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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dana G(h)ould's Six Picks For Spooky Flicks

Dana Gould doing some research for this year's Halloween costume. He told us he's going as The Doctor!
Credit via DanaGould.com

We had the pleasure of speaking with Dana GoOoOoOuld about his favorite Halloween movies. If you haven't solidified your spooky viewing schedule for tomorrow night, here's a list of his recommendations with links for where you can watch them.

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WEB EXTRA: After the interview, Dana and Virginia talked about a few more scary movies and Dana gave us his best spooky laugh. Listen below:

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?

: Map by Steve Bushey and Angela Faeth, with added notes by Taylor Quimby

In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.

Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.

And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.

Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?

Listen to this radio story to find out:

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2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Haunted Hillsboro: Trip To Haunted Pond In Francestown

Author Eric Stanway
Virginia Prescott NHPR

It was a sparkling fall day with trees ablaze in Francestown, New Hampshire.

Senior Producer, Maureen McMurray and I, met historian Eric Stanway on the town green in Francestown just as the bells of the white clapboard community church pealed noon. From there we then followed him to a small beach at Haunted Pond; a lovely, shallow pond rimmed with summer cottages, birches and pines -- the picture of serenity despite the number of people who met their ends there. Listen to the spooky story below.

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

10.30.14: The Cost Of Overreacting, Dana Gould's Spooky Film Picks, & Haunted Hillsboro

Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Photo courtesy CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith.
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When it comes to rigid safeguards against the Ebola virus, New York’s governor says “Better safe than sorry”. But what happens when panic inflates the price of public safety? On today’s show, calculating the cost of over-reaction.

Then, comedian Dana Gould, writer for The Simpsons and a B horror movie aficionado, shares his picks for the best Halloween schlock, including the Vincent Price vehicle, The House on Haunted Hill

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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.
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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
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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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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Change The Sound, Change The Mood

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When we spoke to Joel Beckerman about his new book Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy, we couldn't help but think of the movie trailer. Designed to show only the best parts of a movie, a trailer's job is to convince you to pay the price of admission, and give you a sense of the movie. Movie trailer directors artfully use sound to create a mood in just a few short minutes. So what happens when you change the sound?

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2:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

10.27.14: Creating A Sonic Experience & The YouTube Musician Known as Kutiman

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The ad agency for Royal Caribbean chose a lively, catchy tune for a series of commercials for the cruise line, but it didn’t exactly match the wholesome, fun loving image they were trying to promote. On today’s show we’ll explore how the power of sound can make or break an experience. Then, we’ll speak with the Israeli musician known as Kutiman, about crafting an album made entirely of unrelated sound samples from YouTube videos.

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1:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

10.26.14: The Fine Line Between Comedy & Journalism, NH's A-List DJ, & Good Gig

Daily Show reporter John Oliver at the 2008 DNC at Invesco Field.
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Former Daily Show reporter John Oliver’s fake news show on HBO is bucking the odds: diving deep into stories that aren’t in the headlines, and climbing in the ratings. On today’s show, what happens when comedy meets investigative journalism ?

Then, A-list DJs appear to live in the top tier of fabulousness. Jet-setting to giant clubs and VIP parties. We’ll get the inside view from Juan Maclean, an international star living quietly in Dover, NH.

Plus, we continue our series “Good Gig” with the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out what goes into determining color trends for a living.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

10.23.14: Using Social Media To Solve Crime & Nosferatu's Live Soundtrack

Credit West Midlands Police via flickr Creative Commons

Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. On today’s show: how police departments across the nation are using social media to fight crime and bolster their image. 

Plus: the 1922 version of Nosferatu still tops lists as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We’ll find out what goes into scoring this silent classic for a live audience.

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2:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Good Gig: Color Expert Lee Eiseman

Good Gig is a series of conversations with individuals who have landed their dream job.

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2:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

10.22.14: The Power Of Pairs & Good Gig

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Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, Marie and Pierre Curie, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On today’s show, the myth of the lone genius gets knocked down by an exploration of creative duos. We’ll find out why artistic and scientific breakthroughs often come from dynamic collaborations.

Plus, we continue our series “Good Gig” with the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out what goes into determining color trends for a living.

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1:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Things That Should Never Get Pumpkin Spiced

Whether you love or hate the pumpkin spice trend that is rampant this time of year, it seems the marketplace is finding an increasingly large number of ways to incorporate the flavor of fall into nearly all ingestible products. We had planned to give our own top five weirdest pumpkin flavored products, but then we realized that virtually everything has a seasonal pumpkin slant these days. Instead, we present to you: Things That Should NEVER Get Pumpkin Spiced. We encourage you to submit your own.

Here's a few that didn't make the fancy poster:

1. Pumpkin Tuna

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Word of Mouth
1:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

10.21.14: The Rise Of Vaping, Best & Worst Pumpkin Beers, & Old Cookbooks

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According to Wells-Fargo, the e-cigarette market is an estimated 2.5 billion dollar industry and is projected to reach 10 billion dollars in the next 3 years. On Today’s show, we uncover the surprisingly complex vaping scene.

Then, from gum drop bread to the rib sticker, we get nostalgic for the locally-produced-independently-published cookbook. Plus, a look at the beer industry’s dangerous love affair with pumpkin-spice.

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Star Wars Devotion Is Strong With This One

Bob as Darth Vader at home plate.
Courtesy of Bob Gouveia

When we spoke with Chris Taylor about his new book, How Star Wars Conquered The Universe, the discussion focused on the role fandom has played and continues to play in shaping the Star Wars franchise. Immediately following the first film's release, Star Wars super fans were born:

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