Alton Yates says the trip on the high speed sled could be painful, and frightening. But he also says, "We were anxious to get strapped into that seat to conduct the next experiment." Courtesy of Alton Yates hide caption

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A Teen In The 1950s, Extreme Sledding For The Air Force

Fresh out of school, Alton Yates needed to make money, so he signed up for the Air Force. His job? Riding rocket-propelled sleds, to help test whether high-speed space travel would be safe for humans.

Rev. Willis Johnson (left), pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, speaks to Rev. Michele Shumake-Keller after the panel discussion. Johnson said he hoped the event would be a step to healing a "community in trauma." Whitney Curtis for NPR hide caption

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Code Switch

Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.

Kuam De Heere, or Diamonds of the Community, depicts the assassination of Indira Gandhi from her killlers' point of view. The film has been screened in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, but its release has been blocked in India. Kaum de Heere hide caption

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Security Vs. Free Speech: India Blocks Film On Assassination

The 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was followed by a wave of sectarian killings. The government has now stepped in to stop the release of a film about the traumatic episode.

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They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola

The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could cause infection. They wear safety garb. And they pray.

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