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


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








The North Country Needs You

Certain towns in northern New Hampshire are becoming destinations for artists. But why? And can music fuel community development and growth? Jason Tors thinks so. He’s the owner and artist behind the Loading Dock in Littleton. It’s an unlikely space for music. “I was instantly attracted to it because it was super raw, had brick walls and exposed ceilings and felt like something that I would find in New York City or Brooklyn,” said Tors of the former newspaper storeroom that now houses his...


Manchester VA, Two Years On

Two years ago, VA employees blew the whistle on what they called bad care for veterans at the Manchester VA , kicking off a scandal that made national news. This week, we’re taking a look at what happened in New Hampshire’s only VA Medical Center after the scandal. Thirty years ago, Joseph Maloof underwent spinal surgery after rupturing a disk in his lower back. The procedure left him with back pain whenever he stood straight. “I was never the same after that,” he says. “My back never...


Tiny Stories From The North Country

During our reporting, some conversations don't make the final cut because they don't quite fit the subject at hand – but it's often the meandering moment and quiet stories that bring a place to life. Here's a few too good not to share: we're calling them "Tiny Stories from the North Country."


North Country: High-Speed Internet

This week on Word of Mouth, we're continuing our series on the North Country by answering a listener's question about access to high-speed internet. You can send us your questions about New Hampshire by emailing us or submitting a question online . Steve Knox stood in his driveway, craning his neck at a telephone pole connected to his house in Albany, NH. The wire at the very top of every telephone pole carries electricity, while the lowermost wire is owned by whoever owns the pole,...


How New Hampshire Got Its Shape

What's nearly triangular, fiercely litigated, and often just rivers? The state border, of course. This week, we look at how New Hampshire fought for its borders. And how the borders inside the state determine how we are represented.


North Country: The Big Nansen

The dream of waking "the sleeping giant." This audio postcard is part of Word of Mouth's series on the North Country.


North Country: Side-by-Side

Is the North Country moving towards an ATV-based economy? And if it is, what does that mean for residents who aren't sold on the idea?


North Country: Mill Complex

Is the North Country ready, willing, and able to shift from a timber-based economy to a tourism-based economy?


North Country Towns, Ghostly and Unincorporated

When you think of ghost towns… you might picture something from a western. A dusty town abandoned after a gold rush; no obvious signs of life, a random tumbleweed. But ghost towns are all over… including in New Hampshire. This week, answers to three questions about the North Country that all involve a mystery of sorts.


Forest and the Trees

Running for office in NH is more than kissing babies and shaking hands. There are qualifications to meet, paperwork to be filed, yard signs to be placed… and town dumps to visit. Then, we'll head into the woods to discover the department that manages the state's forests.


Where Does The North Country Begin, And End, in N.H.?

Over the last few months, here at Word of Mouth, we've asked listeners to send us their questions about northern New Hampshire. In the first episode of our North Country Series answering those questions, we cover the basics: Where exactly does the north country begin, how has the economy adjusted to the decline of paper mills, and what makes this part of New Hampshire so unique?


Birth and the Birth of Tourism

When you think about civics and government, you probably think about voting and politicians, but the government touches every part of your life from birth to death. Today, we look at birth. What does it take to be born an American citizen? And then, once you are, how do you prove it? Then, the story of how tourism on Mount Washington became a model for mountain tourism nationally.


What is the Executive Council?

The Executive Council is a peculiar New Hampshire institution made up of five “citizen” councilors that, together with the governor, make up the executive branch. Why do we have one? And how does it work? Then, o verpopulation was one of the biggest environmental issues of the 60s and 70s, arguably bigger than saving the whales, planting trees, and acid rain. But then it seemed to disappear from the conversation.


What's That Sound?

When workers at the American embassy Cuba claimed to have been attacked by a mysterious weapon that left no trace, it led to a major shift in American diplomacy toward the Caribbean socialist state. But the story has also led to a split in journalism, stemming from the sources different kinds of journalists rely on. Today, a story of weapons, nature, and truth from Outside/In.


Honor or Omen?

Over 100 years ago, in 1909, Edwin Grozier, publisher of the Boston Post, had an idea for a publicity stunt. He would send out an ebony cane with a gold top, complete with inscription, to 700 New England towns. The cane was to be given out to the town's oldest male resident (the tradition has since included women). And after that resident passed, it would find its way into the hands of the next oldest resident. As time passed, the cane has taken on a life of its own. In some towns, the...


Who Needs Counties

Counties are the "forgotten" part of government, but why do they matter?


Where the Lilacs Grow

Here begins the story of a flower, a tale of identity, pride, and hubris.


New Hampshire's Supreme Court Explained; or the Case of the Green Beans

New Hampshire like every other state has its own Supreme Court. It’s not the all-powerful arbiter of justice that the name would imply. A primer on the New Hampshire Surpreme Court from Civics 101: NH. Then, the controversial start to our Constitution.


Conversations About Guns

This week for our ongoing series Only in New Hampshire, we answer a listener's question about gun laws in New Hampshire.


Plastic Parties

In the early 1940s, an inventor from Berlin created a container made of refined polyethylene, an odorless, non-toxic plastic that would revolutionize food storage. Then, a mystery in the woods involving a beloved New Hampshire product from Outside/In .