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The Spot: The Bay Area's Book Burglar

Sep 25, 2016

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...
Credit Julienne Alexander

"Ex Libris," produced by Lauren Spohrer for the podcast Criminal, June 2015.

In the late 1990’s, San Francisco was host to a very unique burglar. One who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of rare books, with zero intent of reselling them. Why? You’ll have to listen to find out.

You can find a link to subscribe to Criminal at, and hear back episodes at their website. Also, the team at Criminal are putting on a live event in San Francisco on November 14th at Social Hall SF. Check out all the details here.

"Searching for Brautiganisms" produced by Ashleyanne Krigbaum, October 2015.


A non-fictional letter sent to a fictional library.
Credit Ashleyanne Krigbaum

Also on today's episode of The Spot, we feature a short radio jaunt to a literary location in San Francisco. You can see more photos from the display case at the Presidio branch of the San Francisco Public Library by clicking here, and you check out the library's display for Richard Brautigan’s The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 everyday of the week. Find out more details at

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Henry Mancini, Bo Diddley, Air, Explosions in the Sky, and Comet Gain.

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Tune in next week for another episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.