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6:42 am
Fri March 13, 2015

The Winter Caretaker Of Star Island

Ever fantasized about living on a lush tropical island?  Would you settle for a long cold winter on a rugged rock 6 miles off the coast of Portsmouth?  For the last 18 years, photographer Alexandra De Steiguer has done just that as the lone winter caretaker of Star Island.  NHPR's Sean Hurley paid her a visit and sends us this.

On our first attempt to leave the harbor for Star Island, the muffler was frozen and the Miss Julie, a 29 foot lobster boat, wouldn't start.  

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

2.10.15: China's Anti-Valentine's Day, History Of Hair Removal, & A Disposable Camera App

Credit Dave via flickr Creative Commons / flic.kr/p/4rTLFX

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and couples in love are expected to spend in the billions, but spending by singles may have even greater revenue potential. On today’s show, a look at China’s anti-Valentine’s holiday: Singles' Day and how it became the largest online shopping day in the world.

Then, from clamshell razors to electrolysis, humans have gone to great lengths to achieve a smooth, clean shave. We’ll take a look at the history of hair removal, and what it reveals about shifting views of racial and social status in the U.S. 

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Word of Mouth
2:17 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

National Geographic: The Covers

All images are from: National Geographic The Covers: Iconic Photographs, Unforgettable stories
Courtesy of National Geographic

The cover of National Geographic magazine is iconic: you can pick the magazine out on the rack from just a glimpse of that particular shade of yellow. A yellow border so iconic that it acts as National Geographic's print and media logo. Inside that yellow frame is often a photographic glimpse into another world, another person's life and those photographs are what makes Nat Geo the icon it is today.

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Word of Mouth
2:17 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

12.1.14: National Geographic's Iconic Covers, Ethics Of Wildlife Photography, & Birds That Stray

A bookshelf full of National Geographic Magazines
Credit heipei via flickr Creative Commons

From the Afghan girl with startling green eyes to the ghostly wreckage of the Titanic, there’s just something about the iconic covers of National Geographic that burns into our collective memory. On today’s show: we get an insider’s view of the cover selection process.

Then, from microscopic lenses to compact cameras, the digital age has upped the ante for nature photographers and opened the door for whole new levels of disruption and manipulation. We’ll ponder the ethics of wildlife photography.

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Word of Mouth
1:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Good Gig: Photographer David Murray

I had the honor of photographing US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at her appearance at a Writers on a New England Stage show at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. At the end of the evening she grabbed ny camera and thrust it into TMH's Executive Di
© David J. Murray ClearEyePhoto.com

Photographer David Murray started his career as a professional photographer after he retired from his 30-year career in Silicon Valley. As the principal house photographer for The Music Hall in Portsmouth he has photographed musicians, dancers, and writers among others.

Much of his work involves capturing candid moments, moments when performers don’t even know he’s looking at them through the lens of his camera

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Word of Mouth
1:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

11.26.14: Spatchcocking 101, Saving A Dying Language, & Good Gig

Collage and modifications by Sara Plourde & Logan Shannon
Credit Turkey: Steve Voght Snowy Scence: ingrid eulenfan / via flickr Creative Commons

For many, Thanksgiving is a time to pull out those tried-and-true family recipes, but why not try something new this year? On today’s show,  new approaches to thanksgiving dinner, from dry brining your turkey to spatchcocking 101. And our series Good Gig, conversations with people who have landed their dream job, continues with a professional photographer who has captured the live performances of everyone from Herbie Hancock to Tony Bennett. Plus, a look at efforts to bring an endangered Native American language back from the brink.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

A Photographer's Quest To Capture America's Vanishing Rest Stops

Near Organ, New Mexico - US 70
© Ryann Ford - All Rights Reserved

Last year we interviewed photographer Ryann Ford about a project she was working on: traveling the country to preserve the humble American rest stop through a series of photographs. These are relics of a time when most people traveled by car on vacations, and as new super stops pop up along highways, the simple rest stop is becoming extinct.

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

10.29.14: Polling The Pollsters, The Early Days Of Playboy Centerfolds, & The Film: "Laggies"

A polling center in Exeter, New Hampshire. November 7, 2006.
Credit nshepherd via flickr Creative Commons

When an unrecognizable number shows up on your phone during election season, chances are pretty good that the caller is someone taking a poll. On today’s show, turning the tables on pollsters. We’ll find out how they view polling accuracy and ethics for Election 2012.

Also today, the aging bunnies –  a group of Playboy centerfold models now in their 60s and 70s, reject the idea that they victimized, and remember a more tasteful time for the men’s magazine.

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

10.28.14: Ghost Towns

Ghost Town
Credit Nick Kenrick via flickr Creative Commons

From the dusty towns of the old west, to the empty mills of the east, there’s just something about abandoned places and the stories they leave behind. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about ghost towns, from neglected Olympic villages to forgotten websites.

We’ll also hear the story of a small town in northern Maine where the ghost of a sea captain is said to roam.

