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 - Segment
11:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Back to the table...

(Photo by Gadl via Flickr Creative Commons)

From the competitive scribbling of after-dinner Pictionary, to the endurance-test that is a family game of Monopoly, board games often reveal a great deal about the players around the table...

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Series: Shifting the Balance
11:09 am
Mon April 9, 2012

At Google, well-fed employees are a solid investment

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Think about the workplace perks that keep you a contented employee. Maybe there's free coffee in the kitchen, or, perhaps, your pooch is allowed to wander among the cubicles. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:01 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.07.2012

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Part 1: The Weird World of Stock Photography

We’ve heard the story over and over again in these hyperconnected digital times…boy meets girl, they fall in love, become blissfully partnered until one day, girl finds boy’s photo on a dating web site

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:49 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Easter Weasel

Photo by jennyjones, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

 

Before we go today, we wanted to leave listeners with a little taste of Easter magic to come.  Last month, we spoke with Erika Eichenseer, she’s the cultural curator of Prinz Rosszwifl, a recently published personal collection of five-hundred lost fables and fairy-tales discovered in a German archive.  Most of us are well acquainted with the tradition of the Easter Bunny, Erika regaled with the tale of supernatural animal we don’t usually associate with the April holiday - we’re calling it “The Legend of the Easter Weasel”.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:30 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Lifestyle, As a Cancer Preventative

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Series: Shifting the Balance
10:01 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Calories, Consumption, and the Key to Capitalism

Any idea how many calories are in a 64-ounce double gulp soda from a convenience store? 800, how about one of those big cookies? For a society fixated on weight-loss, very few of us know how many calories we’re taking in and what is a calorie, after all? You can’t see taste, or smell them, but they are everywhere. Your brain knows if you’re getting too much or too little. And the more you take in, the more the food industry makes.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
9:29 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Skinny on Pinterest

Photo by EmilyStanley, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Pinterest is the new darling of the social media world. Users—over 10 million of them—‘pin’ digital images they like to their site, where others can browse and comment. Pinterest has run into recent issues surrounding potential copyright infringement, and now, a new problem has emerged: what should they do about a wave of pro-anorexia images and comments on the site?

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9:01 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Van Gogh to Go

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We’ve all heard of a lending library, you go in, pick a book, give the librarian your library card and take it home to read, but what about an art lending library? A museum in Chicago is doing just that, they’re letting residents fill out an art library card and take home real, original works of art to hang in their home. And it’s free! It started just two weeks ago at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Heather Rabke is here to tell us how it’s going.

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11:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Where Slaves Ruled

Swirling to West African rhythms, residents of the Santa Rosa dos Pretos quilombo celebrate the recovery of a sick neighbor with a tambor de crioula, a “creole drum” festival that mixes African and European traditions.
©Tyrone Turner/National Geographic

We begin with a story that defies credibility: descendants of escaped slaves still thriving in the Brazilian forest. Of the five million Africans brought to the Portuguese colony of Brazil,  thousands escaped into the dense rainforest to live freely in isolated communities – called quilombos – where many of their descendants still live.

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11:35 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Growing a Museum, Stalk by Stalk

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New England based conceptual artist F. Marek Modzelewski is no stranger to going against the grain –his work explores exile, ritualdenied expectations and passions unrealized – mostly through installations using a limited pallet of materials, including animal hides, resins, and wheat. Now he’s raising funds on Kickstarter to build a contemporary museum of art in southeastern New Hampshire.

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12:20 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Is food addiction a myth?

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Bet you can’t eat just one. The Lays potato chip campaign plays on the idea of snacking out of control. From Oprah to "The Biggest Loser," people describe themselves like addicts, needing one more bite of fatty, salty, sugary foods, knowing full well that remorse will follow their mouthful of pleasure.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:04 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Weird World of Stock Photography

(Screenshot of "Reyhan as part of a 'Trendy Couple' by Jenny Pfeiffer" by Rebecca Lavoie)

We’ve heard the story over and over again in these hyperconnected digital times…boy meets girl, they fall in love, become blissfully partnered until one day, girl finds boy’s photo on a dating web site

That’s just what happened to our next guest… but here’s the twist,  Reyhan Harmanci’s boyfriend had no idea his photo was on display for a universe of single women,  even though he had, in fact, given permission for it to be posted there…sort of.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:52 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Boss treating you like a dog? Maybe that's not so bad...

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Management consultants are often ridiculed for using words like “bandwidth,” “capacity,” and “low-hanging fruit.” When Word of Mouth noticed a consultant tweeting as @PeopleSense following our Twitter account, we thought…hmmmm…nice alternative to “out of the box thinking.

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12:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

The Bitter Taste of the Rainbow

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Successful brands can cost millions of dollars to create, protect, and control. Despite those mammoth efforts, name brands can take on a life of their own. Take Skittles, the brand of candy Trayvon Martin bought shortly before being shot by George Zimmerman. Now, the candy is being used at protests and getting big play in the media, translating to a brand boost of sorts.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:59 am
Mon April 2, 2012

The games terrorists play...

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A branch of the military is taking a new tack in intelligence gathering…video games. The US Navy has contracted a private firm to buy up used gaming consoles  - mostly in foreign markets  to extract sensitive data on gamers. Jacob Aron wrote about the new strategy for New Scientist.  

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