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Fred Thys

Reporter, WBUR

Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education at WBUR.  Fred broke the story that the federal government may have lied to the Supreme Court in order to obtain the landmark ruling that established the state secrets privilege.

Recent stories

Fewer Spectators, But Lots Of Enthusiasm At Kenmore Square

April 21, 2015

At Kenmore Square on Marathon Monday, the line of spectators was only one person deep. But WBUR’s Fred Thys found lots of enthusiasm.

Around Boston, Acts Of Service Commemorate 2 Years Since Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2015
Six-year-old Jaslene Oyola, of Roxbury, hangs a butterfly in honor of the victims. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mayor Walsh declared April 15 One Boston Day, intending it to be a day for Bostonians to show the resiliency and generosity people showed on the day of the bombing. The acts of kindness took many forms.

Self-Defense Class At Harvard Focuses On Fighting Sexual Assault

April 08, 2015

To better protect themselves against sexual assault, a class of Harvard women is learning self-defense techniques.

Associate Professor Sues Harvard Over Tenure Denial

April 06, 2015
People walk through Harvard Yard at Harvard University. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Kimberly Theidon accuses Harvard of punishing her for defending victims of sexual assault.

Warren Focuses On Student Debt At UMass Boston Forum

April 03, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens on Capitol Hill during a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to a packed ballroom at the University of Massachusetts, Boston about student debt, countering common ideas held by her Republican colleagues on the impact of increased student aid.

At Emotional Meeting In Roxbury, Officer-Involved Shooting Discussed

March 31, 2015

The family of Angelo West, the man shot dead by Boston police Friday after police say he shot a cop, heard for the first time what a video showing the shooting contains.

College Students, Professors Still Making Up For A Winter Of Snow Days

March 13, 2015
This winter's record-breaking snowfall has some college sports teams wondering where they will be playing their first spring games, including Boston College's baseball team, pictured here during a practice earlier this week. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This winter’s snow may finally be melting, but it’s expected to continue to affect students at college campuses all over the Boston area.

With Mass. Off Track On Emissions Goal, Advocates Seek 1st State Carbon Tax

March 12, 2015
About 45 percent of carbon emissions in Massachusetts come from transportation, and the biggest component of that is personal vehicles. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Right now, there’s no carbon tax in Massachusetts, or any other state. State Sen. Michael Barrett, a Lexington Democrat, would like to change that.

Wellesley College To Admit Transgender Women

March 05, 2015
Wellesley College (Susan Ujka via Flickr)

The new admissions policy goes into effect for students who apply this fall for admission next year.

At MIT, Praise For Openness On Recent Student Suicide

March 04, 2015

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are praising the school for its transparency and response to the most recent suicide of a student.

Hundreds Mourn Surgeon Fatally Shot At Boston’s Brigham And Women’s Hospital

January 23, 2015
A woman wears a button honoring Michael Davidson at his funeral service Friday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

From the funeral of cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael J. Davidson, who was shot to death this week at a Boston hospital: “Surgeons are not known for their bedside manner, but Michael had it in spades,” Terri Halperin, Dr. Davidson’s widow, said during the service. “That’s why the fact that a patient’s family member would take Michael away from us makes it all the more devastating.”

When Muscular Dystrophy Is Personal — And Global

September 18, 2014

My brother first developed symptoms when he was 15, and found that he could no longer run as fast as his high school soccer teammates. Since the age of 43, he has been confined to a wheelchair or scooter, unable to walk or stand.

Listening Back To One Of The Real ‘Monuments Men’

February 12, 2014
This photo provided by The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art of Dallas shows group members as they remove Michelangelo’s "Bruges Madonna" from the salt mine in Altaussee, Austria, on July 10, 1945. (AP/National Archives and Records Administration)

With the new George Clooney film out, we bring back a 1998 interview with one of the real Monuments Men.

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