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
2:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Pyongyang: The Tourist's Guide You'll Never Use

Photo courtesy of Philipp Meuser of Dom Publishers

The well-publicized (albeit failed) launch of a satellite by North Korea last month sent a signal to the international community: Kim Jong-un is carrying on in the brinksman-like tradition of his father Kim Jong-il. Between them, they’ve built and maintained what is arguably the most isolated country on the planet – the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea or DPNK. Most of us will never visit the country, or see the grand monuments or stadia of its capital, Pyongyang.

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Word of Mouth
1:34 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

A Wrinkle for the Anti-aging Industry

Look 20 years weirder with one application...
Photo by Pietro Izzo, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Want to look ten years younger in ten weeks?  Good luck. Hundreds of skin-care products make bold, supposedly measurable claims to heighten hopes and defy age.  Now, the FDA is paying more attention about what goes into anti-wrinkle creams, and what consumers are actually getting out of them.

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Word of Mouth
3:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Does Middle Age Have an Evolutionary Upside?

(Photo by brondabailey via Flickr)

All that "40 is the new 30" boosterism aside, midlife is not the start of a downward spiral. David Bainbridge is a clinical veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University, and the author of several books including Middle Age: A Natural History. He believes middle age might be a pivotal part of the human evolutionary process, and potentially the most productive years of our lives. 

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Word of Mouth
12:09 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Social Strata of Southpaws...

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If only ten percent of humans are left-handed, why have 50 percent of the world’s top hitters in baseball been southpaws?  Danny Abrams has a theory. He’s Assistant Professor with the Applied Math department at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.  

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Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

Defending "awesome."  Seriously..."awesome" is, well, awesome.

Facebook: a new place for organ donors to connect to those who need them? Or another way for Zuck to mine our personal (and internal!) data???

How French tweeters used WWII code to get around election law.

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Word of Mouth
11:39 am
Tue May 1, 2012

You asked for it...

(Photo by Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR)

Last week, we reviewed new experiments in spoken word with Marc Masters of music review site Pitchfork. He told us about the new spoken word album Sex Magic – a poetic reading of lyrics from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s 1991 release, Blood Suger Sex Magik…

Afterwards, we asked listeners to suggest songs for us to “Blankenship,” our new term for reading song lyrics as poetry.   Here’s the best one we came up with.

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Word of Mouth
3:21 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Where the tech of the future is born...

M.I.T.'s Media Lab is a melting pot of engineers, artists, and scientists looking for ways to integrate technology into our everyday lives. The lab has produced the tech behind myriad high-tech gadgest, programming languages for children, and even laid the groundwork for popular video games and Lego robots.

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Word of Mouth
3:08 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Move over, rainforest...

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Sting and Trudie have the rainforest, George Clooney has Sudanese refugees, and Alan Alda has… well, science contests for kids.

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Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Who wrote The Book of Drugs?

Mike Doughty’s 2005 album Haughty Melodic was a breakthrough for the singer-songwriter…before going solo, Doughty had founded and fronted the 90’s band Soul Coughing…which he disbanded in 2000, much to the chagrin of die-hard fans. But  there was a reason beyond the typical story of egos and bad record deals for that band’s demise…one that Doughty hints at in haughty melodic’s biggest hit, "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well.”

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Word of Mouth
4:00 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.28.2012

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Part 1: Drones in the U.S. and Snapstagram

Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Well, you may want to get used to it. While the US government has been putting un-manned drones to heavy use in war zones in recent years, the flying robots will soon be soaring American skies.

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Word of Mouth
1:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Smart films for Grownups

Photo by Andrea Metz, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Now that The Hunger Games has killed off the competition for spring box office, Hollywood is gearing up for summer. We’ll get the Batman finale, a Spiderman re-boot, new animated heroes from Pixar and Disney, and comedies from Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler.  Garen Daly is film consultant for Zeotrope Media is here to preview of some films that won’t break box office records.

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Word of Mouth
12:43 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Granite State Gen Ed: Student Loan Debt 101

Yay! Now we can start paying back our loans.
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Student loan debt as a campaign issue: this week, President Obama visited college students in Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa and made urgent appeals to keep interest rates low for current and future college students.  The house will vote Friday (4/27/12) on legislation that could keep the interest rate on government-subsidized undergraduate student loans from doubling in July.

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Word of Mouth
11:53 am
Thu April 26, 2012

You might not know his name, but you DEFINITELY know his voice...

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Here at Word of Mouth, we frequently crack wise about bizarre stories by imitating that ubiquitous announcer voice from movie and video game trailers…the one who always beginning with “In a world where…"

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Occupy Co-opts MoveOn.org

Occupy Game of Thrones Taglines
Photo by Mike Fleshman, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

New tactics for the 99%... Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators descended on San Francisco yesterday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting. Dozens of shareholder- protestors were ejected from the meeting for shouting about lofty executive pay, demanding the company pays a fair share of corporate taxes, and calling for a moratorium on home foreclosures.

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Word of Mouth
11:23 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Mouse swagger???

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Produced by Jonathan Lynch

If there are any certainties in marketing, it’s that men like beer and barbecued meat and women enjoy fruit-filled cups of pro-biotic-laden yogurt.

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