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patrons

$85
per month
Beltway Banthas is a Star Wars podcast about the intersection of Star Wars and politics. Hosts Stephen Kent & Swara Salih dig into the saga's films, books, comics and much more to understand how fans and observers relate to it on a political level. Every week the show tackles the news of the day and a political question in Star Wars, joined by notable names in policy, journalism, politics and Star Wars fandom.

Are you curious about how the monarchies of Alderaan and Naboo? Or the structure of the Republic Senate? Perhaps you see the parallels between The First Order and nationalist movements sweeping the globe today. On Beltway Banthas we cover it all. In between episodes, we feature interviews with notable names in politics, some of which have included:
  • Tamara Keith & Scott Detrow of NPR Politics
  • Ben Domenech of The Federalist
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson of ABC and The Pollsters Podcast
  • U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer
  • Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post
  • Eric Geller of Politico 
  • Mike Shields the former chief of staff to Newt Gingrich
    • AND MORE
THANK YOU so much for your contribution to this show. Your donation on Patreon helps us handle our hosting fees, equipment upkeep and other expenses that ensure our listeners get the best quality show on Star Wars & politics. 
Tiers
Little Bantha
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
Thank you so much for your contribution! As a patron, you get access to our monthly Bantha Banter, where Stephen and Swara have a fun debate about a topic in the political world or in the Star Wars universe! 
Moody Teenager Bantha
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
Contributing at the $5 level gets you a special mention on our show and bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series. 
College Bantha
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a good one. Contributing at the $8 level gets you:

-Added to a monthly pool of Patrons. One person will be selected at random each month to submit their very own BANTHA FODDER to our end of the show segment where vent about something that's been on our mind. This is a great way to be part of the show.


You also get:

-A special mention on our weekly show 

-Bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series 


Adulting Bantha
$10 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
Contributing at the $10 level gets you:

-A special mention on our weekly show 

-Bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series 

-A monthly opportunity to be on the show during our Bantha Fodder segment.

-AND access to a monthly audio chat room discussion with Stephen and Swara on the last month in politics. Here you can vent, share, listen and learn from other Banthas and get to know the hosts better as well. This will be held on Discord or Google Hangouts and we hope will embody the community vibe of Beltway Banthas in a personal way. 

Goals
$85 of $150 per month
When we reach $150, we can launch T-shirts and mugs to support the show! We know you politics & Star Wars junkies are dying for a Chancellor Valorum "please clap" mug. 



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Beltway Banthas is a Star Wars podcast about the intersection of Star Wars and politics. Hosts Stephen Kent & Swara Salih dig into the saga's films, books, comics and much more to understand how fans and observers relate to it on a political level. Every week the show tackles the news of the day and a political question in Star Wars, joined by notable names in policy, journalism, politics and Star Wars fandom.

Are you curious about how the monarchies of Alderaan and Naboo? Or the structure of the Republic Senate? Perhaps you see the parallels between The First Order and nationalist movements sweeping the globe today. On Beltway Banthas we cover it all. In between episodes, we feature interviews with notable names in politics, some of which have included:
  • Tamara Keith & Scott Detrow of NPR Politics
  • Ben Domenech of The Federalist
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson of ABC and The Pollsters Podcast
  • U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer
  • Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post
  • Eric Geller of Politico 
  • Mike Shields the former chief of staff to Newt Gingrich
    • AND MORE
THANK YOU so much for your contribution to this show. Your donation on Patreon helps us handle our hosting fees, equipment upkeep and other expenses that ensure our listeners get the best quality show on Star Wars & politics. 

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Tiers
Little Bantha
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
Thank you so much for your contribution! As a patron, you get access to our monthly Bantha Banter, where Stephen and Swara have a fun debate about a topic in the political world or in the Star Wars universe! 
Moody Teenager Bantha
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
Contributing at the $5 level gets you a special mention on our show and bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series. 
College Bantha
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
This is a good one. Contributing at the $8 level gets you:

-Added to a monthly pool of Patrons. One person will be selected at random each month to submit their very own BANTHA FODDER to our end of the show segment where vent about something that's been on our mind. This is a great way to be part of the show.


You also get:

-A special mention on our weekly show 

-Bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series 


Adulting Bantha
$10 or more per month 5 of 15 patrons
Contributing at the $10 level gets you:

-A special mention on our weekly show 

-Bonus monthly audio of our new Bantha Banter debate series 

-A monthly opportunity to be on the show during our Bantha Fodder segment.

-AND access to a monthly audio chat room discussion with Stephen and Swara on the last month in politics. Here you can vent, share, listen and learn from other Banthas and get to know the hosts better as well. This will be held on Discord or Google Hangouts and we hope will embody the community vibe of Beltway Banthas in a personal way.