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Catherine Elton

Senior Editor

City Life

Influencer: Varshini Prakash

This climate activist is trying to save Boston from Mother Nature—and is mobilizing legions of young voters to do it.

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College Closures Grabbed Headlines, but Unaffordability Crushed Students in the 2010s

Student homelessness and income inequality plague universities more and more.


Has This Man Discovered the Fountain of Youth?

Not yet­—but Harvard’s David Sinclair sure is getting rich, famous, and having a blast while trying.


The Interview: Rick Doblin

The world’s leading advocate for the medicinal use of psychedelics on why Ecstasy could cure PTSD, and the best place to trip in Boston.


Does Any of This Even Matter?

Why everything has changed yet nothing has changed in the wake of the biggest admissions con in history.


Closing the Athletic Side Door

Are local colleges finally ready to get serious about oversight of their sports programs?


Will It Be Harder to Get Extra Time on the SAT?

The admissions debacle brought to light another way wealthy families game the system—by unfairly getting special accommodations for college entrance exams. But that’s only part of the problem.


The Interview: Ronald Sullivan Jr.

The famous Harvard law professor talks about free speech, representing Harvey Weinstein, and his controversial ouster as a faculty dean for undergrads on campus.

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Rollins’s Wars

Rachael Rollins is Boston’s greatest hope to overhaul the criminal justice system and bring it into the wide, woke 21st century.

Why Susan Linn and her Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood are a child marketer’s worst nightmare.

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Foreclose This!

Angry Boston homeowners are banding together to fight for their homes. They’ve got foreclosure-happy banks trembling — and their movement is spreading.

Boston Scientific and the Road to Ruin

How greed, incompetence, and arrogance brought the world’s leading medical device company to its knees.

The Burden of Knowing

For the right fee, a Cambridge firm called Knome will unravel all the secrets hiding in your genes.

The Other Side of Enlightenment

Radio legend Charles Laquidara had an urgent request for Somerville cult expert Steve Hassan: Rescue his son, Ari, who’d become blindly devoted to the mystical Dahn Yoga community. Three years later, it’s unclear just who’s not seeing the truth.