Month: September 2017

Ep #38: Galactic Peacekeepers ft. Steele Saunders

“For over a thousand generations the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.” Were the Jedi effective were they as galactic peacekeepers? Should they have been so beholden to Republic law? This week with guests Steele Saunders of the Steele Wars podcast and Mark Eldridge of the Jedi Archives podcast and ElevenThirtyEight, we discuss this topic and much more!

We go through the representation of the Jedi in the films, whether they had a good system with the Old Republic, and ponder if the Jedi could have stopped the First Order. We also talk about the latest Han Solo movie news, new vehicle reveals from The Last Jedi, and much more!

Follow Steele Saunders on Twitter at @SteeleWars

Follow Mark Eldridge on Twitter @quigonsmith

 

 

Beltway Banthas Interview: Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum

LIES! DECEPTIONS! In our latest interview episode, John Liang speaks with Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. He’s a massive Star Wars fan. They talk about how he he fell in love with Star Wars, why he thinks Princess Leia is the most famous fictional rebel spy in history, and all the great lies and deceptions in Star Wars spy craft! This is really unique conversation we know you’ll enjoy!

Follow Vince Houghton on Twitter @intelhistorian

Follow John Liang on Twitter @JuanJohnJedi

 

 

Ep #37: The First Order’s Fire & Fury

The First Order are an ideological and vicious military organization dedicated to one thing: making the galaxy great again. But for whom? This week with guest Ross Brown of FanGirlBlog.com we look at how the First Order rose to be such a threat to the galaxy.

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, VA – we thought it necessary to talk about a how cultural resentment and political ideology can fuse into a radical movement. The First Order seek to reclaim the glory, order and promise of the Empire. They capture the essence of neo-fascist movements across our own world, as well the chaos of nuclear proliferation by rogue states like North Korea.

Follow our guest Ross Brown on Twitter at @Wolfesghost

 

Return of the Masket: Amusing Ourselves Into Tyranny

Seth Masket, political scientist and professor at the University of Denver, sees something ominous in the background of the Star Wars Holiday Special. He wrote about the politics of the campy Star Wars program in Mischiefs of Faction, a blog for Vox. The piece is called Amusing Ourselves Into Tyranny, sound familiar? 

Before the interview, Swara and Stephen react to news of Disney pulling out of their deal with Netflix and the promise of a Disney streaming service. Is this capitalism run amok or the best thing that’s ever happened? Join us for the discussion.

 

Follow Seth Masket on Twitter @Smotus

Swara @SwaraSalih1

Stephen @stephen_kent89

and Beltway Banthas @BeltwayBanthas

 

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