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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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Concord, NH

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

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@wordofmouth

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English

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1-603-223-2448


Episodes

An Octopus Can Be Your Friend; Animal Minds, Where To Spot a Moose, And Liz Longley

10/13/2017
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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Sy Montgomery's 30-plus year friendship began with a ferret bite. Since then, the pair of New Hampshire-based naturalists and science writers have traveled together from Costa Rica to Tanzania. Their new book is called Tamed and Untamed , a collection of essays from their long-time Boston Globe column of the same name. On this episode, Sy and Liz share scientific findings and personal viewpoints that argue the line between human and animal is blurrier than you...

Duration: 00:36:02


Best of Word of Mouth: How to Pronounce "Kankamagus" and a Defense of Boiled Dinner

10/6/2017
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In this episode, a look back at some of the best stories from our "Only In NH" series, where you ask the questions and we find the answers. We'll search for the last living inhabitants of a White Mountain ghost town, try and stay up as late as possible on the NH seacoast, and try and understand why the Old Man of the Mountain is still on everything from license plates to gift shop keychains, a full 14 years after collapsing into a pile of rubble. Plus, your feedback on what we got right...

Duration: 00:50:33


Joyce Maynard on True Love and Loss, and N.H.'s Signature Dish

9/22/2017
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Joyce Maynard longed for a great romance. A passionate partner -- and one who wouldn't interfere with the fierce independence she'd cultivated over decades as a writer. She found that romance, later in life, but her marriage ended up teaching her the true meaning of partnership and self-sacrifice. Virginia Prescott speaks with Maynard about her newest book, "The Best of Us," where she chronicles her marriage to Jim Barringer, and their fight against the cancer that took his life. Virginia...

Duration: 00:31:41


New Hampshire's Night Life, Stay Work Play, & Ben Sollee

9/15/2017
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The Granite State is graying and has been for decades - so what does that mean for the state's younger population? Today, we're taking to the streets to investigate one listener's question: Why does Portsmouth shut down at 9:00pm? Then, we talk to Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire - whose goal is attracting more 20 and 30 somethings to the state, and we'll learn about the built-in advantages of living in a state the size of New Hampshire. And we'll hear from jazz cellist Ben Sollee ahead of...

Duration: 00:50:38


You Asked, We Answered: Why Are So Many N.H. Towns Split Up Into Villages?

9/8/2017
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All over New Hampshire, towns are divided into even smaller communities; Barnstead contains Center Barnstead, Barnstead Parade, and South Barnstead. There’s Conway, North Conway and Center Conway. Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, and Whittier - are all part of the town of Tamworth. This prompted a listener to our Only in New Hampshire series to write in and ask ,why are so many towns split up this way? NHPR’s Molly Donahue found the answer to that question with a visit to Grafton....

Duration: 00:08:26


Village Names, Unincorporated Towns, & Civics 101

9/8/2017
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Every New Hampshire town has a past - though not always remembered with pride. This week on the show, we explore the stuff you might not see on a postcard. Like how unincorporated places function...no town government? No rules? Plus, we’ll talk to Howard Mansfield about opening our eyes to the extraordinary revelations that live side by side with ordinary village life. Join us as we dig into the habits, histories, hidden gems of small town life.

Duration: 00:50:37


You Asked, We Answered: Can You Get Away with Murder in N.H.'s Unincorporated Towns?

9/8/2017
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As part of our continuing series Only in NH , in which listeners ask questions about the state and their communities, we sometimes hear from people much closer to our newsroom. In this case, we got a question from NHPR's own Digital Director, Rebecca Lavoie. (And we should note, Rebecca's also a true crime author, so that may have influenced her curiosity!) She asked: What's up with unincorporated towns? Can you break the law there and not get into trouble? And who organizes things in...

Duration: 00:06:40


The 'New' Old Man of the Mountain, The Language of New Hampshire Geography, & Civics 101

9/1/2017
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For generations, the Old Man of the Mountain gazed out from Franconia Notch, but fourteen years after its collapse, a listener asks if maybe it's time to move on? On this week's show, we investigate all the ways the granite profile that was, is still deeply rooted in the state's identity. Plus we'll report on what you had to say when it comes to a possible replacement, should the fateful day ever come when the state decides to change its official emblem.

Duration: 00:50:38


You Asked, We Answered: Are Roundabouts Becoming More Common in N.H.?

8/25/2017
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In our continuing Only in New Hampshire series, we answer your questions and explore your state. Today, producer Hannah McCarthy find an explanation for what may be the state's most perplexing intersection. Even if you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s European Vacation, you might still be familiar with this scene: A dad, played by Chevy Chase, is driving his family around in circles. Literally. He’s on the inner lane of a roundabout in London and he can not get out. In fact, you may have...

Duration: 00:06:57


Roundabouts, Playing Tourist in Your Own State, & Civics 101: Ambassadors

8/25/2017
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Have you ever come to a familiar stretch of road, only to find that it's been transformed into something...alien? Something few people seem to understand? And makes fools of drivers everywhere? Well, you're not the only one who's frustrated. This week on Word of Mouth, we're taking a spin around the intersection that people love to hate: roundabouts, which are replacing traffic lights and stop signs across the country. So, why are engineers so enamored of these things people love to hate?...

