Tovia Smith

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Mammut On World Cafe

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hear four songs by the popular band, recorded live from Icelandic National Day celebrations.


For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Harvard researcher says teens feel their parents prioritize success and feeling good over kindness — and so they do, too.


First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is accused of obstruction of justice. The native of Kazakhstan is denying the charges saying he cooperated with authorities.


High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court has struck down a Massachusetts law that requires a buffer zone around clinics offering abortion services. Advocacy groups on both sides of the issue offer their reactions.


A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'?

Friday, June 13, 2014

There are about as many definitions of consent as there are colleges — a problem for schools grappling with how to handle sexual assault. Turns out the easy part is covering what's not consensual.


Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Massachusetts is considering a bill that would require background checks on all private gun sales, including at gun shows and online, and would give police more discretion to deny gun licenses.


Jacqueline Kennedy's Letters No Longer On Auction Block

Friday, May 23, 2014

An announcement may come soon over who will get personal letters written by the former first lady. A college in Ireland had planned to put them up for auction but they are no longer for sale.


Lawyer Reflects On Nation's First Gay Marriages: 'The Cage Had Been Lifted'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ten years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. Attorney Mary Bonauto, one of the key drivers of the change, is a quiet, unassuming mother of two from Maine.


When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The White House is cracking down on colleges to improve how they handle sexual assault complaints. But critics say schools are in over their heads, and that these cases are meant for the courts.


NBA Panel Moves Forward With Attempt To Oust Clippers Owner

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Advisory/Finance Committee voted unanimously to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" to strip Donald Sterling of his team.


After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.


A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The slogan is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else). But some wonder whether it's time to retire it.


On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Can kids be taught to be more resilient? To see how educators are teaching "grit," Tovia Smith visits a public school in Brooklyn that's trying to change attitudes about failure and frustration.


Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?

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'I, Too, Am Harvard': A Mantra For Recognition Becomes An Anthem

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tired of people suggesting they don't belong at Harvard, black students at the elite college began a campaign called "I, Too, Am Harvard." It's gone viral, sparking debate at other schools, as well.


In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade say they won't be allowing a gay rights group to join their parade. But Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says he'll keep fighting for LGBT inclusion.


A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins'

Saturday, December 14, 2013

As much as Dec. 14 will forever be a day of unfathomable grief for Nelba Márquez-Greene, Dec. 13 will be one of unending gratitude.

"I will never forget that day," she says.

On that day, Márquez-Greene stopped the usual frantic drill: rushing to activities and errands, worrying about the dishes ...


Scrutiny Of 'Molly' Party Drug Increases After 4 Deaths

Monday, September 09, 2013

A recent string of deaths in the Northeast from a drug known as Molly has authorities looking into whether a bad batch may be to blame.

Police believe the purified form of the drug known as Ecstasy is what killed four young people in just over a week, and sent ...