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Word of Mouth
2:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

1.22.15: Changing Our Understanding Of Merit, Trapping Bed Bugs, & The Uncommon Core

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For students hoping to get into a competitive college or university, high SAT scores are crucial. On today’s show, law professor and civil rights activist argues that the SAT is a more accurate measurement of family wealth, race and ethnicity than merit. 

Then, The Uncommon Core, our series on offbeat college courses, continues with golf course management. We’ll also hear from a husband and wife research team going to great lengths to end the bedbug epidemic– including offering themselves up as food!

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

1.21.15: In Defense Of Office Life, Can We Save The Creative Class, & "Necro-Streaming"

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From 9 to 5 to The Office, we’ve got plenty of examples of cookie-cutter cubicles where workers toil away in soul-crushing boredom and fatigue. On today’s show, we flip the script and hear a defense of office life. 

Print media circling the drain, record and film companies battling piracy, the rise of cheap, reality TV: while some sectors have bounced back from the recession, creative industries seem to remain in peril. A former arts reporter ponders the decline of the creative class and what society loses when artists can’t make a living.

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Word of Mouth
1:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

12.9.14: Junkyard Planet, Cell Phones For The 1%, & TV's Best Openers

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From Tesla cars to Louis Vuitton luggage to Philippe Patek watches, luxury brands are selling well. How about a $30,000 cell phone? On today’s show, we’ll learn about the new handcrafted cell phone with optional concierge service that’s become a new symbol of conspicuous consumption.

Plus, Junkyard Planet: following the billion-dollar trash trade from American dumpsters to junkyards across the globe.

And, the opening sequence of a television show is an art form unto itself. We'll get a rundown of the best ones.

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Word of Mouth
12:56 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

10.7.14: Big Brother In Your Car & Bob Odenkirk's New Book Of Essays

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From dash cams to the EZ Pass lane, big brother is in our passenger seat, whether we realize it or not. But just how much are drivers being monitored? And who is benefiting from the surveillance? On today’s show, the future of car surveillance.

Then, a conversation with actor and comedian, Bob Odenkirk. While many know him as strip mall lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, he has achieved near cult status for his contributions to sketch comedy. We’ll discuss his storied career, the legacy of Mr. Show, and his debut collections of essays, A Load of Hooey.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

On Demand: What's New To Netflix, Redbox, And Amazon Prime For September 2014

Picking out a movie can be a lot like browsing the cereal aisle - the more options you have, the harder it is to decide what to watch. It's especially difficult for subscription-based services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, which offer you more programming than you can even browse in one sitting. In our monthly segment "On Demand", we help make your movie nights memorable by offering our favorite movies and shows being made available this month.

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Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

8.28.14: Facebook's Positive Feedback Loop & Steve Almond's Anti-Football Manifesto

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The preseason has already started, and football fans across the country are gearing up for another action-packed season of hard losses, big wins, and epic hits.

On today’s show, a provocative new book makes a case for why not to watch football. Plus, Iraqi cities under siege, Ebola cases climbing, unrest in Ferguson; despite the tough news, your Facebook news feed may look remarkably chipper, we’ll look into Facebook’s carefully orchestrated positive feedback loop.    

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession

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Underwear, television and delusion. No, not a David Sedaris essay. These are some of the topics we are exploring on today’s Word of Mouth. Join us for an interview with psychiatrist Joe Gold about increasing prevalence of “Truman Show Delusions,” wherein people believe their life to be an elaborate reality show. Then, we talk to NY Times TV critic, Neil Gezlinger, about why television might not be the brain melting fluff we have been taught to think. Plus, producer Taylor Quimby makes a startling confession about his undergarments. Also, birds are in our trees, on the beach and constantly in sight during the summer months, so we bring you two stories featuring these graceful creatures. 

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Word of Mouth
2:36 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Fat Suits, A Dog Costume & A Whole Lot Of Hot Dogs: How Hollywood Deals With Real-Life Pregnancies

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Today we talked to Logan Hill of Los Angeles Magazine about his article “Fire in the Belly,” in which he explores the strategies utilized by TV execs when faced with a pregnant actress. From Lucille Ball to Kerry Washington, it is a challenge as old as, well, television. Listen to the segment here.

We thought this was such a great topic that we decided to compile our own list of amusing TV/real life pregnancies.

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Word of Mouth
1:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

4.22.14: Drug Tourism, History Of Ice Cubes, Heartbleed & The Americans

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Ahhh. We finally have a week full of warmer temps. What better way to spend your afternoon work break walk than with Word of Mouth? Pop in your earbuds and turn it up; today's show heats up, cools down, and explores real-life risks of the internet and a scandal relived through television.

