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Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott.

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott.
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Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott.








Crime, in a Nutshell

Bloody footprints. A rifle thrown to the floor. Bodies splayed across the bedroom. It's a gruesome scene. Still, you might have to squint to make it all out. Because this murder is in miniature... Today on the show, a profile of Frances Glessner Lee, called "the Mother of Forensic Science," and her famous crime-scene dioramas. Plus, a visit to a Juneteenth Day event in Nashua and the next installment in our NH license plate culture. It's a Word of Mouth smorgasbord!



Over the past five years, New Hampshire's cannabis legislation has gone from non-existent to possible all-out legalization. But among neighboring states, New Hampshire still lags behind. On today's show we're answering an #OnlyinNH question that asks 'why, when compared to other New England states, is New Hampshire so conservation on cannabis legislation?' And then a different kind of high - we head to the mountains to see who's hiking and smoking? Only in NH: Why is New Hampshire so...


The Splatmasters

There's so much happening in this show, it's hard to know where to start. We interview a very together kid entrepreneur. We investigate the semi-secret economy of international workers in New Hampshire. We talk about NH vanity license plates. And we tell the incredible, mostly true story of how a multibillion dollar sport got its start in the woods of Henniker.


Your Body is Not Wrong

What if the gym was a joyful place?


The Vanished Girl Wonder

Barbara Follett had done more by the age of 25 than many will do in their lifetime. Including vanishing. Today on the show, the disappearance of an American prodigy... and how we forgot her. Plus, the rediscovery of the first known published African American in the country -- a woman from New Hampshire -- and how one woman figured out how to bring LGBTQ pride back to Concord year after year. The Disappearance of Barbara Follett New Hampshire Firsts: The First Published African American...


Speech Bubble

In this episode, Producer Jimmy Gutierrez heads to the UNH campus to find out more about how debates over free speech are playing out on a majority white campus. Check out his earlier reporting here . Also on the show, NHPR's Annie Ropeik takes to the Crawford Trail to find out what it takes to maintain the region's oldest continuously used hiking path, and the story of how the humble potato came to North America. Writer Mari Uyehara , author of How Free Speech Warriors Maintstreamed White...


A Video Game Odyssey: Pinball, Pong, & The True King of Kong

California may be home to some of the video game industry's biggest players, but Ralph Baer, considered by many to be "the Father of Video Games," developed the first game console in good ol' New Hampshire. Today on the show, vignettes from the past, present, and future of gaming in the Granite State.


Seal On a Bedsheet: Our Flag is Bad

What exactly is going on with the design of New Hampshire's state flag... and why is it so very unsatisfying? We investigate. Plus, we chase the spring bird migration and examine the legend of the casserole.


New Hampshire Firsts: Did This Granite State Woman Invent Casserole?

There’s a story out there… a story you’ll find on dozens, maybe hundreds of websites, about the invention of the casserole. “In 1866, Elmire Jolicoeur, a French Canadian immigrant, invented the precursor of the modern casserole in Berlin, New Hampshire.” That’s from Wikipedia . If you don’t trust Wikipedia, you can also find this attribution in print, too. A newspaper in Kentucky references Elmire Jolicoeur in a story about the opening of a new restaurant...that presumably has some...


New Hampshire Firsts: Tupperware!

In the early 1940s, an inventor from Berlin, New Hampshire, created a container made of refined polyethylene, an odorless, non-toxic plastic. He called the material “Poly-T.” A few years later, he designed an airtight lid. Five years later, House Beautiful described the lidded container as “Fine Art For 39 Cents.” By the mid-fifties, a collection of these plastic items would be acquired and displayed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This visionary was named Earl Tupper, and...


Whomst Among Us Dare Speak Ill of Poetry?

While April is National Poetry Month, it's also the time of year when some people whisper among themselves that the form is "really not for me". On this week's show we'll ask a couple of local wordsmiths how to make poetry more accessible. And, as the ghost of William Shakespeare enjoys renewed interest every April, one local man gets down to brass tacks - was Shakespeare a plagiarist? You Asked, We Answered: What are the origins of Cat Alley ? We talk to the developer of the idea for Cat...


