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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

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The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu:  And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts introduces readers to a mild mannered historian and librarian from Timbuktu, who morphed into one of the world’s greatest smugglers and pulled off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven. Joshua Hammer was Bureau Chief for Newsweek and correspondent at large on five continents. He is now a contributing editor to the Smithsonian and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Originally aired April 2016.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.