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Beltway Banthas: Star Wars, Politics & More

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Beltway Banthas is a bi-weekly Star Wars podcast about the intersection of fandom and politics. For hosts Stephen Kent & Swara Salih, one of those things is politics. Star Wars draws from our worlds politics just as much as it contributes to it by influencing policy makers, journalists and thought leaders. On this podcast the hosts seek to understand how Star Wars impacts the world we live in, while also covering the Star Wars news, gossip and hype of the day.

Latest Episodes

Ep #75: Welcome to the Rebellion

This week on Beltway Banthas, author Michael Harris joins the show to preview his upcoming book, "Welcome to the Rebellion: A new hope in radical politics. Michael and Stephen discuss how Star Wars can inspire a young, new-left movement to confront the most pressing issues of the day for progressives: capitalism, income inequality, climate, nationalism and more.

74 MIN1 w ago
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Ep #75: Welcome to the Rebellion

Ep 74: Star Wars in the Middle Kingdom

Welcome back for another great show! This week Riley Blanton of The Star Wars Report and Mouse & Castle joins the show for a whirlwind of political chatter about a galaxy, far, far away. If you noticed the international controversy surrounding the NBA and their handling of political statements about the Hong Kong protests, this issue extends far beyond pro basketball. Disney actively makes some of the same calculations and accommodations for the Chinese Communist Party.

60 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 74: Star Wars in the Middle Kingdom

Ep #73: Barriss Offee, The Clone Wars and binary morality

During The Clone Wars a young Jedi turned against the war and Jedi Order's involvement in it. Convinced she had no other way to send a message of disaffection, Barriss Offee bombed the Jedi Temple and framed another Jedi for the act of terror. She was right about the war, and the Jedi, but did something very wrong. This week Danielle Adams, progressive and climate activist, joins the show as guest host to take us into the story of Barriss Offee and why it matters.

65 MINSEP 27
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Ep #73: Barriss Offee, The Clone Wars and binary morality

Interview: Glenn Beck on Star Wars, redemption and a culture of anger

Hold on to something! This week we've got a bonus episode of Beltway Banthas, a conversation with Glenn Beck, radio show host and founder of Blaze Media. Stephen Kent met up with Glenn at FreedomFest in Las Vegas to talk about his earliest memories with Star Wars, lessons on the political power of fear, generational change and the evolution (plus consistency) of Star Wars' message.

44 MINSEP 5
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Interview: Glenn Beck on Star Wars, redemption and a culture of anger

Ep #72: The Fandom Reformation

The week on Beltway Banthas, in a 90-minute marathon run, we cover a lot of ground on Star Wars, politics and religion. In the main segment Stephen Kent is joined by MatthewNeugebauerto analyze Star Wars fandom and its troubles over the decades. A video from Wisecrackserves as the starting point for an analogy of fandom by understanding Protestant Reformation and the concept of a 'legitimation crisis'.

83 MINAUG 29
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Ep #72: The Fandom Reformation

Ep #71: What If We're On the Wrong Side

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?

70 MINAUG 15
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Ep #71: What If We're On the Wrong Side

Ep #70: The Last Fodder

Hello Banthas! Since it's launch in 2015 during the heat of the presidential primaries for 2016, Beltway Banthas has been a proud home of political discourse within Star Wars fandom. We've featured prominent politicians, journalists and political operatives on the show to explore how Star Wars impacted their worldview and careers. 70 official episodes and well over 120 episodes including interviews and bonus content. This...is the last fodder. Join host and creator Stephen Kent, alongside producer John Liang and Joe Tavano of the Retrozap podcast network for a discussion of the shows central themes. The Force of Star Wars' politics is strong. Let's discuss! Follow Joe Tavano @JoeyWanKenobi John Liang @JuanJohnJedi Stephen Kent @Stephen_Kent89

59 MINMAR 23
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Ep #70: The Last Fodder

Ep #69: Racial, social and economic justice in Star Wars

Star Wars deals very directly with questions of justice and injustice. Mohammad Shakibnia wrote an article for ElevenThirtyEight on the messages of social, racial and economic justice than can be derived from the Clone Wars animated series. He joins the podcast this month to co-pilot the show and discuss these themes with host Stephen Kent. Stephen and Mohammad get into the weeds of Clone Wars era politics, talk about Star Wars Celebration, their entry into fandom and share Bantha Fodder.

63 MINFEB 22
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Ep #69: Racial, social and economic justice in Star Wars

Ep #68: The Not So Phantom Menace

This week on Beltway Banthas, Robby Soave of Reason Magazine joins the show to talk the politics of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We cover trade disputes, slavery on Tatooine, the aloof Jedi Order and Vladimir Putin.

49 MINJAN 25
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Ep #68: The Not So Phantom Menace

Ep #67: You were my brother! Now you're a neoliberal shill

This week on Beltway Banthas, a discussion of the prequel trilogy as George Lucas' broadside against the neoliberal world order and capitalism. Stephen is joined by his brother, Michael Kent of the Toxic Schlock horror movie podcast to discuss and debate Lucas' critique of neoliberalism since the 1980'sand how well he executed his analysis in Star Wars. Michael and Stephen also chat about the role horror played in Star Wars early on, old Star Wars horror novels and the battle between Netflix and the Academy establishment. -- -- -- -- --- -- -- -- -- - Read the discussion piece at Making Star Wars on neoliberalism in Star Wars here Follow guest Michael Kent on Twitter @Mikeyago_go and @ToxicSchlock

80 MINJAN 4
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Ep #67: You were my brother! Now you're a neoliberal shill

Latest Episodes

Ep #75: Welcome to the Rebellion

This week on Beltway Banthas, author Michael Harris joins the show to preview his upcoming book, "Welcome to the Rebellion: A new hope in radical politics. Michael and Stephen discuss how Star Wars can inspire a young, new-left movement to confront the most pressing issues of the day for progressives: capitalism, income inequality, climate, nationalism and more.

