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9:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

When Did N.H. Towns Start Calling The Shots On Trick-Or-Treating?

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Where I grew up in Connecticut, children trick or treat on Halloween night, after dark, for as long as they possibly can.   I called my hometown’s clerk to double check: municipal government has nothing to do with it.

Yet in my current home of Portsmouth, the city website declares “the date and time for 'Trick-or-Treat' activities in Portsmouth this year will be Thursday, October 30th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.”

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NH News
2:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Mazzaglia Trial Captivates... But Why?

Defendant Seth Mazzaglia.
Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

 A recent headline in my local paper, the Portsmouth Herald, reads "McDonough Questioned About Sex, Lies, and Duct Tape."  The story is a tragedy – a young woman died. The details are upsetting.  Yet -  I just read the article top to bottom.  Why? I want to know.  

Walking on Market Street in downtown Portsmouth, I come upon Marlene Allen. “Well, because it’s so lurid!” She says. “that’s like a novel, that’s like Hannibal Lector!”

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Word of Mouth
4:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois

This taxidermied fox is SHOCKED by the results of this quiz.
Credit Valters Krontals via flickr Creative Commons

After Virginia’s conversation with Slate senior editor Dan Kois about all things cool, we thought it would be helpful to quiz Dan on what is cool and what is not. Without further ado, we present Word of Mouth’s “Cool vs. Uncool Quiz” with our host Virginia Prescott.

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Books
3:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

What's The Most Famous Book Set In New Hampshire?

According to this map posted on BusinessInsider.com, John Irving's Hotel New Hampshire is the most famous book set in New Hampshire. 

But what about Peyton Place? A Separate Peace? Or Irving's other classic, A Prayer For Owen Meany?

We'd love to know what you think should hold the title...leave us a note on Facebook with your pick.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

6 Trailer Parks In Super Posh Locales

1950 Spartanette - "This 30’ “park model” was built in 1950. It has rich birch wood interior, twin beds, a small bathroom and a couch in the living room. It has a vintage black and white television and a phonograph with a selection of 45 rpm records."
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Our story today on trailer parks got the Word of Mouth team dreaming about the perks of living in a home on wheels. Here's our list of some of the nicest mobile home parks in the best locations. Because even in the world of mobile real estate, it's all about location, location, location.

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Inside NHPR
11:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Top 10 Stories From Last Week: Vanilla Vaccine; Vermont's Local Food Gamble

Here are the stories that got the most attention on NHPR.org last week. Did you miss them? Click below to read or listen!

1. USDA Airdrops Vanilla Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests

2. Across The River, Vermont Puts Its Money On Local Food

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Blogs
10:03 am
Tue September 3, 2013

N.H. Girl On The Other Side Of The World: Three Planes, One Layover, One Destination

Abby snaps a "selfie" as her journey to South Korea begins.
Credit Abby Kessler for NHPR

NHPR News Intern Abby Kessler has moved on to a new adventure, teaching English in South Korea. We've asked Abby to send us dispatches from her trip, and we'll be posting them as a series of blogs in the upcoming months.

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Language
2:11 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms

Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR

The recent outrage over Google providing the WRONG—in our humble opinion—definition of literally as a viable one, got the digital team thinking about other words whose meanings have changed over time. These so called ‘Janus Words’ or ‘contranyms’ are single words that have two opposite, but ostensibly correct, meanings.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

5 Moments In Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart

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I’m am not qualified to make a list of the Top 5 most memorable sports failures, which is why I asked Eric Simons to help me create a list of moments he felt fit the bill. To say that he waffled about what moments to include is an understatement; sports fans are notoriously opinionated when it comes to moments that define heartbreak. I took his suggestions and then sprinkled in a few that I grew up hearing about.  Without further ado I present to you: “5 Moments in Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart”. We encourage you to disagree and submit your own.

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Word of Mouth
9:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Rise Of The Hijab Blog

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Bathing suit anxiety takes on a whole new dimension for Muslim women…so do skinny jeans and other body-conscious fashion trends.  A spate of blogs and podcasts aimed at Muslim women have grown along with the fashion blog trend. Blogs like Hijab Trendz, Dianrainbow and Slice of Lemon feature tips and creative approaches to dressing with style as well as modesty.

Mariam Sobh is a Chicago-based journalist and public radio colleague from WBEZ in Chicago. She created Hijab Trendz in 2007, which averages 2 million page views a month.

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Word Of Mouth's Audio Clip Of The Week

It's only Tuesday, and we've already got our winner for audio clip of the week from our story on the Xbox One:

We got the clip from Angry Joe's YouTube channel; the vlogger went on an angry tirade after the Xbox One reveal proved to be completely disappointing for hard-core gamers.

"Don't. Do. The RE-VEAL!" is our new mantra.

If you'd like to watch the entire Xbox One rant, here's a link to the full video (it gets a little NSFW for language) from the Angry Joe Show.

Word of Mouth
2:30 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Yahoo!'s Buying Tumblr...But Will They Wreck It?

Credit Rebecca Lavoie

Earlier this week, Yahoo!'s board of directors approved the tech company’s one point one billion dollar purchase of the micro-blogging site Tumblr, the latest move in CEO Marissa Mayer’s bid to revive the flagging tech company. The purchase has some Tumblr users up in arms, and others simply shrugging their shoulders at what just seems like the latest acquisition in the wake of so many to come before it.

Joining us to explain a bit more what the purchase of Tumblr means for Yahoo! and fans of the site is Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief at Mashable.

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Word of Mouth
3:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The "Quantum Internet" Explained...In Amateur Illustrations

Drawing molecules is very fun. Or in my case, drawing little circles that I then refer to as molecules is fun. Science is fun.
Credit Logan Shannon via Rob Fleischman's Brain

A government lab announced earlier this month that it’s been operating a quantum internet at Los Alamos for the past two years. Which led us to wonder, um, WHAT IS A QUANTUM INTERNET???

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Word of Mouth
2:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

What's For Dinner?

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My mother loves to cook, and as a result she raised an entire family of food obsessed children who also love to cook. My father rarely cooked but was a big fan of eating and proclaimed after every meal, “Dear, this is the best [insert main course here] I’ve EVER had!” She would roll her eyes at his genuine but exaggerated praise and I would chime in with, “Mom, this was the worst dinner ever.” A big grin would spread across her face as she leaned over to pat my head; my mom gets me. Because she cooked an amazing, well-balanced meal nearly every night, my siblings and I were consistently robbed of what we felt was the holy grail of eating: the frozen TV dinner.

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Word of Mouth
4:29 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

A Day In The Life Of An NHPR Intern

Credit Logan Shannon

What’s a typical day like for the Word of Mouth intern at NHPR? I’m so glad you asked. (And even if you didn’t ask, I’m sure my mom and dad will be interested, so it's cool.)

8:30:09

Having really accurate clocks all over the place can make a person like me who hates being late and is mildly obsessed with numbers a little anxious. For example: I try really hard to walk into the Word of Mouth pod at exactly 8:30:00. Sadly, it has yet to happen. I’m either too early, or in this case, a wee bit late.

8:52:38

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