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Othersode #43: Phantom of the Suburbs / Hamilton!

Join us *in the room where it happens* to talk about “Hamilton,” the 2015 hit Broadway musical that recently became available to stream on Disney+! We talk about our favorite characters and moments, how women are represented, deviations from history (but in a not-annoying way!), other musicals that have had crossover cultural success, and how “Hamilton” represents our particular politico-historical moment. Also—the #BookSquadBlog is back! Check it out for brand new content! For our next #Bookpisode on August 10, read “Magic for Liars” by Sarah Gailey. Then, check out the new film adaptation of “The Secret Garden” for our next #Othersode on August 24. Send your thoughts on “Hamilton” or any other topic we’ve covered to or DM us on social media @booksquadgoals!


0:30 – Intro and icebreaker
8:21 – Musical intro
11:38 – What’s your experience with this musical?
19:06 – Wikes and dislikes
33:42 – Women in the musical
46:00 – Controversy about the musical, representing history
59:11 – Crossover success!
1:06:07 – Recorded musicals v movies v live
1:27:57 – What’s everyone’s favorite leitmotif?
1:37:40 – Listener feedback
1:39:40 – Special announcements
1:43:41 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

– Historical facts:
– Hamilton cast Q&A:
– Adam’s scholarship:
– Kickstarter for Two Trumps and a Lie:

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PDX Portland Bail Fund:
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NAACP Legal Defense Fund:
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Reclaim the Block petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor petition for Justice for George Floyd petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources:
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice:

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