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When his wife and young daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972, Joe Biden struggled to acknowledge his grief publicly. "He didn't want to become a symbol of human vulnerability," Evan Osnos says. "But it was thrust upon him and he had to decide whether to embrace it." Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biography Traces Political Mistakes And Personal Scars That Shaped Joe Biden

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What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, Carlos Lozada Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Washington Post Critic Says 'Trump Has Unwittingly Enabled' Discussions Of Race

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson's new book is called The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food. "Dressing has always been part of an African identity, but also a sad journey in American history," Samuelsson says. "As Black men, we had to dress up. ... If we didn't look in a certain way ... police officers [could] round us up — and it still happens." Angie Mosier/Little, Brown hide caption

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Marcus Samuelsson: Erasing Black Culinary History Ignores 'The Soul Of American Food'

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New Book Examines How The 1st Amendment Sits At The Forefront In An Election Year

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Supermajority co-Founder Alicia Garza participates in Supercharge: Women All In, a virtual day of action hosted by Supermajority, on Sept. 26. Getty Images/Getty Images for Supermajority hide caption

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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder On Her New Book, 'The Purpose of Power'

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"I am / a nonstop ball of energy. / Powerful and full of light. / I am a go-getter. A difference maker. / A leader." Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James/Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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A New Picture Book Reminds Black Sons: You Are 'Every Good Thing'

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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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