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, 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
2:50 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Wealth Therapy for the .01 Percent

In 2006, Wells Fargo became the first bank to offer one-on-one psychological consults to wealthy customers. Unlike the counseling offered for debt-ridden, financially insecure Americans, Wells Fargo’s therapists were there to address emotional issues associated with having a huge portfolio. The service is becoming an industry standard for banks and brokerage firms.

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Word of Mouth
2:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

The Silicon Valley of the 14th Century

Politicians and pundits frequently proclaim that they know what drives innovation and economic development. Despite their assurances, the chicken-and-egg question of whether quality education creates thriving economies or flourishing economies create good schools has been cycling around for years. For clues, Jordan Weissman, Associate Editor at the Atlantic, looked not to India’s booming IT industry or China’s cadre of engineers, but to Germany, circa 1386, when a papal schism opened up new opportunities for innovation.

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Word of Mouth
1:47 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Opening up open-data cities

“Open-Data City” is a term often batted around in open source and techie circles … The concept goes something like this – when civic data, from traffic statistics to school performance, is made free to the public that data can change our communal conversations, policies, lives and technologies… It’s an attractive idea that we hoped to pin down… Which data?  Where is it now?  How do we access it? No better person to ask than Greg Hadfield.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

These streets aren't made for walking

On the streets of most American neighborhoods, walking to a grocery store, park, or school is not an option. Kaid Benfield is Director of Sustainable Communities at the National Resources Defense Council, and a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Cities website, where he argues that the car-centric built environment is detrimental to our health and quality of life.

Get your WalkScore!

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4:46 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

THUNDERDOME !

     When I first heard mention of Thunderdome, I envisioned something akin to the dirt bike, leather grunge, chain saw welding antics of George Miller’s 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. While this mind blowing philosophical post-apocalyptic thriller, left me reeling with deep introspective questions about myself and society at large, the most poignant of these being “what can truly be, beyond Thunderdome?” Perhaps more Thunderdome? Are we all beyond Thunderdome? Who knows, but it’s a question that we all must ask ourselves.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:07 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Myanmar, Inc.

Photo by eGuide travel via Flickr Creative Commons

Australia today announced that it is relaxing political sanctions against the country formerly known as Burma. The US and England will soon follow suit…all responding to growing political reforms after decades of military rule and political oppression. Meanwhile, crony capitalists that profited under the military regime are re-branding their images in an attempt to  maintain their wealth and influence.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Remembering they were fathers first

Photo by Jackie Finn-Irwin via Flickr Creative Commons

We talk with NHPR's Dan Gorenstein about a new summer camp program being launched for kids of state prison inmates.

Dan's original story. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:51 am
Mon April 16, 2012

And now...from you.

Photo by Rebecca Lavoie

One listener wants to know how we choose music for segments. Another wants to brag about her nine year-old's fiddlehead business. 

We take on more of your feedback, and get your burning questions answered. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:29 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Healthiest Man in the World?

Photo of A.J. Jacobs by Michael Cogliantry

A.J. Jacobs is serious about self improvement.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.14.2012

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Part 1:

The "Traditional Marriage" Glass Ceiling

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Mother's Little Helper

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Today’s frantic, always 'on' lifestyle have you feeling anxious? Pop a pill! Prescriptions for benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium have risen 17% since 2006 to nearly 94 million each year. An increasing number of Americans have no qualms about taking a cheap and effective benzo before a high-stakes meeting, or when facing a loaded “to-do” list.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:25 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Space on a Shoestring

Team Astrobotic

Space – a private frontier…

With the shuttle program behind us, companies and enterprising college students are today’s celestial pioneers. Their mission?  To seek out new ways of launching into orbit on a shoe-string budget. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
9:59 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Garden Favorites, From Fiddleheads to Asian-Style Asparagus

Dan Gair/Blind Dog Photo

Locavores, rejoice. Longer days and warming soil means a fresh crop of spring greens and veggies will soon be arriving in New England. But if you’re not sure what to do with those fiddleheads and dandelion greens, rest easy. We’ve brought in the expert. Kathy Gunst is the author of Notes From a Maine Kitchen,  a month-by-month cookbook that reads more like a love-letter to the foods of region.

Here are three of Kathy's favorite spring recipes:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:27 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

The Other Gamers

Photo by akimowitsch, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

A parallel convention for gamers is growing in popularity, and no shortage of passion. Last weekend, PAX East held its third annual conference in Boston with nearly 100,000 game distributors, developers and devotees. Clay Wirestone is a writer whose work has appeared in Mental Floss magazine and on the History Channel – he’s also the arts editor for the Concord Monitor.

 

 

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

Sand that can form ITSELF into objects? YES!!!

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Researchers from MIT will present a paper on a breakthrough in a dynamic new approach to useful robotics. Here with a preview of the material they call “Smart-Sand” is Daniela Rus - a professor at MIT and a member of the computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory there, also known as C-SAIL, along with her PHD student Kyle Gilpin.

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