Beltway Banthas #78: The Rise of Andrew Heaton and the Case for Empire

by Beltway Banthas

The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this week! To discuss the hype and stakes for the film, comedian and baritone geek Andrew Heaton joins Beltway Banthas. We get into the return of Emperor Palpatine, Rey, fanboys vs The Last Jedi and Heaton’s recent interview of Jonathan Last, who notoriously penned “The Case For Empire” in the Weekly Standard. Andrew Heaton and Stephen Kent review how and if the political right’s penchant for trolling online tracks with Star Wars fandom and the common arguments in favor of the Empire over the Rebel Alliance. On Reddit, the debate thrives at r/EmpireDidNothingWrong. 

If you want Star Wars and a healthy dash of politics, this is the podcast you are looking for. Andrew Heaton is the host of The Political Orphanage Podcast and his new sci-fi show, Alienating the Audience.

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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 host Stephen Kent, 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 in Raleigh, NC with his wife and daughter. He works at a non-profit that does outreach to print and broadcast media. He enjoys political podcasts, cosplay, and making jokes that only he thinks are funny.

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