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Word of Mouth 4.19.14

Sarah Thomas

Life can be awkward.  Dinner conversation even more so.  Elevator encounters?  AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard not to be awkward, but hey... even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes.  On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?  It's awkward.

Part 1: The Rise of Cringe Humor

Phillip Maciak is assistant professor of film studies At Louisiana State University, and he writes the “Dear Television” column for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He explains how "cringe humor", like you see in The Office and Between Two Ferns, became the norm.

Part 2: The Art of Not-Awkward Conversation

Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker, are co-authors of What to Talk About, and they are here to spice up our conversational skills. Plus, how to delete your old embarrassing MySpace profile.

Part 3: Poetry For Poetry-Haters

Poet Victoria Chang suggests poetry collections for people who don't like poetry. And a reading from a high school student and finalist from the NH state finals of Poetry Out Loud.

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