Writers on a New England Stage: Katy Tur

NHPR and The Music Hall Present Writers on a New England Stage with Katy Tur. Tur's memoir, Unbelievable , recalls the relentless pace of reporting on the unprecedented Trump presidential campaign for NBC and MSNBC. Tur became a fixation for Trump as he ratcheted up hostility against the media. Tur stood up to Trump's taunting on Twitter and his calling her out at rallies. She endured death threats, insults and other indignities from his supporters, and proved her mettle as a reporter --...


The State of The 'Free State'

An anarchist, a libertarian, and a Bitcoin enthusiast walk into a bar ... no, it's not a joke: it's likely a gathering of members of the Free State Project. So, just what is the FSP, you ask? It's a non-profit, a political experiment, a Libertarian mass migration movement, and a difficult-to-categorize spiderweb of connected subcultures—a group that's been confounding long-time residents and recent transplants to New Hampshire for years. This episode is dedicated to answering a single...


She Was Told There Would Be a Pool: Literature and Love in the Upper Valley

There are plenty of examples of literary and artistic couples: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, George O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera... but some of these partnerships were famously fraught. A relationship that functions on many levels – both creative and romantic – brings up particular challenges: competition, jealousy, the conflicting demands of time, family, and art. In Lebanon, Keiselim Montás and Kianny Antigua are living that balancing act. They...


Mary Baker Eddy: Founding a Faith Against the Odds (and the Haters)

In the mid-19th century, the country was in the throes of a widespread religious revival. It was called the Second Great Awakening, and it fostered the founding of new denominations and inspired millions of converts. This movement laid the groundwork for Methodists and Baptists to exponentially in number, and for Joseph Smith to establish his church of Latter Day Saints. Amidst this fervor, women comprised the bulk of converts, often against the will of their husbands. But women did not...


Co-ops in an Age of Inequality

A lot of people hear "cooperative business" and think of their local food co-ops. But, the co-op model isn't limited to bulk bins of quinoa - it was designed to share profits with workers and give small businesses leverage against megastores . So, what role do they play in the granite state? Plus, we'll hear from area-high school students, in this post-Parkland moment, who are organizing to tell lawmakers: Never Again. You Asked, We Answered: What percentage of New Hampshire businesses are...


'Only in NH' Best Of: Liquor Laws, House of Pizza, & Income Tax

Which of these subjects is more controversial: New Hampshire liquor laws, regional pizza preferences, or the concept of a broad-based income tax in NH? In this episode, we look back at some of our favorite (and most hotly debated) stories from our "Only in New Hampshire" series, where you ask the questions and we find the answers. We'll hear about a requirement that bars selling hard alcohol must also serve food. We'll find out why one style of pizza dominates the Granite State, and we'll...


This is Not a Love Story

As the legend goes, Sevilla Jones and Henry N. Sargent were courting when Sevilla's heart changed, and their romance took a tragic turn. The pair died over 160 years ago, but the notorious gravestone in New Boston's cemetery still draws curious visitors. But what really happened?


#MeToo: New Hampshire Stories of Survival, Reflection and Prevention

In the months since #MeToo went viral on social media, millions of people across the globe have broken the silence on their stories of sexual assault and harassment. But where do we stand in New Hampshire? How has the Granite State responded to the Me Too movement? What conversations are we having? What actions are we taking? Months ago, we asked listeners if they used that hashtag, and whether they'd be willing to share their stories and perspectives with us. In this episode, you'll hear...


Houses and Houses of Pizza

If you're looking for a slice in New Hampshire, you can find a House of Pizza in just about every town in the state. These pies are pan baked, with a hard crust that works like a retaining wall for an even layer of sauce and cheese. This is Greek pizza. And if New Hampshire's got a signature 'za, this is it. But why are all of these Greek pizza joints called "House of Pizza"? And how did Greek pizza come to corner the market in the Granite State? Listener Matthew Jones asked us to get to...