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Word of Mouth
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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Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Beethoven Machine: Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

Composer Greg Wilder
Sean Hurley

What will the music of the future sound like? New Hampshire Composer Greg Wilder doesn't know yet, but as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, the Warren resident is hoping to build the machine that writes it.

Greg Wilder and his wife Alison Conard are composers and computer programmers. Together in their log home in Warren they design websites for artists.

But music is at the heart of everything they do and music is the first thing Greg Wilder can remember.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

'Dracula' Reflects Dancer's Journey From War-Torn Hungary To Prima Ballerina

Publicity still for Toth's production of 'Dracula'
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Wolfeboro ballet instructor Edra Toth knows what it feels like to be misunderstood.

On Saturday night, her nonprofit Northeast Ballet Theater will present Dracula, a ballet written by Toth. In it, Toth’s dance ensemble will illustrate the truth about Dracula – or, more accurately, the original historical figure he’s based on, a militant ruler named Vlad Tepes.

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Word of Mouth
1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Season Of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock & Roll

In 1966, the top of the music charts had a decidedly split personality. Hits like Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees and Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Gang, were sharing the airwaves with The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows and The Rolling Stones Paint it Black. Chalk it up to social changes sweeping the nation, or perhaps the availability of LSD, but a new counter cultural approach to reality and spirituality was opening up and rock music was hitching a ride.

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Word of Mouth
1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

10.15.14: Are Milgram's Torture Experiments Still Valid & The Gift Of Adversity

Ontario Science Centre: Milgram's Electric Box
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In the early sixties, social psychologist Stanley Milgram tested the limits of humans’ obedience to authority with an actor, an unsuspecting volunteer and a fake electroshock machine. On today’s show: the experiment that stunned the world and the repercussions Dr. Milgram faced as a result. 

Then, we’ve all heard the self-help mantra: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Turns out, there may be some truth behind it. A psychiatrist explores the benefits of adversity.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Internationally Known Musician Behind 'The Juan Maclean' Calls New Hampshire Home

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When you think of electronic musicians, DJ's that spin thumping dance tracks to swarms of sweaty dancers at A-list parties, do you think of Dover, NH? Probably not, but Dover is where John Maclean, the force behind The Juan Maclean, calls home. Virginia asked him if it feels like he's leading a double life.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

10.14.14: Is John Oliver A Journalist & Inside The Doge Meme

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.

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All Things Considered
4:11 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

"Driving Backwards": Telling Gilmanton's Story Beyond "Peyton Place"

Gilmanton, New Hampshire was once the most famous – or, if you prefer, notorious - small town in America, thanks to the 1950 Grace Metalious novel Peyton Place.

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Word of Mouth
3:35 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

10.12.14: The Wonderful World Of Books

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Today’s show is all about the wonderful world of books, starting with the U.S. Senate Handbook, a 380 page document of sometimes confounding rules intended to keep Senate offices running smoothly. Then, we’ll speak to an antiquarian bookseller about the beauty and obsession of rare books. And actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk discusses his debut collection of writings, A Load of Hooey.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Which New Books To Read This Fall

As cooler weather sets in, we’ll find out what’s new in books suited for coming days in front of the fireplace. There’s a history of Wonder Woman from New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore, a memoir from actor and director Lena Dunham, and a new book examining the old debate over vaccinations. (digital post by Faith Meixell)

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NH News
3:40 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Nashua Weighing $20+ Million Downtown Performing Arts Venue

A lobby rendering from the Nashua Arts Venue Proposal

Officials in Nashua are considering plans for a new downtown performance arts venue. Architectural drawings call for a multi-level theater one block from Main Street that seats 1,400 and includes a 500-car parking garage and space for a restaurant. 

The city held a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

Sarah Marchant, who directs Nashua’s community development division, says the project would cost around 22-point-five million dollars, but she says the city doesn’t intend to foot that entire bill.

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Word of Mouth
1:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Good Gig: Rare Books Dealer Ken Gloss

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

We're kicking off the series with Ken Gloss, the proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, one of the largest--and oldest--antiquarian bookshops in the country. He has also been an appraiser of rare books and manuscripts for The Antiques Roadshow since 1998.

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Word of Mouth
1:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

10.8.14: Soldier's Farewell Letters, Grief Can Kill, & Good Gig

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From the Trojan war to the current war in Afghanistan, soldiers have been penning farewell letters for centuries. On today’s show, a look into the deeply private “death letter” tradition throughout history.

Then, we’ll kick off our new series, “Good Gig”, with a rare bookseller who found his dream job among the binders on a dusty shelf.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Historians' Estates Leave 'Bumper Crop' Of Books For Athenaeum Book Sale

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  The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s annual book sale begins on Friday at the North Church Parish. “There’s a bumper crop this year,” says Tom Hardiman, the Athenaeum’s “keeper,” or Executive Director.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

9.22.14: Objects In The Future Will Be 'Enchanted' & Nuclear Tourism

The Living Room of the Future! From the 1979 book Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century
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In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, future technologies take center stage in the form of Hal 9000, a sentient, yet sinister, computer aboard the spacecraft Discovery One. On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful. 

