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.


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.

Bethany Banthas Interview: Ross Douthat of The New York Times
Bethany Lacina Interview: Who Hates Star Wars For Its New Found Diversity?
Beltway Banthas 60: I am a Part of the Resistance Inside the Empire
Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict
Beltway Banthas #59: Imperialization Politics in Star Wars
Beltway Banthas #58: Enemies of the People