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
11:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Word of Mouth 06.16.2012

Part 1: Is "Liking" Free Speech?/The Legacy of Limmer

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Word of Mouth
8:39 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Definition of Truth

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The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is the one-man play by Mike Daisey that runs for nine performances at the music hall loft in Portsmouth. Daisey was vilified by the media when news broke that Daisey had fabricated characters and scenes and portions of the story, which aired on This American Life. Daisey was then grilled by host Ira Glass and producer Brian Reed as part of an hour-long retraction, during which Daisey regretted airing the monologue as journalism, but denied that it wasn’t true.

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Word of Mouth
10:48 am
Tue June 12, 2012

If I Could Save Time in a Bank....

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

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Word of Mouth
9:36 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

EHarmony and LinkedIn passwords hacked

Facebook's attempt at democracy...

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Word of Mouth
8:11 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Letters from Vietnam

Like so many fathers being celebrated this weekend, Lieutenant colonel Donald C Lundquist served his country in battle. In 1967, the army assigned Don as executive officer of a squadron protecting a jet fighter base at Chui Lai from the Vietcong. Don found a novel way to stay in touch with his wife Ruth and his young daughter, Jacqui, who were living with Ruth’s parents in Germany…Jacqui Lundquist doesn’t remember her father, but she came to know him through the more than 300 letters and hours of audio tapes recorded in his hooch in Chui Lai. 

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Word of Mouth
11:33 am
Mon June 11, 2012

"The Slasher Movie Book"

Here’s the set-up…a doomed group of teens isolated on location X -- a campsite, fairground..dorm. A psychopathic killer, often disfigured, stalks them…brandishing sharp weapon X…many are killed in graphic, gory ways until only final girl X survives…cheered on by the adrenaline-surged audience...

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Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Is 'Liking' on Facebook Free Speech?

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A sheriff’s office employee in Hampton Virginia alleges that in 2009 he was professionally de-friended after “liking” the Facebook page of his boss’s political opponent.  But in a wrongful termination suit that concluded earlier this year, a judge ruled the other way…saying that “merely ‘liking’ a Facebook is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”  Ken Paulson is President and CEO of the F

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Word of Mouth
11:00 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Word of Mouth 06.09.2012

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Part 1: Almost a Psychopath/Halden Prison

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Word of Mouth
3:38 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Muir String Quartet Benefit Performance

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On Sunday, the Grammy award winning Muir String Quartet will perform at a benefit for Classical Music by the Sea in North Hampton. Proceeds will benefit The Classics for Kids Foundation, which helps to provide school music programs throughout the United States with quality stringed instruments. The benefit begins with an afternoon reception followed by the concert at 6.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Weapons of Mass Miscalculation

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

The worst line of defense… in times of war, military strategists will toy with any hair-brained scheme that could help win the day – just the sort of desperate thinking that has led to some of the most bizarre and dysfunctional weaponry in the history of battle. Mental Floss contributor Judy Dutton compiled a list of ridiculous martial blunders in her article “9 Weapons that Failed Spectacularly, and One that Possibly Didn’t”.

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Word of Mouth
11:23 am
Thu June 7, 2012

"Eh" Tu, Quebec?

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Prolonged protests over student tuition hikes came to a head late last month in Quebec, when more than 500 demonstrators were arrested in a single night. Protestors have twice paralyzed Montreal’s subway system, and vandalized buildings. US coverage of the quebec protests has been scant.

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Word of Mouth
12:19 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

From Police Report...to Prose

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If If fiction writers can learn from police reports, true crime writers have the tricky task of transforming those reports into prose. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie is also a true crime author. She and her husband Kevin Flynn have written and published two books, in the genre.

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Word of Mouth
11:03 am
Wed June 6, 2012

5-0 Prose

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However much he saw of the world, Ernest Hemingway’s economical style of writing is often referred to as the iceberg theory…meaning that only one-eighth of the story behind a narrative needs to be above water.  We were reminded of this when we found the article "The Art of the Police Report" last year in the Writer’s Chronicle. The article drew lessons for crafting powerful prose from police reports filed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Word of Mouth
9:25 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Here Comes the Sun...

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Dr. Daniel Palanker is associate professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, a member of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, and senior author on a paper published last month in Nature Photonics describing his work on photovoltaic retinal prosthetics.

 

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Word of Mouth
11:28 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Jump-starting Your Backyard Garden

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Rising costs and concerns about safety have many people re-evaluating what they eat and where it comes from. A huge portion of Americans consume fatty, sugary and cheap industrial food. Some Americans have started their own crops in community and backyard gardens, and many others would like to start gardening, but don’t know where to begin.  Brett Markhamis an engineer and third generation farmer in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

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