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The U.S. Is Entering a New COVID-19 Vaccination Crisis

5/11/2021
In the past three weeks, every adult in the U.S. has become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, which are now widely available in most parts of the country. Yet there has been an alarming decline in the number of Americans showing up to get vaccinated, even though less than half of the population has received even a single dose.

Duration:00:06:21

Teens Aged 12 to 15 Can Now Get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S.

5/11/2021
On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds. It’s the first COVID-19 shot authorized for this younger population. "I cannot tell you how many people have been anxiously awaiting this day to get their kids vaccinated," says Dr.

Duration:00:05:58

Free COVID-19 Vaccines Are Luring Visitors to Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

5/11/2021
Residents of Romania who find themselves in central Transylvania this May now have the option of getting vaccinated at a legendary location from horror history: Bran Castle.

Duration:00:02:31

The Empire State Building’s Green Retrofit Was a Success. Will Other Buildings Follow Suit?

5/11/2021
Underneath the Empire State building, a maze of pipes, gauges and steel valve wheels that comprise the building's chiller plant look as if they might have remained unchanged since President Herbert Hoover turned on the tower's iconic lights at its opening in 1931. Despite their appearance, those enormous heat exchange machines have been thoroughly upgraded on the inside.

Duration:00:08:11

Scotland’s Nationalists Won a Big Election Victory. Could Scottish Independence Now Be on the Cards?

5/11/2021
Scotland could be one step closer to becoming an independent country. The British government has been forced to play defense on calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, after the country's main nationalist party secured an emphatic victory in elections for its devolved parliament on Friday.

Duration:00:08:08

The Joy of Seeing Art Live With Other Humans for the First Time in 2 Years

5/11/2021
A version of this article also appeared in the It’s Not Just You newsletter. Sign up here to receive a new edition every Sunday. As always, you can send comments to me at: Susanna@Time.com. My sister Ingalisa is a museum person. Travel with her means you’re in for some art. And while I knew I’d missed Ingalisa over this long year, I didn’t think I missed museums. There was just too much else to pine for.

Duration:00:06:36

The ‘America First’ Revival Tour Throws a Trump Rally Without Trump

5/10/2021
For an hour and a half on Friday evening, it was as if the 2020 election had never ended. "Tell me, who’s your president?" asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. “Donald Trump!” the crowd shouted. Did anyone believe that Joe Biden had won the election? “No!” they roared back. In a ballroom in central Florida, two embattled Republicans, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Greene, were on a mission to recreate the magic of the Trump era.

Duration:00:07:18

The Facebook Oversight Board’s Decision Didn’t Change Much for Trump. But It Could Have Implications Far Beyond Him

5/10/2021
Facebook’s new Oversight Board, a new, quasi-independent organization that acts as a kind of supreme court for Facebook’s moderation decisions, issued its most important decision yet. In a lengthy ruling, it determined that Facebook was “justified” when it suspended Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts on January 6th, 2021, but that it shouldn’t have imposed an “indefinite” suspension on Trump.

Duration:00:07:54

The Story Behind the Declaration of Independence’s Most Memorable Line

5/10/2021
The most remarkable features of the state constitutions that sprang to life in 1776 like so many daffodils up and down the continent were certain overarching elements that are now so commonplace that we forget how truly revolutionary they were back then: writtenness, concision, replicability, rights declaration, democratic pedigree, republican structure, and amendability. Never before in history had this particular combination of features come together.

Duration:00:06:13

The Real Biggest Myths About World War II, According to a Military Historian

5/10/2021
More than 75 years after V-E Day—the German surrender on May 8, 1945, that ended the physical fighting on the Western Front in World War II—myths and misconceptions about the war remain. TIME asked the Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum, Rob Citino, which myths he has spent the most time debunking in his career as a professor of military history and author of 10 books.