And we’ll visit a ghost town in North Carolina that hit the jackpot when it was transformed into District 12 from Suzanne Collins dystopian novel, The Hunger Games.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Look North Tonight: Aurora Borealis Stargazing Tips

Credit Adam Woodworth / adamwoodworth.com

The Aurora Borealis may be visible from all or part of New Hampshire tonight. Although Auroras are difficult to predict,  Accuweather.com reports the solar flare’s strength and timing make sightings more likely.  Adam Woodworth is a Seacoast photographer and an expert in landscape astro photography. His long-exposure photograph of the Aurora, above, was taken in Southern Maine last year.

Woodworth is following the Aurora closely today and has these tips for citizen stargazers:

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

6.28.14: Summer Is Here, Get Outside!

Hiking "The Beehive" in July at Acadia National Park
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR

So long spring, hello summer! Today on Word of Mouth, we head to the great outdoors, starting with the American playground, and how it’s evolved from a place of physical challenges to ultra-safe environment with short slides, and all soft surfaces. Then we’ll hit a different kind of playground for New Hampshire scavengers: the transfer station, or as it known in less polite circles, the dump.


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Word of Mouth
2:49 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Slideshow: Ansel Adams' Wilderness, Transfer Station Gold & Playgrounds

Peter Essick / Ansel Adams' Wilderness

The outdoors have provided wonder and fascination for millennia. Ansel Adams captured this in his photographs. Playgrounds have inspired this in children the world over. Even transfer stations, what many people mistakenly think are the last stop for the worn out, run down and used, are full of treasures. You just have to know how to look.

Word of Mouth
2:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

4.29.14: The Great Outdoors

Credit solidether via flickr Creative Commons

"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein, 1951

Ah, the great outdoors. A place for life, death, and seemingly infinite inspiration. Today's Word of Mouth is all about the outdoors: capturing its beauty through photography, creating its beauty through manipulation, and rediscovering its beauty in the most unlikely places. Join us for a walk through the wild then share your thoughts on our Facebook and Twitter.

To see a slideshow inspired by today's show, click here

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Word of Mouth
1:53 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

1.30.14: Rethinking Death, Ethics of Wildlife Photography & Ted Williams

Credit OldOnliner via flickr Creative Commons

Today on Word of Mouth we wrap up our series Rethink 2014 with, perhaps, the most difficult concept …death. Then we delve into a discussion about the possible disruption of wildlife photography and ethical practice. Finally, Ben Bradlee, Jr. shares revelations on a Boston Red Sox player: Ted Williams. Listen to the full audio and scroll down to read more on individual segments.

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Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wedding Photographer Explores What Happens After 'I Do'

The Valcourts
Matt Mendelsohn

There’s a lot of pressure on a wedding photographer, after all the expense and attention to planning the day, the photographer is charged with capturing all of it -- the fleeting expressions, the flattering angles and happy guests – images that reinforce the undisputable rightness of a couple’s decision to unite. But it’s just the beginning of a union. Only when the guests have gone home and the camera’s been put away does marriage begin in earnest.

Matt Mendelsohn is a writer and professional photographer of more than 450 weddings since 1999.  Matt explores the meaning of marriage by reconnecting with five couples whose weddings he photographed years before, to find out whether they’re relationships have grown, evolved, or ended.

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Word of Mouth
10:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Invasion Of The Tumbleweeds

Skeletons of Russian thistle, better known as tumbleweed, pile up in a yard in Lancaster, California.
©Diane Cook and Len Jenshel/National Geographic

Tumbleweeds rolling? Must be a western. The cinematic signal of high plains desolation has an even more pernicious side: it’s an invasive species known as Russian Thistle, and it’s wreaking havoc across the United States. George Johnson is a writer based in Santa Fe, and a regular contributor to National Geographic, where he wrote about fighting the tumbleweed menace in his own backyard. To see more photos click here.

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Word of Mouth
3:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Drag Queens And Covered Bridges

Two great things that look great together?
Credit Andre Rosa

New Hampshire is known for its White Mountains and maple syrup. But one local artist would like to add another pair of regional highlights to that list: covered bridges and drag queens.

Andre Rosa is an artist and software engineer working out of Manchester. He’s just recently funded a photo calendar through Kickstarter and joins us to talk about the project.

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Word of Mouth
12:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Vanishing Rest Stops

Anthony, NM
Ryann Ford

For the past fifty-three years, rest areas have offered weary travelers a place to pull off and pause and maybe even learn a little local history. Traditional rest areas are disappearing across the country… Louisiana for example, has already closed twenty-four of its thirty-four stops. Ryann Ford is a photographer whose work has been featured in the New York Times and Texas Monthly. She’s been trying to capture these doomed rest areas with her camera… before they disappear. Her project is called “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside.”

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Word of Mouth
9:06 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Vietnam Photographs On Exhibit At The Currier Museum

Grenade Thrower, Hue, Vietnam, 1968 (printed later), gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.
© Don McCullin, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery, London.

