Our Origin Story

A father and son bond over their shared love of Star Wars, launching a popular podcast and YouTube channel.

Kerwin and Keith Yarde are the dynamic duo behind Father. Son. Galaxy., a podcast and YouTube channel that has captivated audiences with its lively discussions and comprehensive explorations of the beloved space saga.

With over 350 episodes under their belts, Kerwin and Keith have created a treasure trove of content for Star Wars, Marvel, fantasy, and science fiction enthusiasts. Their show boasts an impressive array of segments, ranging from in-depth book and movie reviews to episode breakdowns, character studies, captivating live streams, and engaging interviews. But it doesn’t stop there.

The Yarde family has also carved out a special space for Maceo, the youngest member, in their “Storytime with Maceo” segment. By featuring Maceo and raising awareness about autism and neurodiversity, the Yardes not only foster a sense of inclusivity but also inspire families to embark on literary journeys together.

Their dedication and impactful initiatives have not gone unnoticed. The National Head Start Association recognized the Yardes’ efforts, and in a proud moment for the family, they were invited to speak as panelists at the association’s annual family engagement conference in 2021. It was there that they shared their unique approach to blending Star Wars fandom with literacy promotion and family bonding.

But what truly sets Father. Son. Galaxy. apart is the array of Star Wars luminaries and enthusiasts that Kerwin and Keith have had the pleasure of interviewing. Their guests read like a star-studded guest list from the Star Wars galaxy itself.

Interview with Producer and Actor Diego Luna

From Ahsoka Tano herself, voice actor Ashley Eckstein to the cast of Star Wars: Andor, to the celebrated NYT bestselling author Claudia Gray, co-author of the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series Tom Huddleston, and the executive producers behind “Star Wars: Visions, Volume 2” James Waugh, Jacqui Lopez and Josh Rimes, the Yardes have had the privilege of connecting with some of the franchise’s brightest stars.

In addition, they’ve delved into fascinating conversations with Disney veteran Mark Daniel, writer/producer/director Halima Lucas, VFX Generalist Yoshi Vu, actor and music conductor Damon Gupton, and the legendary harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ann Hobson Pilot.

Writer/Director/Producer Halima Lucas

While their guests might come from galaxies far and wide, Kerwin and Keith have also made it a mission to celebrate the Star Wars community closer to home. Through their “Star Wars in Our Community” series, the Yardes showcase the vibrant local content creators and fans in the Philadelphia/Main Line area.

By doing so, they not only spread their love for Star Wars but also foster a sense of camaraderie within their local fandom. Additionally, they make time to give back, actively participating in charitable events such as Podathon 2022, an annual fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Their meteoric rise hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media either. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Blavity, Newsy, and various other publications have recognized the Yardes’ impact on Star Wars fandom and storytelling. Their infectious enthusiasm has made them sought-after convention participants, podcast guests, and participants in media and press junkets. In a thrilling moment, the Yardes even received a tweet from none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, extending his best wishes to the family.

Behind the scenes, the Yarde family is a well-oiled machine, with each member playing a vital role. Kerwin and Keith take charge of researching, writing show notes, and hosting the show, while Keith also lends his editing prowess to craft each episode. Tanya Manning-Yarde, PhD, is not only a wife and mother but also a crucial pillar of the production team. Tanya produces the podcast, handling post-production tasks, crafting social copy, and managing marketing and promotional efforts.

Looking ahead to 2023 and 2024 the Yardes have set their sights on expanding their already dedicated audience. With the goal of reaching even more fellow enthusiasts, they plan to embark on school and library visits, speaking engagements, and captivating book talks that bring the magic of the Star Wars universe to life.

As their journey through the Star Wars galaxy continues, Kerwin and Keith Yarde exemplify the power of a shared passion and the ability to inspire others through the stories we hold dear. Father. Son. Galaxy. is a testament to the enduring legacy of Star Wars and the incredible connections it forges between generations.