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What Harvard's President Says About People Who Want To Skip College

wgbh | Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne | Posted 10.27.2014 | College

There's a growing skepticism in this country about whether college is really worth it. Last week, one of higher education’s heavy hitters weighed in...

How Mount Holyoke's Transgender Policy Redefines Women's Education

wgbh | Kirk Carapezza | Posted 10.20.2014 | College

This fall, Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts became the second all women's college in the U.S. to begin accepting applications from trans...

Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

US Senator Ed Markey doesn't seem like your typical enemy of free speech. Progressive and amiable, the Massachusetts Democrat is known mainly for speaking up on behalf of liberal causes such as fighting climate change and preserving funding for public broadcasting.

18 Hours: Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt Offers Lessons for Police

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Phillip Martin

Minutes after news went out that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been flushed out of the boat where he was hiding, Watertown exhaled. "Go Watertown!" crowds shouted.

18 Hours: How Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Elude Police During Marathon Bombing Manhunt

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Phillip Martin

Several eyewitnesses gave us the same account of Tsarnaev's escape. Tsarnaev, driving a stolen Mercedes SUV, ran over his brother and then rammed the vehicle into two police cars that were blocking the road.

18 Hours: 'Self-Deployment' May Have Caused Confusion During Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt

Phillip Martin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Crime
Phillip Martin

At 10:31 p.m. on April 18, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was fighting for his life after being shot multiple times while sitting in his cruiser. Fellow officers rushed to his side trying to stem the bleeding.

18 Hours: Lingering Questions Surround Boston Marathon Watertown Shootout

Phillip Martin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Crime
Phillip Martin

In between the Marathon bombings and the arrest of a suspect hiding in a boat, 18 hours will be frozen in our collective memories.

Progressives vs. Conservatives: The War over Catholic Doctrine

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Phillip Martin

Whoever succeeds Pope Benedict faces challenges that will impact Catholics everywhere, but will the choice have any impact on Catholic doctrine, which many believe is suspended somewhere between the Council of Trent counter-reformation and Vatican II.

Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Sometimes it's hard to imagine this thing we used to call "shame." In the era of reality TV and YouTube, where almost anything goes, shame seems like a social anachronism.

Underground Trade Part Five: Taken into China (Human Trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Vietnam is losing its children. The numbers tell only part of the story of human trafficking, and those numbers vary depending on who you ask.

Underground Trade Part Four: One Town in Thailand (and human trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Phillip Martin

The beach town's famed nightlife was already in full swing. Pattaya is a "Wild West" of bars, massage parlors, brothels and strip clubs. I watched as inebriated men wandered up and down the red-light district with its neon-sketched bars to the left and right.

Underground Trade Part Three: The Business of Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand? "If they go into Pattaya, it's not because Pattaya has nice beaches," said Somerville, MA., Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. "It's because it has sex tourism."

Underground Trade Part Two: The Route Through Queens

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Without ever knowing it, you've driven the same routes, passed the same landmarks and used the same rest stops as today's human trafficking networks that operate from New York to New England.