Virginia Prescott http://nhpr.org en Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-cool-vs-uncool-quiz-dan-kois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Virginia’s conversation with </span><a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.dan_kois.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Slate senior editor </a><a href="http://www.dankois.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Dan Kois</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about all things cool, we thought it would be helpful to quiz Dan on what </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cool and what is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">not</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Without further ado, we present Word of Mouth’s “Cool vs. </span>Uncool<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Quiz” with our host Virginia Prescott.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:11:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Logan Shannon 37927 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? http://nhpr.org/post/what-exactly-cool-anyway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The search for “cool” has been a quintessential cultural quest for decades: we all want to be cool, but by definition only a select few will ever achieve it, and only for an instant. So what is “cool,” anyway, and why are we so fascinated by the people who make cool? Here to answer that question is<strong> Dan Kois. </strong>He's Senior Editor at <em>Slate</em>, which is doing a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/cool_story/2013/09/the_history_and_future_of_cool_what_does_the_term_mean_in_2013.html">month-long series </a>on the nature of cool.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:51:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37925 at http://nhpr.org What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? Listening Beneath The Noise http://nhpr.org/post/listening-beneath-noise <p>Sierra Leone is one of many places I traveled to throughout my career of making radio and sound and stories, and one of the topics of a talk I’m giving at Next Stage in Putney, Vermont on Monday, March 31. The talk is called “Listening Beneath the Noise”. &nbsp;Whether in post-conflict zones in West Africa and the Balkans, working with kids in America’s urban environment, or discovering new ideas here on <em>Word of Mouth</em>, I’ve come to consider listening to be a kind of lifeline.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:20:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 45735 at http://nhpr.org Listening Beneath The Noise Virginia's Mardi Gras Playlist http://nhpr.org/post/virginias-mardi-gras-playlist <p>New Orleans Mardi Gras tunes get rolled out like Christmas Carols. You may welcome them as harbingers of the rituals and reverie to come, but by the time Fat Tuesday rolls around, you may not be able to stomach another rendition of "They All Ask'd for You."</p><p>Even though it’s Carnival time, I summoned enough discipline to choose 10 (with a little stretching that comes with the local custom of Lagniappe, or a little bit extra) of my most tried and true Mardi Gras favorites -- in no particular order. They span a few of the eras, genres and populations that make New Orleans such a beautiful mess. These are the songs I turned to, long before I could watch Second Line parades on the internet or <em>Treme</em> on HBO, when I found myself marooned from Mardi Gras. These may not all be strictly Mardi Gras songs, but listening to them instantly connects me to the chaos of Carnival.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:38:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 44487 at http://nhpr.org Virginia's Mardi Gras Playlist Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bj-novak <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">NHPR and The Music Hall present&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Writers on a New England Stage</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;with <a href="http://instagram.com/picturesoftext" target="_blank">B.J. Novak</a></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, recorded live at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;in Portsmouth. </span></p><p>Best known for his role as “Ryan the Temp” on <em>The Office</em>, Novak talks with us about his debut collection of short stories <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385351836" target="_blank"><em>One More Thing</em></a> which he thinks is even more revealing than a memoir.</p><p>We’ll also get his take on his rising fame, and the not-so-heavy burden of being a celebrity author.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:15:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 44434 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep http://nhpr.org/post/many-voices-meryl-streep <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Ladies and gentleman, the many voices of Meryl Streep.</p><p>Over her decades long career of incomparable success, Meryl has given us Irish-American, Italian, Danish, Polish, Australian and, of course, <em>Julia Childs. </em>Each accent is as unique (funny, quirky, intense, etc.) as the characters she creates.</p><p>Do you have a favorite Streep accent or character? Share it on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a>!&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:10:20 +0000 Sarah Thomas & Virginia Prescott 43874 at http://nhpr.org The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep Meet The Artist Who Was Commissioned To Watch 456 Episodes Of 'Law & Order' http://nhpr.org/post/meet-artist-who-was-commissioned-watch-456-episodes-law-order <p></p><p>In an effort to explore our cultural relationship with computer technology, artist <a href="http://rhizome.org/profile/jeffthompson/"><strong>J</strong><strong>eff Thompson</strong></a> watched 20 years worth of Law &amp; Order – a total of 456 episodes – and <a href="http://rhizome.org/editorial/2014/jan/30/computers-law-order/">documented when computers were used and how</a>.&nbsp; The project was commissioned by the arts and technology organization <a href="http://rhizome.org/">Rhizome</a>.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:29:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Sarah Thomas 43810 at http://nhpr.org Meet The Artist Who Was Commissioned To Watch 456 Episodes Of 'Law & Order' Book Recommendations From The Pros http://nhpr.org/post/book-recommendations-pros <p>The National Book Critic's Circle Awards are upon us and joining us to discuss the nominees are:</p><p><strong>Michele Filgate </strong>is events coordinator at <a href="http://communitybookstore.net/" target="_blank">Community Bookstore</a> in Brooklyn, NY. She’s also a writer and critic.</p><p><strong>Eric Banks</strong> is a board member and past president of the <a href="http://bookcritics.org/" target="_blank">NBCC</a>. He’s the former editor of <a href="http://www.bookforum.com/" target="_blank">Bookforum</a> and <a href="http://artforum.com/" target="_blank">Artforum</a> and the director of the <a href="http://nyihumanities.org/" target="_blank">NY Institute for the Humanities</a>.</p><p></p><p>See below for the complete list of nominees that <strong>Michele</strong> and <strong>Eric</strong> discussed during the segment.