Mark Hamill is a Hollywood legend for his depiction of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies. He is also a staunch believer in speaking on about politics. In this weeks episode we look at Mark Hamill’s public stand on gun control, President Trump and how he balances Star Wars with politics alongside the fans. This is part of a larger conversation on pop culture and whether or not our hyper politicized society has made it harder to enjoy art.
In the intro Swara & Stephen give final thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story and dive into the controversy around Lando’s sexuality as described by screenwriter Jon Kasdan. We also share Bantha Fodders and make some announcements which are laid out below.
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Announcement: Beltway Banthas is going to be taking a summer break during June and July with a comeback set for early August. This show has been going strong for two years with weekly episodes and we felt now is a good time to pause, do a summer of research, reading and thinking about what topics to tackle this year. THE SHOW WILL GO ON! We hope you’ll stay in touch with us on break on Twitter and Discord, where politics & Star Wars never sleep.
Beltway Banthas #57: The Politics of Mark Hamill
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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 & 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 & 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.
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’s a Data Analyst working to get city governments to use data better.
Abby Gleason is a lifelong Star Wars nerd and political nerd. She is currently a graduate student, working on getting her Masters in Social Work. She has a passion for advocacy and activism, history, and above all, Luke Skywalker.
Brittany Hunter is a writer and editor at the Foundation for Economic Education and the Center for Individualism. She focuses her writing on making free market economics and individualism applicable to millennials. She is a musical theater enthusiast and loves fantasy and all things magical, especially wizards. She lives with her Google Home in Atlanta.