Word of Mouth

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
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Courtroom Sketch Artist: Art Lien

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his arraignment, Boston. 7.10.13
Art Lien, All Rights Reserved courtartist.com

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

Credit jason saul via flickr Creative Commons

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

Credit Will Clayton via flickr Creative Commons

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'

Credit Michael Salerno via flickr Creative Commons

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

Credit courtesy of Jaded On, via Flickr Creative Commons

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

Credit Taylor Quimby

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

Credit Emoji Dick

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

Credit Boston Magazine, Times Books, Hot Dog Emoji Coalition

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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Word of Mouth
2:54 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid

Credit wanderingnome, stuart anthony & ckpicker via flickr Creative Commons and via wwnorton.com

Today on Word of Mouth, lions and tigers and bears - in cages. We're delving into the exotic pets debate. Then, on to a truly wild animal, but one whose population is dwindling. In the second half of the show, we hear from a man who spent seven years - yes, seven - transcribing the entire King James Bible by hand. Finally, Virginia sits down with Humaira Awais Shahid, journalist and human rights activist fighting for women's rights in Pakistan.

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4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid

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Word of Mouth
2:52 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Exotic Pets Debate

Credit via Lauren Slater / National Geographic

From kangaroos bred in captivity to trained tigers, exotic pets come from all walks of wildlife…and ownership of wild animals is increasingly becoming a hot debate.  Exotic pet owners defend their right to care for critters from venomous snakes to angry chimps. Animal rights advocates meanwhile, are doing what they can to stop the purchase of exotic pets and place current ones into safe, accredited sanctuaries.  Both camps appear to share a love of wild animals. Lauren Slater  joined us to talk about the exotic animal ownership debate. She wrote "Wild Pets: The Debate Over Owning Exotic Animals" for National Geographic. Listen to Virginia's interview with Lauren Slater here.

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Word of Mouth
2:39 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Does Your Pet Make A Weird Sound? We Want To Hear It!

Angel-Rose, whose hidden talents include being photogenic and making tent zipper sounds.
Credit Taylor Quimby

Does your cat sound like a wailing woman? Your goat like a screaming man? Your dog like an unzipping tent? Or does your beloved pet make some other odd, funky, or hilarious sound? We want to hear it! Here's how to share your weird pet noises with us:

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Word of Mouth
3:24 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Jim Florentine: Prank Call King

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Growing up, making a prank call was as easy as picking up the rotary phone. Nowadays, telecommunication developments, like caller ID, have made the crank call nearly obsolete. While it may be more difficult to anonymously prank your principal, the tradition hasn't completely disappeared.

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Word of Mouth
3:18 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

4.1.14: Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons, Oh My!

Happy April Fools! All jokes aside, we have a no-fooling show with a look at all sides of pranks, hoaxes, cons, and the experts who study and make them happen. Whether you're the creative pranker or the reluctant prankee - we've got the April Fools show for you. Oh, and don't forget your headphones! You know, just in case you can't listen inside your plastic-wrapped car.

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4.1.14: Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons, Oh My!

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Word of Mouth
3:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Best Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons In History

Credit via barnesandnoble.com

April 1st. A day dedicated to rubber bands on faucets, tinfoil-wrapped cubicles, plastic-wrapped cars, and universal remotes. A lot of terms are thrown around in connection to April 1st  - prank, hoax, practical joke, con, gag, shenanigan. While we can likely agree that all of these terms have some aspect of "fooling," how do they differ in nefarious-ness? So let's get down to it -  how do pranks, hoaxes, and cons differ from each other, and what are some of the best?

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