Beltway Banthas: Star Wars, Politics & More

By Beltway Banthas, Stephen Kent

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.

  1. 1.
    Redemption, feeding the Shadow and how Star Wars conquers hubris
    1:07:07
  2. 2.
    Understanding Economics with the Power of Star Wars
    53:11
  3. 3.
    Self-own or cancel culture? Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian
    44:24
  4. 4.
    Searching for Star Wars after an insurrection
    1:10:39
  5. 5.
    Star Wars on hope, fear and a much needed New Year
    35:15
  6. 6.
    Outer Rim Elegy & Brian Silliman of SYFY WIRE on The Mandalorian
    50:03
  7. 7.
    Election 2020 Rebel Alliance Situation Room Roundtable
    1:25:47
  8. 8.
    How do we dismantle the Death Star level threat of politics?
    41:56
  1. 9.
    Star Wars, Court-Packing and Mike Lee vs the Galactic Senate
    19:13
  2. 10.
    Roundtable: Star Wars and the fight to save democracy
    55:29
  3. 11.
    Does liberty always die with thunderous applause?
    38:21
  4. 12.
    Important podcast update, exciting news and Rogue One in real life
    12:26
  5. 13.
    Reflections on the politics of Revenge of the Sith at fifteen years
    46:42
  6. 14.
    E.K. Johnston on Padme, Trade Wars and the politics of Naboo
    28:33
  7. 15.
    Star Wars' Identity Crisis Mirrors Our Own
    43:38
  8. 16.
    Michael Steel on the DC cantina, Han Solo and Star Wars' case for democracy
    37:37
  9. 17.
    The Tibetan struggle and the Force's threat to tyrants
    50:45
  10. 18.
    Mayor Betsy Hodges on surviving, governing and escaping to Tatooine
    52:06
  11. 19.
    Ben Domenech (The Federalist) on The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian and democracy
    59:25
  12. 20.
    The Clone Wars and the politics of starving
    1:05:37
  13. 21.
    Interview: Gene Park of the Washington Post
    38:14
  14. 22.
    Can the Force fix America? ft. Maggie Lovitt
    1:02:13
  15. 23.
    #ReleaseTheJJCut: Star Wars and Conspiracy Theory
    58:12
  16. 24.
    A Rise of Skywalker Review Spectacular!
    1:25:00
  17. 25.
    The Rise of Andrew Heaton and the case for Empire
    1:06:48
  18. 26.
    The Mandalorian, Legal Geeks and Baby Yoda
    1:03:00
  19. 27.
    Kennedy of Fox Business on Star Wars, Resistance and War
    46:32
  20. 28.
    Michael Harris, progressive politics and "Welcome to the Rebellion"
    1:14:40
  21. 29.
    Star Wars in the Middle Kingdom, China and Hollywood censorship
    1:00:18
  22. 30.
    Barriss Offee, The Clone Wars and binary morality
    1:05:45
  23. 31.
    The Fandom Reformation, religious history and Star Wars
    1:23:22
  24. 32.
    What If We're On the Wrong Side? ft Nick DiColandrea
    1:10:59
  25. 33.
    Racial, social and economic justice in Star Wars
    1:03:19
  26. 34.
    Ep #68: The Not So Phantom Menace
    49:39
  27. 35.
    Ep #67: You were my brother! Now you're a neoliberal shill
    1:20:16
  28. 36.
    Ep #66: Politics, Grievance & Redemption
    1:04:31
  29. 37.
    Ep #65: Jar Jar Binks and political ignorance
    1:10:29
  30. 38.
    Ep #64: Now The Rebellion Is Real For You
    1:17:58
  31. 39.
    Ep #63: Powerful Light, Powerful Dark
    50:35
  32. 40.
    Ep #62: Politics in Star Wars Resistance, Chuck Wendig
    57:42
  33. 41.
    Ep #61: Revenge of The Russian Bots
    1:09:01
  34. 42.
    Star Wars Get Out The Vote: A Stephen Kent Story
    31:04
  35. 43.
    Interview: Ross Douthat of The New York Times
    29:46
  36. 44.
    Interview: Who Hates Star Wars For It's Newfound Diversity?
    38:10
  37. 45.
    Ep #60: I AM A PART OF THE RESISTANCE INSIDE THE EMPIRE
    1:35:51
  38. 46.
    Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict
    46:28
  39. 47.
    Ep #59: Imperialization Politics in Star Wars
    55:53
  40. 48.
    Ep #58: Enemies Of The People
    1:19:36
  41. 49.
    Beltway Banthas Special: Solo, Politodope, & Fodder
    1:32:14
  42. 50.
    Ep #57: The Politics of Mark Hamill
    1:21:21

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