America’s ambivalence about the Vietnam conflict began with the photograph of a monk, engulfed in flames, sinking to the pavement on a Saigon street, and another image, capturing the moment a uniformed officer fires a bullet into the head of a man in a plaid shirt, and still later, a naked girl,  screaming as she runs from a cloud of black smoke.

These iconic pictures are among those collected in “Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War” on view at the Currier Museum of Art until November 11. The show’s curator, Kurt Sundstrom, talked with us about the show and its groundbreaking images.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Nature Photography: Good Or Bad For The Environment?

Credit iStock Photo

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is nature photography good or bad for the environment? – Cal Moss, Camden, ME

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

What Does Your #Selfie Say About You?

Selfies of Rebecca Lavoie, Taylor Quimby, Zach Nugent, and Virginia Prescott.
Credit WoM Team for NHPR

The growing emergence of self-portraits – “selfies” – shows no signs of stopping its domination of the social media sphere. By 2012, 86% of the U.S. population had a cell phone. Moreover, research indicates that six out of every ten women use their mobile devices to take self-portraits, most of which end up on Facebook. Narcissism, egotism and vanity are commonly associated with these snapshots – but our guest, Dr. Pamela Rutledge, argues that “selfies” are important, and expand on a rich history of self-portraiture. Pamela is the director of the Media Psychology Research Center.

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Word of Mouth
10:45 am
Mon April 1, 2013

The Bunkers of Albania

David Galjaard

More than 25 years after the death of former dictator, Enver Hoxha, Albania has more concrete bunkers than it knows what to do with. Hulking relics of a bygone era, the forgotten structures number around 750,000; that’s one bunker for every four Albanian citizens. The process of “bunkerization” which lasted Hoxha’s entire 40-year rule has fascinated historians but remained as obscure to the rest of the world as Albania itself. David Galjaard is hoping to change that. He’s a photographer and author of the award winning, and sold out photo book, Concresco, which paints a portrait of Albania and its landscape of historic paranoia.

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Word of Mouth
9:39 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Ballet Girls: A Portrait of Life in Damascus During the Revolution

Emma LeBlanc

 

As the Syrian revolution grinds on, middle-class Damascus clings to the rituals of everyday life. Photographer Emma LeBlanc and Phil Sands capture the other story of the revolution. It is the story of a tension that has come to define this new Syria in transition, though the quiet, frightened, quotidian voices of the majority are those less often heard amidst the shouts for freedom and those for president Bashar. 

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Tintype Photography: An Exhibition

Credit Keliy Anderson-Staley

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley works with tintype photography, a medium that came out ten years after the daguerreotype. Just like the photographers of the 1850’s, she uses similar chemical recipes, period brass lenses, and wooden view cameras. 

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

The Disappearing Daguerreotypes

Credit rich701 via Flickr Creative Commons

In 2005, the International Center of Photography opened an exhibit called “Young America”. The exhibit largely featured a collection of ghostly daguerreotypes - antique images made through the pioneer process that paved the way for modern photography. The exhibit opened to rave reviews - but within weeks many of the historic images began disappearing before the curators very eyes, aging decades in a matter of days.

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Word of Mouth
11:58 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Business of Nostalgia: Contoocook Photographer Builds a DIY Photobooth

Chris poses with his now nearly completed photobooth
Chris Saunders

No matter what the economy throws our way, the wedding industry churns on, now topping seventy billion dollars a year. Here's the story of one photographer vying for a slice of that cake by building his own version of the latest wedding trend…a “new-timey” photobooth.

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Robot Cameras Help Carry the Load at the Olympics

pluckytree via Flickr Creative Commons

While the world’s top athletes compete at the  London 2012 Olympics, hundreds of photographers are contending to capture the game’s defining moments on camera.  To maximize its odds of snapping a winning pic, Reuters is getting some help, from robots.  The new shutter-bots will be stationed at Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Fencing, Weight Lifting, and at the main Olympic Park for some of the big events.  Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby caught up with Patrick Cain, a freelance reporter for th

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Are you really my friend??

Alex Steed, Cornish, ME
Tanja Hollander

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fabulous Photos? There's an App for that.

Castle in Naples by Annmarie Timmins

Fabulous photos?… There’s an app for that. In fact there are lots and lots and it seems like everybody’s got ‘em. Adam Bronkhorst  has some tips to transform your tossed off smartphone snapshots into expressive, vibrant photos worthy of keeping, printing, and showing off. Adam Bronkhorst is a professional portrait photographer based in the UK.

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Word of Mouth
3:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Postcards From Nowhere - Revisited

Emma Ruddock

Produced with Emma Ruddock

In early May, Word of Mouth Brought you the story about Jake Jones and Andrew Kenney, two New York photographers who are traveling across the country by car. Fueled by their Kickstarter supporters, they are documenting their trip by sending postcards of their photography from each state to those who contributed funds. After receiving our first couple of postcards, Jake and Andrew stopped by our studio on their way through New Hampshire to give us an update on the status of their travels. 

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