Rebecca Lavoie

Digital Director

As Digital Director, Rebecca is NHPR's social media manager, site editor, and leads a variety of new media and technology initiatives.

In 2010 Rebecca made the transition to radio from her career as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. The co-author of three nonfiction true crime books, she has written countless articles for local and national print and online publications including the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Magazine, Around Concord, Newsweek, Playboy Magazine, and Playboy.com. 

Rebecca was formerly the Senior Producer for NHPR's magazine program Word Of Mouth, for which she produced interviews, sound pieces, and blogs, sat in as host, and developed and managed the shows digital presence and social media feeds.

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Word of Mouth
3:21 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Where the tech of the future is born...

M.I.T.'s Media Lab is a melting pot of engineers, artists, and scientists looking for ways to integrate technology into our everyday lives. The lab has produced the tech behind myriad high-tech gadgest, programming languages for children, and even laid the groundwork for popular video games and Lego robots.

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Word of Mouth
3:08 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Move over, rainforest...

(Photo by tauntingpanda via Flickr Creative Commons)

Sting and Trudie have the rainforest, George Clooney has Sudanese refugees, and Alan Alda has… well, science contests for kids.

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Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Who wrote The Book of Drugs?

Mike Doughty’s 2005 album Haughty Melodic was a breakthrough for the singer-songwriter…before going solo, Doughty had founded and fronted the 90’s band Soul Coughing…which he disbanded in 2000, much to the chagrin of die-hard fans. But  there was a reason beyond the typical story of egos and bad record deals for that band’s demise…one that Doughty hints at in haughty melodic’s biggest hit, "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well.”

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Word of Mouth
12:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

#HipstersArguingInARestaurant

(Photo by Xavi Talleda via Flickr Creative Commons)

Last night, I was following the Twitter feed of Raw Story Executive Editor Megan Carpentier. So? Well, it turns out Megan was sitting in a New York City restaurant when she tweeted this pithy nugget: 

"There is Schadenfreudic satisfaction in seeing a wealthy hipster couple argue about banal relationship sh*t while one is eating alone."

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:51 am
Mon April 16, 2012

And now...from you.

Photo by Rebecca Lavoie

One listener wants to know how we choose music for segments. Another wants to brag about her nine year-old's fiddlehead business. 

We take on more of your feedback, and get your burning questions answered. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:45 am
Tue April 3, 2012

The Mysterious Case of the Mall: An Investigation

(Image by An Orchard Away via Flickr)

Last week, after we aired a segment on creative methods of discouraging teenage loitering, listener Jennifer Army sent us the following email:

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Series: Shifting the Balance
12:40 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Web only: Standing in the place where I work

Today, the Boston Globe reported on the growing trend of employees abandoning their chairs and standing up at their workstations. It's become a pretty popular topic since we first started talking about it nearly a year ago, and a popular topic around these parts, too, in no small part because I am still the only standing employee in my workspace. The good news?

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Series: Shifting the Balance
3:06 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

A School Bus of a Different Sort

Photo by Sam Warren via Wordpress

In rural towns, getting to school isn't always as easy as the walks I used to take in suburban Long Island. Small towns rely heavily on parents to give kids rides, and on kids taking lengthy bus rides...not exactly the healthiest option at a time when childhood obesity rates are climbing exponentially.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
1:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

The Real Cost of Free Curb Space

Photo by Wouter Kiel, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

The average American vehicle spends a whopping 95% of its life parked.  And yet, for all of the engineers and urban planners who study how humans and cars interact on the road, one man stands out as an authority how our lives, towns and experiences are affected once those cars stop.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

The OTHER State of the Union, #SOTU

If you're sitting on the couch alone watching an event like the State of the Union, you can feel less alone if you follow its hashtag on Twitter, a lot less alone. It’s your choice, really, whether you want to join the conversation, and I (as Word of Mouth) didn’t necessarily plan to last night, but it can be kind of hard not to tweet about what we might say if we were on the air at that moment.  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:36 am
Wed January 18, 2012

What do YOU think of our new credits?

(Photo by Menage a Moi via Flickr Creative Commons)

We've gotten loads of feedback about our new credits. Mostly, they've been enthusiastically embraced, but one listener disagreed on his Facebook page, tagging us a post that called our new credits "juvenile." Ouch.

What do you think? Listen here and leave a comment on our Facebook page, or send us a tweet. 

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Campaign 2012
11:14 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

On the air

NHPR's Brady Carlson is on the air with NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin, and Dante Scala from the University of New Hampshire. 

Santorum
9:33 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Values stressed at Santorum camp

Kevin Flynn for NHPR

Field producer Kevin Flynn snapped this photo of a button being worn by supporters at Rick Santorum's camp tonight. With nearly half of the precincts reporting, Santorum is in fifth place with 10% of the vote.

