Word of Mouth

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Word of Mouth explores the nooks and crannies of New Hampshire. Airs Saturdays at 11 am and replays Tuesdays at 8 pm.

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Part 2: One Month Out

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This is the second episode of “The Rules Are Different Here,” a four-part series on mass incarceration in New Hampshire. Listen to the first installment, or explore the full series.

Casey Bisson

Every town seems to have one. A obelisk. A cannon. A guy on a horse. But one New Hampshire town has something a little different.

Producer Asher Brown brings us the story of the missile in Warren as part of our Only in New Hampshire series. 

Listen to the story:

History of Concord NH From the Original Grant in Seventeen Hundred and Twenty-Five to the Opening of the Twentieth Century

Bill Blanchard was just a kid when he first came into contact with law enforcement.

"Going Inside" is the first installment of a four-part series,"The Rules Are Different Here: A Series on New Hampshire's Prisons and Jails." The full series is available here.

Civics 101: New Hampshire, our local look at how state government works, brings us a look at the governor. Not our current governor specifically, but the office of the governor itself. What does the NH state governor do? And what makes our governor position different than in other states?

Then, a thought experiment: How fast could people go before the combustion engine and other technologies drastically increased the speed of the human race? And how did they pull it off?

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Nashua is the most diverse city in New Hampshire, with the state’s largest population of foreign-born residents.  Today on Word of Mouth, we’re exploring how immigrants decide to build a life in Nashua… and what that has meant for them and for the city.

 

Then, we’re going way back in time to look at how Magna Carta shaped the American democratic project.

Yes to the Dress

Jan 18, 2019

Five people invite us to take a peek into their closets and tell us what's inside.

There's only one place in the world that you can find the axolotl—the Mexican salamander—in the wild. This creature is the living embodiment of the Aztec god of heavenly fire, of lightning and the underworld.But the wild axolotl’s fate might be bound to the Aztecs by more than myth in a story from Outside/In.

Then, the Executive Council. What is it? Why do we have it? And what does it do?

There's no easy way to ask for money. Just ask the governor of New Hampshire. In just a few weeks, Governor Sununu will present his proposed budget to the state legislature. All of this got us wondering.... what is the budget? Who writes it, and what do we spend money on? And how are New Hampshire’s spending decisions different from other states? For answers, we're turning to something new here at NHPR, Civics 101: New Hampshire, a local offshoot of our popular Civics 101 podcast.

It’s the last show of the year and thus a time to look back on where we’ve been and the stories we’ve shared. Word of Mouth producers celebrate the work they loved and the stories that stuck with them from producers and reporters around NHPR.

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Get Swole

Dec 14, 2018

Today, two stories about different kinds of ambition: one a desire to sculpt the body and the other a desire to sculpt legislation. NHPR reporter Todd Bookman followed one amateur bodybuilder as he prepared for his first competition. Then, we learn all about propositions - the civic kind - from Civics 101.

Today, we’re giving you an inside look at what it takes to make the podcast. A bunch of people make this show, which means that our ideas meetings almost inevitably turn into total chaos when one of us starts shouting our favorite facts about our favorite animals.

The US Congress has two houses - the House of Representatives and the Senate. But why? And what’s the difference? Also, Sam Evans-Brown tells us what are palm trees good for in an installment of "Ask Sam" from Outside/In. And finally, we get the lowdown on a Star Trek-related vanity plate.

 

You're Family Now

Nov 23, 2018

In June 1981, a bodybuilder, a stockbroker, and 10 other men entered the woods of New Hampshire to settle an argument. They called it "The First Annual Survival Game," and the details are the stuff of legend... even if they aren't all true. Then, what happens to your leaves after you rake them up and put them on the curb? And another story in our continuing series on vanity plates, this one a story far more complex than a license plate can capture.

Tipped Off

Nov 17, 2018

When it comes to restaurants, most folks think about celebrity chefs, newly-opened spots or the latest food trends. But what do we know about the people that work within them? On today's show, we're looking inside the service industry, and specifically, the practice of tipping. And we'll try to answer the question: what type of culture does tipping create? 

Seeing Double

Nov 9, 2018
Jacqui Helbert

Today on Word of Mouth, we're digging in to the fraught relationship between the gear industry and gender with Outside/In. When do women actually need something different and when are companies just looking to make more money by selling women a product that is essentially the same thing... but smaller and pink? And what do you do if the available products - pink or not -  don't fit your body at all?

