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2nd Annual State Of The Union Bingo!

Jan 20, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

Back by popular demand, it's the 2nd Annual Word of Mouth SOTU Bingo Card!

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us! Simply print one--or the whole set if you're hosting a party--of our fancy bingo cards, and keep your eyes and ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!  

PumpkinRot

So this week's feature wasn't exactly buried under an inch of dust and parchment mites, but it speaks to the best part of this time of year: telling scary stories. Back in January, Word of Mouth looked into how these stories have made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web.

Myspace. The velvet leisure suit of social media.  Fewer than six short years ago, MySpace boasted more members than Facebook.  Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody who admits to having an account. The thing is, you know lots of people who have a MySpace profile – but many of them haven’t logged in for years.  You might even be one of them.

5.31.14: The Sea Show

May 30, 2014
Taylor Quimby

With the weather warming up across New England, people are heading for the coast. Today Word of Mouth hits the high seas. First we'll ponder the unfathomable push and pull of the open ocean. Then, we’ll speak to an artist who created the world’s first submerged sculpture park, his underwater gallery not only attracts art-lovers, but serves as an artificial reef. Plus, farmed fish now exceeds beef production. Have fish farmers learned from the mistakes of the meat industry?


Taylor Quimby / NHPR

Word of Mouth wishes all moms a very happy and public radio filled Mother's Day weekend! Curl up with a glass of [your drink of choice] and [your listening device of choice], and relax with our Saturday show. Thanks, moms!

NCAA Athletes’ Rights

Word Of Mouth 3.29.14

Mar 28, 2014
Taylor Quimby

Prepare your palate, because we're bringing you a smorgasbord of stories; today's Word of Mouth is all about food! But taste with caution... these aren't the kinds of stories you're likely to hear on The Delicious Dish. Grab a snack and take a listen: you'll never think of food the same way again.

3.5.14: Drone Show!

Mar 5, 2014
Don McCullough via flickr Creative Commons

Today on Word of Mouth, we're all about drones!  From the word itself to its real world applications, we're exploring military, model, and musical drones.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

3.1.14: The Anti-Oscar Show

Feb 28, 2014
Taylor Quimby

This Sunday marks the zenith of award season spectacle - the 86th Annual Academy Awards.  There will be winning speeches, and silent snubs. Triumphant toasts, and whispered words of consolation. Some will openly weep with joy, and others will wipe away tears of another temperment. Today, Word of Mouth turns away from the glam and glitz of the Academy Awards to investigate the crimson underbelly of the red carpet, and the painful truth that for every winner, there are far more losers.

Beacon Radio via flickr Creative Commons

Word of Mouth is putting on the glam, rolling out the red carpet, and practicing our best paparazzi poses for the Academy Awards this Sunday. (Isn't everyone?) But first we're preparing with some film history – smear campaigns, artistic title sequences, and controversial kisses in films have been wowing fans and critics for decades. This Sunday marks the 86th Academy Awards, but not all movies are Oscar-worthy. Hence The RAZZIES, whose goal it is to recognize the worst of the worst. So whether you're preparing for the red carpet or a drive to the office, we've got a star-studded show worth that extra time in the makeup chair or pickup truck.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

George Oates, Nathan Fixler & Chris Griffith via Flickr Creative Commons

Today on Word of Mouth, we delve into the consequences of solitary confinement. Then a trip to the Internet reveals that cyberspace is chock full of fakes and fails; Photoshopped images can quickly become viral and shared as authentic. But history is full of giant hoaxes, too, as we learn from Nate Dimeo of the Memory Palace Podcast.  Then we hear about The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure,  which isn’t one of those Darwin Awards-style coffee table books. It’s a real government document that catalogs bribery, graft, and other infractions in the Department of Defense. Finally, NHPR's Sean Hurley visited the Jackson biathlon range - the only dedicated course in New Hampshire - to find out more about this unusual sport.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died

Feb 24, 2014
Justin Hoch via flickr Creative Commons

It's a sad day in the Word of Mouth cube as we remember an actor and filmmaker who brought so much joy and so many laughs through his decades-long work. Beloved comedy actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died, but his comedy is timeless. Ramis' influence endures both on and off screen. His comedic repertoire is classic, having co-written Animal House, directed Groundhog Day, and starred in Ghost Busters.        

