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Today's Stories March 30, 2015

Sen. Warren: Not Interested In Reid’s Job And Still Not Running For President

Elizabeth Warren insists she has no plans to jump into the 2016 race. She joins us to discuss her current political goals.

Unveiling The Pain Of Secondary Trauma Victims

Mac McClelland was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing another woman's horror at being brutally assaulted. She joins us to explain why she didn't believe the diagnosis, at first.

New CDC Anti-Smoking Ad Features E-Cig User

The CDC director says e-cigarettes are not proven smoking cessation products -- and almost three quarters of e-cigarette smokers also use traditional cigarettes.

As Deadline Looms, A Look At The Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks

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GNC Agrees To New Testing Of Supplements

The country's largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements has agreed to new quality control testing.

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Indiana Says New Law Does Not Discriminate Against LGBT Community

Lawmakers in Indiana are defending a bill that sparked controversy this weekend, saying that it does not discriminate against gays and lesbians.

12:40 PM EDT 5 Comments

Prosecution Rests, Defense Set To Begin In Boston Bombing Trial

A defense attorney who has handled death penalty cases discusses the defense strategy in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial.

12:12 PM EDT 2 Comments

Is Schumer A Shoo-In For Senate Leadership?

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses Sen. Chuck Schumer's influence and whether anyone could challenge him for the role.

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'Twenty Feet From Stardom's' Lisa Fischer Returns Center Stage

Once a back up singer to the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer is now back on the road as the star.

12:52 PM EDT 4 Comments

Silicon Valley Reacts To Ellen Pao Gender Discrimination Verdict

The plaintiff claimed that while working for a venture capital firm, she was denied promotion and ultimately fired because of her sex.

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Trevor Noah To Take Over 'Daily Show'; Buzz Over New Scientology Documentary

Julia Turner of Slate discusses how the news has been reverberating on social media.

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New Kidney Donation Guidelines Begin To Pay Off

Joanna Richards of WCPN catches up with 31-year-old Mike Brown, who recently got a kidney transplant.

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Hi-Tech Now An Essential Tool On Southwest Farms

As labor shortages on American farms increases, farm owners are looking more and more towards robotic solutions.

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March 25 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 25 18 Comments

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don't get as much press.

March 24 9 Comments

Britain’s ‘Greatest Complainer’ Doesn’t Get Mad, He Gets Even

Jasper Griegson is a complaint expert and wrote over 5,000 complaint letters on behalf of readers of the British newspaper, The Daily Express.

March 24 18 Comments

Flushable Wipes Wiping Out Sewer Systems

It turns out flushable wipes aren't septic-safe -- and they've been wreaking havoc on London's sewer system and systems around the world.

March 23 4 Comments

Redesigned PSAT Shifts Preparation Efforts For High School Students

A college counselor offers advice to students who are looking ahead to the college admissions process. She reminds students they are more than a number.

March 20 16 Comments

From Texas, A Supreme Court Case For Confederate Flag License Plates

The Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles' decision to deny a license plate proposal because it features the Confederate flag.

March 20 39 Comments

15 Frustrated Students Launch The Country’s First Student Debt Strike

15 students who attended for-profit Corinthian Colleges are refusing to pay back their student loan debts.

March 19 79 Comments

Could A Cross-Country Pipeline Solve The West’s Water Shortage?

One solution for solving the West's water shortage is to build a pipeline to divert Mississippi River flood waters.

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Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart's first book of poetry is both personal and universal - inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

March 27 11 Comments

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It’s Full Of Horror Movies

"Silent Night, Deadly Night," "Stripped to Kill" and "The Last Slumber Party" – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.

March 26 3 Comments

Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

In the writer-director's new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts' characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

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How March Became Mad

The NCAA men's tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.