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
10:56 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Maintaining the Modern Monarchy

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As though extra vacation time isn’t a good enough excuse for a modern monarchy, scholars this week will gather to contemplate how the English Crown has remained relevant when so many others have faded away.  The New York Times’ Jennifer Schuessler wrote about a revival in academic scholarship regarding the modern royals.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Tue June 5, 2012

A Shiny New Internet

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Tomorrow will bring a long-awaiting moment for the internet…it’s IPV6 Day, when a whole new version of the web will officially go live. But don’t worry, says our next guest, there should be no change in the way most of us use the internet…as long as everything goes as planned. Here to explain IPV6 and a few other tech stories bubbling up is Rob Fleischman. He’s a web developer and entrepreneur, CTO of Xerocole, and Word of Mouth’s explainer of all things wired. 

 

Rob explains some challenges for developers when IPV6 goes live:

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Word of Mouth
2:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Off the Beaten Tenure Track

Got my PhD... Now what?
Photo be Clark Gregor, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

An increasingly common anxiety for freshly-minted undergraduates is finding a job in their field with a decent enough salary to pay off their student loans. For those with new advanced degrees, the stakes are even higher...  2008 figures from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity estimate that 16% of those qualified to be college professors, lawyers, and doctors are working jobs at the high school graduate level. Helping wayward professionals put their highly-trained brains to work, is Jon F.

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Psycho...ish

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You may have heard the attention-grabbing statistic that that 10% of people working on Wall Street are psychopaths. That alarming number ignores the idea that psychopathic behavior exists on a continuum…or so says our guest Dr. Ronald Schouten. He’s professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the law and psychiatry service at Mass General.

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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Cricket in America

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Even on this side of the pond, the pomp and pageantry of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee is making headlines. A slower creep of old Britannia has been grabbing the American imagination…and vocabulary…cricket. Cricket is the world’s second-most popular sport, and a staple in India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, and of course, the UK… America’s increasingly diverse population is making for cricket hotbeds in the colony that first rejected British rule.

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Word of Mouth
11:40 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Hannibal Lecter's Friends

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Over the past week, five separate incidents of cannibalism have been reported, including the grisly story of Rudy Eugene, a man shot and killed by Miami Dade police when he refused to stop eating the face of a homeless man.

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Word of Mouth
11:17 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Geek Cuisine

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Jeff Potter is a software engineer and author of Cooking for Geeks, which breaks down the science of what happens to our food while it’s cooking. Jeff invited reporter Britta Conroy-Randall into his kitchen to learn more about how anyone can master the culinary arts…even the soufflé, as long as they combine two specific ingredients

 

 

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Anna Quindlen

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Anyone who’s read Anna Quindlen’s Pulitzer Prize winning op-eds, or wildly popular  columns in the New York Times knows that she doesn’t hold back from pointed commentary on topics from politics to parenting. In the mid-nineties, Quindlen left the Times to write – so far -- ten best-selling non-fiction books and four  novels, including One True Thing, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep.

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NH News
10:48 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Shrinking Stomach, Changing Brain

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Thanks to growing awareness of a national obesity epidemic, and the lowering of complication rates since its introduction in the 1960s, gastric bypass procedures have become an increasingly popular treatment option for the morbidly obese.  At least 200,000 people signed up last year in the U.S. alone. 

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Word of Mouth
10:16 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The 'I' in Innovation?

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Icons of creativity like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are romanticized as lone wolves, toiling alone deep into the night on ideas that one day change the world. Truth is, most get help along the way. Even Thomas Edison had a crew: 40 or so scientists helped him invent the light bulb. So is it the 'I' or the team that matters most?

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Word of Mouth
11:40 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mommy Porn

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The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by obscure author EL James, has been described as “mommy porn” and “twilight for grown-ups,” owing to hyper-viral sales among women over thirty. Released just six weeks ago, the three titles hit 10 million in sales last week.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Inside Halden Prison

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Recent dispatches from the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik have stirred politicians and online groups to urge Norway’s justice system to re-examine its maximum sentence of twenty-one years, given the severity of the charges.

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Word of Mouth
9:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Frozen Grandbabies

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We begin with a new strategy for wanna-be grandparents. There’s a growing trend among women in their thirties and forties to freeze their eggs in many cases, to increase the chances of becoming a mother later in life, after establishing a career, say, or finding the perfect partner. The procedure is still considered experimental, and the cost is staggering. However, doctors are reporting a new wave of underwriters supporting egg-freezing patients, their parents.

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Word of Mouth
12:48 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

This is What Democracy Sounded Like

Monticello
(Photo by multipletrees via Flickr Creative Commons)

The words of Thomas Jefferson ring in the ears and characters of Americans, yet his actual voice remains unknown. Likewise, visitors to Monticello get a window into his daily life and genius, but can only imagine the mix of pastoral and industrious sounds of the farm operating at full tilt.

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Word of Mouth
12:35 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Swag for the Under-1 Set

If you’re scanning registries for a friend’s baby shower or prepping for your own bouncing new arrival, one thing is clear…baby stuff ain’t cheap. Jamie Page-Deaton is managing editor of US News Best Cars, and she's got a rundown of some pretty unbelievable gadgetry new moms are coveting: 

The self-folding stroller.

The robotic baby chair. 

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