Beltway Banthas

Beltway Banthas

Politics and Star Wars fuse together on this unique and fascinating show! Beltway Banthas is your place for insightful political commentary featuring the galaxy far, far, away.

Beltway Banthas is a Star Wars podcast about the intersection of fandom and the things that drive daily life. For hosts Stephen Kent & Swara Salih, one of those things is politics. Star Wars draws from our world’s politics just as much as it contributes to it by influencing policymakers, journalists and thought leaders.

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On the show, you’ll learn about the politics within the Star Wars universe. From Alderaan and Naboo’s monarchies to the function of the Senate on Coruscant, Stephen and Swara will cover it all. In between episodes, we feature interviews with real world change-makers. We’ll discuss how Star Wars impacted their lives and view of the world.

Stephen Kent lives outside of DC with his wife and daughter. He works at a political non-profit that does outreach to millennials. He enjoys political podcasts, cosplay, and making jokes that only he thinks are funny. Connect on Twitter @Stephen_Kent89

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Beltway Banthas Episode #40: The New Republic Era ft. Chuck Wendig
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Beltway Banthas Episode #39: Lessons from Inferno Squad
Beltway Banthas Interview: Mike Cooper of Eleven-ThirtyEight
Beltway Banthas Episode #38: Galactic Peacekeepers ft. Steele Saunders
Beltway Banthas Interview: Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum
Beltway Banthas Episode #37: The First Order's Fire & Fury
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Beltway Banthas Episode #36: Race, Representation & Reconciliation
Beltway Banthas Interview: David Barnes & Al Downs
Beltway Banthas Episode #35: Politician Profile of Leia Organa
Beltway Banthas Interview: Graham Vyse of The New Republic
Beltway Banthas #34: Defining Freedom in Star Wars
Beltway Banthas Interview: Andrew Heaton (Reason)
Beltway Banthas #33: The Politics of Thrawn
Beltway Banthas Interview: Dave Summers (Americans For Prosperity)
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Bonus Episode: AdmiralNick22 on Star Wars Political Cartography
Beltway Banthas Episode #31: Money in Galactic Politics (Part I)
Beltway Banthas Interview: Ben Domenech (The Federalist)
Beltway Banthas Episode #30: Mon Mothma - A Life of Public Service
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Beltway Banthas Special: Swara's Round Table (Live from Star Wars Celebration)
Beltway Banthas #28: Budgets, Bombs & Bankers
Beltway Banthas #27: The Powerful Politics of Padme
Beltway Banthas #26: Live at Oak City Comicon
Beltway Banthas #25: The State of the Podcast Address
Beltway Banthas #24: The Imperial Conundrum
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Beltway Banthas #22: Don't Tax My Trade Routes Bro
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Beltway Banthas #18: Krennic vs Tarkin
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