Duration:00:08:13

Column: History Is Full of Mothers Who Changed the World While Taking Care of Their Children

5/9/2021
The notion that mothers can simultaneously nurture their children and their careers is often seen as a modern phenomenon, an indication of how far women have come in the march toward gender equity. But in fact, history is full of mothers who reached beyond the domestic sphere—courageous women who overcame societal barriers and changed the world for people far beyond their own children.

Duration:00:07:49

The Invisible Labor Inside America’s Lactation Rooms

5/9/2021
The Longworth House lactation suite is stately. Furnished with wood paneling and a patrician window curtain, it fits a refrigerator, a sink, a TV, and pumping stations equipped with hospital-grade breast pumps, armchairs, shelves, hangers, tissues, and wipes. The suite—one of several created at the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 2007 under the impetus of Nancy Pelosi, the first female House speaker—is a space of privilege.

Duration:00:05:17

Texas Was Already One of the Hardest States to Vote in. It May Get Even Harder

5/9/2021
The Texas House of Representatives approved a spate of new voting restrictions Friday in a state that has long been considered one of the hardest to vote in in the nation. The final 78-64 vote occurred on Friday afternoon—just one day after Florida approved its own law adding restrictions to voting by mail and drop boxes, and weeks after Georgia enacted a sweeping overhaul of its election system.

Duration:00:13:30

‘There’s No Easy Way Out of This.’ How Anti-Government Protests in Colombia Escalated into Deadly Clashes with Police

5/9/2021
Projectiles fire out of an armored car and shoot down a Bogotá highway like fireworks, landing among a group of protesters as they run in the opposite direction. A video, verified and shared by Human Rights Watch, shows what the rights group says is the use of “indiscriminate and dangerous” weapons on civilians by Colombian police.

Duration:00:08:24

Educating the Country: TFK Kid Reporter Interviews Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

5/9/2021
All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

Duration:00:12:02

Column: The Problem With Celebrating the Selflessness of Mothers

5/9/2021
My mother has three children. She gave birth to my sister in Seattle, my brother in Stockholm, Sweden, and me in Albuquerque, N.M. One of the things all three of us distinctly remember is the way she would constantly compare her experiences as a mother in the U.S. to those she had abroad. When she gave birth to my brother, she felt supported. When she gave birth to my sister and me, she felt alone.

Duration:00:07:16

‘Needle Phobia’ May Be Keeping Some From Getting Their COVID-19 Vaccine. Here’s How to Cope

5/8/2021
Alex Denley, a 23-year-old philosophy doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, doesn't seem like someone who would be vaccine hesitant. They're determined to stop COVID-19 from spreading, and haven't fallen for any vaccine conspiracy theories. However, getting the coronavirus shot was tremendously stressful for Denley. They feared it could trigger a terrible panic attack, leaving them crumpled on the floor, sobbing and shaking in front of a crowd of onlookers.

Duration:00:05:52

The U.S. Birth Rate Dropped Last Year, But Don’t Blame It All on the Pandemic

5/8/2021
About 142,000 fewer babies were born in the U.S. in 2020 than in 2019, according to provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released May 5. But unlike most health news pertaining to last year, the pandemic was not the primary cause for the decline. In total, there were 3.6 million births in 2020, a 4% drop from 2019. The tally is on par with the number of births in 1980.

Duration:00:04:18

GOP Makes a Choice: Donald Trump Over Liz Cheney

5/8/2021
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. When Liz Cheney voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump back in January, her fellow Republicans were able to set that aside as a vote of conscience. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a mainstay of conservative politics for decades, told her colleagues that she’d never apologize for sticking with her convictions.

Duration:00:06:35

Column: Too Many Mothers Struggle to Afford Diapers

5/8/2021
In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist who created Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in the 1850s to promote children’s health. The elder Jarvis’s commitment to hygienic childcare was borne of tragedy, as she lost nine children to epidemics spread through unsanitary conditions common during the 19th century. This was the genesis of Mother’s Day, and one many of us might wrongly think is now obsolete.

Duration:00:06:01