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
11:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Best Books Hot off Indie Presses

Photo by Henry via Flickr Creative Commons

Back-to-school season isn’t for another month-and-a-half, so there’s still plenty of time to knock another novel or two off your summer reading list.  For true bookworms with stored-vacation time and quiet spot to spend it, we’ve got a few belated small-press summer suggestions that might have slipped your radar. 

With us is Michele Filgate—freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at community bookstore in Brooklyn.  Here are her picks:

GLACIERS by Alexis M Smith

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Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Are you really my friend??

Alex Steed, Cornish, ME
Tanja Hollander

Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
9:07 am
Tue July 17, 2012

A Horse of Exactly the Same Color

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Produced with Zach Nugent

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Word of Mouth
11:28 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Chickens and Bulls

Photo Credit IC Rapoport

New York City detective James McDonnell was looking at a good collar. In July of 1965, a man claiming to be a detective was at the western union office at grand central in the company of a 14-year old runaway. The boy’s father suspected something fishy when asked to wire twice the amount necessary to fly the boy home. McDonnell drove down and quickly figured that the sharply dressed man was impersonating a cop and called for back-up.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Computers Like Music

Anjo Leee

Digital musicologists around the world are using computers to analyze music in ways humans can’t.  Turning beautiful melodies into cold hard numbers has given us insight into how music works, why we like it, and what it says about our culture as a whole.

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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Rent Crackdown

Photo Credit James.Tompson, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Increasing numbers of tourists turn to websites like craigslist and airbnb.com to find cheaper and more intimate lodging, the short-term vacation rental industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry.  For a while, these home B&B’s and low-key online arrangements slept under the radar, but now lobbyists for big hospitality are encouraging states and cities to crack down, with New York City issuing over 1900 violations in less than a year to homeowners who rent out property for less than a month.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Word of Mouth 7.14.2012

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 Part 1: Steve Jobs Reincarnated? And the French Nobility in Carpentry

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Word of Mouth
11:22 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Foster Care for Veterans

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The Department of Veteran Affairs expects to spend $57 billion in 2013. A significant part of that budget pays for nursing home care for elderly vets. This month, Washington Monthly magazine is exploring American wealth. Editor John Gravois wrote about the V.A. program that follows the foster care model.

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Word of Mouth
10:58 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Rubblebucket Makes Noise

This Green River Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts has a packed line-up this weekend with a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, Los Lobos, the Rebirth Brass Band and a few Word of Mouth veterans, including the Winterpills, Chris Smither, and the eclectic Brooklyn ensemble, Rubblebucket. In September, six of Rubblebucket’s eight members stopped by to play live at NHPR’s studios.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Thu July 12, 2012

What Would You Take from a Burning House?

•Great Aunt’s Violin (& Bow) •US Passport •Photograph of Siblings •2 Letters •Journal •New American Standard Bible •Rilke’s Book of Hours •T.S. Elliot Collected Poems •MacBook Pro •Black Flipflops
Kristi Dahlstrom

Imagine you’re confronted with the question: what do you take from your burning house?  Money, photographs, your laptop, or your favorite pair of old shoes?  What is so important in your life that you cannot live without? That is exactly what our guest Foster Huntington set out to discover when he started the Burning House Tumblr project – a collection of submitted photographs and drawings that reveals what we value most. 

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The Sound of Bastille Day
10:07 am
Thu July 12, 2012

The Score to Bastille Day

A scene from Orphans of the Storm

Bastille Day is this Saturday and what better way to show your zest for French history than attenting Orphans of the Storm, a dramatic silent film about two sisters separated during the French revolution, and their struggle to reunite. The film was directed by legendary filmmaker D.W. Griffith.

Silent film musician Jeff Rapsis created a score for Orphans of the Storm, and will be accompanying the film, live, July fourteenth in the screening room of the red river theatres in Concord at 7 pm.

Word of Mouth
10:43 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Awesome Kickstarter

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We talk with Brady Carlson about his awesome Kickstarter project that aims to dig up the history of presidential grave sites.

Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Steve Jobs Reincarnated?

Photo Credit Michael Kappel, Via Flickr Creative Commons

But we begin with news from the world of computing…the cult of Steve Jobs is a buzz over remarks made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak last week at the Entel Technology Conference in Chile.

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Word of Mouth
9:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Hundred Dollar Valentine

Blues, folk, and occasional rock and roll troubadour Chris Smither has been packing big ideas into 3-minute ditties for decades now. The former New Orleanian has long made New England a home and he’s part of a Woody Guthrie tribute at the Green River Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts this weekend.

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Word of Mouth
9:05 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Dan Huiting. Check it Out.

Produced with Emma Ruddock

As a music video director Dan Huiting has worked with many prominent musicians such as Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. In addition to directing music videos Huiting is the senior producer of the "City of Music" series on Pitchfork.TV, photography director and editor at MN Original on TPT, and a filmmaker.  

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