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Although surrounded by states with minimum wages of over $10 an hour, New Hampshire holds to the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. 

If you're making close to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, can you make rent?


NH State Prison
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Help us decide what story to explore next in our "Only in New Hampshire" series. We're looking for your questions about prisons in New Hampshire. Wondering about the difference between a jail and a prison? How prisoners spend their days? What the rates of recidivism are in NH and what's being done about it? Mental health in prison?

Send us your questions. We'll start reporting the story in December for an upcoming episode of Word of Mouth and our newscast. 

Daniela Allee

New Hampshire prides itself on having a volunteer, citizen legislature. But the legislators writing laws for the rest of the state are older, whiter, and disproportionately male compared to the state's population.

Factions inside the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to change that, here and across the country. This week on Word of Mouth, we get inside that effort. 

Marlborough Police Department

When cops go online, sometimes they make jokes. 

A Game of Failures

Oct 12, 2018

In the Summer of 1946, the Nashua Dodgers did something no other professional baseball team had done in the U.S. in the twentieth century: they played ball with a racially integrated team.

Word of Mouth Presents: Bear Brook

Oct 5, 2018

Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer.

In this episode of Word of Mouth, we take a listen to Bear Brook: A new podcast from NHPR about a New Hampshire cold case that's changing how murders will be investigated forever.

Franconia Lives

Sep 28, 2018
(C) CHESTER LUDLOW, 1972

Once, a utopian experiment burned bright and brief in the Great North Woods.

Help us decide what story to tackle next in our "Only in New Hampshire" series. We're looking for your questions about wages. Wondering why our minimum wage is lower than in our neighbor states? What the wage gap looks like in New Hampshire? The impact of seasonal employment? Why your wages haven't gone up?

Only in New Hampshire is your place to ask questions about the state we all call home.

Submit your questions below. We'll start reporting the story in October for an upcoming episode of Word of Mouth and our newscast.

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Ursula Marvin
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Today, we're looking skyward to explore the life of geologist Ursula Marvin, who used her exceptional ability to identify minerals to study asteroids. Planetary geology wasn't a field that welcomed women but Marvin never let that stop her. In the 1970s, she became the first woman to travel to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites. 

Also, another story from our continuing series on vanity plates.

Growing up is hard enough. Now imagine that very few people look like you - in your community, schools, and even your home. This can often be the world of transracial adoptees. These are kids adopted by families of a different race or ethnicity. On today's show we're exploring the complex conversations around these adoptions and hearing from adoptees of color. 

Taylor Quimby

If you live on New Hampshire's seacoast, or in the White Mountains, then you might already know parts of this story. But chances are, the details will still surprise you.

 

On this episode, we dig into an international exchange program called Summer Work Travel: a cultural exchange program that supplies the hospitality industry, fast food restaurants, and shopping outlets with foreign labor.

A Company Town

Aug 24, 2018

In the sleepy town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire you can find a global leader of manufacturing and technology right under your nose. On today's episode we're returning to our New Hampshire Firsts series with the company that invented firefighting turnout gear: Globe Manufacturing.

Jess O'Hare loved living in New Hampshire. She moved to Concord for a job as an environmental organizer just after her college graduation and enjoyed the affordability, tight-knit community, and natural landscapes.

"Life in New Hampshire was mountain-biking, swimming, skiing, sometimes even before work. You'd just get it all in," she said. "And it was easy to do that."

But there was just this one thing. 

What does that list of state abbreviations on your beer bottle mean? And why didn't New Hampshire make the cut?

On today's show, we dig into the decades-long fight for, and against, bottle deposit laws -- in New Hampshire, and across the country. 

Gap Mountain Goats

As far back as ancient Egypt, it was possible to rent a professional mourner to cry and moan at your funeral. They put on a dramatic show so people know you'll be missed. Even now, in parts of the world, if you fork over a little extra cash, a hired mourner will even hurl themselves into your grave. Newer fads also include renting an extra family member, professional cuddlers-for-hire, or even an entourage, complete with paparazzi and an adoring crowd of cheering fans.

But in New Hampshire, rental options lean towards the bucolic: instead of a team of human landscapers, you can hire yourself a herd of goats to clear brush.


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