Word of Mouth 09.14.13

Sep 13, 2013

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The Saturday show is jam-packed jelly-tight with the best from the Word of Mouth archives. Sit back, relax and let the sweet sounds of this public radio audio sandwich be your weekend treat. On this week's show:

  • Would a mirror change your shopping habits? Michael Moss is investigative reporter for the New York Times and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He told us about some interesting new tactics supermarkets are using to influence shoppers.
  • This Soylent is NOT made of people. A new 'food' product is meant to be the perfect replacment for all your daily nutrients. Lee Hutchinson is senior reviews editor at Ars Technica. He lived on Soylent for a full week, and blogged about the experience.

  • Competitive Ping-Pong for seniors...and the trash talk is epic. Anson Hartford is the film’s producer and he joined us to talk about this latest project from the documentary series POV on PBS.
  • Artists that didn't quit their day jobs. Clay Wirestone, Arts Editor for the Concord Monitor and contributor to Mental Floss, joined us to share a few of the notable famous artists who continued their 9-to-5 gigs while pursuing their craft.
  • Learning to listen. Gary Burton was the first musician to hold two mallets in each hand while playing the vibraphone, which explains the name for the technique 'the Burton grip'. The seven-time Grammy winner gave some insight on his illustrious career as a musician.