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
12:50 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

An Experiment in "Cleaner Coal"

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“Clean Coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gasses and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. This week, a large demonstration of clean coal technology is being staged in Illinois, testing the viability of so-called “carbon sequestration,” an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Are WE ruining research?

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Word of Mouth keeps its eye out for stories that are interesting, counterintuitive, many of which come from the world of science. It’s part of our mission to find the under-reported, simmering, surprising ideas that make us go “what?”

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12:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Random Hacks of Kindness

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There's a gathering of developers and code writers taking place globally...and they're invading Manchester to create apps for doing good. 

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Random Hacks of Kindness

Manchester gathering info

Small Dog Electronics

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:18 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

There's a Twilight WHAT?

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Our very own Taylor Quimby runs down some of the weirder products inspired by the Twilight franchise.

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Bella's Engagement Ring

Twilight "Manllows"

Twilight (and other really weird) Condoms

Word of Mouth
12:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Word of Mouth for December 1st, 2011

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A bold experiment in "Cleaner Coal." Are sciences being driven by sexy press coverage? Random Hacks of Kindness. And our own producer runs down some of the weirder stuff Twilight fans can buy. 

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:48 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Unpacking a New Legal Fight Over Music Files

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At the dawn of the MP3 era, music-lovers digitized their CD collections, racking up thousands of hours of songs on their home computers, while clearing out their shelves. The thrill was soon followed by the realization that most of us owned far more music than we had time to listen to.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

A Dental Scrape...

Dental instruments
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NHPR's Chris Jensen reports on the Molar Express, a non-profit program engineered to delivery basic dental care to North Country kids. 

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12:07 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Here's What's Awesome

Word of Mouth's Awesomator Brady Carlson is back with his latest super cool round-up from the world of the web.

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Pepper Spray Cop is a Meme...

10 things Siri will help you get instead of an abortion...

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Word of Mouth
11:52 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 30th, 2011

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An intellectual property scholar explains the battle between the music industry and a new site that offers to re-sell your dusty old MP3's.

Whitening Wars: Dentists say allowing hygienists to operate their own practices would cause decay to their industry. 

Plus, Awesomator Brady Carlson does some internet spelunking and lives to tell the tale 

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Word of Mouth
2:06 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 29th, 2011

A washed-up mixed martial arts champ’s comeback tells a bigger story about the meteoric rise of a sport once derided as human cockfighting. A mortician/blogger answers questions you’ve never dared to ask. And a campaign that’s been resurrected, despite being run like a Mel Brooks parody. 

Plus, a competition for ultra-smart kids who prefer to solve big problems with an iconic building toy.

Word of Mouth - Segment
2:01 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Is it Springtime for Newt?

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On Sunday, the Manchester Union Leader endorsed former house speaker Newt Gingrich as Republican candidate for President and enlivened the Sunday talk shows. Salon’s news editor Steve Kornacki  compares the surprise of "newtmentum" to another theatrical scheme…Zero Mostel, playing Max Bialystock to Gene Wilder’s timid Leo Bloom in the 1968 Mel Brooks film, The ProducersKornacki says tha

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12:43 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

He's a Fighter, Not Just a Writer

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Who doesn’t love an underdog? A Rocky in the ring? With the audience for boxing eroding, the new ring is an octagonal cage. In popularity and profits, mixed martial arts, or MMA, has knocked out boxing in the past decade.  The Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA’s flagship event, was sold for two million dollars in 2001. Today, it’s worth an estimated one billion. Our guest today is a definitive UFC underdog.  He’s a writer who dove George Plimpton-style into the grueling world of MMA and landed in the octagon. 

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Stephen King

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended King’s reach far beyond the bestsellers list, earning him the title of “Master of Horror,” and establishing him as one of the most influential writers of our age.

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12:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

Word of Mouth for Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today on  Word of Mouth, a healthcare model that offers rides, cuts toenails, and does generally whatever it takes to keep the elderly healthy.  Plus, the less-quoted constitutional clauses and oddities that inform and amuse our American way of life.  Also, from homies to hermanos: an unlikely way out for Central American gang members weary of the streets.  And former war correspondent PJ O'Rourke describes life in the trenches of family vacations.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Sat November 26, 2011

11/26/11 PART 4

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Former war journalist turned humorist P.J. O'Rourke talks about travel writing, and living in the family war zone. His latest book is Holidays in Heck.

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