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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.

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.

Police arrest a woman in Ferguson, Mo., protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. Most officers in Ferguson and nearby Jennings are white, but the neighborhoods they police are predominantly African-American. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.


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Field Recordings

Ages And Ages, Singing An Anthem For (And With) Everyone

Recorded with the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir in the ruins within Newport's Fort Adams State Park, "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" has a message and a chorus that everyone can enjoy.

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Goats and Soda

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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