Tovia Smith http://publicradioeast.org en After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-losing-leg-woman-walks-her-own-4-inch-heels Returning to watch the Boston Marathon was never a question for Heather Abbott. After losing her leg in the bombing last year, watching the race is just one item on a long list of things she did before and intends to do again. Also on that list: wearing 4-inch heels.<p>"Sometimes, I think: Why am I doing this to myself? Because I could just wear regular flat shoes," Abbott says. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 39023 at http://publicradioeast.org After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard http://publicradioeast.org/post/year-after-bombings-some-say-boston-strong-has-gone-overboard The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year's marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused.<p>The words are everywhere: Boston Strong is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else).<p>"We have Boston Strong bracelets, we have car magnets, little money pouches, we have mints," says Catherine Thomas, manager of a souvenir shop in Quincy Market. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 38619 at http://publicradioeast.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit http://publicradioeast.org/post/syllabus-lessons-grit Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Got grit? That's the new it-thing in education. New research suggests that perseverance and resilience are key to a student's success. The science is still out on how or if grit can be taught, but schools around the nation are trying. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36656 at http://publicradioeast.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://publicradioeast.org/post/does-teaching-kids-get-gritty-help-them-get-ahead It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <em>je ne sais quoi</em> that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.<p>"This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," says Angela Du Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36603 at http://publicradioeast.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? 'I, Too, Am Harvard': A Mantra For Recognition Becomes An Anthem http://publicradioeast.org/post/i-too-am-harvard-mantra-recognition-becomes-anthem Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>You might expect students at one of the world's top universities to have occasional moments of doubt about their studies. But at Harvard, some minority students say they feel discomfort that has nothing to do with academics. It has to do with being black on an overwhelmingly white campus. A new photo montage about being black at Harvard has gone viral. NPR's Tovia Smith reports it is giving new momentum to an old issue.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: W.E.B. Du Bois felt that as a student in the late 1800s, he said he was in Harvard but not of Harvard. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 36470 at http://publicradioeast.org In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://publicradioeast.org/post/boston-gay-groups-remain-closed-out-st-patricks-day-parade Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's still hopeful for a deal allowing a gay group to march in South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers say talks to include gay groups for the first time in two decades have fallen apart. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, is still trying to bring the sides together.<p>NPR's Tovia Smith reports.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Gay rights activists called it historic that they were even talking to parade organizers. But now, chances for a deal are slipping.<p>PHIL WUSCHKE: The parade is actually closed. It's a done deal. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 35673 at http://publicradioeast.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-will-seek-death-penalty-boston-bombing-suspect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33235 at http://publicradioeast.org Holder To Decide Soon On Death Penalty For Tsarnaev http://publicradioeast.org/post/holder-decide-soon-death-penalty-tsarnaev U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is due to announce this week whether he'll seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. The 20-year-old defendant is accused of killing four and injuring hundreds in the attack and the manhunt that followed. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 33165 at http://publicradioeast.org After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-20-years-transgender-inmate-step-closer-surgery Ever since she was convicted of a brutal murder in 1992, Michelle Kosilek has known that she'd be stuck in prison for the rest of her life.<p><em>That</em> she can live with. The harder part was feeling she was stuck for life in the wrong body, says her attorney, Joseph Sulman.<p>"It's horrible," Sulman says. "I don't like to use the word 'torture,' but it's, you know, emotional claustrophobia and ... constant anxiety."<p>He says the only thing that kept Kosilek going was the hope of gender reassignment surgery. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:22:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 32702 at http://publicradioeast.org After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery Punishing Winter Temperatures Drain Propane Supplies http://publicradioeast.org/post/punishing-winter-temperatures-drain-propane-supplies Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And this latest winter storm and those freezing temperatures are putting a strain on already low supplies of propane in the Northeast and Midwest. Millions of Americans use the liquefied gas to heat their homes. And as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, they're paying more and getting less this winter season, which started early, thanks to the extreme cold of the polar vortex.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: As temperatures plummeted this winter, so did supply of propane. But the problem was more than just that winter storm. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 32545 at http://publicradioeast.org In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://publicradioeast.org/post/long-wait-aid-washington-job-hunters-despair Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Lawmakers are promising new efforts to restore jobless benefits for long-term unemployed, but it may take a while - 1.4 million people who've been out of work long term saw their benefits disappear three weeks ago. Congress failed to agree on funding to renew them. NPR's Tovia Smith visited with a few people who are without work in Boston.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: John Pratt(ph) has worked in the financial sector nearly 30 years. Starting at the bottom with no college education, he worked his way up to a well-paying operations job. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 32300 at http://publicradioeast.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://publicradioeast.org/post/story-boston-marathon-bombing-told-skates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfP7ZN6ZYN4</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 31744 at http://publicradioeast.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' http://publicradioeast.org/post/grieving-newtown-mothers-motto-love-wins 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.<p>"I will never forget that day," she says.<p>On that day, Márquez-Greene stopped the usual frantic drill: rushing to activities and errands, worrying about the dishes and laundry, even cleaning up the mess on the floor.<p>That morning, her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, had knocked down the entire nativity set off the piano. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 29840 at http://publicradioeast.org A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins' Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior http://publicradioeast.org/post/newtown-parents-seek-clearer-window-violent-behavior The shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December has left families of the 26 victims, most of them children, struggling to heal in different ways.<p>Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are one such family. They lost their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, in the shooting. In the year since, they've responded as any parents would: Asking why such a tragedy could have happened.<p>But they also responded as the two scientists they are: They immediately threw themselves into trying to answer the question. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 29659 at http://publicradioeast.org Newtown Parents Seek A Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior Winter Storm Freezes Holiday Travel http://publicradioeast.org/post/winter-storm-freezes-holiday-travel Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>If you are like many Americans, on thing now stands between you and your Thanksgiving turkey: A long trip by plane, train, bus or car. And stormy weather is slowing things down. Airports are experiencing delays, even some cancellations.<p>And as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the story is no better on the road.<p>TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: This would of course be a bad day to travel, even in the best case scenario. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 28667 at http://publicradioeast.org Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Gets Two Life Terms And Then Some http://publicradioeast.org/post/mobster-whitey-bulger-gets-two-life-terms-and-then-some Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Victims wept in court today as a federal judge sentenced Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger to two life terms in prison, plus five years, ensuring that the now 84-year-old will never walk free. Bulger was convicted in August of running a massive racketeering operation that spanned decades and included extortion, drug running and at least 11 murders. NPR's Tovia Smith was in court and joins us now. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27755 at http://publicradioeast.org Critics Say Mob Boss's Trial Has Been A Disappointment http://publicradioeast.org/post/critics-say-mob-bosss-trial-has-been-disappointment Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The sentencing hearing of convicted mobster James Whitey Bulger began in federal court in Boston today. Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise going back to the 1970s. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27671 at http://publicradioeast.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing http://publicradioeast.org/post/relatives-face-whitey-bulger-sentencing-hearing It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for: In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.<p>Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27613 at http://publicradioeast.org Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing Boston Celebrates First World Series Win At Home In 95 Years http://publicradioeast.org/post/boston-celebrates-first-world-series-win-home-95-years Boston fans celebrated the World Series win Thursday by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victory is the first series win for Boston at home in Fenway in 95 years. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 26745 at http://publicradioeast.org Red Sox Raise Spirits In Wounded Boston http://publicradioeast.org/post/red-sox-raise-spirits-wounded-boston Just getting back to the World Series would have been exciting enough for Bostonians, but in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox's success brings a new rallying point for a wounded city. Still, there's always the danger of trivializing tragedy. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 26091 at http://publicradioeast.org