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
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a drone?

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Produced by Jonathan Lynch

Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Well, you may want to get used to it. While the US government has been putting un-manned drones to heavy use in war zones in recent years, the flying robots will soon be soaring American skies.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Instagram, De-Digitized.

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If you find a little bit of ironic poetry in the rise of the retro photo-app Instagram, bought by Facebook for one billion dollars, you have to appreciate the story of Snapstagram:  a new kickstarter-funded startup that takes the digital transformation of photography full circle.  Jared Gibbons is co-founder of

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Word of Mouth
10:48 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Garbology

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You may have heard that Americans throw away more than any other nation, but any idea of just how much? Each of us is on track to toss 102 tons of garbage in our lifetime. More than 7 pounds a day, and twice what we chucked out in 1960. Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes believes we are living in a state of garbage denial. His new book is called Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. In it, he looks at the science, politics, and economics of waste.  

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Word of Mouth
4:31 pm
Sat April 21, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.21.2012

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Part 1:

Pay Less...Hate More?

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Throw The Book At Them

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Imagine the Olympics with no gold medal…the prom without a queen...Top Model without a Top Model. Much of the literary world is bereft after the Pulitzer Prize board snubbed the fiction category in this year’s awards. It’s the first time since 1977 that the 'Lords of lit' deemed no book worthy of the honor.

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Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Breaking Down the Brain

Scientists at the University of Illinois report that they have mapped the physical architecture of the brain with accuracy never before achieved. Their study, published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology is the largest, most comprehensive analysis so far of the brain structures vital to general intelligence –which depends on a remarkably circumscribed neural system – and to specific cognitive functions, like memory, self-control and recognizing speech. 

Get it?

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Word of Mouth
10:56 am
Thu April 19, 2012

So Percussion: Beyond the Beat

So Percussion, a New York-based quartet, brings an epic approach to the backbeat. 

We speak with members Adam Silwinski and Eric Beach in advance of their show at The Hop at Dartmouth College. 

 

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Word of Mouth
12:51 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Pay Less...Hate More?

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A newly-released study by several economists shows significant correlation between the number of big-box stores, specifically Walmart, and the number of hate groups in a region. Dr.

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Word of Mouth
12:26 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Fake It 'til You Make It, "Faux Real"

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Running parallel to the history of art is a long line of art forgeries. Exposed fakes have resulted in scandal, embarrassment, financial ruin, and now, a one-man show. The exhibit, called “Faux Real” …faux as in fake…opened on April first…another wink wink nudge nudge there…to showcase  counterfeit works by the prolific forger Mark Landis. Matt Leininger was the first to spot a Landis forgery. He is co-curator of the show.

Video on the exhibit:

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Word of Mouth
12:13 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Blogger Jenny Lawson called upon a few of her biggest fans to make the trailer for her new memoir, including author Neil Gaiman there, musician Amanda Palmer, and Star Trek actors Wil Wheaton and Jeri Ryan, claiming to be Lawson in a YouTube video that’s been viewed more than seventy thousand times…

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Word of Mouth
12:02 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Gaming the Forest

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A new app transforms tree leaves into currency…kind of changes your mind about raking season, eh?

The game, called Forest, will be demonstrated at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Austin, Texas, in May. It was designed by Jason Linder and Wendy Ju of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  

 

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Word of Mouth
2:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

The Silicon Valley of the 14th Century

Politicians and pundits frequently proclaim that they know what drives innovation and economic development. Despite their assurances, the chicken-and-egg question of whether quality education creates thriving economies or flourishing economies create good schools has been cycling around for years. For clues, Jordan Weissman, Associate Editor at the Atlantic, looked not to India’s booming IT industry or China’s cadre of engineers, but to Germany, circa 1386, when a papal schism opened up new opportunities for innovation.

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Word of Mouth
1:47 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Opening up open-data cities

“Open-Data City” is a term often batted around in open source and techie circles … The concept goes something like this – when civic data, from traffic statistics to school performance, is made free to the public that data can change our communal conversations, policies, lives and technologies… It’s an attractive idea that we hoped to pin down… Which data?  Where is it now?  How do we access it? No better person to ask than Greg Hadfield.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

These streets aren't made for walking

On the streets of most American neighborhoods, walking to a grocery store, park, or school is not an option. Kaid Benfield is Director of Sustainable Communities at the National Resources Defense Council, and a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Cities website, where he argues that the car-centric built environment is detrimental to our health and quality of life.

Get your WalkScore!

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:07 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Myanmar, Inc.

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Australia today announced that it is relaxing political sanctions against the country formerly known as Burma. The US and England will soon follow suit…all responding to growing political reforms after decades of military rule and political oppression. Meanwhile, crony capitalists that profited under the military regime are re-branding their images in an attempt to  maintain their wealth and influence.

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