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:53:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 43438 at http://nhpr.org Book Recommendations From The Pros Writers On A New England Stage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-supreme-court-justice-sonia-sotomayor <p></p><p></p><p>NHPR and The Music Hall present <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" target="_blank"><em>Writers on a New England Stage</em></a> with Supreme Court Justice <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx" target="_blank">Sonia Sotomayor</a>, recorded live at <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a> in Portsmouth. Justice Sotomayor sat down with Virginia Prescott to discuss her memoir, <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307594884" target="_blank"><em>My Beloved World</em>. </a>She's not permitted to comment on current cases, which gave Virginia plenty of time to discuss Justice Sotomayor's childhood in the Bronx, what it was like to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and counseling a Sesame Street character, Abby Cadabby on possible career choices.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:45:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 43297 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor The Creepiest Stories On The Web http://nhpr.org/post/creepiest-stories-web <p></p><p>The telling of the scary story is as old as the campfire. Now, they’ve made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web. The internet’s hunger for new, sharable content has sped up production of scary stories and urban legends. A bewildering number of web-forums, messages boards, and specialty websites are dedicated to sharing stories that have been passed around so often that no one knows where they came from, and which maybe, possibly, could be true. The genre is called “creepypasta,” a silly-seeming name for some of the scariest stuff on the web. Our guest <strong>Will Wiles, </strong>wrote about "creepypasta," a genre he calls the folk literature of the web.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:38:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42506 at http://nhpr.org The Creepiest Stories On The Web Five Billion Years Of Solitude http://nhpr.org/post/five-billion-years-solitude <p>In his <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-billion-years-of-solitude-the-search-for-life-among-the-stars-by-lee-billings/2013/11/15/9f38892c-3684-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story.html" target="_blank">Washington Post review</a> of Lee Billings book, <em>Five Billion Years of Solitude</em>, astronomer Mike Brown compressed the age of the earth into a human lifetime.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42246 at http://nhpr.org Five Billion Years Of Solitude Rethink 2014: The American Dream http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-american-dream <p>The statistics are grim. Since the late 1970s, incomes for the top 1% of Americans have quadrupled, while real wages for the bottom half of the workforce have stagnated. Just this week, Oxfam International reported that the 85 richest people on earth, now have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the global population. So what does this all mean for the American ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In his latest book <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/books/who-stole-the-american-dream/" target="_blank"><em>Who Stole the American Dream</em></a>? <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/" target="_blank"><strong>&nbsp;Hedrick Smith </strong></a>chronicles the dismantling of America’s middle class over four decades. Smith is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of many books, including <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/books/the-new-russians/" target="_blank"><em>The New Russians</em></a>, and <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/books/rethinking-america/" target="_blank"><em>Rethinking America</em></a>.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42247 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: The American Dream Why We love Sad Music, And Other Musical Mysteries Explained (By Brain Science!) http://nhpr.org/post/why-we-love-sad-music-and-other-musical-mysteries-explained-brain-science <p></p><p>Wherever you live, whatever you’re into, human beings respond to music. Brain researchers have found that listening to music not only makes you feel good – it alters your brain physiologically. To find out more we, talked to <a href="http://www.zlab.mcgill.ca/home.php" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Robert Zatorre</strong></a>,&nbsp; Neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:49:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Taylor Quimby 42245 at http://nhpr.org Why We love Sad Music, And Other Musical Mysteries Explained (By Brain Science!) Entering The 'Promise Land' Of Self-Help http://nhpr.org/post/entering-promise-land-self-help <p>Three weeks into the New Year, sticking to that resolution to exercise more or stop eating sugar or drink less may feel a little extreme. So, what do you do? Shrug your shoulders and reach for another cupcake? Log onto veganlife.com? Head for the bookstore to find somebody, anybody, who can guide us to be fitter, happier, radiant human beings? From the meditations of Marcus Aurelius to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac,”&nbsp; people have been reaching for advice on how to be more fully actualized since long before being self-actualized was a term. The writer <a href="http://www.promiselandbook.com/main.html" target="_blank"><strong>Jessica Lamb-Shapiro </strong></a>set out to explore the 11-billion dollar industry of self-improvement books, seminars, and coaching to figure out why people follow them so devoutly--if they work--and what happens when they don’t. She’s written a memoir called, <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781439100196" target="_blank"><em>Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture.</em></a></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:05:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42240 at http://nhpr.org Entering The 'Promise Land' Of Self-Help Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-paying-creative-content <p>This is “Rethink 2014”, presenting ways of challenging our habits and assumptions and the status quo. Today: paying for creative content. It’s the axiom of the era: you can find anything on the internet--for free!&nbsp; The challenge has been figuring out how artists, writers, musicians and content makers get paid for their work. Take the music streaming service <a href="https://www.spotify.com/us/" target="_blank"><em>Spotify</em></a>. Sure, users can discover new artists and find a lot of great music, but <em>Spotify</em> is under fire for failing to compensate the artists who make that music. In an opinion piece for the <em>The Guardian</em> last October, David Byrne wrote, “If artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they'll be out of work within a year.” Maybe the big-name musicians have it wrong. We bring you the story of an unknown songwriter who is raking in the <em>Spotify</em> royalty checks, one song at a time. <strong>PJ Vogt</strong> of <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/" target="_blank"><em>On The Media</em></a>’s new <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/blogs/on-the-media/" target="_blank"><em>TLDR</em></a> podcast and blog, has the story.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:18:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42242 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content