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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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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.

At BU, David Carr Remembered As A Great Teacher

February 18, 2015
Student Prim Chuwiruch speaks at a memorial service for journalist and professor David Carr at Boston University on Wednesday. (Courtesy Katherine Taylor via BU)

David Carr seemed to have found a new love in teaching journalism to students entering the field in a time of tumult.

Harvard Students Stage Sit-In For Fossil Fuel Divestment

February 12, 2015

Students asking that Harvard University divest its endowment from fossil fuels have taken over the offices of President Drew Faust.

How Dartmouth’s President Is Trying To Cut The Rising Cost Of College

February 03, 2015
College president Philip Hanlon teaches a class at Dartmouth. (Courtesy of Eli Burakian via Dartmouth)

Dartmouth, like most schools, keeps adding new programs but doesn’t eliminate old ones. It’s a target for Dartmouth’s president, Philip Hanlon.

Dartmouth College Bans Hard Liquor

January 29, 2015
College president Philip Hanlon teaches a class at Dartmouth. (Courtesy of Eli Burakian via Dartmouth)

The move comes as part of the college’s effort to control binge drinking, and with it other behaviors, such as sexual assault.

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.”

I-93 Blocked By Protesters During Morning Commute

January 15, 2015

The protesters say they blocked the interstate to get people’s attention on the issue of police mistreatment of minorities.

In State Of City Address, Boston Mayor Walsh Outlines Goals For Second Year In Office

January 14, 2015

After a busy first year in office, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is reflecting on some accomplishments and setting a lot of new goals for year two.

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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