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.


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.

Beltway Banthas #58: Enemies of the People
Beltway Banthas Special: Solo, Politidope, & Fodder
Beltway Banthas #57: The Politics of Mark Hamill
Beltway Banthas: Star Wars Representation Matters ft. Daniel Jose Older
Beltway Banthas #56: The Public Service of Bail Organa
Beltway Banthas Special: May the Fourth be with you