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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11:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The Surprising History of the War on Contraception

While Rick Santorum and the Catholic Church are continuing to fuel backlash over the Obama administration’s compromise to allow insurance companies to cover birth control for employees of faith-based organizations, new polling d

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11:01 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The Latest Mass Extinction…Money?

In a down economy, most folks are happy to find a crumpled five in a pair of old jeans, or turn in their saved quarters for a dinner out.  Not David Wolman David is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, and author of the new book, The End of Money, which explores the notion that everyone might benefit from a cash-free world. 

 

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10:33 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The Lost History of 1914

Two weeks ago, Florence Green -- the last known surviving veteran of world war one -- died. She had been a waitress in Britain’s Royal Air Force.  The story of the war that was to end all wars survives in historic accounts, novels, poems and pictures. Millions of British and American viewers recently got a glimpse of the battlefield on PBS’s popular Downton Abbey.

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12:40 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Clinton

Barak Goodman has been writing and directing documentaries for more than fifteen years, including the 2010 Peabody and Emmy winning film “My Lai,” “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln,” and the academy award nominated, “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy.” He is producer, with Chris Durrance writer and director of “Clinton: It All Began with Hope”, the latest installment in “The American Experience Presidents collection.

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9:31 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Margin Call Capitalizes on Financial Crisis

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This year’s list of Oscar nominees for best film is heavy on nostalgia The Artist, Hugo, Midnight in Paris. We go to the movies to escape talk of politics, foreclosures and the economy, after all. One exception is Margin Call, a smart, tightly-wound thriller nominated for best original screenplay. The film tracks the key players and catastrophic decisions made at a venerable investment firm over 36 crucial hours.

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9:10 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Winterpills

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All My Lovely Goners, the fifth release and fourth full length album from the indie rock outfit, Winterpills, who hail from the creative spring that is Northampton, Massachusetts.  Their songs have appeared on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s Parenthood, and now, NHPR’s Word of Mouth.  Joining us from a studio in Amherst is Philip Price, guitarist and one of the leading vocalists for the band.

 

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1:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Word of Mouth 02.18.2012

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11:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That

With developers pumping out an estimated 2,000 applications daily for use on smart-phones and tablets, reviewers and web-critics are keeping busy sorting out what’s worth downloading, and what’s worth squat. 

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11:31 am
Thu February 16, 2012

The Post-Modern Mall

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When you’ve got a few extra bucks burning a hole in that wallet, what better place to spend it than your local mall? These cavernous halls of commerce give us The Gaps, J-Crews, and Sunglass Huts we love so dearly. Ahhh, can you smell the Cinnabon?

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12:11 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Before the Arab Spring, there was Martin Luther

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One year after the Arab Spring, protestors in Syria are uploading videos and images of the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown of the opposition. The use of new technologies to spread messages and unify resistance against authoritarian regimes is by now familiar. Five centuries before demonstrators tweeted from public squares in the middle-east, an obscure minister and theologian named Martin Luther exploited the social media of his time to challenge entrenched power. We know, at least, how that revolution fared.

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11:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

The Latest Upgrade in Multitask Efficiency

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Between documents, e-mails, instant messages, news feeds, Facebook and browsers, on-screen real estate gets a little crowded. Multitaskers keep up with the deluge with bigger screens, riding hard on the tab key, and increasingly, a multiplication of monitors. Many data crunchers preach the benefits of having two, or even three screens operating simultaneously in their workspace.

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11:22 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Online Security Threatens the Offline World

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“Critical infrastructure” once referred to things like roads, bridges and power plants. But today, the term includes the unseen digital networks that control our visible world. An easy way to protect this infrastructure from hackers is to simply keep it disconnected from the internet, but it turns out many of those systems indeed are connected to the web, unbeknownst to the people that operate them. Joining me to talk about this is Kim Zetter, senior writer for Wired.

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12:22 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Hey, look what's down there...

 For some perspective, the Mariana Trench, a 2500 kilometer-long gash along the floor of the South Pacific, is as deep as Mount Everest is tall.  Recently, oceanographers from the University of New Hampshire discovered some new architecture lining the floor of the planet. With great precision, they’ve mapped vast bridges spanning the immense gap…and detected significant shifts in the walls of the trench.

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12:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Is Raspberry Pi a low-cost computer breakthrough?

As zealous consumers know, the sleek look and user-friendly feel of Apple’s high-end gadgets are big part of their sticker price. One man is rethinking form and function with a tiny, inexpensive, bare-bones computer called the Raspberry Pi …which he hopes will bring the power of programming to even the poorest corners of the globe. Eben Upton is the creator of the miniature machine – he’s also founder of the Raspberry Pi foundation.

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12:43 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

The nation is mourning pop star Whitney Houston with heartfelt tributes at last night’s Grammy awards, fan testimonials and revivals of her old hits. “I Will Always Love You” is currently the number one download on iTunes sales. As the curiosity for the triumphs and the unsavory details of her life are revealed, we can only hope to glimpse more of Whitney’s humanity, and her struggles in and out of the spotlight. That’s the kind of affection that drives Frank Decaro.

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