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The Living Force Podcast will guide you on your journey through the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Brought to you by Youtini.com, the premier site for all things Star Wars books and comics, The Living Force is here to make the EU accessible and fun to explore, with a focus on a positive, uplifting community for all fans. Check out our exhilarating Discord community where you can join in the ever-changing world of Star Wars books and comics at youtini.com/discord or join our Patreon for a ton o ...
 
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Youtini and The Living Force have created something special for Star Wars fans young and old, newbies and die-hards, Canon and Legends. We are celebrating our 100th episode with a special look back on how it all began with “The Birth of the Living Force.” None of the growth, collaboration, and fun could have been possible without the humble support…
 
The High Republic. A brand new era in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that began with a literary campaign under the disguise of Project Luminous. We’re back at it for part 3 of the Light of the Jedi roundtable series where we’ll finish up on overarching questions and dazzle the audience with Charles’s Easter Egg finds! Do not miss your chance to pi…
 
The hosts of The Living Force welcome in best selling author Cavan Scott to talk about his illustrious career and Star Wars works. He is part of a five person publishing initiative with Lucasfilm to create Star Wars: The High Republic and it’s many stories pre dating the Skywalker Saga. We get into his Marvel comic series Star Wars: The High Republ…
 
The High Republic. A brand new era in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that began with a literary campaign under the disguise of Project Luminous. The team is back for part 2 of the Light of the Jedi roundtable series where we’ll pick up on Marchion Ro and then dive right into overarching questions. Charles Soule has created a must-read masterpiece …
 
The High Republic. A brand new era in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that began with a literary campaign under the disguise of Project Luminous. Charles Soule came right out of the gate with Light of the Jedi and could not have hit a farther homerun if he tried. All new starships, Jedi, force powers, and villains with some of that same familiar St…
 
Claudia Gray is responsible for one of the greatest Star Wars novels ever written in Lost Stars and is universally hailed as a Youtini must-read when entering the Star Wars Expanded Universe. We were lucky enough to interview this award winning author to go over her past Star Wars literature, chat about the High Republic, and nerd out over her late…
 
The High Republic has landed with all new projects, stories, and novels that bring positivity and excitement to the Star Wars fandom. Unfortunately, where there is joy, there is a fraction of the audience that is toxic and hurtful. We encourage our team and listeners to be uplifting and positive to our Star Wars friends and family that we love so m…
 
"The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be...unnatural” We’ve come so far in the portrayal of the Sith and the power they possess but how has it progressed from the OT and into the expanded universe? Corey, Charles, Eric, and Wes pull down their shrouds and discuss the progression of the dark side, our first thou…
 
The Jedi have had many forms throughout Star Wars and the Expanded Universe. From the original trilogy to the High Republic, the Jedi are viewed as both keepers of the peace and generals in a time of war. No one definition can accurately describe the Jedi, but their evolution throughout the years creates different points-of-view by the readers, lis…
 
The High Republic has officially landed! Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland have hit bookshelves and tablet screens but there is even more exciting news to discover about the era 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. Settle in to your Jedi Vectors as our hosts recap The High Republic special launch event wher…
 
The end of 2020 is upon us and if there is one shining light to come out of this past year, let it be an award show to celebrate the Star Wars Expanded Universe! The first annual Youtinees will pay respect to the Star Wars books and comics that debuted in 2020 with all the voting done by YOU, the Youtini community. Don’t miss our well dressed hosts…
 
It’s been 40 years since one of the greatest sequels of all time hit the big screen in 1980. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back is celebrated in 2020 with an EU addition that details scenes long forgotten or even never explored. From the chilling life of a tauntaun to the footrace with Willrow Hood, these stories help fill in the gaps to an epic ta…
 
The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us greater detail into the stories and adventures outside of the cinematic movies but skepticism still looms over the fandom. What if Ben Solo actually survived? What if Mace Windu fell into a speeder? Our hosts contemplate “What If” scenarios on this edition of The Living Force and provide the latest High Repu…
 
At the Walt Disney Company Investor Day event, Kathleen Kennedy revealed the upcoming projects from LucasFilm and the years of content to come from a galaxy far, far away. Features, films, live action series, animated series, spin-offs, and short stories are on their way to Disney+ and the big screen in the near future. Pick up your jaw and freak o…
 
Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule is quickly approaching, and the details of the High Republic novel are starting to form. Our hosts put together their thoughts and analysis on chapters 5-8 that were previewed for free by Penguin Random House publishing. The force is strong with the Jedi in the Hetzal system but can they succeed in an impossible r…
 
The High Republic is in clear view with Star Wars: Light of the Jedi hitting shelves a little over a month away. Penguin Random House gifted us a preview of Charles Soule’s upcoming novel and this much anticipated era in the Star Wars EU! Eric, Corey, and Wes dive into the first 4 chapters of the Light of the Jedi and discuss their reactions to the…
 
This past year has been nothing short of a wild bantha chase that culminated in an intense presidential election. We needed a little help sorting through all the details and were lucky enough to have Stephen Kent back on from Beltway Banthas to talk us through the post-election politics. How does the new change in the White House compare to regime …
 
The Star Wars expanded universe has its own unique medical perspective on healing agents, stimulants, and debilitating viruses. Jumping from planet to planet through lightspeed can put a traveler in a vulnerable state or a Jedi in an unfamiliar atmosphere. If only we had some sort of medical expertise to help show us...the way. Bring in fellow Yout…
 
Star Wars Squadrons has hit our consoles and computers with a unique immersion into the cockpits of our favorite starships and factions. It’s not just about flying and shooting anymore. Recharge that shield, depower the booster, overload the weapons, and look out for that homing missile! There is so much to learn and to love in the new starfighter …
 
We’ve recently embarked on a new journey in our comics content here in the Youtini world. