Beltway Banthas

Beltway Banthas

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.


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On the show, you’ll learn about the politics within the Star Wars universe. From Alderaan and Naboo’s monarchies to the function of the Senate on Coruscant, Stephen and Swara will cover it all. In between episodes, we feature interviews with real world change-makers. We’ll discuss 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



NPR

Beltway Banthas #23: Beltway Banthas Meets NPR Politcs

This week Beltway Banthas was joined by Tamara Keith & Scott Detrow of the NPR Politics Podcast.

Beltway Banthas #22: Don’t Tax My Trade Routes Bro

This week Stephen and Swara discuss the key points of the article “Star Wars Politics Part Two: The Right Side Strikes Back.” How does the franchise reach out to and inspire conservative audiences? Did Star Wars take any inspiration from family values, limited government, and other issues on the political right? 
Derek Kilmer

Beltway Banthas Interview: U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer

This interview with U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer is a continuation of the Beltway Banthas interview series!
Separatist

Beltway Banthas #21: You Might Be A Separatist If…

This week on Beltway Banthas we discuss the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a.k.a. The Separatists. The theme of disenchantment with government is never more relevant than in 2017, so we dug back into the prequel era to discuss the Separatist movement, why it happened and who was involved.
Cheston Lee

Beltway Banthas Interview: Cheston Lee (Hillary For America)

This interview with Cheston Lee is a continuation of the Beltway Banthas interview series!
Politics

Beltway Banthas #20: The Politics of Rogue One

We are back! To kick off 2017 we catch up on all the feelings we have about Rogue One, the passing of Carrie Fisher, and we of course dive into the rich politics of Rogue One. Joining us for this episode is Tirso Perez, you might know him as the missing host of Beltway Banthas!
Brittany Hunter

Beltway Banthas #19: Rebellion & Radicals

It’s finally here! Our pre-Rogue One episode! As we get increasingly amped up to see the film, Stephen, Swara and special guest Brittany Hunter delve into a discussion of why rebellions and revolution occurs. To do this we look at case studies including the American Revolution and the Arab Spring and compare these events to the formation of the Rebel Alliance.

Beltway Banthas #18: Krennic vs Tarkin

Cabinet appointments, promotions, and castings...oh my! In this episode of Beltway Banthas, we discuss competitions for power taking place in both Star Wars and our own universe.
2016 election

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

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.
Seth Masket

Beltway Banthas Interview: Seth Masket (VOX)

This interview with Seth Masket is a continuation of the Beltway Banthas interview series!
Star Wars Goes to Washington

Beltway Banthas #16: Star Wars Goes To Washington

This week the Beltway Banthas podcast had the opportunity to be at VA Comicon in Richmond, VA. Stephen, Tirso and Swara presented a panel called "Star Wars Goes To Washington."
Star Wars Propaganda

Beltway Banthas #15: Star Wars Propaganda

Stephen and Tirso dig into the new book, Star Wars Propaganda by Pablo Hidalgo of LucasFilm. This book offers a look into persuasive art all the way from the Republic to the First Order. It hits bookstore shelves on October 25th, so enjoy this special advance look into the world of art & politics in Star Wars.
Eric Geller

Beltway Banthas Interview: Eric Geller of Politico

This interview with Eric Geller is a continuation of the Beltway Banthas interview series! Past guests include Kristen Soltis Anderson (author, CNN & FOX News contributor), NC Rep. Jason Saine, and Tamara Keith (NPR White House Reporter).

Beltway Banthas #14: Sounding Like a Seperatist

We proudly welcome Beltway Banthas to the RetroZap family! Star Wars + Politics? Stephen and Tirso have a lot to discuss.