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No one in politics today is hearing more calls from progressives to run than Elizabeth Warren, the popular and populist Massachusetts senator. Warren, though, denies any interest in the presidency and continued to do that Monday in an interview with Jeremy Hobson on WBUR's Here & Now.

"I'm out here fighting this fight," Warren said. "I'm fighting it every single day in the United States."

Asked if she wants to run, Warren said bluntly, "I do not."

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All evidence in the crash last week of a Germanwings airliner points to the co-pilot deliberately crashing the plane.  But before that evidence came to light, theories abounded about what caused the plane to crash into the French Alps.

In the case of a 2009 Air France flight which crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, it turned out a combination of mechanical failure and poor pilot training was responsible.

If pushing a cart up and down the lengthy aisles of your neighborhood supermarket — past dozens of brands of packaged cereal and crackers lit by fluorescent lights — feels overwhelming and soul-sucking, you're not alone.

But there's some good news: The days of shopping this way may be numbered.

Monday on Lake Effect:

You might be surprised by research into music and cats – or if you have cats, you might not be surprised.  Either way, it’s interesting work coming out of the University of Wisconsin.  Then, Waukesha’s Kalmbach publishing debuts a new magazine dedicated to the emerging technology of drones.  And a new indie film shot on location in Milwaukee – and elsewhere – recounts the true chilling tale of a passenger jet that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean.

Guests:

Chris Monaghan

The Michigan band Greensky Bluegrass uses most of the instruments that make up a traditional bluegrass band: banjo, dobro, bass, mandolin. And while some of the sounds that come from those instruments fit right into the tradition, many others don’t.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in April 2014.

Why is this Sandwich Monday different from all other Sandwich Mondays? In honor of Passover, I introduced my non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch.

South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

In 2012, Ian Thorson was found dead in a cave in Arizona. He and his wife had been kicked out of a silent Buddhist retreat that was supposed to last three years, but they decided to finish out the time alone in the desert — and that extreme quest for spiritual enlightenment eventually killed him.

Writer Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather Liu Feng Shu was a scholar in China's Qing dynasty during the late 1800s and early 1900s. As a patron of the arts, he built up an immense porcelain collection.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese landed near his village on the Yangtze River. As the army approached, Liu and one of his workmen dug a giant hole in their garden, to keep the collection safe.

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