The 'World's Strongest Librarian' On Tourette Syndrome, Weightlifting & Mormonism

An interview with Josh Hanagarne.

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The 'World's Strongest Librarian' On Tourette Syndrome, Weightlifting & Mormonism
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The 'World's Strongest Librarian' On Tourette Syndrome, Weightlifting & Mormonism

The story of Josh Hanagarne isn't necessarily funny. He was born with Tourette Syndrome, a poorly understood neuropsychiatric disorder which inflicts on Josh a blizzard of tics, flinches, whoops and yelps.

Most disconcertingly, he frequently hits himself i the face. Josh's first refuge was books, and that led to a career as a librarian. His second refuge was playing the guitar, which somehow distracted his mind from the triggers producing the tics. And his third refuge was exercise, specifically strength and weight training.

His book is called "The World's Strongest Librarian" and is IS funny. But it's also heart breaking. It's the story of Josh, his disorder, his wife and son, and even his struggles with his Mormon faith.  Meet Josh, on today's show.

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