth
9:18 am
Thu July 26, 2012

The Dø

Photo Credit XiWeg, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy met in 2005 working on a soundtrack for the French film, Empire of the Wolves – the songs they wrote afterwards would eventually be released under the name “The Dø.” The online release of their first four songs had built “The Dø” an instant fan base – and with almost no experience playing live shows as a band, Dan and Olivia suddenly found themselves in front of packed audiences at a series of sold-out Parisian concerts.  Two full-length albums and hundreds of performances later, Word of Mouth producer Taylor Quimby

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Series: Shifting the Balance
10:02 am
Wed July 25, 2012

EBT Friendly Farmer's Markets

Photo Credit Ianmalcm, Via Flickr Creative Commons

At New Hampshire’s eighty or so farmer’s markets, you can choose from organic produce, local honey and freshly baked breads.

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Word of Mouth
9:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

History Lost in Time

Photo Credit Ashur, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Following the holocaust was the single greatest forged migration in human history, orchestrated by…the allies. Didn’t know about one of the darkest sides of the allies World War II victory?…well, neither did we. Today we explore why some events make the history books and others are lost in time, and how historians have shaped the history that we remember and the history we choose to forget. Our guest Ray Douglas is chairman of the history department at Colgate University.

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Word of Mouth
9:03 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Terminate the ARC?

Photo Credit Mr.T in DC, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Have you ever picked a paperback from a used bookstore or library shelf, and seen the words “uncorrected proof: not for sale” on the cover?  If so, chances are you were looking at an advanced readers copy, or “arc” – an early draft of a book that publishers sent out to reviewers, bloggers, and yes, radio stations in hopes of attracting media coverage.  The thing is, arcs don’t disappear after review, and not every author appreciates unedited version of works floating about in literary circles…we wanted to pull back the curtain on this one small part of the publishing industry – so we called

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Word of Mouth
8:33 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Manipulating Climate Change

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Two Harvard professors are developing a proposal for a first-of-its-kind field experiment in geo-engineering… a trial balloon that would release chemical particles into the atmosphere.  Their hope?  To better understand the effectiveness and dangers of technology designed to manually reverse climate change.  Henry Fountain covere

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Word of Mouth
1:40 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Hacking the Plough

CIMMYT via Flickr Creative Commons

Produced with Zach Nugent

The community-based organization Farm Hack brings together innovative farmers, technology designers, and hackers to approach agricultural challenges without the top-down energy-intensive tools used in mainstream mega-farming. Farm Hack uses both online and face-to-face meetings to encourage and share  creative methods among small farms all over the country. Ben Shute joins us, he is a New York state farmer and co-founder of Farm Hack.

Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Comic-Con Comes to New Hampshire

Tintin aka NHPR's Ryan Lessard interviews Mike Pasha, Libertarian Filmmaker at Granite-Con
Silver Circle Movie via Flickr

Comic-Con in San Diego lured more than a hundred thousand visitors earlier this month so it’s no wonder that smaller Cons are popping up just about everywhere, not only because of comics’ continued bleed into pop culture through TV shows and blockbuster films, but because of the boost a Con can inject into a local economy, even Manchester, New Hampshire. Ryan Lessard brings us the story.

Check out Comic-Con International in San Diego (a slightly larger event than Granite-Con):

Word of Mouth
11:19 am
Tue July 24, 2012

When Young Girls Grow Up Too Fast, Keep Them in Ballet Class

Oude School via Flickr Creative Commons

Parents of girls dread the moment when freckles and flats first make way for lipstick and heels - when soon-to-be-teen girls start flirting with adult styles and sensibilities.  A new study reveals there’s one activity that might help shelter young girls from the cultural rite of sexualization for a few more years… ballet. 

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