Thank you, Harold Ramis, for giving us all of the laughs and leaving us with all of the feels. You will be missed.

2.24.14: Modern & Monastic Food

Feb 24, 2014
michaelmossbooks.com and Victoria Reay, Holly Hayes & William Jones via flickr Creative Commons

Prepare your palate, because we're bringing you a smorgasbord of stories; today's Word of Mouth is all about food! But taste with caution, sandwiched between stories of slime and frozen meat are stories of monastic meals and heavenly... beer? That's right, beer that was divinely sanctioned. Grab a snack and take a listen. You'll never think of food the same way again.

Listen to our full show and click Read More for individual segments.

Word Of Mouth 2.22.14

Feb 21, 2014
Taylor Quimby

It's February. You're sick of shoveling, tired of being cold, and ready to stay inside all weekend binge-watching TV... or better yet, binge-listening to public radio!  Why not start with Word of Mouth's Saturday show, which brings you the best of the week in one convenient bundle.  No need to hit 'next episode' - you can listen to the full show right here, or scroll down to find the segment that's right for you. 

Bill Ohl, Hatmanu florin, & whittlz via flickr Creative Commons and Pearl and the Beard

Today's Word of Mouth broadcast delves into the hows of character creation. Then we speak to the creator of everyone's favorite chat feature. You know, the one that says "So-and-So is typing." (Thankfully he doesn't leave you hanging on those three little dots...) We leave acting and writing for a musical treat with the band Pearl and the Beard. Finally, it's all about the cute with the author of a new book about interspecies relationships.

Listen to the full show, and click Read More for more on each segment.

The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep

Feb 20, 2014
Movies in LA via flickr Creative Commons

Ladies and gentleman, the many voices of Meryl Streep.

Over her decades long career of incomparable success, Meryl has given us Irish-American, Italian, Danish, Polish, Australian and, of course, Julia Childs. Each accent is as unique (funny, quirky, intense, etc.) as the characters she creates.

Do you have a favorite Streep accent or character? Share it on Facebook

Esther Vargas via flickr Creative Commons

Today on Word of Mouth, we take a trip to the land of Trebek for a lesson on Jeopardy theory. And who doesn't love a good Netflix binge? But what if that Netflix binge takes a year and a half and covers 20 years worth of episodes? We hear from the man who watched 456 episodes of Law & Order to document the use of computers in the show.

Next, we head over to Sad YouTube, a project meant to highlight humanity in a sea of negative YouTube comments.

Our last two segments bring us back to reality. First, a look at sexism in the Philosophy department of University of Colorado-Boulder. And finally, NHPR's Amanda Loder visits the NH ski club of a US Olympian. 


Charles Leblanc, KayVee.INC, Ron Sombilon & Moyann Brenn via Flickr Creative Commons

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!

Listen to the full show and click Read more to listen to individual segments.

The Jamaican Bobsled Song

Feb 18, 2014
Charles LeBlanc via Flickr Creative Commons

"Run the track! Run the track! Run the track! It's bobsled time!" Holy earworm, everyone. The Jamaican bobsled team might be last in Olympic competition, but they're currently vying for first in catchy internet songs. "The Bobsled Song", which you can listen to below, synchs perfectly with the turns of the Olympic track. Viewers could press play at the exact moment the Jamaican bobsled team started their descent on the track and watch as the music matched their movements. "To the left! To the left!"

Word Of Mouth: 2.15.14

Feb 14, 2014
Taylor Quimby (flowers by Sara Plourde)

Valentine's Day may be over, but Word of Mouth is still in the mood. We poured all the love we have to offer into our Saturday show. Listen to the full show and read more about each segment below.

