Arts and Culture

All Things Considered
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Granite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild

How big of a deal is M.C. Escher? His work shows up on posters, calendars, comics and this dude's back.
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M.C. Escher has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5th.

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Word of Mouth
12:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

11.30.14: Nuclear Tourism, Computers That Deceive, & M.C. Escher

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Some people spend their vacations relaxing on a beach, others visit museums and fine restaurants. On today’s show we go off the beaten path to look into nuclear tourism. A science writer visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, and finds it not the wasteland you may expect.

Plus, from walk sign buttons that don’t reflect reality to digital signs over-estimating wait times at amusement parks, we’ll consider why technology is sometimes designed to give us the illusion of control.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

'Dracula' Reflects Dancer's Journey From War-Torn Hungary To Prima Ballerina

Publicity still for Toth's production of 'Dracula'
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Wolfeboro ballet instructor Edra Toth knows what it feels like to be misunderstood.

On Saturday night, her nonprofit Northeast Ballet Theater will present Dracula, a ballet written by Toth. In it, Toth’s dance ensemble will illustrate the truth about Dracula – or, more accurately, the original historical figure he’s based on, a militant ruler named Vlad Tepes.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Internationally Known Musician Behind 'The Juan Maclean' Calls New Hampshire Home

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When you think of electronic musicians, DJ's that spin thumping dance tracks to swarms of sweaty dancers at A-list parties, do you think of Dover, NH? Probably not, but Dover is where John Maclean, the force behind The Juan Maclean, calls home. Virginia asked him if it feels like he's leading a double life.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

10.14.14: Is John Oliver A Journalist & Inside The Doge Meme

Former Daily Show reporter John Oliver’s fake news show on HBO is bucking the odds: diving deep into stories that aren’t in the headlines, and climbing in the ratings. On today’s show, what happens when comedy meets investigative journalism ?

Then, A-list DJs appear to live in the top tier of fabulousness. Jet-setting to giant clubs and VIP parties. We’ll get the inside view from Juan Maclean, an international star living quietly in Dover, NH.

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NH News
3:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Nashua Weighing $20+ Million Downtown Performing Arts Venue

A lobby rendering from the Nashua Arts Venue Proposal

Officials in Nashua are considering plans for a new downtown performance arts venue. Architectural drawings call for a multi-level theater one block from Main Street that seats 1,400 and includes a 500-car parking garage and space for a restaurant. 

The city held a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

Sarah Marchant, who directs Nashua’s community development division, says the project would cost around 22-point-five million dollars, but she says the city doesn’t intend to foot that entire bill.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

9.22.14: Objects In The Future Will Be 'Enchanted' & Nuclear Tourism

The Living Room of the Future! From the 1979 book Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century
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In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, future technologies take center stage in the form of Hal 9000, a sentient, yet sinister, computer aboard the spacecraft Discovery One. On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful. 

Plus, a science writer plays nuclear tourist and visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, where he finds some surprising imagery.

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Word of Mouth
2:47 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

9.18.14: Dinner With The Smileys & The M.C. Escher Exhibit

Getting together for dinner on a regular basis can be tough for any family, but it is especially hard for military families during deployments. On today’s show: how one mother of three dealt with her husband’s deployment, by asking guests to fill his empty seat once a week. Then, the artist M.C. Escher may be best known for his repeating patterns and mind-bending optical illusions, but a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, touted as the most comprehensive retrospective of Escher’s work, is highlighting his lesser known illustrations.

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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

9.10.14: Researching What Makes Something Funny & Designing Technology To Deceive

This cat, is not amused.
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At her funeral on Sunday, fellow comedians applauded Joan Rivers for her sharp wit, biting humor, and irreverent routines. What really made Joan Rivers so funny? On today’s show, the director of the Humor Research Lab offers some theories into what makes us laugh. Plus, from walk sign buttons that don’t reflect reality to digital signs over-estimating wait times at amusement parks; we’ll consider why technology is sometimes designed to give us the illusion of control.

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dover, New Hampshire: Birthplace Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In 1984, the heroes in a half shell -Turtle Power!- burst onto the comic scene, and the sewers would never be the same.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Fest-A-Palooza Part 2

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is back for a look at New Hampshire events this weekend; It's Fest-A-Palooza Two, the Sequel!

For foodies, there's  Greekfest in Manchester, Fire on the Mountain Henniker Rotary Chili Fest, and the Jakarta Fair in Somersworth.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

8.21.14: Marty Glickman, The Art Of Tinkering, Element Names & Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds

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In 1936 18-year-old Marty Glickman was one of the fastest sprinters in the country, earning him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and a trip to the Berlin Games. Today on Word of Mouth, we have the story of how he was removed from the competition to appease Hitler and how he then became a legendary sports broadcaster. Then lessons in science with The Art of Tinkering and a conversation about how elements were named.
Finally, Producer Zach Nugent spoke with front-woman Arleigh Kincheloe of the band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Their new album is called Fight.

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This show originally aired on 3.27.14. 

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Word of Mouth
3:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Reflecting On Robin Williams

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
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 In April 2010, WTF host Marc Maron sat down to speak with Robin Williams. Following the news of Williams’ death on August 11, Maron reflected back on that interview and shared some of his thoughts on a conversation that he considers life-changing. The interview is at times delicate, as Williams talks about his battle with addiction and depression, but it also raised a new perspective the comedian which people had rarely seen before.

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

8.06.14: Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad, Refrigeration In China, And Dining Hall Hacks

"A Beautiful Invasive. Ceratina smaragdula, male, captured on Hawaii, Oahu, March 2012. This Asian species, along with others has invaded the Hawaiian islands where it thrives in sea of introduced garden plants found at lower elevations on the islands." -USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
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Today on Word of Mouth, invasive species like Zebra Mussels to Asian Carp, are destroying biodiversity across North America. Or are they? Also, we'll look into China’s push to build a frozen food infrastructure. The number of urban Chinese households with a refrigerator has risen from just 7 percent to 95 percent in a decade. We’ll find out what that means for global climate change.

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

8.4.14: Ethnic Plastic Surgery, The Mysterious Placenta & The Audio Orchard

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In the last decade, cosmetic procedures performed on Asian-Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans have far outpaced those among the white population. The goal? Westernizing ethnic features.  Today we put ethnic plastic surgery on the examination table. Then, scientists are demystifying what may be the least understood human organ: the placenta. Plus, we share some personal stories from the delivery room.

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