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About the Show

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.

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Beltway Banthas #65: Jar Jar Binks and political ignorance
Beltway Banthas #64: Now The Rebellion Is Real For You
Beltway Banthas #63: Powerful Light Powerful Dark
Ep #62: Politics in Star Wars Resistance, Chuck Wendig
Beltway Banthas #61: Revenge of The Russian Bots
Star Wars Get Out The Vote: A Stephen Kent Story
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
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