Tovia Smith http://kgou.org en After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels http://kgou.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 27331 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 20:40:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 27016 at http://kgou.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit http://kgou.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 20:30:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25376 at http://kgou.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://kgou.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 09:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 25320 at http://kgou.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? 'I, Too, Am Harvard': A Mantra For Recognition Becomes An Anthem http://kgou.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 25211 at http://kgou.org In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade http://kgou.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 21:37:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 24492 at http://kgou.org The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect http://kgou.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 23:18:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 22266 at http://kgou.org Punishing Winter Temperatures Drain Propane Supplies http://kgou.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 21642 at http://kgou.org In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair http://kgou.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 22:24:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 21407 at http://kgou.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates http://kgou.org/post/story-boston-marathon-bombing-told-skates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfP7ZN6ZYN4</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 20908 at http://kgou.org A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates