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

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As White Supremacists Push Onto Campuses, Schools Wrestle With Response

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:32:00 -0400

College students and administrators around the nation are trying to figure out how to best respond to a spike in white supremacist activity on campuses.

Fighting Hate In Schools

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0400

Hate is on the rise in U.S. schools. For students and educators, that means finding new ways to promote tolerance and inclusion.

White House Pressures Municipalities To Crack Down On Immigration Enforcement

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:12:00 -0400

Massachusetts' high court is to hear a case that could determine how much local authorities can help federal efforts. Localities say they can't detain people just because the feds ask them to.

Late Season Snowstorm Clobbers Northeast

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

A late-season storm has been crippling travel and knocking out power across the region. The hardest hit areas will likely be digging out of more than 2 feet of snow before the storm tapers off.

DHS To Help Jewish Community Centers Enhance Security Protocols

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0500

Across the nation, Jewish Community Centers have been targeted by threatening calls and vandalism. Now, they may be getting help.

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.