Trumpeter John McNeil (far right) rejoins Hush Point, a group of friends from the New York jazz scene, on the new album Blues and Reds. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

McNeil suffered from a neural disorder that prevented him from performing for decades at a time. Thanks to a medical study, he's regained enough coordination to join a band.

Beemer, shown at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in 2011, is a candidate for both Mars One and the Mars Arctic 365 program. Max Fagin hide caption

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An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending, but now she has a plan B, too.

Javier Goyeneche contends that trash can be transformed into beautiful cloth — with a much higher percentage of recycled materials than found in most commercially popular recycled fabrics. Courtesy of Javier Goyeneche/ hide caption

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Arts & Life

One Man's Trash, Another Man's Fashion Brand

Spanish entrepreneur Javier Goyeneche is looking to transform the world of sustainable fashion, with clothes that are made out of 80 or 90 percent recycled materials — from tires to old fishing nets.

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Common plays James Bevel, Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton and Andre Holland plays Andrew Young in Ava DuVernay's Selma. Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Code Switch

For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters — including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers — and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

Minister Ryan Bell decided to "try on" atheism for a year; now, although he says atheism is an "awkward fit," he's going to continue to not believe in God. Natalie Gee hide caption

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After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: 'I Don't Think God Exists'

Former pastor Ryan Bell embarked on a year without God at the start of 2014. He says, "Before, I wanted a closer relationship to God, and today I just want a closer relationship with reality."

Something's missing in the small town of Jackman, Maine. They've have an electrician and some carpenters among their 800-odd residents, but no plumber — even after establishing a scholarship for local students to become certified. Ruediger Wittmann/iStockphoto hide caption

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Around the Nation

Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

In August, a couple in Jackman, Maine, created a scholarship for a student willing to train as a plumber and come back to work in the rural town. Months later, no student has taken the plunge.

A negative image of Kks3, made using the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope. The core of the galaxy is the right-hand dark object at the top center of the image. D. Makarov/Royal Astronomical Society hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

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