Campaign 2012
7:04 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

3...2...1...

(Photo by Rebecca Lavoie, NHPR)

Tune in all evening for our broadcast during this New Hampshire Primary. In the studio with Laura Knoy, NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin, and Dante Scala from the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. 

Primary 2012
5:58 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

All hands on deck

Photo by Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin is on hand tonight to provide insight and analysis. You can follow him on Twitter at @KenRudin, and let us know your questions for him on our NHPR Facebook page, or @NHPR on Twitter. 

Blogs
1:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The Latino perspective on the NH Primary

Photo by Mockstar via Flickr Creative Commons

In this latest podcast from the series Feet in Two WorldsLa Opinion's Pilar Marrero and freelance journalist Valeria Fernandez talk about the mood and opinions of Latino immigrants on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:50 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Robocall Revenge and the Hidden Branding in Campaign Signs

For those who revel in political swag and campaign catering, the New Hampshire primary is a perfect opportunity to socialize with like-minded supporters and bathe in the glow of national media.  But for many others, politics are a private affair – that is until you receive a pre-recorded via the home phone - usually, right around dinner time.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:45 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Never Too Late to Watch Cool TV

Photo by Lubs Mary, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

Ever overhear a watercooler conversation about the latest episode of the latest TV show that everyone’s watching, except you? Well, fear not. As it turns out, even the most buzzed about television shows are not being watched by the masses at least not in real time. Audiences for premium cable programs like True Blood and Dexter draw only a couple million viewers when they hit the air compare that with the old network giants, like ER or Friends, which played to ten or fifteen million viewers each week.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:58 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Holiday Labor Inequality: Who's Really Wrapping the Gifts ?

Photo by: drafthorsedressage

While taking a break from the online portion of my Christmas shopping the other day, I discovered a colorful conversation ballooning on Facebook about a disgruntled minority that isn’t part of the 99 percent. That is, the overwhelming percent of all Christmas chores thought, bought and wrapped by the women of the household. This, of course, was not a conversation backed by facts or data, but an informal survey based more likely on the spirit of Christmas exhaustion.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011: Part 4

Zombie in San Fran
(Photo by Laughing Squid via Flickr Creative Commons)

Author Richard Asma explains why we're afraid of monsters.  And what to do when the zombie apocalypse happens (because it SO will).  

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Look How Cute the Wallaby Is!

(Photo by betta design via Flickr Creative Commons)

Today's story on resurrected proteins developed by Australian scientists to fight superbugs pointed to the wallaby as the source for their idea. You see, when that teeny wallaby baby climbes into its mother's pouch to finish cooking, that pouch is a pretty icky place...sort of like if we put our preemies to bed on used kitchen sponges. So the wallaby, as it turns out, has some genes for super-immunity that go far back in evolution..we're talking tens of MILLIONS of years back.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Brace yourself for what Andrew Ridgely looks like today...

Andrew Ridgley

Thanks, @JohnSellers, for blowing my mind. While responding to his Twitter confession of his former Wham! love with my own (somewhat current) Wham! love, I asked the only logical question, #WhateverHappenedtoAndrewRidgely ??

Well, tweeted @JohnSellers, here's what happened: (see photo)

Looks like someone's ready to be our father figure, no?

Thanks, @JohnSellers!

/RL

So, There's That
12:00 am
Sat July 23, 2011

....Better Than I Ever Did.

I'm still standing.

A few months ago, we aired a segment with this super smart guy who basically said that sitting down all day is killing us...literally. I don't want to die. So I decided to try standing at work, using this incredibly snazzy standing workstation I borrowed from a company called Ergotron.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

The First Day I Stood...

A few months ago, we aired a segment with this super smart guy who basically said that sitting down all day is killing us...literally. I don't want to die. So I decided to try standing at work, using this incredibly snazzy standing workstation I borrowed from a company called Ergotron.

It's only day one...and to be fair, it took Taylor Quimby quite a while to put this thing together.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Survivor: Intern Edition

How does she make torture look so stylish????

Word of Mouth intern Hanna Goldberg is smart, sassy, funny, and exceedingly stylish...and those are just a few of the reasons I'm totally jealous of her. So when she got the chance to interview one of her favorite musicians, John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats, I did what any nurturing and supportive mentor would do...made it as scary as possible.

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So, There's That
12:00 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Why? Because he's Shatner, that's why.

Yup, there it is.

Be afraid, especially if you're wearing a red shirt.

Starting next week, we'll be debuting occasional content from our brand new beat, The William Shatner Desk. Why, you may ask? Well, if you have to ask, just watch this, and it will all become clear:

How could we not embark on this worthy endeavor? Wouldn't you if you could?

So, there's that

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