2014 turned out to be an amazing year for Star Wars podcasting. Being part of MakingStarWars.net‘s “Now, This Is Podcasting!” introduced me to an extensive community filled with talented and insightful Star Wars fans who discuss and share opinions through this digital medium. I even started my own podcast on October 1, 2014, called “Rebels Chat“, the only Star Wars podcast that features a mother-daughter duo as hosts.
Verbally sharing my thoughts is something that doesn’t come too easily for me. Sometimes, my mouth runs away with me and my brain fails to catch up. Other times, my brain fails completely and I never know what meaningful thing to say that would add to the conversation. I took up podcasting because I like challenging myself, and even though the nerves continue to kick in prior to each recording, it’s a fun way to express your love for any fandom. I may not offer much in terms of hardcore analysis and thought, but I hope my enthusiasm and genuine love for Star Wars make up for it.
That said, many heartfelt thanks to the amazing Star Wars podcasters who’ve invited me to share in conversation and to the staff at Making Star Wars for starting it all. You are all wonderful contributors of original and engaging content. May the start of your new year be merry and bright!
Podcasts from 2014
Title: Fangirl Chat, Episode 11: Star Wars Rebels The Empire Wants You
Published: February 10, 2014
Description: In this episode, the Fangirls discuss the recent Star Wars Rebels news, including character announcements and the Imperial Propaganda. They discuss the show and what they are excited for in the coming months leading up to the release of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD this fall. Read more.
Title: Rebels Report #9: Sabine ‘The Explosive Artist’ Character Focus
Published: April 4, 2014
Description: In this episode, Pete and Johnamarie geek about Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian weapons expert. First, we discuss the latest news of Star Wars Rebels and then jump into the character of Sabine from exploring how she has captured the heart of fans, the voice actress Tiya Sircar, what Sabine’s history with the Mandalorians could be, how the Mandalorians at the end of The Clone Wars would fit into an Empire controlled galaxy, and much more! Read more.
Title: Far Far Away Radio – Return of the Jedi Commentary
Published: June 3, 2014
Description: In this special recording, we do a running commentary of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Join Austin, Jason, Meg, along with special guests Johnamarie Macias thewookieegunner.com and makingstarwars.net, and Mark Newbold from Jedi News and Star Wars Insider. Come along for a hilarious ride as the hosts share their funny, crazy, and occasionally rational thoughts during your favorite scenes from Episode VI. Read more.
Title: Star Wars Bookworms #25 – Alderaan Remains
Published: June 23, 2014
Description: Star Wars Weekends kept us busy for the month of June but we are back with a new episode and some new guests! First time guest Paul DePaola (EU Cantina, Fanboys Talking) joined us and talked about his fandom, comics, and his 501st membership. Another first time guest, Johnamarie Marcias (Now This is Podcasting, The Wookiee Gunner) gave us a recap of New York Book Con 2014. She also spoke Mando’a which increased her cool points. Aaron and Teresa gave their favorite moments from Star Wars Weekends. Paul stuck around to help review the comic volumes Dark Times: A Spark Remains and Star Wars: From the Ruins of Alderaan.
Title: Far Far Away Radio – The Empire Strikes Back Commentary
Published: July 21, 2014
Description: In this special recording, we do a running commentary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Join Austin, Jason, Meg, and Mallory, along with special guests Johnamarie Macias from thewookieegunner.com and makingstarwars.net, and Mark Newbold from Jedi News and Star Wars Insider. Come along for a hilarious ride as the hosts share their funny, crazy, and occasionally rational thoughts during your favorite scenes from Episode V. Read more.
Title: ForceCast #320: Falconspotting
Published: September 12, 2014
Description: I spy with my little eye…something from a galaxy far, far away! This week, we tackle tidbits about Episode VII’s ships, cast, locations, and emotional focus. Plus, Eric reports back from the Star Wars Rebels New York City press screening with reflections on the episodes from himself and two friends of the show. It’s all here in this episode of The ForceCast! Read more.
Title: Fangirls Going Rogue #11
Published: September 24, 2014
Description: On this month’s Fangirls Going Rogue, Teresa and Tricia put on their running sneakers and caught up to Mary Franklin to talk about Star Wars Celebration. It’s a Star Wars Rebels-filled episode with Erich Schoeneweiss (Del Rey, Star Wars Books) and Johnamarie Macias (The Wookiee Gunner) sharing memories from San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con, the Star Wars Rebels screening in New York City, and looking forward to New York Comic Con. Teresa’s Star Wars Bookworms Goodreads discussion forum sparks the character discussion: Is R2-D2 sentient?
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Title: Rebels Reactions: “Spark of Rebellion” (53)
Published: October 10, 2014
Description: Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On today’s show, we will be discussing the premiere movie of the series, “Spark of Rebellion”, which introduces us to the crew of the Ghost. Joining us for our review of the first episode are Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner and our Rebels reviewer, Craig Dickinson, of Star Wars in the Classroom. We are thrilled to discuss this exciting new direction for the Star Wars saga. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!
Title: Far Far Away Radio – Episode 124 – Rebel Plans
Published: October 17, 2014
Description: It’s all Rebels, all the time! At least…until the end of this episode. Join the gang as they devote an episode to Disney’s new hit TV show, Star Wars Rebels. Read more.
Title: Star Wars Report #149 – Bail Faster than Senator Organa!
Published: October 20, 2014
Description: On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany, and Mark are joined by brand new Star Wars Report contributor Johnamarie Macias! Read more.
Title: ForceCast #330: Trailer Talk
Description: The trailer for The Force Awakens could drop any day now. What will it show us and when will we see it? That’s the main news topic for this week. We also discuss StarWars.com’s character spotlight, Padmé Amidala, with Making Star Wars‘ Johnamarie Macias. Plus, Celebration Anaheim news and details about one of the firstTFA tie-in novels. It’s all here in this week’s show! Read more.
Title: Star Wars With Friends #28 – The Force Awakens Teaser Talk
Published: November 30, 2014
Description: Special guests Johnamarie Macias (The Wookiee Gunner, Making Star Wars) and Megan Crouse (Den Of Geek!) join Justin, John, and Paul for a deep dive into the world’s first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It’s a conversation full of adventure, excitement, and a lot of laughs!
Title: Podcast 66 – Holiday Special
Published: December 20, 2014
Description: The guys are back to talk all things Star Wars! This week, it is their holiday special. They touch on the latest news, then have some holiday fun Star Wars style. They are also joined by Vanessa Marshall, voice of Hera on Star Wars Rebels for a fantastic interview, as well as Johnamrie Macias from TheWookieGunner.com for a lot of fun. Read more.
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