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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11:03 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Rethinking Frankenstein

 Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein has long been read as a cautionary tale about the limits of technology, and a warning against scientific hubris. The monster is a man-made creation run amok, seeking revenge on the scientist that harnessed electricity and brought him to life…a horror recreated many times on film.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
10:31 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Stand in the Place Where You Work

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Are you sitting down? Well, listen up: research shows that sitting too much shaves years off of your life. In 2011, a study in the emerging field of Inactivity Studies found that each hour of sitting per day increases a person’s risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases by 18 percent. It turns out that eating well and getting plenty of exercise do not offset the detriments of couch potato time as much as living and working in an environment where standing is the default option. As part of our continuing series Shifting the Balance, we spoke with Dr.

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12:37 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Word of Mouth 03.24.2012

Part 1: "This is what democracy looks like!" 

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1:59 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Your Local Wise-Guys

On Saturday Cash Mobs will take to the streets in hundreds of cities and towns to celebrate National Cash Mob Day: an occasion for shoppers to meet at a designated time and place, then disperse with at least $20 to spend in  local, independent stores.  Allison Grappone is organizing Concord’s cash mob day this Saturday.

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11:51 am
Thu March 22, 2012

A Treasure Trove of Lost Fairy Tales Comes to Light

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Fairy tales: those moralizing, magical and sometimes disturbing remnants of folklore so frequently recycled on TV and film. Two movie adaptations of the Snow White story will be out this spring. Snow White and the Huntsman is the grittier version, starring Charlize Theron as an evil stepmother right out of the Brothers Grimm. And Mirror, Mirror, a fluffier, more Disney-esque than dark movie, with Julia Roberts in the same role.

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11:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive

Hollywood is dominated at the moment by the upcoming release of The Hunger Games, the first film adaptation of a phenomenally successful series of young adult novels set in a dystopian, divided America, where teenagers from different regions are pitted against each other for survival.

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1:43 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The Comfort Food Conundrum

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In gentile Savannah, Georgia, traditional southern food remains a somewhat sacred rite. That devotion has made Mrs. Wilkes dining room a place of worship. The former boarding house, now restaurant, offers a relaxed atmosphere and an   abundance of home-cooked pleasure.  But,as Emily Corwin reports for our Shifting the Balance series, the way the food is served can make the difference between over-indulgence, and a satisfying, healthy intake.  

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1:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

With the Right to Google, Comes Great Responsibility

The notion that technology equals freedom is a frequent trope, and was used frequently in the early days of the Arab Spring. As the Egyptian Google exec- slash Facebook activist Wael Ghomin put it “if you want to liberate a society, just give them the internet.” How the digital realm is governed, accessed, and controlled is one of the issues addressed in consent of the networked, a new book by longtime reporter Rebecca Mackinnon. For more than a decade, she’s been active in evolving debates about how the internet will affect democracy, privacy and individual liberties.

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1:03 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Law and Order: MKE ( Mall Kiosk Edition )

Strolling through the mall is an exercise in sensory overload or self-control, depending on whom you ask. There’s no denying the power of the mall’s kiosks to tempt us into paying for things we didn’t plan on, like bejeweled cell phone cases and knock-off sunglasses…but what if those kiosks offered something more practical, like legal advice? That’s the thinking behind the law booth, one Florida attorney’s solution to the problem of getting affordable legal services into the hands of people who can’t afford big firms, but aren’t poor enough to qualify for legal aid.

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12:32 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Getting High on Union Dues

This is the one union that will kick you out if you pass a drug test. Jesse McKinley wrote about the evolution and demands of the San Francisco drug users union for The New York Time.

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11:52 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Thrown to the Wolves...

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In Wisconsin, a bill that would authorize a hunting and trapping season for wolves sits on Governor Scott Walker’s desk.  The bill pits republican and democratic supporters against environmental and conservation groups who say the proposal has no basis is the science of wildlife management.

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11:50 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Polygamy's Surprising Feminist Roots

Globally, the prevailing form of polygamy is of one man with multiple wives – generally older men marrying younger wives. Social scientists have quantified that crime rates are higher in those cultures, with younger men having few prospects for family life. And it is no great shakes for young, often pre-pubescent girls forced into marriage by culture, economics, and tradition.

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11:31 am
Tue March 20, 2012

When Gay TV Goes Straight

In the 1990’s, Brini Maxwell became a household name…at least in Manhattan, where the show dominated public access cable airwaves. The character was the alter ego of actor Ben Sander, a prototypical, pre-feminist, 1960’s homemaker…in drag. If Brini was emblematic of the gay counterculture media at the end of the twentieth century, 2003 brought a whole new brand of gay TV to the air…

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11:09 am
Mon March 19, 2012

"This is what democracy looks like!"

Photo by WoM Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie

Among this year’s signs of spring – the return of Occupy protesters.  Of course, the movement didn’t actually go away over the winter so much as mutate.

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10:39 am
Mon March 19, 2012

For Better or for Work: A Farm-Grown Idea

145,000 businesses start-up each year in the US.  Many launch in garages, home offices, or in the case of Stonyfield Farm, a drafty old farmhouse on a New Hampshire hilltop with seven cows, and a dream. Like most entrepreneurial ventures, the company also had vision, tenacity, some capital, market research, and an understanding of expenses, competition and supply chains. How a new business will affect the personal lives of its leader, or the lives of their families and spouses, however, rarely figures into a business plan.

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