74 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep #75: Welcome to the Rebellion

Ep 74: Star Wars in the Middle Kingdom

Welcome back for another great show! This week Riley Blanton of The Star Wars Report and Mouse & Castle joins the show for a whirlwind of political chatter about a galaxy, far, far away. If you noticed the international controversy surrounding the NBA and their handling of political statements about the Hong Kong protests, this issue extends far beyond pro basketball. Disney actively makes some of the same calculations and accommodations for the Chinese Communist Party.

60 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep 74: Star Wars in the Middle Kingdom

Ep #73: Barriss Offee, The Clone Wars and binary morality

During The Clone Wars a young Jedi turned against the war and Jedi Order's involvement in it. Convinced she had no other way to send a message of disaffection, Barriss Offee bombed the Jedi Temple and framed another Jedi for the act of terror. She was right about the war, and the Jedi, but did something very wrong. This week Danielle Adams, progressive and climate activist, joins the show as guest host to take us into the story of Barriss Offee and why it matters.

65 MINSEP 27
Comments
Ep #73: Barriss Offee, The Clone Wars and binary morality

Interview: Glenn Beck on Star Wars, redemption and a culture of anger

Hold on to something! This week we've got a bonus episode of Beltway Banthas, a conversation with Glenn Beck, radio show host and founder of Blaze Media. Stephen Kent met up with Glenn at FreedomFest in Las Vegas to talk about his earliest memories with Star Wars, lessons on the political power of fear, generational change and the evolution (plus consistency) of Star Wars' message.

44 MINSEP 5
Comments
Interview: Glenn Beck on Star Wars, redemption and a culture of anger

Ep #72: The Fandom Reformation

The week on Beltway Banthas, in a 90-minute marathon run, we cover a lot of ground on Star Wars, politics and religion. In the main segment Stephen Kent is joined by MatthewNeugebauerto analyze Star Wars fandom and its troubles over the decades. A video from Wisecrackserves as the starting point for an analogy of fandom by understanding Protestant Reformation and the concept of a 'legitimation crisis'.

83 MINAUG 29
Comments
Ep #72: The Fandom Reformation

Ep #71: What If We're On the Wrong Side

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?

70 MINAUG 15
Comments
Ep #71: What If We're On the Wrong Side

Ep #70: The Last Fodder

Hello Banthas! Since it's launch in 2015 during the heat of the presidential primaries for 2016, Beltway Banthas has been a proud home of political discourse within Star Wars fandom. We've featured prominent politicians, journalists and political operatives on the show to explore how Star Wars impacted their worldview and careers. 70 official episodes and well over 120 episodes including interviews and bonus content. This...is the last fodder. Join host and creator Stephen Kent, alongside producer John Liang and Joe Tavano of the Retrozap podcast network for a discussion of the shows central themes. The Force of Star Wars' politics is strong. Let's discuss! Follow Joe Tavano @JoeyWanKenobi John Liang @JuanJohnJedi Stephen Kent @Stephen_Kent89

59 MINMAR 23
Comments
Ep #70: The Last Fodder

Ep #69: Racial, social and economic justice in Star Wars

Star Wars deals very directly with questions of justice and injustice. Mohammad Shakibnia wrote an article for ElevenThirtyEight on the messages of social, racial and economic justice than can be derived from the Clone Wars animated series. He joins the podcast this month to co-pilot the show and discuss these themes with host Stephen Kent. Stephen and Mohammad get into the weeds of Clone Wars era politics, talk about Star Wars Celebration, their entry into fandom and share Bantha Fodder.

63 MINFEB 22
Comments
Ep #69: Racial, social and economic justice in Star Wars

Ep #68: The Not So Phantom Menace

This week on Beltway Banthas, Robby Soave of Reason Magazine joins the show to talk the politics of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We cover trade disputes, slavery on Tatooine, the aloof Jedi Order and Vladimir Putin.

49 MINJAN 25
Comments
Ep #68: The Not So Phantom Menace

Ep #67: You were my brother! Now you're a neoliberal shill

This week on Beltway Banthas, a discussion of the prequel trilogy as George Lucas' broadside against the neoliberal world order and capitalism. Stephen is joined by his brother, Michael Kent of the Toxic Schlock horror movie podcast to discuss and debate Lucas' critique of neoliberalism since the 1980'sand how well he executed his analysis in Star Wars. Michael and Stephen also chat about the role horror played in Star Wars early on, old Star Wars horror novels and the battle between Netflix and the Academy establishment. -- -- -- -- --- -- -- -- -- - Read the discussion piece at Making Star Wars on neoliberalism in Star Wars here Follow guest Michael Kent on Twitter @Mikeyago_go and @ToxicSchlock

80 MINJAN 4
Comments
Ep #67: You were my brother! Now you're a neoliberal shill
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