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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

6.11.14: Happy Spending, Tinkering Kids, And The Weird History Of Scarecrows

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The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, parents prepare! The end of the school year is nigh. For those looking for ways to get kids off their screens and outside this summer, fear not, we have just the activities in mind. Then, the surprisingly fascinating history of the scarecrow.

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6.11.14: Full Show

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

From Rocker To Raffi: Chris Ballew Of "PUSA" And Caspar Babypants

Chris Ballew/Caspar Babypants
Credit via presidentsrock.com and babypantsmusic.com

The Presidents of The United States of America - the same band responsible for the enigmatic 1995 hit single “Lump”  - is releasing their 6th studio album in February, their first since 2008.  Since then, PUSA’s frontman Chris Ballew has been keeping himself busy making music geared towards an entirely different generation of listeners: the three and four year old set!  Under the alias “Caspar Babypants”, Chris has released 7 albums of children’s music, including a collection of Beatles tunes.  In this interview Chris explains why he started making music for families, how “being a parent is a little like being in a penitentiary in 1887”, and gave us a preview of songs off PUSA’s new record!  

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Word of Mouth
9:28 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Are Foster Kids Better Off Without Families?

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Statistically speaking, American foster children face a steep uphill battle. A 2010 study showed nearly 25 percent of foster care children end up homeless at some point after exiting the system, and teen girls in foster care were more likely to become pregnant than to get adopted. One fledgling foster care experiment has done away with the foster family system in favor of a mutually supportive group-home. The San Pasqual Academy is a $14 million dollar nonprofit based in San Diego that houses 180 foster kids. Natasha Vargas-Cooper is a freelance journalist who wrote about San Pasqual for Pacific Standard.

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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Pre-Camp Preening

Photo Credit jennymatlock, via blogspot

Produced with Emma Ruddock

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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
12:02 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

If I were President, I would...

The American Presidency remains the most powerful office in the world…and one that any American-born child can aspire to. One of our listeners recently shared an interesting item on our Facebook page…an essay her daughter wrote for her third grade class at the Rumford School in Concord, New Hampshire. The subject: “If I were president, I would...”

We're pretty sure that Emma's answer betrays a realpolitik far beyond her nine years of age.

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That

With developers pumping out an estimated 2,000 applications daily for use on smart-phones and tablets, reviewers and web-critics are keeping busy sorting out what’s worth downloading, and what’s worth squat. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:30 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Legomaniacs Get Their Due...

(Photo by Greg Gillinger via Flickr)

When Word of Mouth sent me to cover a competition designed around Legos, I had no idea that I was walking into the Superbowl of problem solving. 

LINKS:

First Lego League Web Site

Watch the Yappin' Yodas in action

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