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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.

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Baker, Coakley Argue Policy Opinions With Care In Debate

October 22, 2014

BOSTON — With the latest WBUR poll showing Republican Charlie Baker inching ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley in the state’s governor’s race by 1 percentage point, the two candidates faced off in a debate Tuesday.

Why It Could Pay Off For Charlie Baker To Focus In On Boston

October 21, 2014
Republican governor's candidate Charlie Baker announces his urban agenda at his headquarters in Roxbury on Oct. 15. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has spent a lot of time wooing Boston voters in this election. And you might wonder why, since Boston consistently votes Democratic.

Michelle Obama Attends Coakley Campaign Rally

October 03, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley got some campaign assistance Friday in her race against Republican Charlie Baker.

Biden Defends Administration’s Foreign Policy Moves At Harvard

October 03, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden answers questions from students at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday. (Winslow Townson/AP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden is defending the Obama administration’s late entry in the Syrian Civil War and urging Americans to keep security threats to this country in perspective.

Brandeis Case Reveals Complexity Of Disciplining Students For Sexual Assault

September 26, 2014
Brandeis University, seen here in a 2010 file photo, is one of dozens of schools under investigation for its handling of a sexual assault case. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

WALTHAM, Mass. — A federal investigation of Brandeis University for its handling of a sexual assault case reveals how hard it is for universities to handle claims.

At Wesleyan, A Mixed Reaction To Move To Co-Ed Frats

September 25, 2014
The Psi Upsilon house at Wesleyan is seen this week. A student who says she was raped at a party at the house is suing the fraternity. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — As Wesleyan University moves to end its all-male fraternities and make residential fraternities co-ed, reactions on campus to the changes are mixed.

Wesleyan Orders Fraternities To Go Co-Ed

September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Wesleyan University announced Monday it will require its all-male residential fraternities to begin accepting women within three years because residential fraternities “must change to continue to benefit their members and the larger community.”

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.

Brandeis President Addresses Federal Investigation Into Handling Of Assaults

September 16, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. — In a statement, Fred Lawrence says sexual misconduct at the university “poses a singular threat to our most deeply held values.”

Brandeis Students Protest University’s Handling Of Sexual Assault

September 11, 2014
A group of Brandeis students stood before hundreds during a public demonstration to raise awareness about sexual assault. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

WALTHAM, Mass. — A group of about 50 students at Brandeis University staged a protest Wednesday night on campus to draw attention to the university’s handling of sexual assault.

Coakley Wins Dem Primary By A Small Margin

September 10, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Fred Thys reports on the primary election results and the outlook for the Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in the months leading to November’s election.

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)

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

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