Beltway Banthas #17: Built On Hope (ft. Bobby Roberts)

by Beltway Banthas

Stephen and Swara dig into the results of the 2016 election with guest Bobby Roberts! In the final days and hours of the elections, Star Wars references, memes and jokes abounded as Americans digested what they saw on the news. In this episode, Beltway Banthas seeks to understand why this happens and much more.

This 2016 election season has been nothing short of exhausting. For some, the results of the 2016 election might be more troubling than the process that got us to this point. In this episode of Beltway Banthas, we unload all the feelings we have about the outcome and what it means, in the context of our Star Wars fandom. Star Wars teaches us about democracy, the troubles with it, and it also teaches us how to stand in the face of oppression and seemingly insurmountable odds. Are you a rebel? What does that mean in culture, politics, and Star Wars? Force Ghost Bobby Roberts joins the show to help us sort through it all.


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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 & Tirso Perez, 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 & Naboo’s monarchies to the function of the Senate on Coruscant. In between episodes we feature interviews with real world change-makers, and talk with them about 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

For Tirso Perez, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good one liner at your side. He works full time in the D.C. area, but usually, spends most of his time daydreaming about Star Wars. Find him on Twitter @itsjusttirso

Swara Salih is a true believer, in both The Force and the importance of politics. As an activist, writer and aspiring Jedi, Swara came to Beltway Banthas as a listener and is now with the show full time. He was with Newsweek, Huffington Post and now studies coding in Washington, DC. Find Swara online @SwaraSalih1

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