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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11:59 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 9th, 2011

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(Photo by Dave Schumaker via Flickr Creative Commons)

The growing evidence for a connection between the controversial drilling technique called"fracking" and earthquakes. A shocking tactic used by a Connecticut high school to clear the hallways for a drug search. And a new documentary follows a group of friends on their journey from impulsive teenagers to soldiers in Afghanistan, and then back again.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage - Chuck Palahniuk

Virginia Prescott and Chuck Palahniuk
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Novelist Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame reads his funny but disturbing short story, Romance, then discusses 12 step programs, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest novel Damned with WoM host Virginia Prescott.  Enlightening conversation - but not for the faint of heart.   This broadcast contains adult material (and censored curse words) that may not be suitable for kids and could be considered offensive to some listeners.

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12:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

To the Ends of the Earth for an Eel

Lizard.
Photo credit: Chausino, via Flickr Creative Commons

In the Eighteenth century, explorers set out to catalog the variety of life on Earth... Until then, even educated people believed in mythological creatures lurking outside the relative safety of their home environments.  Today, there are two million documented species on Earth.  Richard Conniff,  Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Columnist for the New York Times discusses his new book "The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life On Earth".

 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Siri's got a dry sense of humor...

SIRI
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Our tech expert Rob Fleischman predicts the next Apple revolution - the iTV.  Imagine a giant iPad.  Plus, a conversation with the exceptionally knowledgable iPhone secretary, SIRI.

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12:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

It's all in the details...

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Adrian Slywotzky, author of the new book Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It, discusses a revolutionary new eldercare model called Caremore.  He explains how trimming toenails and rides to the doctor can save dollars and improve quality of life. 

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The Quiet Health-Care Revolution 

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 7th, 2011

Caremore, a company that has revolutionized eldercare - providing better care and doing it profitably.  The "next big thing" prediction for Apple - under new leadership.  And 18th century explorers who fearlessly set out to catalog the variety of species that roam the earth.    

Word of Mouth - Segment
8:04 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011: Part 1

scooter race
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The other drug war South of the Border. An investigative reporter uncaps Big Pharma's secretive drug trials in South America. And researchers uncover the strange paradox of why Americans want to give their money to those with more, not less.  A   

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:02 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 5th 2011: Part 2

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GalleyCat's Jason Boog talks about Amazon's foray into the publishing biz with some major authors signing on. And Alyssa Rosenberg, culture critic and contributor to The Atlantic, talks about how campaigns on shows like Glee compare to real-life political races.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:01 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Survival of the Beautiful

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Author David Rothenberg talks about the mystery of animal's preferences for particular colors, shapes, and songs in his book, Survival of the Beautiful.

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8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011: Part 4

Zombie in San Fran
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Author Richard Asma explains why we're afraid of monsters.  And what to do when the zombie apocalypse happens (because it SO will).  

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 5th, 2011

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The other drug war, Amazon's publishing foray, Politics on TV, nature's beautiful mystery, and a zombie how-too.  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:24 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

An Old-Timey Treasure Hunt

Nancy Greenleese

Forget Geocaching...these folks are going old-school with something called Letterboxing...and they love it. WoM correspondent Nancy Greenleese bring us the story.

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12:07 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

The Newest New Kids

Brooke Hauser, author of The New Kids, Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, talks about the hard knocks the newest kids face.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 3rd, 2011

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How impossible inventions defeated the odds. What makes a business "Good?" The science of retractions. And an old-timey treasure hunt in a geocaching era.

Word of Mouth - Segment
7:22 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

The Glee of Politics: Which TV shows do it best?

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Produced by Chris Cuffe

Alyssa Rosenberg is the pop culture blogger for thinkprogress.org.  She joins us to review this season's political stories on television, and explain who does it best and why.

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