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
11:07 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Is 'Liking' on Facebook Free Speech?

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A sheriff’s office employee in Hampton Virginia alleges that in 2009 he was professionally de-friended after “liking” the Facebook page of his boss’s political opponent.  But in a wrongful termination suit that concluded earlier this year, a judge ruled the other way…saying that “merely ‘liking’ a Facebook is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”  Ken Paulson is President and CEO of the F

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Word of Mouth
11:00 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Word of Mouth 06.09.2012

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Part 1: Almost a Psychopath/Halden Prison

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Word of Mouth
3:38 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Muir String Quartet Benefit Performance

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On Sunday, the Grammy award winning Muir String Quartet will perform at a benefit for Classical Music by the Sea in North Hampton. Proceeds will benefit The Classics for Kids Foundation, which helps to provide school music programs throughout the United States with quality stringed instruments. The benefit begins with an afternoon reception followed by the concert at 6.

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Word of Mouth
1:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

So, how'd it go?

Earlier this week, we talked to our go-to internet guy about a switch to be flipped on a whole new version of the internet. Yesterday was World IPV6 Day, and as tech decoder Rob Fleischman explained, converting to the new web protocol was designed to solve the impending problem of the internet running out of IP addresses…those are the numerical codes designating the addresses of websites, pages, computers and hardware on networks. Well, Wednesday passed…the conversion happened…and our computers are still working.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Weapons of Mass Miscalculation

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

The worst line of defense… in times of war, military strategists will toy with any hair-brained scheme that could help win the day – just the sort of desperate thinking that has led to some of the most bizarre and dysfunctional weaponry in the history of battle. Mental Floss contributor Judy Dutton compiled a list of ridiculous martial blunders in her article “9 Weapons that Failed Spectacularly, and One that Possibly Didn’t”.

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Word of Mouth
11:23 am
Thu June 7, 2012

"Eh" Tu, Quebec?

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Prolonged protests over student tuition hikes came to a head late last month in Quebec, when more than 500 demonstrators were arrested in a single night. Protestors have twice paralyzed Montreal’s subway system, and vandalized buildings. US coverage of the quebec protests has been scant.

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Word of Mouth
12:19 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

From Police Report...to Prose

(Photo by Corey Garland, Garland Photography)

If If fiction writers can learn from police reports, true crime writers have the tricky task of transforming those reports into prose. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie is also a true crime author. She and her husband Kevin Flynn have written and published two books, in the genre.

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Word of Mouth
11:03 am
Wed June 6, 2012

5-0 Prose

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However much he saw of the world, Ernest Hemingway’s economical style of writing is often referred to as the iceberg theory…meaning that only one-eighth of the story behind a narrative needs to be above water.  We were reminded of this when we found the article "The Art of the Police Report" last year in the Writer’s Chronicle. The article drew lessons for crafting powerful prose from police reports filed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Word of Mouth
9:25 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Here Comes the Sun...

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Dr. Daniel Palanker is associate professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, a member of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, and senior author on a paper published last month in Nature Photonics describing his work on photovoltaic retinal prosthetics.

 

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

And You Thought Your Post Office Was Inconvenient...

The Sugar Hill Post Office
Sean Hurley

Last year, the US Postal Service released a list of thousands of rural offices across the country that could be closed in an effort to save money, five of them in New Hampshire.  But in May, the USPS changed its mind.  These rural offices would not be closed….but their hours of operation would be reduced.  Just how much they’d be reduced, however, came as a shock to the people in one tiny town. Producer Sean Hurley traveled there to bring us the story.

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Word of Mouth
11:28 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Jump-starting Your Backyard Garden

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Rising costs and concerns about safety have many people re-evaluating what they eat and where it comes from. A huge portion of Americans consume fatty, sugary and cheap industrial food. Some Americans have started their own crops in community and backyard gardens, and many others would like to start gardening, but don’t know where to begin.  Brett Markhamis an engineer and third generation farmer in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
10:56 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Maintaining the Modern Monarchy

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As though extra vacation time isn’t a good enough excuse for a modern monarchy, scholars this week will gather to contemplate how the English Crown has remained relevant when so many others have faded away.  The New York Times’ Jennifer Schuessler wrote about a revival in academic scholarship regarding the modern royals.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Tue June 5, 2012

A Shiny New Internet

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Tomorrow will bring a long-awaiting moment for the internet…it’s IPV6 Day, when a whole new version of the web will officially go live. But don’t worry, says our next guest, there should be no change in the way most of us use the internet…as long as everything goes as planned. Here to explain IPV6 and a few other tech stories bubbling up is Rob Fleischman. He’s a web developer and entrepreneur, CTO of Xerocole, and Word of Mouth’s explainer of all things wired. 

 

Rob explains some challenges for developers when IPV6 goes live:

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Off the Beaten Tenure Track

Got my PhD... Now what?
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An increasingly common anxiety for freshly-minted undergraduates is finding a job in their field with a decent enough salary to pay off their student loans. For those with new advanced degrees, the stakes are even higher...  2008 figures from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity estimate that 16% of those qualified to be college professors, lawyers, and doctors are working jobs at the high school graduate level. Helping wayward professionals put their highly-trained brains to work, is Jon F.

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Psycho...ish

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You may have heard the attention-grabbing statistic that that 10% of people working on Wall Street are psychopaths. That alarming number ignores the idea that psychopathic behavior exists on a continuum…or so says our guest Dr. Ronald Schouten. He’s professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the law and psychiatry service at Mass General.

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