Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

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 - Segment
9:29 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Skinny on Pinterest

Photo by EmilyStanley, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Pinterest is the new darling of the social media world. Users—over 10 million of them—‘pin’ digital images they like to their site, where others can browse and comment. Pinterest has run into recent issues surrounding potential copyright infringement, and now, a new problem has emerged: what should they do about a wave of pro-anorexia images and comments on the site?

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Word of Mouth - Segment
9:01 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Van Gogh to Go

Photo by CubaGallery, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

We’ve all heard of a lending library, you go in, pick a book, give the librarian your library card and take it home to read, but what about an art lending library? A museum in Chicago is doing just that, they’re letting residents fill out an art library card and take home real, original works of art to hang in their home. And it’s free! It started just two weeks ago at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Heather Rabke is here to tell us how it’s going.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Where Slaves Ruled

Swirling to West African rhythms, residents of the Santa Rosa dos Pretos quilombo celebrate the recovery of a sick neighbor with a tambor de crioula, a “creole drum” festival that mixes African and European traditions.
©Tyrone Turner/National Geographic

We begin with a story that defies credibility: descendants of escaped slaves still thriving in the Brazilian forest. Of the five million Africans brought to the Portuguese colony of Brazil,  thousands escaped into the dense rainforest to live freely in isolated communities – called quilombos – where many of their descendants still live.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:35 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Growing a Museum, Stalk by Stalk

(Photo by Maraker via Flickr Creative Commons)

New England based conceptual artist F. Marek Modzelewski is no stranger to going against the grain –his work explores exile, ritualdenied expectations and passions unrealized – mostly through installations using a limited pallet of materials, including animal hides, resins, and wheat. Now he’s raising funds on Kickstarter to build a contemporary museum of art in southeastern New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:47 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Here's What's Awesome

(Photo by Moonlightbulb via Flickr Creative Commons)

Was 2012 the lamest year ever for April fools on the web?

This pretty lame and implausible prank indicates that maybe it was...

But I did like Google's prank of Street View kangaroos, and, of course, the totally awesome idea of putting Google maps on 8-bit NES cartridges.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:20 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Is food addiction a myth?

(Photo by Adam Kuban via Flickr Creative Commons)

Bet you can’t eat just one. The Lays potato chip campaign plays on the idea of snacking out of control. From Oprah to "The Biggest Loser," people describe themselves like addicts, needing one more bite of fatty, salty, sugary foods, knowing full well that remorse will follow their mouthful of pleasure.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:12 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Higher Ed for Doodlers

(Photo by Runs with Scissors via Flickr Creative Commons)

The average college graduate today will walk away tens of thousands in debt, fewer job opportunities and lower relative wages than previous generations.  While some students increase their post-college chances by majoring in trending fields like science and engineering – others follow less practical paths in the study of  philosophy, religion…and cartooning.  Yup, cartooning.  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:04 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Weird World of Stock Photography

(Screenshot of "Reyhan as part of a 'Trendy Couple' by Jenny Pfeiffer" by Rebecca Lavoie)

We’ve heard the story over and over again in these hyperconnected digital times…boy meets girl, they fall in love, become blissfully partnered until one day, girl finds boy’s photo on a dating web site

That’s just what happened to our next guest… but here’s the twist,  Reyhan Harmanci’s boyfriend had no idea his photo was on display for a universe of single women,  even though he had, in fact, given permission for it to be posted there…sort of.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:52 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Boss treating you like a dog? Maybe that's not so bad...

(Photo by emdot via Flickr Creative Commons)

Management consultants are often ridiculed for using words like “bandwidth,” “capacity,” and “low-hanging fruit.” When Word of Mouth noticed a consultant tweeting as @PeopleSense following our Twitter account, we thought…hmmmm…nice alternative to “out of the box thinking.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:45 am
Tue April 3, 2012

The Mysterious Case of the Mall: An Investigation

(Image by An Orchard Away via Flickr)

Last week, after we aired a segment on creative methods of discouraging teenage loitering, listener Jennifer Army sent us the following email:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

The Bitter Taste of the Rainbow

(Photo by p4nc0np4n via Flickr Creative Commons)

Successful brands can cost millions of dollars to create, protect, and control. Despite those mammoth efforts, name brands can take on a life of their own. Take Skittles, the brand of candy Trayvon Martin bought shortly before being shot by George Zimmerman. Now, the candy is being used at protests and getting big play in the media, translating to a brand boost of sorts.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:59 am
Mon April 2, 2012

The games terrorists play...

(Photo by Eleventh Earl of Mar via Flickr)

A branch of the military is taking a new tack in intelligence gathering…video games. The US Navy has contracted a private firm to buy up used gaming consoles  - mostly in foreign markets  to extract sensitive data on gamers. Jacob Aron wrote about the new strategy for New Scientist.  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:25 am
Mon April 2, 2012

A Campus of Innovation

Fast Company’s annual list of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies included many of the usual suspects: Apple, Facebook and Google all made the list.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
11:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Adjusting to the shift...at home

Photo by Zophos via Flickr Creative Commons

Holyoke, Massachusetts has a rate of childhood obesity much higher than the national average, especially within its considerable Puerto Rican community.

Karen Brown reports on how a community center is enacting change for this population in a three part series. In this story, a 9 year-old finds herself in a house now full of healthy food and surrounded by adults encouraging her to ride her bike instead of watching TV. But with a lack of sidewalks, a high rate of neighborhood crime, and the odds seemingly stacked against her, can the balance truly be shifted in her favor?

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Word of Mouth 03.31.2012

Photo by Beast of Traal via Flickr Creative Commons

Part 1:

Users, Unite!

This is the one union that will kick you out if you pass a drug test. Jesse McKinley wrote about the evolution and demands of the San Francisco drug users union for The New York Time.

New York Times Article  

Part 2:

The Cow Clause

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