Iraqi archives on NPR

If you were on spring break, sleeping off SXSW or otherwise indisposed Friday morning, listen to the Morning Edition segment by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the role of libraries and booksellers in Iraq’s current intellectual life. Baghdad’s rare book hangout on al-Mantabi street was carbombed yeat again this week, killing 100 people. The piece also touches on the plight of the National Library and Archives, and its head, Saad Eskander, whose heartbreaking public diary has landed him in the spotlight. In the NPR interview, Eskander offers that the women staffers of the library have been integral in building the operation as a peaceful and dynamic enterprise. “Now we have a woman’s society in the National Library.”

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