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

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Students Get Mixed Messages On Whether Protesting Will Get Them In Trouble

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:21:00 -0500

Some school administrators are being criticized for cracking down on students rallying for gun control, but many colleges are sending them messages of support.

As Milk Prices Decline, Worries About Dairy Farmer Suicides Rise

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:31:00 -0500

The nation's dairy farmers are facing their fourth year of depressed milk prices. The outlook is so bleak, it's increased worries about farmer suicides. One recent outreach effort drew criticism.

Patriots' Success Encourages Larger-Than-Life Expectations

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:50 -0500

The Patriots' well-established reputation for winning has taught kids to dream big and believe that anything is possible. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:53:00 -0500

At a Boston charter school, administrators take students' phones and lock them in a soft pouch until the end of the day. "It sucks," grumbles one student.

Fallen Kings: How Cardinal Law's Reign Cemented The Church's Fading Power

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 05:00:10 -0500

In the old days, the Catholic Church was almighty and the cardinal was closer to king. The sexual abuse scandal and church's rigidity on social issues changed that.

Bernard Law, Former Archbishop Of Boston, Dies In Rome At 86

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 01:13:00 -0500

Once considered among the most influential prelates in America, the archbishop was forced to resign amid the church's growing sex abuse scandal, which indelibly stained his reputation.

A Newtown Family's Campaign To Change How We Think About Violence

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:01:01 -0500

Avielle Richman was 6 years old when she was killed in her first-grade classroom. Her parents think a possible solution to gun violence is to treat it like a disease.

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior.

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Young people say they want more guidance in navigating love and relationships. So new classes at some schools are less about the "plumbing" and more about the passion.

When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Many employees feel that when it comes to sexual harassment claims, human resources departments work "for the company, rather than for the employees."

Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:43:00 -0400

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, some states are considering barring nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of claims.

Campuses Cautious As They Adjust To New Sexual Assault Guidelines

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:31:00 -0400

New federal guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault have left many school administrators either vowing to maintain current policies or scrambling to figure out what to do.

Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 -0400

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be using some compromise plans devised by outside groups as a model for balancing the rights of alleged victims and accused students.

Betsy DeVos Signals Rollback Of Obama Policies On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The education secretary has signaled she wants to make significant changes to how schools handle allegations, to ensure the process is fair to accused students.

For 22 Years, Boston Arena Broke Promise To Hold 3 Fundraisers A Year

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

As part of the deal to build TD Garden, its owner agreed to hold at least three charity events a year to support youth recreation. The teens are demanding that the Garden now pay millions.