Duration: 00:50:33


Feeling Out of Place, A Legacy of Racial Tension, & 10 Minute Writer's Workshop

8/18/2017
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The white supremacist movement went public last week in Charlottesville--an ugly wake-up to a growing racist movement. On today’s show, we'll get a racial reality check from a teacher at one of the state's most exclusive private schools. Plus, calls to confront America’s racial legacy extend from coast-to-coast and above the Mason-Dixon line. We'll hear about the challenges of being a student of color at the University of New Hampshire--both past and present.

Duration: 00:49:57


From Small Mountains to Twin Peaks

8/11/2017
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Diehard New Hampshire hikers tend to fixate on four-thousand footers, but as any peak bagger who's climbed Owl's Head or Mount Isolation knows, big mountains aren't always the best mountains. On today’s show, a day out with a heartwarming hiking group that's been shouldering packs since 1979: the Over the Hill Hikers. We continue with a seemingly simple listener question about the Wapack Range that sends our producer into a geological can of worms for this week's Only in New Hampshire...

Duration: 00:50:37


You Asked, We Answered: Are There Secret Archaeological Sites In N.H.?

8/11/2017
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As part of our continuing series Only in New Hampshire , we're answering questions posed by Granite Staters about their communities. Producer Molly Donahue tackled this one: "Is it true the NH Division of Historic Resources has a secret list of archaeological site locations to protect them from looting and development?" The short answer? Yes. (Sort of.)

Duration: 00:03:44


This N.H. Hiking Club Has Been 'Over The Hill' For Decades

8/11/2017
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There are loads of hiking groups in New Hampshire—groups for women, families with young kids, birders...a quick search on Facebook will turn up one or more that fits your style. The Over the Hill Hikers club has been climbing New Hampshire’s mountains since 1979. Back then, the group's schedule was mailed out by hand. Word of Mouth's Virginia Prescott recently took a hike with the club, and came back with plenty of stories to tell.

Duration: 00:12:34


You Asked, We Answered: What Made The Wapack Range ?

8/11/2017
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When we started asking for questions from our listeners about the state, we got pages and pages of submissions online; so many we couldn’t answer them all. So I combed through and picked one that sounded interesting to me. And that’s how I ended up calling a woman named Jen, and asking one of the stupidest questions I’ve ever asked.

Duration: 00:11:03


New Hampshire: The Birthplace of the Summer Camp

8/4/2017
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Paul Hutchinson is a Boston University lecturer and co-curator of an exhibit on New Hampshire’s summer camp history. It's on view at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth until September 13. I went to the museum to see the exhibition and to talk to Paul about the long history our state has as a summer camp getaway.

Duration: 00:12:40


George Carlin's New Hampshire Camp Connection

8/4/2017
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Kelly’s dad grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She remembers her father, George, telling stories of growing up in "Irish Harlem", a pretty rough neighborhood squeezed between Spanish Harlem, Black Harlem and Columbia University. George was a straight-up "city kid", but each summer from about the age of 6 or 7, until he was a tween, George escaped to New Hampshire, and a Catholic boy’s camp called Camp Notre Dame on Spofford Lake.

Duration: 00:07:44


Summer Camps, Only in NH, & Civics 101

8/4/2017
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New Hampshire is the mainspring for America’s summer camp story. The birthplace of a tradition that has shaped the lives of not only local kids, but kids we'd now call "at risk". Kids who'd never been out of their city or even neighborhood. And a number of celebrities spent their summers tucked away at Squam, Spofford, or Winnipesaukee lakes. People, like Paul Fireman, the founder of Reebok. James Frey, the once disgraced then quasi-redeemed author of A Million Little Pieces . Actors and...

Duration: 00:50:03


Only in NH: Car Inspections, Animals with Bad Reputations, & Lyme Disease

7/28/2017
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On today's show: Only in NH: You asked, we answered! Why does New Hampshire still require annual car inspections? NHPR's Casey McDermott went in search of answers. Our very own Jimmy Gutierrez talked to Margaret Gillespie a naturalist at Squam Lake Science Center about Animals with Bad Reputations and then talked to the team about a creature that might deserve its bad rap: the tick. You can visit the Red Barn Speaker Series at the New Hampshire Audubon to hear a talk about some animals who...

Duration: 00:20:58


The Question of Livermore, Civics 101, & Andrew Greer

7/21/2017
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On today's show: Producer Hannah McCarthy takes a drive up to Livermore to find out why a recent census listed the ghost town's population as "3". Civics 101: Church & State Producer Molly Donahue answers the Only in New Hampshire question: is it true there's a secret list of archaeological sites in New Hampshire? Less is the new novel of the by Andrew Sean Greer , the O. Henry Award winning author who will be at Writers in the Loft on Monday, July 24 . Inspired by today's show and want to...

Duration: 00:49:03

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