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

2013: The Year Of The Apology

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As we look back at 2013, we’re struck by the number of mishaps made by politicians, celebrities, athletes and companies…followed of course, by the oh-so-heartfelt public apology. Word of Mouth's senior producer Maureen McMurray and producer Taylor Quimby join Virginia Prescott to talk about the year of saying sorry…or in some cases, the year of the non-apology.

Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Word Of Mouth 11.16.2013

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Not sure how you're going to muster the energy to rake another pile of leaves this weekend? Let us make the chore a little easier by distracting you with a solid hour of public radio encouragement. The Word of Mouth Saturday show is carefully designed to take you on a sound odyssey that's perfect even if you decide to forgo the leaf raking for another day.

On this week's show:

  • Please don't send shoes: Jessica Alexander makes the case for sending money instead of food or clothing when disaster strikes.
  • Why is Sweden so good at pop music? Nolan Feeney outlines the many reasons Sweden is a country of hit makers. We dare you to not get "The Sign" stuck in your head.
  • Talking about death: It's not an easy subject, but a new Showtime series, "Time of Death" approaches the taboo with unflinching realism. Jaweed Kaleem from the Huffington Post, and Miggi Hood, co-executive producer of the series join us to talk about death.
  • The Warren Commission 50 years later. Justice Richard Mosk was a 23-year-old attorney when he became the youngest member of the commission established by President Johnson to investigate the murder of JFK and his assassin. He tells us about the commission and why conspiracy theories can be harmful.

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Letters To Jackie Kennedy: Condolences From A Mourning Public

Jackie and her daughter Caroline kneel before John F. Kennedy's coffin.
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Fifty-years ago, on November 22nd, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot while traveling in his motorcade through Dallas. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 12:30 pm central time that day. By Monday, 45,000 letters of condolence had arrived at the White House. Two months later, nearly 800,000 had arrived -- addressed mostly to Jackie Kennedy and her family. Over the next two years, that number doubled. Handwritten, typed, and cabled, those letters captured the collective grief of the nation and the world and were then filed away for nearly forty six years.

Letters to Jackie, released in 2010, was a compilation of hundreds of those letters by history scholar, UNH professor, author and our guest Ellen Fitzpatrick.

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy” is a new documentary based on her book and features a selection from those letters read by movie and theater actors. The special makes its television premiere on TLC this coming Sunday, November 17th.

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Word of Mouth
12:52 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

New Showtime Series "Time Of Death" Takes An Unflinching Look At The End Of Life

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If you’ve ever avoided a conversation about death, you are not alone. While death scenes are plentiful in movies and on television, witnessing the real, degenerative, disorienting process of death and dying is avoided…unmentionable…a taboo.  A new Showtime series faces that taboo head-on. “Time of Death” follows eight terminally ill people ranging in age from nineteen to seventy-seven over the course of nine months to their final hours and even moments of life.

Reviews and conversations cropping up around the series praise its raw, sometimes agonizing realism and wonder if anyone will watch; if our death denying culture can take such an unflinching look at death? The Huffington Post’s religion reporter Jaweed Kaleem wrote about the series. He’s covers one of HuffPo’s most unusual beats: death.

Also joining us is Miggi Hood co-executive producer for the Showtime series, “Time of Death.”

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Word of Mouth
8:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Your 'Breaking Bad' Hotline Messages

Walter talks on the phone...YOU can, too!

Many of you called our Breaking Bad Hotline to let us know how you felt after the credits rolled on the finale. Here are just a few of the messages you left for us...and we've made them SPOILER FREE!

Just remember...WE'RE the ones who knock! Or something.

And if you're not ready to let go of our favorite meth cooks yet, check out some of our favorite 'Breaking Bad' memes:

'Breaking Bad' theme, played on meth lab equipment:

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Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Ruling On DNA Gathering Could Force Screenwriters To Find New Plot Twists

The Law & Order: SVU team might need to look for new ways to create drama.
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Early in June, the Supreme Court cleared the way for police to take DNA samples for people they arrest, without a warrant. The decision has stirred concerns among criminal justice and privacy advocates. The challenge of legally obtaining DNA samples from suspects is an essential plot point in police and court dramas – driving the action across two or even three commercial breaks. New York Times television critic Neil Genzlinger wondered what effect the high court ruling could have on TV crime shows.

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Word of Mouth
9:06 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Will The Next 'Doctor Who' Be A Woman? A Whovian Weighs In

From the outside, Doctor Who has never been anything but strange. The BBC’s long-celebrated protagonist is a time-bending, space-traveling alien, whose adventures can, and have, taken him anywhere and anytime in the universe. He can also regenerate into a new body when he dies, a plot trick which has gifted the show a much longer than average life-span. For the past fifty years now, the doctor has been portrayed by no less than eleven, white, British men. Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, has announced that he plans to leave the series this winter. The question many Whovians are now asking is: should the next Doctor Who be played by a woman?

