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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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:
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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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.
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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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.
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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 email@example.com, 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.
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.
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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"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 celebrates Presidents’ Day with presidential portraits from Writers on a New England Stage. We’ll talk to three authors who took a deeper look into the complexities and motivations of American leaders throughout history.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is looking for love! She recently joined Word of Mouth for Writers on a New England Stage and revealed she is open to meeting that special someone. Well, we think Justice Sotomayor is a great catch, so we took the liberty of creating a video dating profile for her.