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
11:27 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Finding Ourselves in 007

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Adjusted for inflation, the Bond series is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, pulling in more than five billion dollars to date. Skyfall – 007’s 25th outing – took in 87.8- million dollars this past weekend ; it was the highest domestic opening ever for a Bond film.

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Word of Mouth
3:41 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Word of Mouth 11.10.2012

Four alternative slices of American Life

Part 1:

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Word of Mouth
2:26 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Cost of Building Beaches

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Despite arguments over effectiveness and cost, New Jersey has long practiced what is called “artificial beach nourishment”—importing and pumping tons of sand to build up its shore.  Much of that sand was swept away by super storm Sandy’s massive surge and the one that followed from the recent nor’easter. 

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Word of Mouth
1:55 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Goldfish Invaders

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A 2004 poll estimated that thirteen percent of American households keep goldfish. Nearly 500 million are sold each year just to feed other pets. How goldfish became America’s go-to pet is a matter of some debate.

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

War Monuments...What Will Iraq's Memorial Look Like?

Gold Star Wall at the World War 2 Memorial, Washington DC
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A country divided by a grueling campaign season has an opportunity to unite this Veteran’s day.  Remembering America’s fallen turns our minds to the long view…and to historic sacrifices beyond the politics-of-the-moment.

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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Where Soldiers Come From

We hear the words honor, duty and sacrifice a lot around Veteran’s Day – and rightly so. What we rarely hear about are the individual, human stories that lead men and women to pick up the mantle of those powerful words and to fight in America’s name. “Where Soldiers Come From” follows a pack of close friends from Michigan’s icy Upper Peninsula as they transform from small town teenagers to National Guardsmen fighting in Afghanistan.

Check out the trailer for Where Soldiers Come From:

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

What Has Voters Talking

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Unprecedented spending by Super PACs has voters feeling deluged by 2012 campaign ads.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Here's What's Awesome: Election Edition!

Today, it’s the election edition, and we’re going to be talking about some of our favorites memes, viral videos, and online trends of this presidential election cycle…it’s been a pretty endless one...

-So, let’s go back in time and talk about some of the early memes of this election…all the way back to the GOP primary…

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Tweeting Responsibly

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Super-storm Sandy once again has journalists talking about social media’s evolving role in breaking news coverage.  Using laptops and smartphones, many Americans on the eastern seaboard contributed to national coverage of the storm via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Word of Mouth
9:07 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Forty Years of Free To Be...You And Me

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Forty years ago this month, the groundbreaking cultural phenomenon Free To Be…You And Me found its way into the collective subconscious of children across America.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

LGBT in the United States: A New Breakdown

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Recently, the Williams Institute published the largest single study investigating the U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population. 

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Word of Mouth
11:41 am
Thu November 1, 2012

A New Hampshire Comic's Quest For Laughs

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New Hampshire is better known for a tradition of community theater than for comedy.  Still, there is something of a comedy scene here…if you’re willing to look for it. Producer Adam McCune happens to be a regular at one of Manchester’s regular open-mic events, and brings us along in search of a laugh.

And check out Jay Chanoine's website here.

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Word of Mouth
11:19 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: An International Appeal

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The runaway success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has exposed some of America’s other sexual impulses. The trilogy has sold tens of millions of copies by appealing to readers of so-called “mommy porn”.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Germs...IN SPACE!

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The success of the Mars Rover Curiosity has re-invigorated public interest in a manned mission to mars. Millions viewed the “seven minutes of terror” video following the one-ton Curiosity’s suspenseful drop 13,000 miles an hour to zero as it landed on the  surface of Mars. Long before the mission took off, scientists were grappling with other terrifying and seemingly mundane logistics of sending humans to mars.

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Writers on a New England Stage
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Jeffrey Toobin

As senior legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of The Nine, Jeffrey Toobin knows more than a few things about and more than a few people inside the United States Supreme Court.

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