Word of Mouth
By New Hampshire Public Radio
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Word of Mouth digs into the nooks and crannies of the state to uncover the stories, places, and people that make New Hampshire home. It's your questions answered, your state explored. Produced by New Hampshire Public Radio.
||CleanStalking The Wild Frost Heave||Every spring, many New Hampshire roads come to resemble obstacle courses as frost heaves emerge with the thaw. On this week’s installment of Only in N.H., we answer a listener question: “How and when did the term 'frost heaves' originate? Is the||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Conversation With Bill McKibben||On a rainy night in December, author Bill McKibben joined Virginia Prescott in front of a live audience for the "In the Spotlight" series at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, presented in partnership with Gibson's Bookstore . In||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Are Liquor Laws In New Hampshire So Weird?||Whether you buy, drink, or do business in the Granite State, liquor plays a significant role in the culture and the economy. Today, Word of Mouth tackles a complicated (and very broad) question sent in by a listener: "Why are liquor laws in New Hampshir||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFarm-to-Table Facts and Fiction||As the farm-to-table movement caught on nation-wide, a cohort of farmers, chefs, and organizers put in the legwork to make local food possible here in New Hampshire. This week on Word of Mouth, we trace the history of local food in the state, and we||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLight-O-Rama: Behind the Scenes of the Ultimate Holiday Hobby||Years ago, in the very early days of Youtube, a video was posted that mesmerized audiences and inspired thousands of imitators across the country. But there's someone in New Hampshire who says he's been doing it just as long: syncing sound and light in||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Only in NH' Best Of: Chicken Farmer v. DOT, Seat Belts v. Freedom, & 'Wood Smoke'||In this episode, a look back at the most controversial stories from our "Only in NH" series, where you ask the questions and we find the answers. We'll hear about the origin of the famous "Chicken Farmer I Still Love You" rock, get an update on the heal||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForest for the Trees: Dispatches from N.H. Forests and Courts||This week on Word of Mouth, two stories about New Hampshire's past, and what it means for the future. First, what did New Hampshire's landscape look like before the intensive logging and development of the past few centuries, and what does that tell us||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisionist Holidays||Holidays don't simply spring into existence - they're conceptualized, created, lobbied for, and passed into law by state and federal lawmakers. On this show, we're looking at the New Hampshire author Sarah Hale, who helped craft the modern traditions of||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeaking Up: Life after Military Service for N.H. Vets||In the past few months, the Manchester VA Medical Center met with scandal, disaster, and a full helping of public outcry. Today on Word of Mouth, NHPR's Peter Biello looks back on the summer's news and tells the story of one woman's effort to improve||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBodo's Story: Piecing Together the History of a N.H. Holocaust Survivor||Bodo Schrader was just a baby when his mother was taken to Auschwitz, and four when the concentration camp where he was being held was liberated. While many Holocaust survivor stories are first-person narratives told from memory, time and trauma have||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Legend of Via Tranquilla: Crafting Horror and Halloween in New Hampshire||For generations, the little red house at the end of Via Tranquilla has been home to a legend. The kind that makes your heart pound and your hair raise. A ghost story... a murder mystery... a curse. On this episode, the keepers of this myth share the||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving in Wait: For Indonesian Refugees, Time in N.H. is Running Out||For the better part of two decades, New Hampshire has been home to dozens of Indonesian families who immigrated to the United States fleeing religious persecution. Some of them were denied their applications for religious asylum, and they've spent years||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Octopus Can Be Your Friend; Animal Minds, Where To Spot a Moose, And Liz Longley||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 Tame||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest of Word of Mouth: How to Pronounce "Kancamagus" and a Defense of Boiled Dinner||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||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoyce Maynard on True Love and Loss; What is N.H.'s Signature Dish?||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 tr||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Hampshire's Night Life, Stay Work Play, & Ben Sollee||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,||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Asked, We Answered: Why Are So Many N.H. Towns Split Up Into Villages?||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 - a||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVillage Names, Unincorporated Towns, & Civics 101||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 How||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Asked, We Answered: Can You Get Away with Murder in N.H.'s Unincorporated Towns?||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||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 'New' Old Man of the Mountain, The Language of New Hampshire Geography, & Civics 101||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||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Unpredictable Topics; Predicable Awesome Radio
I like WOM because it always delivers a little of the unexpected. Consistently pieces I didn't know I would want to listen to, but am always glad I have.
ok, she is my sister but
i listen all the time. i LOVE the mix of topics they choose but mostly i love the DEPTH! i love the way they look at so many different aspects of even the mundane or ordinary things in this big world, and show texture and sound and history and character…i love they music they choose…i love that they stay curious…and they are all wicked funny.
You will love it!
Love Word of Mouth! I drive a lot and love podcasts. This is one of my favorites, up there with This American Life, Invisibilia, Radio Lab and Innovation Hub. I think of it as interesting stories for interesting people. The topics are hard to define. Pretty much everything one can be interested in and a big bunch of stuff that we did not think to be interested in because we did not know of it yet. I read books discussed on the show, got ideas for gifts, got inspired for my work (I study creativity) and above all got entertained. Word of Mouth is intelligent and playful and a terrific source of conversation topics. Give it a try! It will be one of those amazing discoveries you can’t stop talking about!