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Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR News National Desk correspondent based in Boston.

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Massachusetts Hotline Tracks Post-Election Hate

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:47:00 -0500

More than 250 "substantive reports" of harassment and hate incidents have flooded in since November. Although perpetrators are hard to identify, the hotline also serves to provide support to victims.

When Dating In The Era Of Divisive Politics, Both Sides Stick To Themselves

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500

Many singles are using their dating profiles to say they're not interested in dating people who don't share their political preference. Politically segregated dating websites are booming.

Universities Grapple With Trump's Executive Order On Immigration

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:37:00 -0500

Colleges and universities are concerned about the implications of President Trump's executive order barring people from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Can Sobriety Tests Weed Out Drivers Who've Smoked Too Much Weed?

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:34:00 -0500

Massachusetts' highest court is considering whether roadside sobriety tests for marijuana can be used as evidence of driving stoned in the same way they are used to determine if a driver is drunk.

Activists Fear Reversal Of Strict Rules On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Survivors of campus sexual assault and their allies are imploring President-elect Trump's nominee for education secretary to continue cracking down on schools who don't take the issue seriously.

Harvard Survey Highlights Attitudes About Campus Sexual Assault

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:36:00 -0500

A new national survey highlights some attitudes and expectations that may underlie many campus sexual assaults. Researchers at Harvard University say many students are acting on deeply ingrained beliefs, such as the idea that women usually need a little convincing to have sex.

Obama Championed The Fight Against Sexual Assaults. Will Trump?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:09:00 -0500

There are fears the Trump administration will derail efforts to combat campus sexual assault. Some Republicans criticized the government crackdown on the issue, and say policies favor victims.

Clinton Backers Gather At Wellesley College To Watch Returns

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:03:00 -0500

In Massachusetts, students, staff and alumni at Hillary Clinton's alma mater of Wellesley College gathered to watch election returns. Clinton was unable to pull out a win over Donald Trump.

Wellesley College Students Anticipate Results Of Historic Election

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:28:00 -0500

Many women at Hillary Clinton's alma mater of Wellesley College are hoping to see the Democratic nominee break the ultimate glass ceiling Tuesday night in becoming the first woman elected president in the U.S.

As Race Enters Homestretch, Many Voters Feel Campaign Fatigue

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400

A year and a half after it began, the race for president is beginning to wear on many voters. A growing number say they are fed up and fatigued by the especially bitter campaign and are taking extreme measures to block it out. But others are tuning in even more as the race enters the homestretch.

For Some Sexual Assault Activists, Trump Tape Is A Teachable Moment

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:47:00 -0400

The videotape of Donald Trump bragging about groping and kissing women is already being used on campuses as a case study to teach students everything from bystander intervention to consent.

Creepy Clown Issues Have Gotten Worse

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:04:00 -0400

Police continue to investigate countless cases of creepy clown sightings across the country. There's been a rash of online threats — social media is fueling fears and more copy-cat clowns.

Cell Phone Alerts After New York Bombings Raise Racial Profiling Concerns

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:35:00 -0400

Cell phone alerts used to warn people in the aftermath of bombings in New York and New Jersey this weekend are raising questions about profiling.

Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:22:00 -0400

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone" and "a deep sea Serengeti."

Summer Camps Struggle To Enforce Bans On Screen Time

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:33:00 -0400

Summer sleep-away camps say it's getting harder to enforce cell phone bans, and millennials say it's tough going cold turkey. But they all say it's more important than ever to learn how to unplug.