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Is Disney’s break from Netflix a bug or feature of capitalism?

Netflix subscribers of the world have until 2019 to get their fix on “Zootopia,” “Tarzan,” “Lilo & Stitch,” and every unknown second and third sequel in the Disney universe. Did you know there was a “Pocahontas II”? Now you do!

And it’s going away with Disney to a new world.

Tuesday, Disney announced along with its Q2 earnings that they will be withdrawing from their deal with Netflix, so some of their biggest titles and old Disney Channel shows will disappear from video streaming giant altogether. Enthusiasm for this deal only a year ago was quite high amongst the Disney fanbase, but industry analysts were skeptical that Disney CEO Bob Iger was making the right call.

So, is Disney taking its products and opening up their own shop the best or the worst of capitalism?

Read more from Stephen Kent in the Washington Examiner

Ep #33: The Politics of Thrawn

This week, Stephen and Swara are joined by good friend of the show, blogger at BrownsReview.com and Fangirlblog.com, Ross Brown! We discuss the politics of Timothy Zahn’s novel Thrawn. The Banthas discuss insights into Imperial social hierarchy, the Empire’s alien policy, the meteoric rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Governor Pryce and much more! 



We also discuss what we think of Colin Trevorrow directing episode IX after his latest film has been trashed by critics, delve into our Bantha Fodder, and much more on this packed episode!

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No character captures intergalactic and real world politics better than Padme Amidala Naberrie of Naboo. This week we dive into the political ideals of Padme and also her legacy with fans. Allyson Gronowitz (The Mary Sue, Polygon) joins the show to help break down why Padme is beloved, but also divisive for so many fans. Spoiler: It has something to do with politics. Perfect for an episode of Beltway Banthas!

We also review some Star Wars themed political ads out of a Congressional race in Georgia and a mayoral race in Memphis. These are funny clips you won’t want to miss. Lastly, Swara and Stephen share their thoughts on Star Wars Rebels, Darth Maul, fandom and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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To inaugurate 25 episodes of Beltway Banthas, we sit down to talk about the evolution of the podcast. In a fun and free-wheeling conversation we share some of our favorite moments doing this show and what we have learned along the way.

Also on the menu for this weeks episode, Stephen and Swara dig into Star Wars news and updates including The Last Jedi, Empires End and the upcoming Thrawn novel. Swara is not a fan of the Aftermath trilogy, he explains why. Stephen shares how he is missing out on a chance to hang with Snoop Dogg, and goes over a few upcoming changes with work and the podcast.


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This week Beltway Banthas was joined by Tamara Keith & Scott Detrow of the NPR Politics Podcast.

In a conversation any political and public radio junkie won’t want to miss, we dive into the politics of Star Wars and some of Star Wars most enduring cultural themes that resonate with people from 1977 to today.

We start by catching up with friend of the show and White House Correspondent for NPR, Tamara Keith, previously featured for a interview on Beltway Banthas. She shares her thoughts on Rogue One the finality of its characters, Tarkin’s reanimation and her experience seeing the movie. Later we’re joined by Scott Detrow, who Congress for NPR. These two are well known for their Star Wars fandom and they didn’t disappoint. We discuss the confusing aspects of Star Wars politics, Rogue One’s political message (intended and unintended), the role of Disney in Star Wars future and also the political parallels from Star Wars to today.

We want to thank NPR, Scott Detrow and Tamara Keith for welcoming us into their studio and sharing their insights with us about politics and Star Wars. It was a real blast and we hope you enjoy the conversation.
You can find Tamara and Scott on Twitter

@TamaraKeithNPR | @ScottDetrow

And check out the NPR Politics Podcast on iTunes and @NPRPolitics

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This interview with U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer is a continuation of the Beltway Banthas interview series!

Stephen spoke with U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D) of the state of Washington’s 6th District in his DC office. This conversation is a landmark for Beltway Banthas because it is our first chat with a sitting member of Congress It was nothing short of honor to be on Capitol Hill talking Star Wars with someone as busy as Derek Kilmer. We want to thank him and his staff for making it possible.

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Ep #20: The Politics of Rogue One

We are back! To kick off 2017 we catch up on all the feelings we have about Rogue One, the passing of Carrie Fisher, and we of course dive into the rich politics of Rogue One. Joining us for this episode is Tirso Perez, you might know him as the missing host of Beltway Banthas!

For the main segment of the show, the politics of Rogue One, we discuss:
Rogue One and multiculturalism
Star Wars in the Trump era
Meaningful quotes from the film with a political tinge
Rogue One’s portrayal of democracy and anti-establishment politics
and lastly Faith in Rogue One and culture.

Listener emails this week were from Ross Brown, Nick DiCo, Isaiah Leslie and Landen Kennedy. Thanks so much for your thoughts on galactic politics.

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EP XVII: Built On Hope


Stephen and Swara dig into the results of the 2016 election with guest Bobby Roberts! In the final days and hours of the elections, Star Wars references, memes and jokes abounded as Americans digested what they saw on the news. In this episode, Beltway Banthas seeks to understand why this happens and much more.

This 2016 election season has been nothing short of exhausting. For some, the results of the 2016 election might be more troubling than the process that got us to this point. In this episode of Beltway Banthas, we unload all the feelings we have about the outcome and what it means, in the context of our Star Wars fandom. Star Wars teaches us about democracy, the troubles with it, and it also teaches us how to stand in the face of oppression and seemingly insurmountable odds. Are you a rebel? What does that mean in culture, politics, and Star Wars? Force Ghost Bobby Roberts joins the show to help us sort through it all.



EP XVI: Star Wars Goes To Washington

Welcome to the 16th episode of Beltway Banthas! We had the privilege of visiting Richmond, VA for Virginia Comic Con, to do a panel titled “Star Wars Goes to Washington” So we captured the live audio to give you a glimpse inside the panel.

Star Wars Goes To Washington is really the crux of this podcast. How has politics and government been impacted by Star Wars? Each generation of Star Wars interacts with the politics of its day in different ways, some that are subtle and some that are the opposite. From Reagan to Obama, election 1980 to election 2016.


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Episode XV: Star Wars Propaganda

Hello There! And welcome new listeners and long time listeners alike; to the 15th Episode of Beltway Banthas. We had the privilege this week of getting to read Pablo Hidalgo’s new book titled ‘Star Wars: Propaganda’ which offers a detailed look into the journey of the galaxy, through the eyes of propagandists and artists from around the Star Wars universe. And we take the time to discuss some major points, as well as aspects of the book that we found interesting regarding propaganda.
Our guest today is Brittany Hunter; persuasive art expert who is well versed in the area of Nazi propaganda. And we have a brief chat with her on the science of persuasive art.
So sit back! And enjoy this week’s episode of Beltway Banthas

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