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
9:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Coolest Police Website Ever

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Anyone who’s been online looking for DMV hours, or tried to download a fishing license application knows that government websites are rarely a good time.  No frills, no eye for design – just a lot of dense, complicated information and a wealth of webified bureaucracy.  So, imagine our surprise when we saw posts on AdWeek and Ad Age praising the beauty and functionality of the Milwaukee Police Department website.  The site was designed by ad agency

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Mon September 17, 2012

A Foreign Perspective on Election 2012

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Foreign policy has taken center stage in Election 2012 after protests and violence at multiple U.S Embassies.  Political back and forth about how or how not to respond to the incidents have held up headlines, while the riots themselves remind us that there is world outside our borders that may not be voting for the next President of the United States, but nevertheless have an opinion.  We wanted to expand our on the international perspective of Election 2012, so we called Foreign Policy Associate Editor

Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon September 17, 2012

All You Need to Know About the New iPhone 5

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It’s been only been a year since Apple revealed the iPhone 4s to the world:  it looked a lot like its predecessors, but included one game changing new feature: voice assistance technology.  A short time later, we had Apple guru and explainer-of-all-things-wired Rob Fleischman on the show.  Well, it’s one year later and Rob is back to talk about the iPhone 5,

Word of Mouth
9:12 am
Mon September 17, 2012

The New Dogs of War

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When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.  For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.  After a long hiatus, U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.  There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Voter ID Problem? There's an App for That.

Last week, the Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls, or to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity in order to vote. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter, is here with more on what New Hampshire voters can expect. 

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Your TV is Talking to YOU. Yes, YOU.

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Personalized, addressable ads are finally hitting our televisions. Ad Age's Brian Steinberg explains how they're doing something that seems a little too Minority Report to be true.

And, some feedback about a listener about our coverage of the non-coverage of the Paralympics.

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Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The Science Ignored by Liberals

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Think the right has cornered the market on denying science? No way, says Alex Berezow. He has a Ph.D. in microbiology and is co-author of the book Science Left Behind: Feel Good Falacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left.

Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Word of Mouth 9.08.2012

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Part 1: The Science of Changing Your Mind/Sex and Religion

Ever wonder whether hard facts play a part in changing a person's mind? Turns out, not so much. Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote about the real influences on choice for The New York Times Magazine. 

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Thu September 6, 2012

'Creating a Spectacle' in an Underwater Wheel Chair

Sue Austin is artistic director of Creating the Spectacle, a project that really has to be seen to be appreciated. At it’s center, a modified wheelchair designed for use underwater, and a video of Sue floating, almost flying between canyons of coral,  her arms and long hair floating behind her as though she were on a slow-motion rollercoaster.

Word of Mouth
10:44 am
Thu September 6, 2012

U.S. Coverage of Paralympics Does Not Medal

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You may have heard about double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, aka blade runner, and his world-record qualifier then unexpected loss at the Paralympic two-hundred meter race.  However, I doubt you’ve heard almost anything else about the games, which kicked off on August 29th – U.S. coverage has been scant.

Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Thu September 6, 2012

True Story: Heist at Canada's Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve

We in New Hampshire tend to think of ourselves as living in the heart of maple syrup country –in reality, Canada is by far the largest producer. Seventy-five percent of the world’s supply is tapped in the province of Quebec alone. News of a recent – and rather daring heist at Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve had us wondering what happened and, since when does Canada have a strategic maple syrup reserve?

Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

We're Not Outta the Woods Yet, New Tick Virus Discovered

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One more reason to slather on the bug spray, increasing concern over incidence of Lyme disease in recent years has kept New Hampshire residents on the lookout for ticks – but it turns out Lyme isn’t the only tick-borne pathogen in town.  Here to tell us more about the recently discovered “Heartland Virus” is New York Times reporter Denise Grady.

Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Beating the Lunchbox Blues

Virginia sets the mood before digging in to her homemade lunch
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Back-to-school season means new notebooks, pencils, and pens, and for at least one very lucky kid – a brand-spanking new lunchbox.  J.M.

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Word of Mouth
11:20 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Urban Poverty vs Rural Poverty...Who's Better off?

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Urban Squalor, it’s an image of misery: barefoot kids picking through heaps of smoldering trash or fetid water. With an increasing number of people living in such conditions in the world’s mega-cities, the question of whether living in urban poverty is worse than rural poverty is a persistent one. Charles Kenny- economist and senior fellow at the center for global development wrote “In Praise of Slums” an article published in Foreign Policy Magazine.

Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

It's All About the Locker Bling

Taylor Quimby checks himself out in a locker decorated by Emma. So dreamy!

There's a new trend in locker bling, as The New York Times' Elissa Gootman explains. But is the trend frivolous, or kind of awesome?

Special thanks to LockerLookz for lending us some bling to try out in our workspace lockers, and to intern Emma Ruddock for giving our office a bit of middle school pizzazz.

Photo gallery by Emma Ruddock for NHPR

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