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Where We Were: Barack Obama’s “Dreams From My Father”

It had been – yet again – a vitriolic week of news coverage. It was enough to keep Dania away from social media for a time. “It’s for my health,” she explained in her Facebook post. Besides, she thought, I wanted to read more in 2018 anyway.

So when Gwen suggested that she read “Dreams From My Father,” Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir about his search for his heritage, Dania was hesitant.

“Gwen, I’m getting off-line to get away from politics,” she said. “I know Obama is bae, but I just…don’t, right now.”

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At First Impression: NPR’s “What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito”

“Because everything’s political nowadays, you know? Like, everyone. You gotta have your answers about where you stand on every issue just, at the ready. So I’d want to know.”

Dania stirred her tea slowly, considering Eleanor’s answer. “But why her?”

“Why not her?”

“I’m not saying she wouldn’t have an answer,” Dania continued, guardedly. “But of all the people to ask, it seems an odd choice.”

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Just Winging It: ArtBox’s “JEB! An American Disappointment (Please Clap)”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or games, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. This week, we return to an older conversation, regarding the musical parody that took the 2016 election by storm. Let’s hear what they had to say…


“I just think they should have had more people of color in the leads,” Eleanor said.

“I mean, they had most of them,” Gwen said. She glanced back at the Art Box as they walked down the lakefill. “It was really only Jeb and Marco Rubio that were white. I mean, ignoring Connor Scott as Bill Clinton – the best part of the whole show.”

“That was amazing!” Dania said. “How incredible that they get someone who could actually play saxophone too. People are talented.”

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