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Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott, and produced by Taylor Quimby, Zach Nugent, and Logan Shannon. Our Senior Producer is Maureen McMurray. Check out a playlist of music used on the program on Spotify. You can leave us a message on the Word of Mouth Listener Line anytime. We reserve the right to use your message on the air: (603) 223-2448

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Word of Mouth
3:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Eden Suoth

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What national competition includes poetry, high school students, and more enthusiasm than e.e. cummings with an all-punctuation typewriter? Poetry Out Loud, of course! Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest in which high school students memorize and recite poems in front of an audience. The 2014 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Championship took place last month in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord, and our very own Virginia Prescott was  a gracious and impressed master of ceremonies.

Eden Suoth reads "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman

Eden Suoth was one such enthusiastic high school student, and a wildly talented one at that. A twelfth grader at Spaulding High School, Suoth impressed the judges and became a top 4 finalist. We invited him into the studio to read one of the poems he recited at the contest, "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman.

If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Your Public Radio Haikus!

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It's National Poetry Month - but let's face it - verse isn't for everybody.  That's why we're celebrating the occasion with a low-stakes challenge that every NHPR junkie can enjoy: the Public Radio Haiku!  Whether you're a Nobel laureate or a poetry novice, writing haiku about your favorite host or program is fun, easy, and like pledging your support to NHPR (see what I did there?) it only takes a minute or two.

Submit your three-line poem in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter - and give it the tag #radiohaiku.  Just make sure you've got the right number of syllables (5,7,5) as we'll be counting on our knuckles to personally ensure that every submission qualifies. 

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Word of Mouth
11:41 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Word Of Mouth 4.12.14

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Beside the weather, the signs of spring might still be few and far between. Not to worry! We checked the forecast for this weekend, and sunny and (close to) seventy is more than enough reason to celebrate with a healthy helping of the best of Word of Mouth. If you're driving with the top down, turn it up. If you're running with your ear buds in, tune in. All you weekend workers and weekend warriors out there, pop on some headphones and be inspired by our Saturday show!

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Word of Mouth
2:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions

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Today on Word of Mouth - laughing! And why we do it. We're getting science-y with the giggles before moving on to a less-than-scientific community: psychics. Then, the art of the brain takes over with a look at graphic novel that takes place inside the brain. Finally, what happens to digital art, and how do we restore it?

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Neurocomic

Nobrow Press

In their new graphic novel "Neurocomic", authors Dr. Matteo Farinella and Dr. Hana Ros have created a visual, story-based guide that makes brain exploration exciting and understandable for all ages. Check out a slide show of some of the beautiful artwork above.

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Word of Mouth
1:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

4.9.14: What A Way To Make A Living

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Johnny Paycheck famously sang, “Take This Job and Shove It.” In this economy? Not so fast. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about jobs.

Find out what happens when salary negotiations go a step too far, plus, a wholly unglamorous portrait of a freelance writer trying to make it in the big city. We’ll also talk to someone who has a very unique job: the official sketch artist for the Supreme Court.

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Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Courtroom Sketch Artist: Art Lien

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his arraignment, Boston. 7.10.13
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Many jobs are becoming extinct in the digital age, and the role of the courtroom sketch artist is becoming a lost art. As more and more courtrooms embrace cameras as a way of sharing the intimate details of real life courtroom drama, the charming and beautiful sketches that used to be a way of life for many artists are a thing of the past.

Sketch artist Art Lien spoke to Virginia about his long career as a sketch artist in courtrooms across the country and his main beat, The Supreme Court of the United States.

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Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Film's Greatest Workplace Freakout Scenes

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Jobs - amiright?! Sometimes they can seem like a necessary evil. And sometimes that evil trumps necessity, leading to some pretty gnarly workplace freakouts. Folks in the film industry must have had some especially unpleasant job experiences, because movies are rife with workplace freakouts. We've compiled the best of film's freakout scenes, and remember - most are NSFW due to language. Jobs.

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Word of Mouth
1:58 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

5 Songs To Sing At Your Next Birthday Party

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While the traditional "Happy Birthday" song is ubiquitous, there are a few alternatives. We even tried our hand at a new way to sing the praises of someone celebrating their birthday.

WoM's Birthday Song

You can weigh in on our version at our Facebook page.  Or, send your own version as an .mp3 to wordofmouth@nhpr.org, or call and record it on our listener line at 603 223 2448.

Meanwhile, here are few alternative singing options for your next Birthday soiree.

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Word of Mouth
1:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

4.8.14: Debunking A Painting's Origin Myth, Medieval Teens, & Loudon Wainwright

Students contemplate Pollock’s "Mural", the star work from the University of Iowa Museum of Art collection on display at the Figge, while the UIMA cleaned up after massive flooding.
Credit Courtesy of the University of Iowa Spectator. March 2010

From the Mona Lisa to the Sistine Chapel, sometimes the story of how a work of art was created is as important as the work itself. Today on Word of Mouth, breaking down the myth behind a breakthrough Jackson Pollock painting

Also today, Game of Thrones fans know that kids and teenagers play a prominent role in the series: think evil King Joffrey. We’ll tease out fact from fiction, with a look at what life was really like for young people in the Middle Ages.

Plus, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright approaches his own late middle age.

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Word of Mouth
4:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

4.7.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday'

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Going up? Today on Word of Mouth, we're lifting you to new cultural heights with a look into the history of two architectural advancements in history - the elevator and escalator. We'll hold the door for you when we stop on a story about a family of mannequins. Last stop, a discussion about why we should all stop singing that pervasive birthday song.

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Word of Mouth
2:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Film's Greatest Elevator Scenes

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Andreas Bernard, author of Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator, calls the elevator a kind of "secular confessional".

The moment where people get stuck in an elevator together is always a moment of truth.  Let's say a couple who has hidden secrets gets stuck together - they confess it.  The room, which is so narrow and which is so close, is like a real confessional - a space where you're forced to say the truth.

That push towards truth is just one reason elevators have played so many pivotal roles in film and television. Whether cramped or quiet, large or small, slow or altogether stuck, elevators have served as makeshift matchmakers, provocateurs, and architectural comedians. Here are a a few of our favorite elevator scenes from film.

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Word of Mouth
11:40 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Word Of Mouth 4.5.14

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The buds are popping, the snowbanks are melting, and spring-starved New Englanders are going out in t-shirts, even though it's not exactly t-shirt weather yet... but we don't blame you!  So before you go soak up some springtime sun this weekend, load up your [insert your favorite listening device here] with our latest smorgasbord of fascinating stories.  Then you've got something to listen to while you're out shaking off the winter blues.

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Word of Mouth
1:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Art Of The Emoji Translation

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While researching our story on why there isn't a hot dog Emoji (it's more complicated than you think), we came across the interesting phenomenon of people translating things into Emoji. Here are some of our favorites:

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

4.3.14: Boston Murder Connected To The Marathon Bombings, The Price of Privacy, And Hot Dog Emojis

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Today on Word of Mouth, the Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago this month, but questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible involvement in a triple homicide remain. Investigative reporter Susan Zalkind discusses the complicated case, and whether police missed their chance to apprehend Tsarnaev long before the marathon bombs. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware,protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? We'll ask  And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.

April 3, 2014 Full Show

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