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
8:02 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 2

Word of Mouth’s internet sherpa Brady Carlson is back. After his weekday shifts hosting All Things Considered, Brady likes to unwind by gathering new items for Here's What’s Awesome, our frequent look at the web and its endless list of memes, trends and viral hits.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011: Part 1

A secret online black market exposed. And a Connecticut High School's controversial, Columbine-style ruse to clear the hallways for a drug sweep.  

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Word of Mouth for 11.19.2011

S is for Saturday!
(Leo Reynolds via Flickr)

Part 1:

We take a journey to an online black market where you can buy anything from M-16's to fake identities. A Connecticut high school's Columbine-style ruse to clear the halls for a drug sweep.

Part 2:

Brady Carlson returns with Here's What's Awesome.

Part 3:

Richard Conniff on The Species Seekers. What the heck is permaculture?

Part 4:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

How Pizza got Vegefied

Our new favorite vegetable
(Instant Vantage via Flickr Creative Commons)

You may recall that as President, Ronald Reagan labeled ketchup as a vegetable. On Monday, a joint House-Senate spending bill added tomato paste slathered on pizza to the vegetable group. In fact, pizza is now designated as a “supervegetable”. Julian Pecquet covers health care for The Hill and has been following the bill, and the lobbying effort behind it.

We can't help but wonder what Michelle said when she found out.

 

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

African Cuisine in the Upper Valley

African food
(Jan Ekenstam via Flickr Creative Commons)

Former Word of Mouth intern Stephanie Reighart visited an unexpected restaurant catering to the Upper Valley called Tastes of Africa.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:24 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

A Pox on your Pops!

Girl with chicken pox
(Andreas Photography via Flickr Creative Commons)

Before vaccines became standard care, parents who wanted to build their children’s immunity to common diseases often brought them to play with other neighborhood kids already infected with bugs like the measles and chicken pox. Now, a small group of parents opposed to vaccines are reviving “pox parties” via social media sites like Facebook. Recently, one mother catered to that  crowd by advertising homemade lollipops tainted with the varicella virus…yep.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:52 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Death Talk Goes Viral

Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 17th, 2011

lollipop girl
(Photo by Thanh Quynh via Flickr Creative Commons)

How pizza got vegetized. An African restaurant in the Upper Valley. Facebook Pox Parties. And the real mortician behind "Ask a Mortician" talks about bringing death talk to the masses.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Bit Coins for Black Markets

Photo by Vaporizers, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Our guest Sabrina Rubin Erdely describes her journey down the Silk Road, an underground website where hack-savvy browsers can buy virtually anything, assuming it's illegal.

LINKS

Sabrina's article about the Silk Road

Sabrina's website about other stuff

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 16th, 2011

Photo by lmanage, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Today, a walk down the Silk Road, where savvy web-browsers can buy anything from weapons to weed to weird.  Also, how one teacher works to help immigrant and refugee schoolchildren learn language and adapt to a new home through pictures.  Plus, the Total Artifical Heart, a primer on Permaculture, and a ride through the wilderness of Idaho in search of pioneer apples.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

The Latest Awesome

Photo by Evan Hahn, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

NHPR's host of All Things Considered and resident web-guru pilots us through the interweb's latest viral videos and telling finds.  

HERE'S WHAT'S AWESOME THIS TIME:

Herman Cain's webpage "error"

How to win a Russian election

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

More RAM for Refugees

Photo by Moe M, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Pastor Joel Kruggel of the Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford talks about his congregation's work providing Sudanese refugees with their own place of worship, as well as computer literacy classes and computers. 

 

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To donate, contact The Bethany Covenant Church

More about the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church in Manchester

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 15th, 2011

Photo by Evan Hahn, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Today, a sperm donor discovers decisions can have unintended consequences.  Plus, a double dose of awesome internet viral videos and worthy time-wasters.  Also, a family who must divide in order to stay together through mental illness.  And a church works to provide Sudanese refugees with computer literacy skills.  Lastly, the future is now for prosthetics: a look at bionic appendages.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

Photo by Damon Clarke, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Journalist for the Atlantic Robin Romm chronicles a sperm donor's discovery that his "contribution" is the subject of an online blog. 

LINKS

Romm's article All His Children

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

From Chinatown to Ghost-town

Photo by Canalita0306, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

More evidence that some people are losing faith in American exceptionalism: Chinatowns everywhere are vacating as residents head back home in search of the "Chinese Dream".  Journalist Bonnie Tsui explains the circumstances surrounded the growth and decline of American Chinatowns.

 

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Bonnie's article "The End of Chinatown"

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