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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12:38 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

A Celestial Victor?

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Bookies take bets on winners and losers. Political junkies follow the news, budgets and campaign strategies to determine the odds. Astrologers follow the candidates destinies as mapped out in the heavens. The Nashua Patch asked astrologer Dorothy Morgan to consult the stars  for clues to the outcome of the New Hamsphire primary.

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12:29 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Snap Snap…Not a Celeb?

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While celebrity might be an aspiration to some, actual stars complain about the adoring hordes fawning over their every move and the aggressive paparazzi capturing sloppy visits to the coffee shop and gym. For those envious of Kardashian-style celebrity, there is one man to call.

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12:11 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

The Civil War Era's Kardashian

News of the spectacular break-up between actress Adah Issacs Menken and bareknuckle boxing champ John Heenan splashed across the papers that year. Heenan accused his wife of bigamy. That was just one charge against the woman who was best known for bounding across the stage strapped to a horse in a skin-tight flesh colored costume.

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12:05 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Puppet Power Play

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 An unusual production is making a landing this weekend at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center …“Baby Universe,” tells a fantastical futuristic story of earth and its inhabitants on the path to extinction. The only hope for survival? Creating a new universe to colonize.

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11:28 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Political Red Herrings of 2012

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News of the New Hampshire Primary gives pundits plenty to chew on this week. Later this year, momentum will flag and campaigns will wear on. Absent an imminent vote or sex scandal, media-makers occasionally flirt with exciting uncertainties – or as Steve Kornacki calls them, political red herrings.

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12:22 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Context, not Character

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Character is the currency of political ads and attacks. It makes business deals attractive or unsavory. Character is described in court trials and novels as what makes a person tick. We’re going to introduce you to the proposition that human behavior is not driven by character, but context.

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11:45 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Never Too Late to Watch Cool TV

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Ever overhear a watercooler conversation about the latest episode of the latest TV show that everyone’s watching, except you? Well, fear not. As it turns out, even the most buzzed about television shows are not being watched by the masses at least not in real time. Audiences for premium cable programs like True Blood and Dexter draw only a couple million viewers when they hit the air compare that with the old network giants, like ER or Friends, which played to ten or fifteen million viewers each week.

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11:06 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Post Caucus PolitiFacts Check

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The 2012 campaign leapt from debate stand to voting booth last night, as Iowa held the first national caucus - the first step in the eventual selection the GOP nominee.  As many expected, front runner and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the night; perhaps by a slimmer margin than he would have hoped… 8 votes!  Coming in second by fewer votes than there are members in the Fellowship of the Ring, was Rick Santorum – one of the last remaining candidates to show a sudden surge in popularity.

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12:36 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Auto-Industry Predictions

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In the span of one year, a business can achieve record-breaking profits, or suffer staggering financial losses – and despite the size of its product or the confidence with which it’s marketed, the automotive industry has proven to be no exception. You only have to look as far back as March of last year – when a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan took the lives of thousands, set off an international nuclear scare, and sent Toyota’s quarterly profits plummeting as production was delayed, and parts suppliers were wiped out.

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12:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Tech Predictions

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Twenty eleven was a big year for personal computing, from the explosion of cloud technology and the tablet computer to the death of Steve Jobs and our introduction to his iphone brainchild, the personal assistant named Siri. Here to tell us what might be coming next is Rob Fleischman. He’s a computer scientist, serial tech entrepreneur, and our favorite explainer of all things technology related.

 

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12:09 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Publishing Predictions

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Winter is a bountiful time for booklovers…the choices are abundant, and publishers and retailers are tripping over themselves to get people buying books - in any format.  The e-book has breathed some life into the publishing industry, but traditional books are still selling at independent bookstores. As part of Word of Mouth’s 2012 Nostradamus Edition, Jason boog, blogger and editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, makes his predictions for what the publishing industry will face in the coming year.  

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12:09 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Social Media Predictions

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NHPR’s resident web trawler and afternoon host Brady Carlson is here plays Nostradamus for our Word of Mouth Futurama Edition, making some educated guesses as to where the social media explosion that’s figured so profoundly in our public and private lives in recent years will go going next.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

A Whole Week of WoM Weekend!

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We're taking a break this week, but that doesn't mean we're off the air. Tune in for a week of broadcasts of Word of Mouth Weekend...Monday through Thursday at noon and nine PM.

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10:21 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Word of Mouth for 12.24.2011

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Part 1:

Why Music Writing Matters in 2011

In his introduction to an anthology of The Best Music Writing 2011, Alex Ross shares a selection of tweets reacting to bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding’s upset over teen star Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
3:16 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Produced by Avishay Artsy

Word of Mouth revisits a Christmas classic; producer Avishay Artsy speaks with contemporary editors about the significance of Virginia O’ Hanlon’s classic letter to the editor.

Producer's note:

This piece was edited slightly to cut date-pegged references. /RL

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