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
1:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Black Friday Backlash

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Black Friday has long been a post-holiday shopping tradition for many Americans. During the last several years, customers have found their favorite stores opening ever-earlier in anticipation of growing demand. This time around, employees are fighting back against the early hours.


Emanuella Grinberg, writer with CNN.com’s Living Section, joins us to talk about her article “Retail Employees Fight Black Friday Creep.” 


Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Adrian Tomine: A Decade of Drawings

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Adrian Tomine

The cover of the November 12th issue of The New Yorker effectively summed up the two big stories coming out of New York City this past month: Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012. In the picture, a backpacked shaggy-haired man, chest-high in water, searches for his polling place among the pitch-black flooded streets of the Big Apple.  It’s a drawing that someone makes a city of over eight million people seem like a very lonely place to be.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Exploring One Laptop Per Child in Ethiopia

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The trope goes something like this: one minute you’re teaching your kid to tie his shoes, and the next he’s showing you how to use the new Blu-Ray player. No doubt, fresh minds tend to have an easier time adapting to new technologies – but does the cliché hold water in third-world countries where kids have never seen so much as a calculator? 

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Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The Run Free Marathon: Victory Without the Sweat

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Running a marathon is a serious commitment, which is likely why those training for one may talk about little else. If you aren’t an avid runner, odds are you’ve seen pictures of friends or family running them; Twitter and Facebook feeds are commonly scattered with captions broadcasting personal best times and training tips.

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Word of Mouth
9:28 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Different Sort of Fallout

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It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey. Still, thousands remain displaced or without power. Touring damaged areas of New York City last week, President Obama said one thing of the ongoing recovery that’s hard to dispute: “It’s not going to be easy.”

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Word of Mouth
4:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Word of Mouth 11.17.2012

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Part 1: Pimpin' Your Thanskgiving Faves

A.P. food writer and cookbook author J.M. Hirsch shares his tips on how to “pimp” your Thanksgiving dinner to make it impress without stress. Make your own butter in five minutes, stuff your turkey with fresh herbs, and make sure to dry your potatoes before you mash them. And as far as salad? Forget it. Thanksgiving comes but once a year, so splurge.

Part 2: A Vegan Thanksgiving???/Chocolate... Yum

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Recounting The Civil War Through Letters

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In 2002, Concord Monitor writer Mike Pride received a letter in the mail mentioning two pieces of authentic Civil War correspondence. A Civil War buff since he was a teenager, Mike soon discovered that New Hampshire was teeming with historic accounts of the soldiers and families that served in the Union Army. 


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Word of Mouth
12:09 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Short Short Story Film Festival Comes To Town

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The 2012 Short Short Story Film Festival comes to New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Sweeney Auditorium in Concord this Friday and Saturday. Now in its sixth year, the festival explores a form of film-making that values depth and story over screen-time.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Using Robots As...Friends?

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From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Today we examine the increasing melding of fantasy and reality…the social robot has begun to win the hearts and minds of people all around the world.


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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Rebranding Canada...As The New World Superpower?

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Canada, as the old Robin Williams joke goes…"is like a really huge loft apartment above a really great party.” Americans tend to think of Canada as a punch line…or the mystical country where healthcare is free and Justin Bieber came from.

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Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Exploring the End of the World

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If you don’t believe in Mayan calendars, and you’re not too worried about the next rapture that supposed to happen, then you’re probably not too concerned about the world ending anytime soon. But has the thought ever crossed your mind?

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Word of Mouth
10:39 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Archetypes of Infidelity

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The downfall of C.I.A. Director David Patraeus in the wake of his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, continues to unfold in an unbelievable fashion. As the story breaks by the hour, we begin to glimpse a familiar narrative: powerful man succumbs to the temptation of a much younger woman.

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Word of Mouth
10:38 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Hitchcock Revival

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Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo” recently knocked Citizen Kane off its 50-year perch as the best film of all time. That’s according to the Sight & Sound poll, a survey of critics and film industry pros published every ten years.

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Word of Mouth
11:32 am
Tue November 13, 2012

PANDAS: Illuminating a Disorder and its Controversy

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The loudest and largest debate in health-care over these past few years has centered on coverage and how it ought or ought not to be extended to millions of uninsured Americans.  But for some Americans, coverage isn’t the problem – the problem is getting doctors to agree on the diagnosis and treatment for baffling, or inconclusively researched conditions.

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Word of Mouth
11:29 am
Tue November 13, 2012

The Word of the Year

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In December and January, programs like ours will be littered with nostalgic end-of-year material designed to help put 2012 behind us. 

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