Mac Rogers is a Brooklyn based playwright and culture writer, who contributes to Slate’s “Doctor Who TV Club”. He spoke with Word of Mouth’s Zach Nugent about gender-bending the BBC series Doctor Who.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters

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The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, Word of Mouth, and The Exchange.

1. The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Cut The Cord On Cable, Still Watch Your Favorite Shows...Legally

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Premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime, and AMC are pricey, and with  many programs available on Netflix, Hulu, and other online sources, viewers are cutting the cable cord.  Those hanging on say they want to watch what they want, when they want it.

Joining us to give us some practical tips on cutting the cord to premium cable was David Sirota, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and contributor to Salon, where he wrote about his own exodus from cable.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Is Journalism's "Golden Age" A Myth?

After every errant tweet from another major news outlet, or the announcement of fresh layoffs from another print newsroom, many shake their heads and talk about the good old days, before false reports of WMD’s and internet news aggregators. We remember a time when Edward R. Murrow and other icons of objectivity were our revered national watchdogs, serving up the truth...one newspaper column or TV broadcast at a time.   But what if our idealistic view of American journalism's "golden age" is nothing but a nostalgic myth?  Todd Gitlin teaches journalism and communications at Columbia University. His recent article “The Myth of Journalism’s Golden Age” was recently featured in the Utne Reader.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Word Of Mouth 05.11.2013

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In this special edition of Word of Mouth: Girl Power Interrupted.

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Word of Mouth
11:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013

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In this special edition of Word of Mouth: are we catching up with technology? This week we'll explore the very human way we interact with technology; resistance is futile.

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Word of Mouth
1:59 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Jews In Toons: A Simpsons Writer On Cartoons and Religion

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Springfield’s evangelical Ned Flanders and Hindu Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu are frequent foils to satirize and explore religious belief systems on The Simpsons -- America’s longest running scripted TV show.  Mike Reiss, four-time emmy winning writer for The Simpsons is interested in teasing out another brand of animated spirituality – Judaism.   He’s presenting “Jews in Toons” -- discovering Jewish themes across Springfield’s twenty-four year history.  His talk takes place at the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival at Concord’s Red River Theatres on April 14th.

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Word of Mouth
12:26 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.26.2013

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Word of Mouth's weekly show that wraps up the best of our content in one great-to-listen-to package.

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All Things Considered
6:53 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Remembering Rex Trailer, the Cowboy from Boston's "Boomtown"

Rex Trailer, at a 2008 parade in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
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Northern New England has lost its most famous cowboy. Rex Trailer died this week at his home in Florida. He was 84.

For decades Trailer hosted the children’s TV show “Boomtown” from Boston’s WBZ-TV. To look back at his life and career we turn to Boston filmmaker Michael Bavaro. He worked with Rex Trailer for a number of years and filmed a documentary about his career. He talks with NHPR's Brady Carlson about Trailer's life and career.

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Word of Mouth
4:39 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

5 Shows We Hate-Watched in 2012

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A new TV trend has emerged, "hate-watching," or staying true to shows that make you feel a little bit bad about yourself the morning.


This year we found hate-watch blogs on TV Guide, The Root, and TV.com, among other places. We've also compiled our own list, curated by Senior Producer and resident television addict Rebecca Lavoie.


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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Your TV is Talking to YOU. Yes, YOU.

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Personalized, addressable ads are finally hitting our televisions. Ad Age's Brian Steinberg explains how they're doing something that seems a little too Minority Report to be true.

And, some feedback about a listener about our coverage of the non-coverage of the Paralympics.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Word of Mouth 9.08.2012

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Part 1: The Science of Changing Your Mind/Sex and Religion

Ever wonder whether hard facts play a part in changing a person's mind? Turns out, not so much. Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote about the real influences on choice for The New York Times Magazine. 

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Word of Mouth
9:05 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Dan Huiting. Check it Out.

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As a music video director Dan Huiting has worked with many prominent musicians such as Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. In addition to directing music videos Huiting is the senior producer of the "City of Music" series on Pitchfork.TV, photography director and editor at MN Original on TPT, and a filmmaker.  

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Interviews
3:08 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Carl Zimmer, The Three Stooges

After they leave their orphanage for the first time, Curly (Will Sasso) bears a heavy burden — his fellow Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos, left) and Larry (Sean Hayes).
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Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:58 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Television
10:17 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

'Airbender' Creators Reclaim Their World In 'Korra'

Korra demonstrates fire- and water-bending in The Legend of Korra, a new series from the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It premieres April 14 on Nickelodeon.
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Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 5:55 pm

When M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy film The Last Airbender — panned by both critics and fans of the wildly popular TV series on which it was based — flopped majestically at the box office, it looked like the end of a valuable franchise.

But now, with The Legend of Korra, which premieres Saturday on Nickelodeon, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been given a rare chance to rebuild a world that was taken away from them.

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