Virginia Prescott

Host, Word of Mouth

Prior to joining NHPR, Virginia Prescott was editor and producer for the nationally syndicated programs On Point and Here & Now, produced at WBUR in Boston. Virginia grew up in New Hampshire, but began her radio career at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans. She moved to New York City and worked for the team behind NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Jazz from Lincoln Center series with Ed Bradley. Virginia then joined WNYC to launch the station’s website and oversee all its interactive media sites. Throughout her radio career, Virginia helped set up independent radio stations in developing regions in southern and West Africa. She has also trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the former Yugoslavia. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University where she studied how broadcast media could spark dialogue and build community across terrestrial borders.

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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Reassessing The Awards Season

The Oscar Buzzmeter is getting louder. Over the weekend, “Argo” captured top prizes at The Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America Awards. Those ceremonies – and the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards – represent a ‘jury of peers’ in Hollywood. "Argo" may be gaining momentum, but director Ben Affleck was not nominated for an Oscar. Hollywood watchers call it a snub in a season of snubs. Amy Diaz, editor and film critic for The Hippo, takes another view.

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10:16 am
Mon January 28, 2013

The Doodle Revolution

In a world where doodling is often criticized as a means toward distraction, new studies have shown that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension and creative thinking. Sunni Brown argues that there is no such thing as a mindless drawing. Her movement, and forthcoming book, is called ‘The Doodle Revolution'. She joins us to set the record straight.

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Word of Mouth
1:49 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Healthy As A Horse, But Is It Safe To Eat?

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Americans largely oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Despite the cultural taboo, the United States is a key exporter of live horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.  Each year, more than 100,000 American horses are killed in North America for consumption abroad.  Many American horses are given drugs that are carcinogenic to humans, putting consumers’ health at risk. 


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1:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

An Illustrator's Journey Through Love And Loss

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Danny Gregory is an author and illustrator whose work you might have seen in the New York Times or other publications. He’s also author of several books, including “An Illustrated Life” and “The Creative License.”  His newest is called “A Kiss Before You Go: A Memoir Of Love And Loss”. It’s a collection of illustrations and text compiled from daily drawings Danny did in the year following the death of his wife Patti.


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12:27 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Nuke Rebuke: Arguments Against The Atomic Bomb

The controversial photograph of Iran's 2008 missile testing that was published in major news outlets throughout the U.S. despite obvious digital altering.
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More than twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the nuclear solution continues its powerful grip on geopolitics. From North Korea’s confrontational nuclear testing and long-range rocket launches to the coming nuclear crisis in Iran, nukes are the currency of power, signifying prestige and influence on the world stage.


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Word of Mouth
10:42 am
Tue January 22, 2013

High Tech Ways To Track Pets

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Today when dogs do a disappearing act, infrared cameras, tracking devices, and social media help owners keep tabs on wandering pets. These security technologies are a growing part of the 56-billion dollars spent annually on America’s pets.


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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.19.2013

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Our awesome-est content from a week of awesome programs. This week, robots get FDA approval to treat patients on the fly, a nurse becomes a patient to teach students how to care for the dying, we look back at the Piltdown Man hoax, and the 90's band Guster goes acoustic.

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Word of Mouth
12:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Guster's Ryan Miller, Unedited

Guster: Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel, and Joe Pisapia
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Virginia Prescott chats candidly with Guster's Ryan Miller. Topics include: flying to the wrong city for a show, drawing album art on iPads, not wanting to listen to your own music, and the struggle to age gracefully as a band.

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Word of Mouth
12:31 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Edge of America

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A new show from the Travel Channel explores America’s recreational fringe. “The Edge of America” is an experiential survey of some of the bizarre, dangerous, and hilarious things people do to have fun all over the country.

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12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Gushing Over Guster

Guster’s stripped-down acoustic tour is stopping at the Music Hall in Portsmouth for a sold-out performance this Saturday. That’s kind of typical for band that sprang out of Boston in the early 1990s and hit the pop charts with the 1999 song, “Fa Fa.” Their new album Guster: Live Acoustic features 16 songs from performances recorded last year.

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11:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Uncertain Future Of Backyard News

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A number of major newspapers have stopped the presses in recent years. Meanwhile, community journalism sites have sprung up from Seattle to Springfield. Media gurus declared “hyperlocalism” to be the future of journalism and a path for out-of-work reporters. A few big ticket news outfits took that bet, including AOL, which launched Patch.com in 2010. A few years on, hyper-local phenomenon takes many forms, with differing degrees of success. AOL reported losing $147 million dollars on Patch in 2011, so maybe news of town hall meetings, police blotter reports, and high school sports might not be as bankable as once thought.

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2:15 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Calling Doctor Roboto

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Last week, the FDA approved the first self-navigating communications robot for use in hospitals. The RP-Vita which stands for remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant – was created by iRobot and In-Touch. The FDA sanction for the self-guided robot could mark a new era of robotic care in hospitals here in the United States.  Joining us with more on how RP-Vita works is Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Management for iRobot’s remote presence business unit.











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Word of Mouth
12:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Paging Dr. Roboto

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Last week, RP-VITA (remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant) was announced as the first self-navigating communications robot to earn FDA approval for use in hospitals. Tele-medicine isn’t a new tool, especially in developing countries with limited access to highly skilled doctors, but this robot, created by iRobot and Intouch could mark the coming of age of robots as an integral part of hospital care.

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10:54 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Getting Smarter About Statistics

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Math has had a good run. Its virtues were extolled during the presidential debates and in endless news stories calculated fiscal scenarios.  New York Times blogger Nate Silver was pilloried by math, then vindicated. Still, mathematics and the data-driven statistics that guide decisions from Wall Street to the dugout to your insurance rates are woefully misunderstood.

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Word of Mouth
10:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Kraken Lives!

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Last summer, a team of scientists and filmmakers from Japan’s National Museum and the Discovery Channel captured the first-ever video of a giant squid in its natural habitat off the coast of Japan. The team recently released a clip of the video, which has gone viral on Facebook.


As long as humans have navigated the seas, the idea that these fierce and slippery creatures are lurking just beneath us has evoked fascination and fear. Their elusiveness plays into our love of the chase, which probably explains why every development in the world of giant squid science is big news.

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