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
10:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Word of Mouth 6.23.2012

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Part 1: Guerilla Weddings and Why Dogs "Like" Facebook

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Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Ideas from Gwarlingo

In January, a listener clued us into the fabulous arts blog, Gwarlingo . We invited its curator, Michelle Aldredge, to join us on the show and quickly figured out why Gwarlingo is such a delightful, beautifully-executed site. Back then it was Michelle’s side venture – since then, Michelle has quit her job and  taken Gwarlingo full-time, so she’s back to tell us how it’s going.  

Moonrise Kingdom Trailer

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Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Love and Fatigue in America

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Roger King is the author of four novels, and has worked extensively on development projects in Africa and Asia. He’s suffered from chronic fatigue since 1991 and joins us to talk about his new autobiographical novel Love and Fatigue in America.

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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Documenta: the Art Olympics

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Downside of Happiness

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The science behind our most-sought after emotional state has positively exploded in recent years – with psychologists and social scientists probing just about everything – income, gender, relationships, kids, chocolate – in an effort to find out what makes us more or less happy.   June Gruber is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and Director of the Yale Positive Emotion and Psychopathology lab. 

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Are These Berries Legit?

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
10:33 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Are Op-Ed Pages Sexist?

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With some notable exceptions of course, when you’re the local newspapers op-ed page, you’re liable to see a deliberate balance of material from both sides of the political aisle.  What you won’t see apparently, is a representative proportion of writers by gender… except for a few female dominated subjects, a surprising majority of op eds are written by men.

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Who is Tim Scott?

(Photo of Tim in studio by Rebecca Lavoie)

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Here on Word of Mouth, we’re always trying to bring you the story, the angle, or the artist you’ve never heard… but because it takes buzz to make buzz, we rarely get to highlight the work of someone who’s work has yet to be discovered at all.  Last week our intern Emma Ruddock brought seventeen year-old singer-songwriter Tim Scott to our studio, and right away we recognized a rare talent in the shy high-schooler from Milford, New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
3:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Postcards From Nowhere - Revisited

Emma Ruddock

Produced with Emma Ruddock

In early May, Word of Mouth Brought you the story about Jake Jones and Andrew Kenney, two New York photographers who are traveling across the country by car. Fueled by their Kickstarter supporters, they are documenting their trip by sending postcards of their photography from each state to those who contributed funds. After receiving our first couple of postcards, Jake and Andrew stopped by our studio on their way through New Hampshire to give us an update on the status of their travels. 

Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Granite State Music Festival

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Scott Solksy is the Executive Director of a brand new event, The Granite State Music Festival. And he's in studio to tell us what to expect from the event, which takes place this weekend. 

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Word of Mouth
12:12 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Stanford? A Gagillion Dollars. This College? Priceless (Literally).

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The cost of attending Stanford? Between $200,000 and half a million dollars. 

The cost of building a custom search engine? A few thousand bucks.

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

Tying the Knot, Guerilla Style

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
11:09 am
Mon June 18, 2012

The Broken Olive Branch

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
11:03 am
Mon June 18, 2012

What Makes a Great Audiobook?

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Summer time is book season, with seemingly every media outlet weighing in with lists of recommended beach reads. Audiobooks don’t get nearly as much play, though they are a staple for many, whether as the soundtrack to a road trips, a daily commute, or even an alternative to listening to the radio at home.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore

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For U.S. defense officials, knowledge is power. It’s clear, in-depth and actionable intelligence that makes the difference in keeping the country safe. So officials at the pentagon and in homeland security are gathering huge amounts of raw data. And who, who can help them sort through thousands of hours of video to find and stop these existential threats? Most of us don’t associate the cast of Jersey Shore with U.S.

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