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Dec. 4: 2018 Annual Holiday Book Show
by The Exchange
4 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
Our indie bookstore owners are back for our annual Holiday Book Show to discuss the books that flew off the shelves in 2018, and which might make for great gift-giving or to keep for yourself! Novelists tackled the idea of American identity, with characters who don't quite fit in, while history writers revealed hidden stories from our past, from code-breakers to the Korean War. And non-fiction covered famous figures including Ronald Reagan and Michelle Obama. This show will air on Tuesday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. and be rebroadcast at 7:00 p.m. Audio of the show will be available shortly after the show, as will a list of all books mentioned. GUESTS: Dan Chartrand - owner of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter. Michael Herrman - owner of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.

Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Accused Of Helping Saudis Spy On Khashoggi
by Daniel Estrin
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Blind Swimming Coach Demonstrates He's More Than Capable
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

News Brief: George H.W. Bush, Ala. Shooting Probe, Ethiopia's Rapid Changes
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.


Africa Takes A Tough Look At Africa ? And The Way It Treats Its Children
by Joanne Lu
4 Dec 2018 at 10:00am
The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) has released its latest rankings of African countries on a "Child-Friendliness Index." Every few years since 2008, the Ethiopia-based research center scores governments on their intentions to improve children's legal protections, poverty rates, health, nutrition and education ? as well as the outcomes of those intentions. Some countries are doing well ? and even making strides. eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) was ranked 51 out of 52 countries in 2008. This year it was number 9. The reasons for the improvement? In 2012, eSwatini adopted a Children's Protection and Welfare Act that largely brought the country's laws in line with international human rights laws on children's rights. According to the report, it has also significantly improved children's access to health care, resulting in higher survival rates, more measles vaccinations and better access to sanitation. Other countries that topped the index this year were Mauritius, Algeria,


In This Year's Race for N.H. Secretary of State, Echoes of Gardner's First Ru...
by Casey McDermott
4 Dec 2018 at 3:03am
On one side, there?s an ambitious young politician pitching himself as the man to bring overdue reforms to the New Hampshire?s election system; on the other, there?s an elder statesman drawing on deep institutional ties and a long resume in Concord to win over votes. This might sound a lot like this year?s race for Secretary of State, which pits former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern against 42-year incumbent Bill Gardner. But it also describes Gardner?s first campaign for Secretary of State ? back in 1976 .


Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Netanyahu In 3rd Corruption Allegations Th...
by Daniel Estrin
4 Dec 2018 at 1:36am
He is one of President Trump's closest allies, and on the way to becoming the longest-serving prime minister in his country's history. But after almost a decade in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is battling a series of corruption allegations. On Sunday, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for receiving bribes and other criminal charges ? the third and most severe corruption case he has faced this year. He denies wrongdoing and accuses the police of a witch hunt. It is now up to Israel's attorney general to decide whether he should be indicted. Here's what you need to know about the allegations and how they could affect Netanyahu's grip on power. What are the latest allegations against Netanyahu? Police say Netanyahu had a "bribery relationship" with Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq. They say Netanyahu advanced regulation favoring Elovitch, apparently concerning the merger of two telecom companies


Subpoenas Coming Soon In Trump Emoluments Lawsuit
by Jessica Taylor
4 Dec 2018 at 1:35am
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia are preparing to move forward with subpoenas for President Trump's businesses in their lawsuit alleging he is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause. U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte gave the order for discovery in the case to proceed to D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who have accused Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency. The list of subpoena targets will be released on Tuesday. "We will now serve subpoenas to third-party organizations and federal agencies to gather the necessary evidence to prove that President Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clauses ? our nation's original anti-corruption laws," Racine said in a statement. The lawsuit has zeroed in on the Trump International Hotel , only blocks from the White House, and whether or not he has profited from both foreign and state government spending at the hotel. There


Who Are France's Yellow Vest Protesters, And What Do They Want?
by Jake Cigainero
4 Dec 2018 at 1:34am
As part of his environmental policy strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a green tax on fuel last month to go into effect Jan. 1. The move set off nearly a month of protests around France. The French Interior Ministry estimates 136,000 protesters turned out across the country over the weekend, in addition to 280,000 in previous weeks. Nicknamed for the safety vests worn by protesters, known as gilets jaunes, the yellow vest movement has sparked a political crisis for the French government. The protests started in the French provinces but spread to Paris, where demonstrations turned into riots over the weekend and scenes of violent civil unrest played out along the city's famous Avenue des Champs Élysées. Who are the members of the yellow vest movement and how did it emerge? Originally, the yellow vest protesters were people from rural areas who have to drive long distances as part of their daily life. They said they couldn't afford the hike in fuel prices. Protests


