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France’s Constitutional Council is due to rule on the constitutionality of the country’s new anti-terrorism law. The new law was spurred by a series of high-profile terrorist attacks, but there are concerns that it increases security at the expense of civil liberties.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley (@ElBeardsley).

It’s that time of the year when pictures of smiling, posing, frolicking families make their way to our mailboxes. Now, an exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is exploring how photographers have chosen to represent different concepts of family, which can come in all shapes and sizes.

Winter break is when many high school seniors are rushing to finish their college applications. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets some tips from Lisa Micele (@LisaMicele), director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois.

10 ‘Micele Musts’ For College Applications And Using Your Winter Break

“Automation” is a politically dirty word right now in the U.S. But in China, it’s a buzzword that politicians love to repeat. China is installing more robots than any other country, and it’s a top priority for the Chinese government.

WBUR’s Asma Khalid (@asmamk) traveled to the country for more on what this automation revolution looks like.

Andrew Enos works for the American Red Cross collecting blood donations. But the 19-year-old from Brockton, Massachusetts, is also a volunteer who gets nothing but a prepaid expense card to travel to disaster zones for the relief organization.

This fall he traveled to Texas and Florida to help hurricane survivors, and then he went on to Northern California, where he assisted victims of the October wildfires.

Package theft is a problem this holiday season as more people shop online and have boxes delivered to their doorstep.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks with Anthony Giorgianni (@anthonyconsumer) of Consumer Reports about ways to safeguard against “porch pirates,” and what to do if packages are stolen.

Major U.S. corporations are announcing what they plan to do with money saved from the GOP tax plan’s corporate tax rate reduction. Some say they’ll give employees bonuses and invest in workforce development.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Nathan Bomey (@NathanBomey), business reporter for USA Today.

In the midst of all the cheer during the holiday season, we may also find ourselves feeling more aware than ever of other people who have less than we do. So this time of year, many of us give to those in need, especially those people who are homeless. But is giving money the best way to help? Or does that just perpetuate problems for the homeless?

Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston who resigned in 2002 in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died at age 86.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks with John Allen (@JohnLAllenJr), editor of Crux, about Law’s legacy.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harrassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

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