Word of Mouth

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

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WoM for Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Nov 12, 2011
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Where are all these fracking earthquakes coming from? The correlation between natural gas and shifting plates.  Also, Agent Twitter and Double-O-Social Media: predicting riots, epidemics and other social phenomena through aggregate online data. Plus, World of Adcraft: the growing gimmicks of big-budget video game advertisements.  And an interview with Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke.  His latest novel is Damned.

Part 1: FrackQuakes and Agent Twitter

Nov 12, 2011
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Part 2: iPhone's Funny-bone, and World of Adcraft

Nov 12, 2011
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Part 3 and 4: Chuck Palahniuk

Nov 12, 2011
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What Goes Around...

Nov 10, 2011
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You've seen bumper stickers: shop local, eat local... now, a grassroots call to invest local.  And like any good movement, it utilizes a catchy word-combo. Joining us to talk about it is Amy Cortese, author of Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit it.

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Independent producer John Lynch explores the increasing role of big-budget advertising in seducing the 30-something gamer generation to support the industry's Hollywood level profits. 

A Little Birdie Told Me

Nov 10, 2011
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The latest attempt to predict the future: scientists use digital data from Twitter, traffic webcams, and bazillion other places to create a model that can foresee epidemics, social upheaval, and more. That' the theory anyway.  Much like the weather, you can't always count on the forecast.  Sharon Weinberger writes for Nature. She tell us more about the project.

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Word of Mouth for November 10th, 2011

Nov 10, 2011
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U.S. spy agencies use twitter and other online data as a digital fortune cookie. The first part in a WBEZ series on mental illness in youth.  Video games advertising gets gimmicked out. And investing locally: how to make a buck and help your neighbors, too.

A Fracking Disaster?

Nov 9, 2011
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The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that rattled the east coast back in August triggered speculation about whether the controversial gas drilling technique called fracking may have been responsible. Fracking involves drilling thousands of feet into the shale deep below the earth’s surface, then fracturing the earth by pumping millions of gallons of sand, water, and chemicals into the shale to release natural gas. So far, contamination of groundwater supplies has been the focus of those opposing big energy’s push to expand fracking.

The Panic Principal

Nov 9, 2011

Late last month, students at Wolcott High School in Connecticut were on lockdown. An announcement on the intercom warned of a threatening intruder. Doors were locked and police swooped in with dogs…drug-sniffing dogs as it turned out. But there was no gun-toting maniac roaming the halls. It was a “lockdown intervention drill”… a ruse to clear the halls for a school-wide drug search.

Word of Mouth for November 9th, 2011

Nov 9, 2011
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The growing evidence for a connection between the controversial drilling technique called"fracking" and earthquakes. A shocking tactic used by a Connecticut high school to clear the hallways for a drug search. And a new documentary follows a group of friends on their journey from impulsive teenagers to soldiers in Afghanistan, and then back again.

Writers on a New England Stage - Chuck Palahniuk

Nov 8, 2011
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Novelist Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame reads his funny but disturbing short story, Romance, then discusses 12 step programs, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest novel Damned with WoM host Virginia Prescott.  Enlightening conversation - but not for the faint of heart.   This broadcast contains adult material (and censored curse words) that may not be suitable for kids and could be considered offensive to some listeners.

To the Ends of the Earth for an Eel

Nov 7, 2011
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In the Eighteenth century, explorers set out to catalog the variety of life on Earth... Until then, even educated people believed in mythological creatures lurking outside the relative safety of their home environments.  Today, there are two million documented species on Earth.  Richard Conniff,  Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Columnist for the New York Times discusses his new book "The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life On Earth".

 

Siri's got a dry sense of humor...

Nov 7, 2011
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Our tech expert Rob Fleischman predicts the next Apple revolution - the iTV.  Imagine a giant iPad.  Plus, a conversation with the exceptionally knowledgable iPhone secretary, SIRI.

It's all in the details...

Nov 7, 2011
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Adrian Slywotzky, author of the new book Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It, discusses a revolutionary new eldercare model called Caremore.  He explains how trimming toenails and rides to the doctor can save dollars and improve quality of life. 

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The Quiet Health-Care Revolution 

Word of Mouth for November 7th, 2011

Nov 7, 2011

Caremore, a company that has revolutionized eldercare - providing better care and doing it profitably.  The "next big thing" prediction for Apple - under new leadership.  And 18th century explorers who fearlessly set out to catalog the variety of species that roam the earth.    

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011: Part 1

Nov 5, 2011
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The other drug war South of the Border. An investigative reporter uncaps Big Pharma's secretive drug trials in South America. And researchers uncover the strange paradox of why Americans want to give their money to those with more, not less.  A   

Word of Mouth for November 5th 2011: Part 2

Nov 5, 2011
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GalleyCat's Jason Boog talks about Amazon's foray into the publishing biz with some major authors signing on. And Alyssa Rosenberg, culture critic and contributor to The Atlantic, talks about how campaigns on shows like Glee compare to real-life political races.

Survival of the Beautiful

Nov 5, 2011
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Author David Rothenberg talks about the mystery of animal's preferences for particular colors, shapes, and songs in his book, Survival of the Beautiful.

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011

Nov 5, 2011
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The other drug war, Amazon's publishing foray, Politics on TV, nature's beautiful mystery, and a zombie how-too.  

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011: Part 4

Nov 5, 2011
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Author Richard Asma explains why we're afraid of monsters.  And what to do when the zombie apocalypse happens (because it SO will).  

An Old-Timey Treasure Hunt

Nov 3, 2011
Nancy Greenleese

Forget Geocaching...these folks are going old-school with something called Letterboxing...and they love it. WoM correspondent Nancy Greenleese bring us the story.

The Newest New Kids

Nov 3, 2011

Brooke Hauser, author of The New Kids, Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, talks about the hard knocks the newest kids face.

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Word of Mouth for November 3rd, 2011

Nov 3, 2011
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How impossible inventions defeated the odds. What makes a business "Good?" The science of retractions. And an old-timey treasure hunt in a geocaching era.

The Glee of Politics: Which TV shows do it best?

Nov 2, 2011
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Produced by Chris Cuffe

Alyssa Rosenberg is the pop culture blogger for thinkprogress.org.  She joins us to review this season's political stories on television, and explain who does it best and why.

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The Prep School of Rock N'Roll

Nov 2, 2011
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A group of teachers from St. Paul's in Concord trades hall-passes for instruments after school.  Two members join us to talk about the art of finely-aged Rock N'Roll.

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Prep School of Rock

Nov 2, 2011

The Fletchtones might be a group made up of prep school faculty and staff, but that doesn't mean they don't rock hard. 

 

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Word of Mouth for November 2nd, 2011

Nov 2, 2011
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The other drug war south of the border. TV gets politics right...except when it doesn't. A school for immigrant teens. And the Fletchtones rock on.

As The Publishing World Turns...

Nov 1, 2011
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Amazon is back in the business of getting books on print - only now, they're hopping the middle man. Jason Boog, Editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, explains.

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Genetic Genocide: GMO Mosquitoes

Nov 1, 2011
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Editor for Scientific American Michael Moyer explains how genetically-modified mosquitoes could stop the spread of Dengue Fever; unless uncomfortable corporate practices don't cause a GMO backlash first.

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