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
10:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Five Surprising Radio Station Locales

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We recently talked with psychologist  Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky about Radio La Colifata, the world’s first and largest radio station broadcast from a psychiatric facility. She made several visits to El Borda National Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires to see, and hear Radio La Colifata for herself. 

It got us thinking about other unique places with radio broadcast frequencies. Here's our top five.

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Word of Mouth
10:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Library of Human Experience (Online)

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 Jonathan Harris is working to make the internet, or at least his corner of it, a more human experience by giving regular people the tools to become storytellers. As creator of Cowbird, he has built an online haven for vulnerable human thoughts, ideas, emotions, and stories.

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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Thu December 6, 2012

U.S. Senate Fails to Ratify Protections for People with Disabilities

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This week the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) was narrowly rejected on the Senate floor.  The treaty, negotiated during the Bush administration, has already been ratified by126 other nations—including China, Russia, and Iran. 


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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

The Art and Science of Chocolate

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Richard Tango-Lowy is a physicist turned chocolatier who melds a zen-like appreciation for the process with exacting standards for experimentation. Virginia Prescott visited Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, New Hampshire to learn the art of making (and tasting) chocolate.


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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Slopes Are Melting!

David Brooks, writer for the Nashua Telegraph, walks us through current and future threats that global warming poses to the ski industry.


Word of Mouth
9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tumbling the Drone War

We look into a Tumblr  account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestragram.


Word of Mouth
9:56 am
Mon December 3, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To...Ben Affleck's Beard

Virginia Prescott notices that recent movie reviews include as much critical analysis into facial hair as they do to cinematography, sound design and acting. Check out Virginia's take on the phenomenon here:


Word of Mouth
9:42 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Gods Like Us: Our Evolving Obsession with Fame

Ty Burr, film critic and author of the new book Gods Like Us, traces our ever-shifting fascination and disgust toward the on-screen and private lives of celebrities.


Ty is appearing tonight in Hanover, NH. Here are the details.

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Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The End of Smartphones?

Word of Mouth's favorite explainer of all things wired Rob Fleischman discusses our beloved internet devices and the emerging technologies that may be gearing up to take their spot.

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Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Word of Mouth 12.01.2012

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Word of Mouth's weekend program includes some of our favorite stories from from the daily program.

Part 1: Syria/Chemical Dangers

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Word of Mouth
2:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Vice Turns Back the Pages on Syrian Resistance

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The conflict in Syria is reaching the one year mark, and a newly reformed Syrian coalition has just been officially recognized by Britain as the unifying voice of the opposition. Vice Magazine, a publication known for its willingness to cover sensitive subjects, recently devoted an entire issue to exploring Syria’s complex resistance.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Tintype Photography: An Exhibition

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Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley works with tintype photography, a medium that came out ten years after the daguerreotype. Just like the photographers of the 1850’s, she uses similar chemical recipes, period brass lenses, and wooden view cameras. 

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

The Disappearing Daguerreotypes

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In 2005, the International Center of Photography opened an exhibit called “Young America”. The exhibit largely featured a collection of ghostly daguerreotypes - antique images made through the pioneer process that paved the way for modern photography. The exhibit opened to rave reviews - but within weeks many of the historic images began disappearing before the curators very eyes, aging decades in a matter of days.

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Word of Mouth
4:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Word of Mouth 11.24.2012

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Part 1: The Awesomeness of Procrastination/Fashion Trucks

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Badass Nuns

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Pop culture has a pretty good store of gleeful nuns along with plenty of repressed, vindictive sisters and mothers superior.  The stereotypical nun is neither action hero, rockstar or Klan fighter. That’s why we found a recent list of gutsy nuns in Mental Floss so intriguing.


Clay Wirestone is a freelance writer who compiled a list of some of history’s bravest and boldest nuns for the December issue.


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