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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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Mixed Reaction To Simmons’ All-Women MBA Moving Online

August 28, 2015
A woman walks by Simmons College campus. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Simmons students and alumnae worry that the move online will devalue their degrees.

Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig Considers A Presidential Run

August 11, 2015
Lawrence Lessig at the Innotech Summit in London. (Innotech Summit/Flickr)

Lessig says he is considering running for the Democratic nomination for president to unrig the system.

Coaches At Some Liberal Arts Colleges Struggle With Low Pay

August 11, 2015
As a Williams College assistant rowing coach, Joe Gartland says he was paid $18,000 a year. Gartland is seen here Tuesday in the boathouse at Community Rowing in Brighton, where he now coaches. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

At one school, assistant coaches receive low pay, working what one coach said were school-year hours that are “about as full-time as it can get.”

How Boston’s Olympic Bid Unraveled In The Final Days

July 29, 2015
(Charles Krupa/AP)

A look at how relations between state leaders and the USOC soured in the days before the 2024 bid was pulled.

Mixed Reaction From Dorchester Avenue As Boston Olympic Bid Dies

July 27, 2015

Dorchester Avenue was to have been the Olympic Boulevard. Reaction there was mixed Monday afternoon as the USOC and local organizer announced the Boston bid had been pulled.

For 2 Key Iran Deal Negotiators, MIT Experiences Created A Helpful Connection

July 27, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, second right, for a new round of nuclear negotiations on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. From left, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Kerry, Zarif, and Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. (Evan Vucci/AP)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, both spent time at MIT — one as a student and the other as an instructor.

Bristol County Suicide Spike Not Just ‘A Bump In The Road’

July 20, 2015

Bristol County is seeing a surge in suicides. In the past three and a half years, 171 people in the county have died by suicide.

Amherst College Works To Improve How It Deals With Sexual Assault On Campus

July 14, 2015

Amherst College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, appointed in 2011, has spent much of her tenure reshaping the college’s approach to preventing sexual assault. She recently organized a public discussion of a provocative documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” that accuses colleges of not taking sexual assault seriously.

Protesters Face Off Peacefully In Boston Over Dominican Republic’s Proposed Deportation Of Haitians

July 09, 2015
Dominican-American protesters face Haitian-American protesters and supporters in front of Dominican consulate in Boston Thursday afternoon. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

Some 140 Haitian-Americans and their supporters marching on Boston’s Dominican consulate were met Thursday by about 70 Dominican immigrants defending their country’s plan.

New UMass President, Talking With Students On 1st Day, Proposes 3-Year Programs For Veterans

July 01, 2015
In an interview with WBUR in May, UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan discussed the proposal while answering questions from selected students at UMass Boston Wednesday, his first day on the job.

Calls From Boston Not To Vacation In Dominican Republic

July 01, 2015

Some Boston leaders and community members ask Bostonians to boycott vacationing in the Dominican Republic following the country’s attempts to expatriate some 200,000 people of Haitian origin born in the Dominican Republic after 1929.

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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