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

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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.

Parents Join Schools In Starting Early Dialogue On Sexual Assault

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:36:00 -0400

Many parents are starting a dialogue on sexual assault well before their kids' teenage years, joining schools in early lessons to help prevent it.

To Prevent Sexual Assault, Schools And Parents Start Lessons Early

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:48:00 -0400

While most college students go through courses aimed at preventing campus sexual assault, advocates say it's too little, too late. Some are pushing for similar efforts as early as elementary school.

How Is The Democratic Convention Playing In Deep-Blue Massachusetts?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:59:00 -0400

Not every liberal voter had been eyeing the upcoming Democratic National Convention with uniform eagerness. NPR's Tovia Smith looks at how Democrats far from the convention floor are viewing the week.

3 Baton Rouge, La., Police Officers Killed By Gunman

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:35:33 -0400

Three Baton Rouge, La., police officers were killed by a gunman over the weekend. They have been identified as Brad Garafola, Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald.

Murderabilia: 'Whitey' Bulger Items Go Up For Auction

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:32:11 -0400

Hundreds of items that once belonged to convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are being auctioned off by the government, and the proceeds will go to his victims.

Momentum Grows To Oust Judge After Sexual Assualt Sentence Sparks Outrage

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:02:00 -0400

A California judge is under fire for giving what some are calling a slap on the wrist to a former Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a frat party.

Breaking The Cycle Of Sexual Abuse Of Students By Prep School Teachers

Wed, 18 May 2016 18:12:00 -0400

In New England, many boarding school staff accused of sexual misconduct quietly left and then moved on to other schools, according to The Boston Globe. Now states are trying to stop the practice.

Push Grows For A 'Scarlet Letter' On Transcripts Of Campus Sexual Offenders

Wed, 11 May 2016 16:27:00 -0400

In Virginia and New York, academic transcripts must note if a student has been punished for sexual assault. Supporters say it's a matter of public safety. Critics say the move is draconian and unfair.

Malia Obama's 'Gap Year' Highlights Growing Trend In U.S.

Mon, 02 May 2016 16:26:00 -0400

President Obama's daughter, Malia, is taking a year off before starting college in the fall. The so-called "gap year" before college has long been a staple — even a right of passage — in many other countries. NPR reports on the growing trend to defer freshman year to pursue other interests.

Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:34:00 -0400

The NFL took away the Patriots' first-round draft pick as punishment for Deflategate. Fans say the team shouldn't be penalized while the case is on appeal.