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3:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

3.1.14: The Anti-Oscar Show

"Where's the after-party?"
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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.

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Word of Mouth
2:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV

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Title sequences have a practical function, sure. They convey the whos, wheres and whens of a production while segueing into the story. They are also the first impression, the opportune moment to set up the tone of a film or show. Through music, imagery, and written or spoken dialogue, title sequences can be the most artistically influenced aspect of a production. Though not always true, title sequences can even be the best part of a show or movie that is otherwise full of overplayed clichés and unoriginal storylines.  At Word of Mouth, we searched and sifted for those iconic title sequences we thought packed that extra artistic punch. While most correlate to the quality and success of the production as a whole, others, well, others might not.

Check out some of our favorite film and TV title sequences below. Yours didn't make the list? Share it on Facebook!

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Word of Mouth
1:25 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man

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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.

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2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man

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Word of Mouth
5:25 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

From Gertrude Stein To Andy Warhol: Dramatic Readings Of Famous Rejection Letters

Gertrude Stein's now famous rejection letter
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Nevermind the sentiment “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”… rejection bites.  For writers, it’s also an unavoidable part doing business.  In a recent blog post for Graywolf Press, executive editor Jeff Shotts described the “terrible math” behind the publishing industry's notorious tendency of shutting down writers.

We accept under one-third of one percent of submissions that come in. Given those numbers, rejection letters are necessary, and they are, unfortunately, unexceptional. In fifteen years in publishing, I have probably written more than two thousand rejection letters.

Hopeful writers may find some comfort however in learning that even The Diary of Anne Frank was rejected by 16 separate publishing houses.  One editor at Knopf went so far as to call it “dull.” Also dismissed were George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and manuscripts by Jack Kerouac, Sylvia Plath, and in an infamously mocking rejection letter, Gertrude Stein.

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Word of Mouth
2:59 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Blank On Blank: Janis Joplin On Rejection

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Four days before she died, on September 30, 1970, Janis Joplin was interviewed about rejection by Howard Smith. Blank on Blank remixed and animated the interview. In context, it is both sad and enlightening about Joplin's life and views. Her unapologetic attitude toward critics is both admirable and unsettling. Unsettling because of the amount of criticism she faced and that, like anyone who faces rejection, "in my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn’t like me."

Word of Mouth
1:41 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

2.26.14: Rejection, Fake Shemps, The WOM Love Song & Lake Street Dive

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Today's Word of Mouth is brought to you by: Rejection. All artists have been there, feeling confident about a submission only to find out that someone  "regrets to inform" them that their work has been denied for publication.  Well, Word of Mouth is here to commiserate with rejection letters from literary greats. Then, what do film studios do when forced to substitute an actor? Use fake shemps, of course. Taking a musical turn, we revisit the Word of Mouth love song and the fantastic listener submissions. (Really, they're awesome!) Finally, the band Lake Street Dive released their fourth LP 'Bad Self Portraits' last week, we'll dig up an interview we did with the band from 2012.

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2.26.14: Rejection, Fake Shemps, Love Song & Lake Street Dive

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Word of Mouth
1:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses

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Niagara Falls, 1911. Completely frozen over with a group of people standing where they would otherwise be sucked into the rushing waterfall. Incredible? Absolutely! Totally truthful? Not exactly.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

2.25.14: Solitary Confinement, Viral Images, Giant Of Cardiff, Ethical Failures & NH Biathlon

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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.

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Word of Mouth
3:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died

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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.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

5 Reasons Why Monks Are Awesome

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What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold... monastic beer. Yes, beer brewed by monks. There is a relatively high possibility that monks (yes, monks) are cooler than you. And I'm not sorry, because they do some pretty darn awesome stuff. Here are 5 reasons why monks are  way awesome:

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Word of Mouth
12:12 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

2.24.14: Modern & Monastic Food

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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.

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2.24.14: Modern & Medieval Food

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Word Of Mouth 2.22.14

Hmmm.... House of Cards, or True Detective?
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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. 

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Word of Mouth
4:46 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

2.20.14: Anatomy Of An Actor, "So-And-So Is Typing", Pearl And The Beard & Interspecies Love

2.20.14: Anatomy Of An Actor, "So-And-So Is Typing", Pearl And The Beard & Interspecies Love
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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.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep

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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

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Calling All Musicians: Help Us Fix Our Terrible Love Song!

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 Update:

Wow! The submissions keep coming in, and they're AWESOME! Scroll to the bottom of this story to listen to the epic covers of Taylor's terrible, terrible love song.

If you'd like to submit your own version of our love song, upload it to SoundCloud or YouTube and share it with us on our Facebook page!  Or, you can email an MP3 to tquimby@nhpr.org, and we'll make sure to include it in our post. 

Love songs, which by their very nature tend towards the melodramatic and saccharine, are ripe for parody.  We at Word of Mouth thought it would be fun to compose a love song using only chart-topping lyrical clichés – so we asked for your suggestions, and then set to work.

It turned out to be a humbling experience.  Love songs, which may sound to the layman as though they consist entirely of extra-long notes, flamboyant R&B runs, and an excessive use of the word ‘forever’, are MUCH harder to make than one might think.

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