Word of Mouth

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Word of Mouth explores the nooks and crannies of New Hampshire and is hosted by Virginia Prescott. Airs Saturdays at 11 am and replays Tuesdays at 8 pm.

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The writer Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series In one of those books, the hero, Arthur Dent, is stranded on a planet populated by primitive people. Dent thinks to himself: I could show them the wristwatch! The internal combustion engine! The toaster! I’ll be crowned their emperor. The trouble is that without other humans around, he has no idea how to make any of those things. All he can make is a sandwich.  After which he’s elevated to the high office of “sandwich maker.”

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Hard times and new technology are making for a resurgence in old-school range robbery. But these are not the rope twirling thieves of yore – today’s black hats are using GPS tracking, four-wheelers, and apparently, some inside knowledge of the industry to wrangle cattle. Freelance writer Laura Zuckerman talks about the upward trend of cattle rustling in the American West.


Laura's article from Reuters

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The holiday season, we’re often reminded, is a time for people to come together…except, when it isn’t.   This year’s ‘War on Christmas’ skirmish revolves around the Christmas tree.

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The international conference on aids and sexually transmitted disease in Africa, or “ICASA” is convening this week in Ethiopia. Over the past few decades, activists and educators worldwide have endeavored to dispel rumors and misinformation about aids and people with aids. Today, more HIV positive people can disclose their status without shame and stigma. But there’s a downside to those advances. Relaxed attitudes toward HIV may be contributing to a trend of complacency toward the disease, even here in the United States.

Word of Mouth for 12.03.11

Dec 3, 2011
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 “Clean coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gases and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. “Carbon Sequestration” is an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. We spoke with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor for Boing-Boing; she visited a carbon sequestration demonstration in Alabama.


7:30 pm | The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

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“Clean Coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gasses and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. This week, a large demonstration of clean coal technology is being staged in Illinois, testing the viability of so-called “carbon sequestration,” an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. 

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Word of Mouth keeps its eye out for stories that are interesting, counterintuitive, many of which come from the world of science. It’s part of our mission to find the under-reported, simmering, surprising ideas that make us go “what?”

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There's a gathering of developers and code writers taking place globally...and they're invading Manchester to create apps for doing good. 


Random Hacks of Kindness

Manchester gathering info

Small Dog Electronics

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Our very own Taylor Quimby runs down some of the weirder products inspired by the Twilight franchise.


Bella's Engagement Ring

Twilight "Manllows"

Twilight (and other really weird) Condoms

(Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuriousoranj/4911960636/" target="_blank">Grace Fell</a> via Flickr Creative Commons)

A bold experiment in "Cleaner Coal." Are sciences being driven by sexy press coverage? Random Hacks of Kindness. And our own producer runs down some of the weirder stuff Twilight fans can buy. 

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At the dawn of the MP3 era, music-lovers digitized their CD collections, racking up thousands of hours of songs on their home computers, while clearing out their shelves. The thrill was soon followed by the realization that most of us owned far more music than we had time to listen to.

A Dental Scrape...

Nov 30, 2011
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NHPR's Chris Jensen reports on the Molar Express, a non-profit program engineered to delivery basic dental care to North Country kids. 

Here's What's Awesome

Nov 30, 2011

Word of Mouth's Awesomator Brady Carlson is back with his latest super cool round-up from the world of the web.


Pepper Spray Cop is a Meme...

10 things Siri will help you get instead of an abortion...

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An intellectual property scholar explains the battle between the music industry and a new site that offers to re-sell your dusty old MP3's.

Whitening Wars: Dentists say allowing hygienists to operate their own practices would cause decay to their industry. 

Plus, Awesomator Brady Carlson does some internet spelunking and lives to tell the tale 

A washed-up mixed martial arts champ’s comeback tells a bigger story about the meteoric rise of a sport once derided as human cockfighting. A mortician/blogger answers questions you’ve never dared to ask. And a campaign that’s been resurrected, despite being run like a Mel Brooks parody. 

Plus, a competition for ultra-smart kids who prefer to solve big problems with an iconic building toy.

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On Sunday, the Manchester Union Leader endorsed former house speaker Newt Gingrich as Republican candidate for President and enlivened the Sunday talk shows. Salon’s news editor Steve Kornacki  compares the surprise of "newtmentum" to another theatrical scheme…Zero Mostel, playing Max Bialystock to Gene Wilder’s timid Leo Bloom in the 1968 Mel Brooks film, The ProducersKornacki says tha

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Who doesn’t love an underdog? A Rocky in the ring? With the audience for boxing eroding, the new ring is an octagonal cage. In popularity and profits, mixed martial arts, or MMA, has knocked out boxing in the past decade.  The Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA’s flagship event, was sold for two million dollars in 2001. Today, it’s worth an estimated one billion. Our guest today is a definitive UFC underdog.  He’s a writer who dove George Plimpton-style into the grueling world of MMA and landed in the octagon. 

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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. 


First Lego League Web Site

Watch the Yappin' Yodas in action

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended King’s 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.

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 O'Rourke 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. O'Rourke 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.

11/26/11 PART 2

Nov 26, 2011
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Jay Wexler's 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.

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Celebrity designer Matthew Mead shares his tricks for making entertaining easy, beautiful, and fun...even if you don't have time to make a walnut wreath.

Former war journalist turned humorist P.J. O'Rourke 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. O'Rourke shares tales from the lighter side of reporting. And why we should do a little better with that whole "listening" thing.