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
10:31 am
Wed September 26, 2012

El Velador, The Night Watchman

Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa is home to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels and the heart of darkness in the nation’s drug war.  El Velador, The Night Watchman, is a deceptively quiet documentary film about a country devolving into chaos and violence and makes its debut on PBS POV series Thursday September 27th. Filmmaker Natalia Almada joins us from WCBE studios in Columbus, Ohio to talk about the film.

Word of Mouth
2:46 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Clues to a U.S. Cyber-attack on Iran?

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New forensic evidence may confirm what many suspected behind-the-scenes: that the US and Israel conspired earlier this year to target Iran with the espionage malware “Flame”. Dan Goodin is Security Editor at Ars Technica and he's closely followed the unfolding story.     

Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Tweeting the 2012 Campaign...In Rhyme

Last month, Twitter launched its political index, a daily  measurement of twitter users' feelings towards the candidates drawn from nearly two million tweets each week. So far, the index is running parallel with Gallup Polls. A number of political junkies are way ahead of the index, they’ve been following  novelist Elinor Lipman’s daily political poems since April.  Lipman is author of nine novels and a new book of humor called Tweet Land of Liberty .

Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Science Behind Bath Salts

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Last spring, we heard a series of stories of bizarre and violent crimes attributed to people high on the street drug “bath salts.” in Florida, police shot a man who was cannibalizing another man’s face – and a mother tore off her clothes and assaulted her three-year-old son.  Although neither crime has been definitively linked to the deceptively-named street drug, they ignited conversations about the production and complicated legal status of ‘bath salts'.

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Word of Mouth
8:40 am
Tue September 25, 2012

High School Reunions, Why Do We Keep Going Back?

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Another decade.  Another high-school reunion. Why, despite the initial rolling of the eyeballs, do we choose to meet old flames, rediscover friends, dance badly to dated songs and most likely drink too much at a home-town bar or hotel? Why make the effort, when we have Facebook to see who’s gained weight or gone bald?  Farah Stockman asked herself why she returned to East Lansing for her 20th year high school reunion.

Word of Mouth
7:17 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Crazy Love

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Pop singer Rihanna made news recently when she confessed to Oprah Winfrey her sympathy for ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who beat her up on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009. Rihanna’s tears for her abuser had many domestic violence advocates up in arms, and many of the rest of us scratching our heads. Here to give her take on the complex and often baffling emotional life of domestic abuse victims is Leslie Morgan Steiner.

Word of Mouth
2:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Bringing Back Noir...for the Tablet

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For many, the noir genre lived and died in those smokey, black-and-white films and pages of dog-eared pulp fiction in the mid 20th centuryNow, a Kickstarter project led by long-time magazine veterans Nancie Clare and Rip Gorges aim to give the noir genre the digital age treatment, with video, animation and rich media.  Also with us is Megan Abbott, author of

Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Word of Mouth 09.22.2012

Part 1: Big Fundraiser Flame-Out, Circa 1884

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

More Africans Heading to China for Higher Education

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While the number of Africans enrolled in American and European higher education remains stagnant, nearly a third of international scholarships offered by the Chinese government are awarded to Africans. China’s is deepening its 12 billion dollar investment in Africa by aiding African universities and setting up Chinese language schools on the continent.

Word of Mouth
10:39 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Is Young Adult Fiction the New Chick Lit?

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If you’re over thirty but have read Twilight or The Hunger Games, don’t be embarrassed.  You’re not alone.   Young adult novels are hardly reserved for young adults anymore.  At the same time, many readers have moved on from the once uber-popular “chick lit” genre…it’s a contrast stark enough that Buzzfeed senior editor Anna North recently asked the question, “is young adult fiction the new chick lit”?

Word of Mouth
10:19 am
Thu September 20, 2012

David Wax Museum Stirs the Music Melting Pot

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As a band,  David Wax Museum is a kind of palate cleanser, take  some Mexican folk songs, run em through an indie pop bath, add a dash of southern fiddle, maybe a donkey’s jawbone and you’ve got a musical breath of fresh air.  David Wax Museum’s new album Knock Knock Get Up has a kind of brightness that you might not expect on an album produced in an old farmhouse in the bracing cold of a Maine winter.

Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Wed September 19, 2012

An Anti-Bullying Agreement

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New Hampshire’s anti-bullying law was signed into law in 2010, and was implemented last September. A number of high-profile bullying cases have made the news over the past few years, including the forced-tattooing of a special-needs student at Concord High School.  The Concord Monitor’s Sarah Palermo talked to parents and administrators to see how the state law designed to prevent bullying is faring.

Word of Mouth
11:43 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Sandusky Effect

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In Massachusetts, a new manual authored by the children’s trust fund offers teachers advice about how to cope with another threat…sexual abuse.  Joanna Weiss, columnist for the Boston Globe, gives us more information on the manual, the inspiration behind it and what it means for teachers and kids.

Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Wed September 19, 2012

The Art of Losing a Campaign

Walt McDougall, New York World, Oct. 30, 1884.

Mitt Romney’s campaign is trying to contain blow back from a secretly recorded video at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser. With less than fifty days until the election, Romney’s leaked comments, in which he dismisses 47% of the country as “dependent on government,” is dominating political coverage at a time when Romney is already down in the polls. It may be little relief to Romney staffers to know that there is an historical precedent to this media debacle.

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Word of Mouth
10:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Eating Your Way to Alzheimer's

While still in its early stages, a growing body of research reveals connections between diets heavy in fatty, sugary foods and the development of Alzheimer’s and possible other health problems.  Those same high-calorie foods are blamed for the diabetes epidemic now weighing America down. A flurry of new evidence has led some researchers to wonder whether Alzheimer’s may be a version of diabetes that hits the brain.

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