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
10:26 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesting with Chalk

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Sidewalk chalking, long a staple of street artists and hop-scotch players, has resulted in the arrests of 50 people in 17 American cities. Josh Harkinson is a staff writer for Mother Joneshe’s been following the arrests and the emergence of a popular new form of protest.

"The Chalking 8"— drew anti-cop slogans on the wall of the police station in Manchester, New Hampshire:

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Word of Mouth
9:54 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Do Religious People Have Hotter Sex?

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Nigel Barber is an evolutionary psychologist and author of The Human Beast blog on Psychology Today, where he put together the results of several studies to address this provocative question. A warning to concerned parents and sensitive listeners that we will be discussing the existence of sex,  pornography, and in this segment.   

Word of Mouth
9:17 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Sore thumbs: Are video gamers athletes?

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For the industry that makes and sells them, video games are an over twenty-five billion dollar business.  For the millions of consumers they sell them to, they’re an every day part of home life.  And for a select few, playing video games is even a competitive and potentially lucrative career path.  The BBC's Matt Danzico recently attended an event held by the MLG – or major league gaming – where international gaming champions square off for big money in front of big crowds.  The event prompted Matt to ask the question,

Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Word of Mouth: 9.01.2012

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Part 1: Chasing Lightning/Birth Photography

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Word of Mouth
11:44 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Science of Changing Your Mind

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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.

Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Designed for Recovery

Governor Patrick helps out at the ribbon cutting at the new Worcester Recovery Center
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Treatment of the mentally ill has come a long way from the dark, locked wards of asylums now shuttered and crumbling in several New England towns. We now know much more about the brain, psychopharmacology and the importance of community for people suffering with profound mental conditions.

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Word of Mouth
11:08 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Social Networking...For Cars #Yup

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Automotive safety is generally focused on the driver and the  vehicle,  rather than unknown dangers of the road … features like anti-lock brakes, airbags, back-up cameras and crumple zones increase buyer confidence and sticker price. 

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Are Re-Runs Good For You? Are Re-Runs Good For You?

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With the glut of content available on Netflix, cable, and even YouTube, summertime TV longer has the monopoly on re-runs. Well, a new study reveals that watching reruns doesn’t only kill time. It may actually be good for you.  Tom Jacobs is a science writer with Pacific Standard.

Plus...we did a little man-on-the-street survey about re-runs, asking regular folks, "What show or movie can you watch over and over again?" 

Word of Mouth
10:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

I'm So In Love With You, Al Green

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Some conversations you just can't pass up. For me, talking to this man was one of them.

When The Reverend Al Green takes the stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth tonight, many people will be able to sing along with his hits. We reached him before he left for Portsmouth to explore some of the lesser known songs of the man who has aided in countless seductions.

Word of Mouth
10:11 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Conversation Is STILL King

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Whether heralded as awesome, a distraction, or temporary attention-grabber, social media may not be the be-all, end-all of communication today. People still share their opinions and desires to each other via our favorite method…word of mouth. That’s according to the Keller Fay Group, a research and consulting company founded by Ed Keller and Brad Fay.

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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Stretching Out Summer, One Bite at a Time

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Maine Chef Kathy Gunst on what we should cook and eat to make us feel better about the waning summer season.

Kathy's recipes:

END-OF-THE-SEASON ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE
From Notes from a Maine Kitchen (Down East Books, 2011)by Kathy Gunst
 

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy.

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Word of Mouth
2:25 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

My Life is Your Life

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Greta Garbo is best known throughout her storied career for her plea from the 1932 film Grand Hotel. She later left the spotlight and chose to live the rest of her life privately and anonymously – an exit considered freakish by the public and a press which shadowed her the rest of her life. Today, we know far more about everyday citizens who’s allure falls far short of Garbo’s.

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Word of Mouth
1:54 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NASA's Back in the Game

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Thanks to the popularity of the Mars rover, Curiosity, NASA is back in the public eye for something other than budget cuts or program terminations. The excitement and pride felt by many Americans over the rover’s successful landing, has NASA exploring ways to capitalize and build on this wave of public interest. Susan Waldman, a Washington Post business columnist, and co-founder of ZilYen, branding and marketing communication, gives her thoughts on NASA’s branding strategies.

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

We're on a break...

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Word of Mouth is taking a short break this month, but we'll be back on the air soon. In the mean time, enjoy our broadcast of the TED Radio Hour from NPR.

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