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
11:29 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Word of Mouth 08.04.2012

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Part 1:

The Blackout Boom

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Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Chasing Lightning

Guided by the laptop weather map reflected in his window, Tim Samaras rushes to catch up to a dying thunderstorm. He hopes to be the first to photograph the split-second event that triggers a lightning strike
Photo Credit © Carsten Peter

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Teach Your Children Well

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Former child actress turned author Quinn Cummings's talks about her new book. It's a chronicle of her first year of homeschooling...and how she compares with homeschoolers at large.

Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mice...in...Space...

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Three mice have returned home from ninety-one days aboard the international space station. The trip was the longest in space for any animal besides humans. Jessica Hamzelou wrote about what these intrepid space mice reveal about how space travel and zero gravity affect physiology for New Scientist Magazine and joins us now to go over the results.

Word of Mouth
11:44 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The N.R.A. Lobby vs. The N.R.A. Members

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Gun violence is an everyday occurrence in many cities in the united states, but after a tragedy like the Aurora  shootings or the Virginia Tech shootings, the gun control debate starts to make more noise on the socio-political landscape.  The second amendment typically divides parties and beliefs, but are gun control laws starting to divide the N.R.A itself? The National Rifle Association is a major player in keeping the Second Amendment exactly how it is for better or worse.

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Word of Mouth
10:12 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Soundtrack to Our Lives...of Joblessness

Throughout the presidential campaign you’ll be hearing from unemployed auto workers in Michigan,out-of-work machinists in Ohio and maybe casino workers in Nevada will share stories of not being able to catch a break.  We don’t often hear from the office worker who’s company packs up and moves, leaving them jobless, with no place to go.  Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra wrote “No Place to Go", a show about the anxieties and driftlessnes

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Word of Mouth
9:45 am
Wed August 1, 2012

A Former Muslim's Journey to Understanding Islam

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Once a practicing Desi Muslim, Heina Dadabhoy is now a self-proclaimed atheist, feminist, and a blogger at Skepchick.  She recently funded her Kickstarter project, A Skeptics Guide to Islam.

Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jonah Lehrer's Fall from Grace

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We read, with great disappointment, about Jonah Lehrer's resignation from the The New Yorker yesterday after admitting that he published fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his best-selling book, “Imagine."  Jonah was the very first guest on Word of Mouth’s pilot broadcast in March of 2008.

Word of Mouth
11:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

What Makes a Great Science Teacher?

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Produced with Phoebe Axtman and Zach Nugent

Mounting research has shown that the most important factor in a child’s successful education is not his or her socioeconomic status, class size, or even the design of the curriculum…. it’s the teacher.  But teacher dropout rate is high and the highly talented teachers are too few, especially in Science and Math.

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Word of Mouth
10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem With Environmental Education

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If you want to learn about the earth, you’re gonna have to get your hands dirty.   That’s the philosophy of environmental educator David Sobel: senior faculty member at Antioch University New England, and author of the book "Beyond Ecophobia".

Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Author Megan Abbott on Her Book, "Dare Me"

"Dare Me" is a new and much buzzed about book by Megan Abbott. The cheerleaders at Sutton Grove High have more to think about than their spray tans. Their pretty, hard-driving coach holds the squad in her thrall. She has less control over her own life, which opens up a dark tale of jealousy, physical and psychological abuse, and a mysterious death. 

Aside from reading the book, Executive Producer Rebecca Lavoie watched Bring It On, like, fifty times for  "research":

Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave reads from Gold, his latest novel.
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Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee.

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Word of Mouth
10:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

The Blackout Battle

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America’s blackout boom—our national electric grid is badly in need of an upgrade, as power outages are seemingly becoming the norm, especially with the onset of extreme heat and increasingly inclement weather. This has many people wondering why the power industry seems to be lagging behind when it comes to innovations to keep the lights on, and how politics plays a part in stagnating investment into renewable energy and smarter grid infrastructure.

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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

History of Going for the Gold

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Gold medal victories of Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, Kerry Strug, and Joan Benoit...these moments of triumph, sometimes against all odds are what make the Olympics stand apart from other sports competition. The idea that a human being can achieve feats most of us can only imagine.

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Word of Mouth
9:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

History Lost in Time

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Following the holocaust was the single greatest forged migration in human history, orchestrated by…the allies. Didn’t know about one of the darkest sides of the allies World War II victory?…well, neither did we. Today we explore why some events make the history books and others are lost in time, and how historians have shaped the history that we remember and the history we choose to forget. Our guest Ray Douglas is chairman of the history department at Colgate University.

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