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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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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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Penguin Press

In 'Missionaries,' Phil Klay Explores How 'Wars Bleed Into Each Other'

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The New Press

Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o Says Prison Formed Him As A Writer

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Atria/One Signal Publishers

For Poet Maggie Smith, An Ending Was The Beginning Of Her New Book

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Rubik's Cube Inventor Writes A New Book: It's Full Of Twists And Turns

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Rumaan Alam is also the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. David A. Land/Harper Collins hide caption

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In 'Leave The World Behind,' 2 Families Face The Unknown Together

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A member of the White House cleaning staff sanitizes the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on October 5. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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'It Is Reckless.' Trump Placing White House Staff At Risk Of COVID-19, Author Says

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Former CIA chief John Brennan has a new book out titled Undaunted. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Former Spy Chief Brennan Looks Back At Sept. 11 — And Ahead To Presidential Election

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Lenny Kravitz performs in Tours, France in 2018. He says touring is hard — and wonderful: "Everything is about those two and a half hours on stage." Guillaume Souvant /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lenny Kravitz On Race, Being On The Road, And Ruff Ruff The Magic Dog

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Daniel Alarcón hosts NPR Spanish-language podcast Radio Ambulante and is the author of a book of fictional short stories called The King Is Always Above The People. Hugo Rojo/NPR hide caption

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'Radio Ambulante' Host Daniel Alarcón On The Immigrant Experience

Sam revisits his 2017 chat with author and Radio Ambulante host, Daniel Alarcón. They discuss Alarcón's book of short stories, The King Is Always Above The People, which holds a mirror to the immigrant experience in today's political climate. Alarcón also shares his own experiences immigrating from Peru to the U.S. as a child.

'Radio Ambulante' Host Daniel Alarcón On The Immigrant Experience

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Other Press

Anger And A Sense Of Betrayal Drive 'Why Didn't We Riot?'

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Wednesday Books

Dylan Farrow Spins A Tale Of Truth, Lies And Power In 'Hush'

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Former mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, pictured in Charleston, S.C., in February. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pete Buttigieg Says There's A 'Crisis In Trust'

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The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser Doubleday hide caption

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Doubleday

James Baker, 'The Man Who Ran Washington,' Laments Today's Politics

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