Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

10.6.14: Inside The Secret Senate Handbook & Supernatural Destinations Around the World

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USA Today recently published the U.S. Senate handbook, a 380 page document of rules intended to keep Senate offices running smoothly. On today’s show, from carpet color to telephone hold music, we reveal the handbook’s most confounding regulations.

Plus, ‘tis the season of ghosts, witches, and vampires. We’ll explore how cultures around the world interpret the supernatural.

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

9.24.14: Drug Tourism, Graham Cracker Origin Story, & Why We Make Things

Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) - Hallucinogenic Plants A Golden Guide
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If your last vacation took you to a tropical island or a snow capped mountain, you might find the very idea of traveling to another country in order to try native hallucinogens a little bizarre. On today's show we'll talk to a writer who traveled to Peru to investigate the growing trend of 'Drug Tourism' for herself. Also, a craftsman talks about why making things matters. Plus, the origins of graham crackers might have you looking at your afternoon snack a little differently.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Thu September 4, 2014

3 Kids, 2 Parents, 1 RV: An Exeter Family Gives 'Roadschooling' A Try

L to R: Baby Enzo (2), Brecht, Madeleine (7), Becky, Vince (5) and their dog Ted.
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Brecht Palombo runs a software company from a home office. He and his wife Becky – a stay at home mom – have cultivated a kind of flexibility their parents never dreamed of: they can live anywhere they want to. The problem is – they haven’t found that perfect place.

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Word of Mouth
1:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America

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New Hampshire bills itself as having a terrain for all seasons – the mountains offer climbing and skiing, the forests shelter innumerable hiking trails, and the lakes and rivers draw people in summer and winter alike. We speak with Lucie Bryar about some the state’s best spots for exploring. And, casual dining chains have been experimenting in extreme discounts. We take a look at the logic behind it and speak with one reporter who put these policies to the test. Then, in case you’ve run out of vacation ideas, we have a list of America’s ickiest attractions.

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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
1:48 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

2.18.14: Bobsleds, Where The Locals Go, Grammar Girl & Competitive Yoga

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're taking a break from winter weather to travel the world with bobsleds, The Beatles, local attractions from around the globe, and yoga. We begin with a New Hampshire native who had a hand in the design of the bronze medal winning US Olympic bobsled. Then, we visit the four lads from Liverpool for their fiftieth anniversary of arriving in the US. After that, destination anywhere to hear about the best local places in more than 300 places around the world. Finally: competitive yoga on the seacoast. Yes, it's a real thing. Grab your carry-on, and don't forget your headphones. Word of Mouth is taking you on a trip!

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Word of Mouth
12:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The World's First Skiers...Ever

Blasting through powder on wooden, horsehide-bottomed skis with a single pole for balance, an Altay skier shows off the skills and equipment his distant ancestors perfected.
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As the first snows fall, weekend warriors from all over New England will pack up the car, strap the skis to the roof and hit the slopes for a fairly expensive getaway. But in some places, skiing is a strategy for staying alive. Mark Jenkins, a contributing writer for National Geographic traveled to the northern most fringe of western China where skiing was invented many millennia ago. He spoke with the people who carry on the earliest skiing traditions, using the same resources and methods as their ancestors.

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Intern Blogs
3:22 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

N.H. Girl On The Other Side Of The World: Tae Kwon Do Surprise

A surprising encounter with tae kwan do made Abby late for her brunch date.
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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.

As I was biking to meet two friends at a cafe on Saturday, I heard music blaring adjacent to the bike path. Much to my surprise, it was not a concert I'd stumbled upon, but a tae kwon do performance.

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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.
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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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NH News
5:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Airline Industry Changes Hit Manchester, Small Airports Hard

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A recent MIT report shows many small airports are struggling as more passengers book flights out of big cities. 

And the findings are stark. Out of 74 small hub airports, only six added flights over five years.  The vast majority, like Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saw declines. 

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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How A Particle Physicist Became A Drug Smuggler

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In a story riddled with cliché, world renowned particle physicist, Paul Frampton, was arrested in a Buenos Aires Airport last year for checking a bag stuffed with a half million dollars full of cocaine. Like a CSI plot gone off the rails, his explanation defied common sense: his online girlfriend/Czech bikini model forgot it at the airport and asked him to bring to her.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Top 5 Quirky Travel Destinations

Giant Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas
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Spring is just around the corner and for many people that means one thing: vacation.

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Winter Travel
4:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Snowstorm Not Expected To Affect Mancester Airport Departures

At this point, airport staff expect most flights should get out of Manchester's airport on time.
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With much of the state under yet another heavy snow warning tomorrow, road conditions could quickly get dicey.  But if predictions hold, travelers at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport shouldn’t have much trouble flying out. 

Airport Assistant Director Tom Malafronte  says the Manchester airport hasn’t shut down because of snow for 23 years.  And for this forecasted wintery mix, he says most flights should go out.

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Word of Mouth
12:31 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Edge of America

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A new show from the Travel Channel explores America’s recreational fringe. “The Edge of America” is an experiential survey of some of the bizarre, dangerous, and hilarious things people do to have fun all over the country.

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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Why We Roam

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The success of the human race in spreading across the globe, and striking out even into the blackness of space, owes itself in no small part to our desire, ambition, and need to push the frontiers of human exploration.  Not everybody has the will or means to become an astronaut, a sailor, or deep sea diver—but for those that do, a chronic sense of restlessness may live inside their genetic code.  David Dobbs is an author and freelance science writer who wrote about the biological roots of that roaming urge.