Congress Poised To Punt On Government Spending Fight Over Border Wall
by Kelsey Snell
4 Dec 2018 at 1:32am
Congressional leaders are planning to delay a spending fight until after the memorial ceremonies for former President George Herbert Walker Bush are completed. House leaders are drafting a bill to postpone a potential government shutdown from midnight on Friday night to the end of the day on Dec. 21. That gives negotiators an extra two weeks to finalize legislation to fund roughly a dozen agencies, including critical areas like the State Department and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. But it is the fight over money for President Trump's planned wall on the U.S. border with Mexico that has been the main sticking point in the talks so far. President Trump is demanding $5 billion for the wall, but top Democratic leaders say they can't support that level of money. After Bush's death late Friday top Hill leaders decided they didn't want to disrupt the Washington remembrances of the former president with a food fight over immigration ? a divisive issue with hardened

Looking Back On President George H.W. Bush's Controversial Criminal Justice L...
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We

French President Emmanuel Macron Faces His Biggest Political Crisis Yet
by Eleanor Beardsley
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We

Measles Cases Rise Globally With Spikes In The Middle East, Europe And The Am...
by Jason Beaubien
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We


Democrats Question St. Hilaire's Past Vote During Judicial Confirmation Hearing
by Todd Bookman
3 Dec 2018 at 10:47pm
Dan St. Hilaire was a county attorney, worked in private practice, has a passion for amateur astronomy, and currently works for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. But it was his vote against a contract for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in 2011 while serving on the Executive Council that generated the most discussion during his confirmation hearing Monday to serve as a Superior Court judge. St. Hilaire, a Republican, cast one of three votes against a $1.8 million federal contract for women?s health services, citing his concern that the money could be used for abortion services despite a ban on federal dollars funding such services. During his hearing, St. Hilaire said he wished he had handled the vote differently, including requesting a delay, but that he believed there were legitimate questions about how Planned Parenthood separates its finances. ?I know this Council is focused on that one vote, and I get it, but you have to look at the body of what I?ve done as a person


Race for N.H. Secretary of State Comes Down to the Wire
by Josh Rogers
3 Dec 2018 at 10:40pm
Wednesday is the day lawmakers will pick New Hampshire?s next Secretary of State, and both candidates?42-year incumbent Bill Gardner and his challenger, former executive councilor Colin Van Ostern?are hustling for support. As NHPR?s Josh Rogers reports.




Dec. 4: 2018 Annual Holiday Book Show
by The Exchange
4 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
Our indie bookstore owners are back for our annual Holiday Book Show to discuss the books that flew off the shelves in 2018, and which might make for great gift-giving or to keep for yourself! Novelists tackled the idea of American identity, with characters who don't quite fit in, while history writers revealed hidden stories from our past, from code-breakers to the Korean War. And non-fiction covered famous figures including Ronald Reagan and Michelle Obama. This show will air on Tuesday, December 4 at 9:00 a.m. and be rebroadcast at 7:00 p.m. Audio of the show will be available shortly after the show, as will a list of all books mentioned. GUESTS: Dan Chartrand - owner of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter. Michael Herrman - owner of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord.

Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Accused Of Helping Saudis Spy On Khashoggi
by Daniel Estrin
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Blind Swimming Coach Demonstrates He's More Than Capable
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

News Brief: George H.W. Bush, Ala. Shooting Probe, Ethiopia's Rapid Changes
4 Dec 2018 at 10:06am
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.


Africa Takes A Tough Look At Africa ? And The Way It Treats Its Children
by Joanne Lu
4 Dec 2018 at 10:00am
The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) has released its latest rankings of African countries on a "Child-Friendliness Index." Every few years since 2008, the Ethiopia-based research center scores governments on their intentions to improve children's legal protections, poverty rates, health, nutrition and education ? as well as the outcomes of those intentions. Some countries are doing well ? and even making strides. eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) was ranked 51 out of 52 countries in 2008. This year it was number 9. The reasons for the improvement? In 2012, eSwatini adopted a Children's Protection and Welfare Act that largely brought the country's laws in line with international human rights laws on children's rights. According to the report, it has also significantly improved children's access to health care, resulting in higher survival rates, more measles vaccinations and better access to sanitation. Other countries that topped the index this year were Mauritius, Algeria,


In This Year's Race for N.H. Secretary of State, Echoes of Gardner's First Ru...
by Casey McDermott
4 Dec 2018 at 3:03am
On one side, there?s an ambitious young politician pitching himself as the man to bring overdue reforms to the New Hampshire?s election system; on the other, there?s an elder statesman drawing on deep institutional ties and a long resume in Concord to win over votes. This might sound a lot like this year?s race for Secretary of State, which pits former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern against 42-year incumbent Bill Gardner. But it also describes Gardner?s first campaign for Secretary of State ? back in 1976 .


Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Netanyahu In 3rd Corruption Allegations Th...
by Daniel Estrin
4 Dec 2018 at 1:36am
He is one of President Trump's closest allies, and on the way to becoming the longest-serving prime minister in his country's history. But after almost a decade in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is battling a series of corruption allegations. On Sunday, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for receiving bribes and other criminal charges ? the third and most severe corruption case he has faced this year. He denies wrongdoing and accuses the police of a witch hunt. It is now up to Israel's attorney general to decide whether he should be indicted. Here's what you need to know about the allegations and how they could affect Netanyahu's grip on power. What are the latest allegations against Netanyahu? Police say Netanyahu had a "bribery relationship" with Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq. They say Netanyahu advanced regulation favoring Elovitch, apparently concerning the merger of two telecom companies


Subpoenas Coming Soon In Trump Emoluments Lawsuit
by Jessica Taylor
4 Dec 2018 at 1:35am
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia are preparing to move forward with subpoenas for President Trump's businesses in their lawsuit alleging he is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause. U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte gave the order for discovery in the case to proceed to D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who have accused Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency. The list of subpoena targets will be released on Tuesday. "We will now serve subpoenas to third-party organizations and federal agencies to gather the necessary evidence to prove that President Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clauses ? our nation's original anti-corruption laws," Racine said in a statement. The lawsuit has zeroed in on the Trump International Hotel , only blocks from the White House, and whether or not he has profited from both foreign and state government spending at the hotel. There


Who Are France's Yellow Vest Protesters, And What Do They Want?
by Jake Cigainero
4 Dec 2018 at 1:34am
As part of his environmental policy strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a green tax on fuel last month to go into effect Jan. 1. The move set off nearly a month of protests around France. The French Interior Ministry estimates 136,000 protesters turned out across the country over the weekend, in addition to 280,000 in previous weeks. Nicknamed for the safety vests worn by protesters, known as gilets jaunes, the yellow vest movement has sparked a political crisis for the French government. The protests started in the French provinces but spread to Paris, where demonstrations turned into riots over the weekend and scenes of violent civil unrest played out along the city's famous Avenue des Champs Élysées. Who are the members of the yellow vest movement and how did it emerge? Originally, the yellow vest protesters were people from rural areas who have to drive long distances as part of their daily life. They said they couldn't afford the hike in fuel prices. Protests


Congress Poised To Punt On Government Spending Fight Over Border Wall
by Kelsey Snell
4 Dec 2018 at 1:32am
Congressional leaders are planning to delay a spending fight until after the memorial ceremonies for former President George Herbert Walker Bush are completed. House leaders are drafting a bill to postpone a potential government shutdown from midnight on Friday night to the end of the day on Dec. 21. That gives negotiators an extra two weeks to finalize legislation to fund roughly a dozen agencies, including critical areas like the State Department and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. But it is the fight over money for President Trump's planned wall on the U.S. border with Mexico that has been the main sticking point in the talks so far. President Trump is demanding $5 billion for the wall, but top Democratic leaders say they can't support that level of money. After Bush's death late Friday top Hill leaders decided they didn't want to disrupt the Washington remembrances of the former president with a food fight over immigration ? a divisive issue with hardened

Looking Back On President George H.W. Bush's Controversial Criminal Justice L...
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We

French President Emmanuel Macron Faces His Biggest Political Crisis Yet
by Eleanor Beardsley
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We

Measles Cases Rise Globally With Spikes In The Middle East, Europe And The Am...
by Jason Beaubien
3 Dec 2018 at 11:04pm
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest political crisis yet. A grassroots protest movement known as the yellow vests began three weeks ago against a gas tax. The demonstrations have grown increasingly violent, and now this leaderless movement is threatening Macron's presidency. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report from Paris. (SOUNDBITE OF BROOM SWEEPING) ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Tonight, workers were still sweeping up the glass in front of a shuttered cafe a block from the Arc de Triomphe. Cars were burned and stores looted in this upscale neighborhood. Forty-five-year-old Valerie Bonhomme, who lives here, says she's never seen the country at such an impasse. VALERIE BONHOMME: (Through interpreter) It's sad for the country that we've gotten to this point. We need a way out, but I don't know how the president's going to do it. There's a lot of hatred, and people don't respect each other anymore. We


Democrats Question St. Hilaire's Past Vote During Judicial Confirmation Hearing
by Todd Bookman
3 Dec 2018 at 10:47pm
Dan St. Hilaire was a county attorney, worked in private practice, has a passion for amateur astronomy, and currently works for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. But it was his vote against a contract for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in 2011 while serving on the Executive Council that generated the most discussion during his confirmation hearing Monday to serve as a Superior Court judge. St. Hilaire, a Republican, cast one of three votes against a $1.8 million federal contract for women?s health services, citing his concern that the money could be used for abortion services despite a ban on federal dollars funding such services. During his hearing, St. Hilaire said he wished he had handled the vote differently, including requesting a delay, but that he believed there were legitimate questions about how Planned Parenthood separates its finances. ?I know this Council is focused on that one vote, and I get it, but you have to look at the body of what I?ve done as a person


Race for N.H. Secretary of State Comes Down to the Wire
by Josh Rogers
3 Dec 2018 at 10:40pm
Wednesday is the day lawmakers will pick New Hampshire?s next Secretary of State, and both candidates?42-year incumbent Bill Gardner and his challenger, former executive councilor Colin Van Ostern?are hustling for support. As NHPR?s Josh Rogers reports.

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