Kerwin and Keith Yarde never get tired of discussing Star Wars. The space saga binds them together as father and son.
Kerwin and Keith have recorded over 150 episodes, which include book and movie reviews, episode breakdowns, character studies, live streams, and interviews. The podcast also features a storytime segment with Maceo, the family’s youngest member, to raise audience awareness about autism and neurodiversity, while also encouraging literacy and families reading together. The National Head Start Association recognized their efforts, and in 2021, the Yarde family spoke as panelists about their initiatives at its annual family engagement conference.
Meeting people from all over the Star Wars galaxy is the most rewarding aspect of producing their shows. Among their guests include the cast of Star Wars: Andor, NYT bestselling author Claudia Gray, Tom Huddleston (co-author of the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series), “Star Wars: Visions” Producer Kanako Shirasaki and Executive Producer James Waugh, Disney veteran Mark Daniel, VFX Generalist Yoshi Vu, actor/music conductor Damon Gupton, and Ann Hobson Pilot, legendary harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Through their “Star Wars in Our Community” series, which features interviews with Philadelphia/Main Line residents, Kerwin and Keith share their love of Star Wars with local content creators and fans. They also take part in charitable events such as Podathon 2022, a Make-a-Wish Foundation annual fundraiser.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Blavity, Newsy, and other publications have featured this dynamic duo. They are in high demand as convention participants, podcast guests, and media/press junket participants. Kerwin and Keith even received a tweet from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, sending his best wishes!
The podcast and YouTube channel are run by the Yarde family. Kerwin and Keith research, write show notes and host the show. Keith also edits each episode. Tanya Manning-Yarde, PhD, is a wife and mother who produces the podcast, does post-production, writes social copy, and manages marketing and promotion.
Their goal for 2023 is to broaden their audience by pursuing school and library visits, speaking engagements, and hosting book talks.