Love Is A Battlefield: Final

Feb 13, 2014
Sara Plourde / NHPR

Results for round 3 are in, and oh how the mighty have fallen! In the love category: Etta James trounced Paul McCartney. In heartbreak, Bill Withers narrowly beat Bonnie Raitt. Shocked by the results? Let us know on our Facebook page, so we can all commiserate together.

Listen to the list of songs below, and then vote right here!

Love Is A Battlefield: Round 3

Feb 12, 2014
Sara Plourde / NHPR

Results for round 2 are in, and oh how the mighty have fallen! In the love category: Etta James narrowly beat out The Righteous Brothers and Paul McCartney handily vanquished Billy Joel. In heartbreak battles, Bonnie won out over Smokey and Adele, poor sweet Adele, was positively trounced by none other than Bill Withers. Something tells us she would probably understand. Shocked by the results? Let us know on our Facebook page, so we can all commiserate together.

Listen to the list of songs below, and then vote right here!

Round Three begins NOW!

Love Is A Battlefield: Round 2

Feb 11, 2014
Sara Plourde

Results for round 1 are in, and the competition is heating up! Tempers of love are flaring in the Word of Mouth cube. Senior producer Maureen McMurray was none too happy to hear  Etta James' At Last is moving on to Round 2 over The Beach Boys' God Only Knows. Producer Taylor Quimby was concerned about the fate of Van Morrison's Sweet Thing.  And it turns out that nothing compares to Someone Like You; Adele managed a slim victory of Sinead O'Connor. What songs are you sad to see left behind? Comment on our Facebook page, then vote for the remaining contenders.

Listen to the list of songs below, and then vote right here! Round Two begins NOW!

Love Is A Battlefield: Round 1

Feb 10, 2014
Sara Plourde

Here it is, you lovebirds, you. The Word of Mouth sappy song bracket. Pat Benetar had it right. Love is a battlefield, and we've laid it out for you to see. At least, the songs. On one side, the songs of love. Ballads of the heart. Musings of adoration. Ruminations of... OK you get the idea. On the other side, songs of heartbreak. Those tear-inducing slow jams no one can resist.

Listen to the songs below, and then vote right here! Round One begins NOW!

Sara Plourde / NHPR

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card here, and keep your ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!     

Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Here's a slideshow of sights and scenes from PAX East 2013.

Last week some of the world’s top engineering students converge at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to race hybrid cars. The cars are student designed and built, and for some of those students, a good showing at Loudon is a ticket to ride.

Most gear-heads want their cars to sound like finely tuned performance machines that normally power around the Loudon race track and not like over-sized lawn mowers.

A new investigative report from Reuters says that the White House has fallen woefully short in the battle against childhood bulge.

Survivalist Singles - Don't Face the Future Alone

May 2, 2012
Photo by Debbi Long, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The new TLC reality show, Livin’ for the Apocalypse, follows so-called “preppers” – people getting off the grid, hoarding food, and otherwise making ready for the end of days… there is one key component that preppers can’t buy in a survival kit: Love. Companionship.  Someone to help propagate the species. 

THUNDERDOME !

Apr 16, 2012

     When I first heard mention of Thunderdome, I envisioned something akin to the dirt bike, leather grunge, chain saw welding antics of George Miller’s 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. While this mind blowing philosophical post-apocalyptic thriller, left me reeling with deep introspective questions about myself and society at large, the most poignant of these being “what can truly be, beyond Thunderdome?” Perhaps more Thunderdome? Are we all beyond Thunderdome? Who knows, but it’s a question that we all must ask ourselves.

Pinterest is the new darling of the social media world. Users—over 10 million of them—‘pin’ digital images they like to their site, where others can browse and comment. Pinterest has run into recent issues surrounding potential copyright infringement, and now, a new problem has emerged: what should they do about a wave of pro-anorexia images and comments on the site?

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