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
10:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

What's up at SXSW?

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Austin’s South by Southwest festival has turned over from movies and technology to music before drawing to a close this weekend. The annual event is a magnet for filmmakers, movie stars, internet execs, musical heavyweights, would-be rock stars and enough techies, coders and developers to give it the nickname of summer camp for geeks. Adam Jones is a kind of media-mashing guy himself.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:18 am
Thu March 15, 2012

A pond by any other name...

In his 2010 Comedy Central stand-up special, comedian Louis C.K. pondered a sometimes-epithet and the fine line between desciptor, and slur. Joking aside, C.K.’s take hits very close to home for the townspeople of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, who, for the past several months, have been engaged in a fierce debate about whether or not a small local pond’s name on federal maps,  “Jew Pond” is offensive, and whether the pond should get a new mo

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10:07 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Et tu, Macbeth?

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Greed...avarice...a thirst for power. Sure, these things all describe our modern corporate and political landscape, but they're also just a few of the themes at play in Macbeth. This weekend, The Acting Loft in Manchester is staging a new version of the play, one that doesn't forget the times we live in...or Shakespeare's intent.

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10:54 am
Wed March 14, 2012

The Long Con

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We can’t say with any authority when the first con artist found his mark. But we can trace the term “confidence man” to an article in The New York Herald in 1849. The Herald reporter urged citizens to stop by the city’s notorious tombs and peer at the suspect known as Samuel Williams. Many came to peer at the flim-flam man who described his effect on his marks as “putting them to sleep.”  The willingness to be duped, is of course, the genius of the con.

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10:41 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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NHPR's All Things Considered host and Word of Mouth Internet Sherpa Brady Carlson joins us for his latest round up of what's viral on the web.

Brady's awesome links:

African voices respond to the hype over the KONY2012 film.

Just one of the criticisms of the campaign.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
4:04 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Wildlife Heroes

For tens of thousands of years, humans relied on animals to sustain life: their skins kept us warm, their oils provided fuel.  But the 7-billion of us stomping the earth today? Our relationship with the creatures around us is vastly different.  Around the globe, species big and small remain under intense threat of extinction. A new book, ‘Wildlife Heroes’ tells the story of forty leading conservationists who are fighting behind the scenes to save these animals.

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3:50 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Scientific Ingenuity from the American Garage

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Forget garage bands. It’s all about garage science. DIY tinkerers working on shoe-string budgets are producing some mind-blowing advancements:  think mud-generated power and home-made lightening. Indie-science isn’t just about impressing us, though we are impressed. Serious work like finding a cure for cancer is also happening in basements across America.  

Judy Dutton wrote about the topic for Mental Floss magazine. She joins us with more about the latest in garage science.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court

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March Madness begins this week. Pro-basketball stars like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson built their legends in college basketball: both players were known for coming through at critical moments. Others, like Lebron James, are accused of not being able to handle the heat – or come through in the clutch. A wave of new academic research on last-second shots, free throws and playing time recently hit the court.

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10:07 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Trash Dance: Curbside Choreography Hits SXSW

Choreographer Allison Orr assembled dancers neither lithe nor acrobatic but with a distinct grace of their own for her latest project. Allison corralled 16 hulking trucks, and 24 employees from the City of Austin’s Department of Solid Waste to perform The Trash Project on an old airport runway.   

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11:09 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Did Women Really Win the Recession?

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Remember the so-called Man-cession? That was the gloomy prophesy made early in the global economic downturn when construction, manufacturing, and other male-dominated industries collapsed. Some, including Hanna Rosin speaking on this program, projected a sign of sea change in America’s gender inequality. A 2010 study showing unmarried, childless, urban female workers earning more than their male counterparts reinforced the possibility that women could dominate in the new economy. 

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12:18 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Nerdy Comedians Rejoice: Comic-book adaptation of SNL

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Saturday Night Live... You may love it, you may love to hate it, you may even hate to admit you love it. Either way, the 35 year old comedy institution is now turning into a comedy illustration.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Word of Mouth: Encore Edition

Monday 2.27.12

Revenge of the Tech Nerds. The Toaster Project. Unfortunate baby names. And Darlingside rocks out. 

Tuesday 2.28.12

Why we can't collaborate with China in space. Film Photo geeks. Microaggressions. And pipa virtuoso Wu Man.

Wednesday 2.29.12

Aspergers, briefly. A Black Panther grows up. And the spectacle of Westminster Dog Show's human characters.

Thursday 1.01.12

The End of Money. The Lost History of 1914. What's Disgusting? And Racing Dreams. 

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Word of Mouth 2.25.2012

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Part 1:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:11 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Racing Dreams: Kids Grow Up So Fast

Fondly described as Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,  the new film Racing Dreams chronicles a year in the life of three 'tweens' who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. They compete in the "little league" of professional racing, the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series.

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