Beltway Banthas Special: Solo, Politidope, & Fodder

by Beltway Banthas

We have a jam-packed episode for y’all before our hiatus! First Stephen and Swara give their review of Solo. We then present Swara’s conversation with Matt Rogers (@Politidope) to talk about the politics of the Resistance on the Left and parallels we find with Star Wars, all from the prequels to the sequels. Finally the hosts give their final Bantha Fodders for the season before our two month hiatus!

Matt also discusses his project to get young people involved in politics: “Politidope”, Stephen and Swara debate the controversial issues surrounding Solo, and much more!

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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 Special: Solo, Politidope & Fodder


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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.

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