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In Scotland today, newspaper headlines shouted freedom. But read the small print. Another read, don't cry freedom. The headlines are a poke at Scotland's neighbor to the south. England declared so-called Freedom Day and lifted almost all COVID restrictions a few weeks ago. Scotland has charted a more cautious course. Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says most COVID restrictions will be relaxed next Monday.

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In Scotland today, newspaper headlines shouted freedom. But read the small print. Another read, don't cry freedom. The headlines are a poke at Scotland's neighbor to the south. England declared so-called Freedom Day and lifted almost all COVID restrictions a few weeks ago. Scotland has charted a more cautious course. Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says most COVID restrictions will be relaxed next Monday.

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For renters facing eviction in the U.S., things have looked bleak for the last few months.

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Government officials have begged, pleaded and even bribed Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine.

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This week, several law enforcement officers shared painful memories about fearing death during the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

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When the artist Yolanda Quarterly, now better known as Yola, was just a bump in her mother's belly, she was already bopping to music. Yola's mother was a registered nurse, who used to DJ at a hospital's mental health unit. Disco and soul, sounds Yola would hear before entering the world, would go on to influence her later in life.

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A true star knows when it's time to take his last bow.

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UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: A-A-R-D-V-A-R-K. A-A-R-D...

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: V-A-R-K.

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It's been remarkable to watch singer-songwriter Joy Oladukun's professional success, despite the pandemic: Her music keeps showing up on popular scripted shows like Grey's Anatomy and This Is Us, leading to live performances on late night shows with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert — all without really leaving her base of Nashville, Tenn.

On the last edition of Play It Forward, All Things Considered's chain of musical gratitude, funk legend George Clinton spoke about opera singer and funk keyboardist Constance Hauman. In particular, he praised Hauman's many musical talents, which extend across genres.

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Beneath the pine and birch forest of northern Germany lies Unicorn Cave, named for the bones found by medieval treasure hunters.

It's been a hot week full of court documents and news drops. And now, we're ready for a calmer and cooler break with time to breathe. And fortunately, we've got recommendations for podcasts, binge-able television and good reading for your holiday weekend.

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If you've spotted a sick, hurt or deceased bird, please complete the Smithsonian's Sick Wild Bird Report questionnaire here.

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For millions of people, this phrase...

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QUINTA BRUNSON: (As character) He got money.

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At any given time in the U.S., more than 50,000 people are in solitary confinement.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Reading) The human body is not meant to live in a parking space; the human body is meant to move.

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