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Nearly a year ago, Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court after a heated set of hearings during which Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. The Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly were two of the journalists who covered the hearings for the paper, and they have now written a book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,” which tells the story starting back in the 1980s.

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Pogrebin and Kelly discuss the book on this week’s podcast. Kelly says that the “foundational mission” of the book was not just to learn more about the allegations against Kavanaugh but to get “a much better context for who he was as a person and what his educational years and career were like, and who is the man who has been portrayed in these two starkly polarized ways.”

The Australian novelist Tim Winton also appears on the podcast to discuss his most recent book, “The Shepherd’s Hut.” The interview was taped last month at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In it, Winton talks about the novel and more generally about how he came to love and write about the natural world. “I was very conscious, being a child, of having a preference for the outdoors over the indoors, because in the outdoors, you had agency,” Winton says. “And when you’re a kid you don’t have that much power — not in my childhood — and once you were outside, you could write the script, in a way.”

Also this week, Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai talk about the books they’ve recently reviewed. Pamela Paul is the host.

Here are the books discussed by The Times’s critics this week:

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