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Riverhead

Yes, There's Conflict — But No One's The Bad Guy In 'Memorial'

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In his book How To, Randall Munroe explores whether you could open enough water bottles to fill a swimming pool — using nuclear weapons. Riverhead Books hide caption

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Randall Munroe's Absurd Scientific Advice For Real-World Problems

Randall Munroe, the cartoonist behind the popular Internet comic xkcd, finds complicated solutions to simple, real-world problems. In the process, he reveals a lot about science and why the real world is sometimes even weirder than we expect. His latest book is called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. (Encore episode.)

Randall Munroe's Absurd Scientific Advice For Real-World Problems

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Scholastic

The 'I Survived' Books Are Perfect Reads For An Anxious Age

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on March 2 during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of coronavirus in New York state. Angela Weiss /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In 'American Crisis,' New York Gov. Cuomo Gives Halftime Review Of Pandemic Response

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A volunteer loads food into a cart at a mobile pantry in Detroit in April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an uptick in the demand at food banks. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images hide caption

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'This Is An Opportunity': Fareed Zakaria On 'Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World'

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James Baldwin poses while at home in Saint Paul de Vence, South of France during September of 1985. Ulf Andersen/Getty Images hide caption

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Throughline: James Baldwin's Fire

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