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Ep #36: Race, Representation & Reconciliation

Today on Beltway Banthas, Swara and Stephen reconcile a dispute. Representation and diversity on screen is the hot topic of the day and it’s more charged than ever. We discuss a disagreement had off the air in total transparency. Our goal was to better understand some feelings about identity politics in pop-culture.  

The reason we say feelings, and not arguments, is because there is a time for for both. People seek to be understood, listened to and not disparaged for the feelings they are trying to explain. On Beltway Banthas we want that to be something we can take on, perhaps while many in Star Wars fandom and on social media struggle to communicate on this topic.

This episode was a delight to do. Hard at times, but rewarding. All we ask of you the listener is be gracious – to the hosts – and to other fans – as we all attempt to open these dialogues. We want to hear from you about this episode, so please email us atBeltwayBanthas@gmail.com if you have something you’d like to have discussed in the future.

 

Interview: Graham Vyse (New Republic)

The latest in our interview series! Swara interviews staff writer at the New Republic magazine, Graham Vyse! We cover everything from his fandom, to Virginia politics, national politics, Star Wars parallels and more!

The New Republic is one of the oldest progressive publications in the U.S., and Graham is one of their best new writers. We had a great discussion about the origin of his fandom, how Star Wars informed his politics, and cover state and national politics. Later we go into what Star Wars and George Lucas were trying to teach us about our own government and how to counter illiberalism.

Follow Graham on Twitter @GrahamVyse!

 

Ep #34: Defining Freedom in Star Wars

To welcome July 4th, Stephen, Swara, and Brittany Elisa discuss the concept of freedom in the Star Wars universe. We discuss what it might mean to different characters such as Luke, Rey, Jyn Erso, and even Emperor Palpatine!

In the spirit of our Independence Day celebrating freedom, this is a free-flowing discussion touching upon all things from freedom of opportunity, economic freedom, the ability to pursue your dreams and much more. We also answer your emails asking about all things politics and Star Wars!

 

Ep #28: Budgets, Bombs & Bankers

This week we’re discussing the most exciting and most invigorating you could think of: budgets! Specifically, military appropriations and government spending in the Star Wars universe! We’re joined by our friend John Liang, military journalist and mega Star Wars fan, to discuss how fiscal battles played out during the Clone Wars, and how we see that in our own politics. We also discuss John and Swara’s upcoming trip to STAR WARS CELEBRATION ORLANDO (!!!), Rogue One playing on Air Force One, President Trump’s potential military escalation with Syria, and so much more! Follow our guest John Liang on Twitter @JuanJohnJedi!

 

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#EP 27: THE POWERFUL POLITICS OF PADME

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.

Follow our guest Allyson Gronowitz on Twitter @TheFakeFanGirl

#25: THE STATE OF THE PODCAST ADDRESS

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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#24: THE IMPERIAL CONUNDRUM

Most Star Wars fans love the Empire. They’re orderly, professional, and have the best fashion sense in the Galaxy. But is our love for them misplaced and even a little weird? 

To discuss this challenging topic, we spoke with Dr. Andrea Letamendi of Lattes with Leia & The Arkham Sessions podcast as well as Tyler Westhause of the Star Wars Podcast Alliance, two ardent Imperial fans. We discuss the extent to which we should take the fascist parallels seriously, why we all love the bad guys, and how the Empire can teach us about historical authoritarian regimes.

You can find Dr. Letamendi and Tyler on Twitter @ArkhamAsylumDoc and @twesthause

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INTERVIEW: ALEXANDRA PETRI (WASHINGTON POST)

This week we speak with Alexandra Petri, columnist and satirist for The Washington Post. Alexandra and Swara talk about keeping up with the crazy politics of the day, how it affects satire, her love of Star Wars and so much more! 

Listen to this conversation, which is sure to lighten up your day and make the daily political madness much more palatable. For more of her humor, follow Alexandra Petri @petridishes on Twitter and her blog the ComPost!

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@Stephen_Kent89 | @BeltwayBanthas | @PetriDishes

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#23: BELTWAY BANTHAS MEETS NPR POLITCS

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

Leave us a review on iTunes and tell us what you think of the show! Subscribe and connect with us on Twitter:

@Stephen_Kent89 | @SwaraSalih1

We want to hear from you! You can send us your thoughts on the show and topics at BeltwayBanthas@gmail.com.

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#22: DON’T TAX MY TRADE ROUTES BRO

This week Stephen and Swara discuss the key points of the article “Star Wars Politics Part Two: The Right Side Strikes Back.” How does the franchise reach out to and inspire conservative audiences? Did Star Wars take any inspiration from family values, limited government, and other issues on the political right? 

Also on this weeks jam packed episode: We connect with our friend Michael O’Connor (@oconnoblog) on his article “Phantom Menaces: Star Wars Tribalism.” We also discuss the Women’s March and the presence of Princess/General Leia on the resistance and feminist signs, the new Episode VIII title The Last Jedi and much more. This extra long episode of Beltway Banthas is one you won’t want to miss.

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