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
12:14 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Banking for the 99%...maybe

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Back in the mid-2000's, peer to peer lending web sites like Prosper and Lending Club bet that ordinary people could take the place of banks. The business model was both daring and consistent with the hyper-connected internet culture. The idea was that people who needed loans could connect with investors willing to bet on getting paid back with a little interest. Prosper’s faith in crowd-sourcing replacing traditional risk-assessment tools used by banks turned out to be a mistake.

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11:59 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Do you have Klout?

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The CEO of Reppify, a start up offering employers a new way to measure prospective employees by their use of social media, explains why "Klout" is what it's all about.   

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11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

The Lessons Hollywood Learned in 2011

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The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today, with usual suspects Meryl Streep and George Clooney making the grade along with newcomers Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling getting nods for acting. Award nominations generally have some surprises for Hollywood, but the industry doesn’t always heed the message. As we approach the 2011 best-of-extravaganzas, Word of Mouth is asking two of our favorite movie critics to review some of the things Hollywood has learned.

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1:17 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

This Year’s Gaming Show Case

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If there are gamers in your family, their Christmas lists probably include a new title or two, or maybe a shiny new HD or even 3D video game system. As with all things in pop culture, games are subject to their own trends, some are blockbusters, some bomb, and others inspire franchises and copycats. Here to tell us what’s hot in video games now, and what could be coming down the pipe is Clay Wirestone. He’s an avid gamer and freelance writer who has written for Mental Floss Magazine. He’s also the arts editor for the Concord Monitor.

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12:37 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Video Games,No Longer Just For Teens

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:06 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

The Tale of Two Farms

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We’ve heard the stories of farm family underdogs pitched against profit-hungry developers or deep- pocketed corporations. This story of a land dispute in Canterbury New Hampshire defies the good guy versus bad guy model. The players in this conflict are two well-liked farm families. One has been farming in town for hundreds of years, and currently runs a dairy farm. The other family is not native, farms organically, and has corporate backing.

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12:06 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Listener Comments

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Reactions to our interview with A.P. food writer J.M. Hirsch.  

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1:30 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Three cognitive scientists walk into a bar...

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How many public radio hosts does it take to change a lightbulb?  None – they tell their producer to do it.  Okay, so maybe you have to work in “the industry” to appreciate that one – but it does bring us one feeble step closer to the subject of this segment:  the connection between humor and thinking. The funny bone rarely attracts the serious scholarship of other body parts and functions… Until a cognitive scientist, a psychologist and a grad student walked into a lab and studied the connection between laughter and the human brain.

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12:04 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

A Year In Food

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Here’s one word for the food trends of 2011: bi-polar.   

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11:04 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Asteroid Impacts ? There's An App For That

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The Hollywood formula of pitting humanity against the unstoppable wrath of nature has also made ready material for the media.  Will Wizlo, staff writer for UTNE Reader wrote about meteor-related melodrama and is on the line to fill us in on a program that simulates asteroid impacts.

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UTNE Reader Article

Impact Earth !

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10:53 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Space and The Places in Space

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Space! The final frontier, an immense void populated by our imaginations and as far as we know, not much else.  Since the NASA shuttle program topped headlines for one last nostalgic time this summer, there have been few newsworthy developments in  space exploration… until now. Here to share some big news is freelance science journalist Lee Billings, who’s working on a book about the inter-galactic search for earth-like planets.

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11:58 am
Mon December 12, 2011

NPR's Guy Raz: Recorded live at the Tupelo Music Hall

A conversation with NPR's All Things Considered host Guy Raz, recorded live at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, VT.  

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9:35 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

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Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews." What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy. 

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12:53 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

The Art of Being a Feminist Body Builder

 

Our guest embodies two very different worlds – the ivory tower, and the fitness center. By day, Lianne McTavish is a professor of art history at the University of Alberta Canada, she lectures on the seventeenth-century history of the body, and its representation in medieval art. After class, she heads to the gym for weightlifting and toning. Her enthusiasm for fitness got her thinking about working out as a woman and led her to create a new identity as – “feminist figure girl” – and enter the world of competitive bodybuilding.

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12:19 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

A Politifact check from the campaign trail

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Jon Greenberg is executive editor here at NHPR and representing today for the Politifact New Hampshire’ Partnership, a joint effort that also includes the Nashua Telegraph and the Valley News. You can hear their truth-o-meter tests of candidate statements right here on Word of Mouth. 

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