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 host Stephen Kent, 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 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.

In the main segment Stephen Kent is joined by Matthew Neugebauer to analyze Star Wars fandom and its troubles over the decades by understanding the Protestant Reformation and the concept of a ‘legitimation crisis’. Basically, in social science, what does it take to unravel social order and how can that be applied to the life of Star Wars fans.

Welcome back Banthas! The Beltway Banthas podcast has returned with regular shows now through 2020. Starting off this new season of Star Wars & politics chatter, Stephen Kent is joined by guest host Nick DiColandrea for a dive into the political conscience of Padme Amidala. In Revenge of the Sith, she opens up to Anakin about her uncertainty with the Republic’s democratic virtue. What got Padme to the point of questioning her entire political position and that of the “democracy” she has served?

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