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
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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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Remembering they were fathers first

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We talk with NHPR's Dan Gorenstein about a new summer camp program being launched for kids of state prison inmates.

Dan's original story. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:29 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Healthiest Man in the World?

Photo of A.J. Jacobs by Michael Cogliantry

A.J. Jacobs is serious about self improvement.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.14.2012

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Part 1:

The "Traditional Marriage" Glass Ceiling

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Mother's Little Helper

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Today’s frantic, always 'on' lifestyle have you feeling anxious? Pop a pill! Prescriptions for benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium have risen 17% since 2006 to nearly 94 million each year. An increasing number of Americans have no qualms about taking a cheap and effective benzo before a high-stakes meeting, or when facing a loaded “to-do” list.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:25 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Space on a Shoestring

Team Astrobotic

Space – a private frontier…

With the shuttle program behind us, companies and enterprising college students are today’s celestial pioneers. Their mission?  To seek out new ways of launching into orbit on a shoe-string budget. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
9:59 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Garden Favorites, From Fiddleheads to Asian-Style Asparagus

Dan Gair/Blind Dog Photo

Locavores, rejoice. Longer days and warming soil means a fresh crop of spring greens and veggies will soon be arriving in New England. But if you’re not sure what to do with those fiddleheads and dandelion greens, rest easy. We’ve brought in the expert. Kathy Gunst is the author of Notes From a Maine Kitchen,  a month-by-month cookbook that reads more like a love-letter to the foods of region.

Here are three of Kathy's favorite spring recipes:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:27 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

The Other Gamers

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A parallel convention for gamers is growing in popularity, and no shortage of passion. Last weekend, PAX East held its third annual conference in Boston with nearly 100,000 game distributors, developers and devotees. Clay Wirestone is a writer whose work has appeared in Mental Floss magazine and on the History Channel – he’s also the arts editor for the Concord Monitor.

 

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:55 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Sand that can form ITSELF into objects? YES!!!

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Researchers from MIT will present a paper on a breakthrough in a dynamic new approach to useful robotics. Here with a preview of the material they call “Smart-Sand” is Daniela Rus - a professor at MIT and a member of the computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory there, also known as C-SAIL, along with her PHD student Kyle Gilpin.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
11:22 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Gastrointestinal Intrigue

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The new concerns over the prolific use of antibiotics and their connection to the obesity epidemic. New research from New York University indicates that over-prescription of antibiotics could harm communities of bacteria that keep digestive systems healthy and help the body fight fat.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:18 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

The Separation of Work and Home

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"Mad Men" certainly portrays the familiar notion of resistance to women in positions of power in the workplace, something that still rings true in many companies today. But a recent paper published on the “Social Science Research Network” explores a surprising twist in the glass ceiling story, that men in so-called “traditional” marriages with stay-at-home wives are more likely to prefer a mostly-male work environment.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:40 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Green People

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Many climate scientists argue we’ve passed the point of being able to slow down Co2 emissions that contribute to greenhouse gasses. A few advocates for mammoth scale geo-engineering to alter the earth’s climate.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
11:16 am
Tue April 10, 2012

When Things go KaBOOM!

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Our series, Shifting the Balance, is focused on exploring the positive impact environmental and policy changes can make on the fight against obesity. For those of us who struggle to carve out an a few hours a week for the gym, healthy living can seem out of reach– but for kids, it’s often less about finding time to play than finding a place to play.

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