Plus, a science writer plays nuclear tourist and visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, where he finds some surprising imagery.

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Word of Mouth
5:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

9.21.14: Kids Are Not So Wild, Researching Funny, & Turtle Power!

Sexting, sex bracelets, sex parties. The media would have you believe that 21st-century teenagers are out of control, but are they? Today’s show takes an objective look at teenage sexual behavior, and explores what’s driving the hype.

And from teenage sex to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – how a simple sketch made in Dover, New Hampshire became a multi-billion dollar franchise.

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Word of Mouth
2:47 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

9.18.14: Dinner With The Smileys & The M.C. Escher Exhibit

Getting together for dinner on a regular basis can be tough for any family, but it is especially hard for military families during deployments. On today’s show: how one mother of three dealt with her husband’s deployment, by asking guests to fill his empty seat once a week. Then, the artist M.C. Escher may be best known for his repeating patterns and mind-bending optical illusions, but a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, touted as the most comprehensive retrospective of Escher’s work, is highlighting his lesser known illustrations.

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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

9.10.14: Researching What Makes Something Funny & Designing Technology To Deceive

This cat, is not amused.
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At her funeral on Sunday, fellow comedians applauded Joan Rivers for her sharp wit, biting humor, and irreverent routines. What really made Joan Rivers so funny? On today’s show, the director of the Humor Research Lab offers some theories into what makes us laugh. Plus, from walk sign buttons that don’t reflect reality to digital signs over-estimating wait times at amusement parks; we’ll consider why technology is sometimes designed to give us the illusion of control.

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dover, New Hampshire: Birthplace Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In 1984, the heroes in a half shell -Turtle Power!- burst onto the comic scene, and the sewers would never be the same.

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Word of Mouth
1:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Swap Those Beach Books For These: Eight Must-Read Books Of September

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It’s September, put down that beach novel, it's time to get serious about your to-be-read list. Thankfully, fall is the biggest season in the publishing world, so there's plenty of titles to choose from. Michele Filgate, freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn brings us her must read list for early fall. Click on the book titles for more information.

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Giving Matters
12:45 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Giving Matters: Keeping Music Alive Through The Generations

The Monadnock Folklore Society is the steward of New Hampshire’s musical and dance heritage. Samuel Foucher, who is 17, received a scholarship from the Society to study with legendary contra dance piano and accordion player Bob McQuillen. McQuillen, who died in February, 2014 at the age of 90.

 

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Giving Matters
12:38 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Giving Matters: SEPIA Brings Art To Kids And The Community

Emilia Ornellas is a student teacher at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She works with middle and high school students in the Student Enrichment Program in the Arts, also known as SEPIA. She explains that the program offers art classes Manchester students grades K-12.

Dhahiro Osman is an outgoing student who participated in the SEPIA program. Her interest? Self-improvement. “I thought that I’d give it a try, because I’m not a good artist; I thought this might be my chance to be good at it.”

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Fest-A-Palooza Part 2

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is back for a look at New Hampshire events this weekend; It's Fest-A-Palooza Two, the Sequel!

For foodies, there's  Greekfest in Manchester, Fire on the Mountain Henniker Rotary Chili Fest, and the Jakarta Fair in Somersworth.

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

8.21.14: Marty Glickman, The Art Of Tinkering, Element Names & Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds

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In 1936 18-year-old Marty Glickman was one of the fastest sprinters in the country, earning him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and a trip to the Berlin Games. Today on Word of Mouth, we have the story of how he was removed from the competition to appease Hitler and how he then became a legendary sports broadcaster. Then lessons in science with The Art of Tinkering and a conversation about how elements were named.
Finally, Producer Zach Nugent spoke with front-woman Arleigh Kincheloe of the band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Their new album is called Fight.

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This show originally aired on 3.27.14. 

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Word of Mouth
1:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

8.14.14: All About Language

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Prove it, learned behavior, survival of the fittest, organic produce… scientific terminology is part of our common language, but are we using the terms correctly? Today is all about language: starting with our frequent misuse of scientific terms. Plus, France’s government is banning English words like ‘fast-food’ and ‘hashtag’ in the name of cultural preservation…we find out why the words are unlikely to disappear from the vernacular anytime soon. And, deaf Americans who work in science have a unique challenge – helping to develop a scientific vocabulary for sign language.

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Word of Mouth
3:10 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Reflecting On Robin Williams

Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
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 In April 2010, WTF host Marc Maron sat down to speak with Robin Williams. Following the news of Williams’ death on August 11, Maron reflected back on that interview and shared some of his thoughts on a conversation that he considers life-changing. The interview is at times delicate, as Williams talks about his battle with addiction and depression, but it also raised a new perspective the comedian which people had rarely seen before.

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