Beltway Banthas Interview: Ben Domenech (The Federalist)

by Beltway Banthas

Stephen went to Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center to chat with Ben Domenech, host of The Federalist Radio Hour and publisher of The Federalist. They talk about Ben’s deep Star Wars roots and why Star Wars continues to be culturally compelling.

Stephen asks Ben about a piece on Galen Erso and the Death Star as an historical parallel to America’s founding and the monster of slavery. The conversation also digs into why KOTOR was such a perfect Star Wars story, Porkins and RD-D2.

Beltway Banthas just celebrated it’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! We are 40 shows and 12 months deep into this podcast. For our birthday all we want is your love (Padme line wink wink) and we’d love a review or rating on iTunes.


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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. Connect on Twitter @Stephen_Kent89

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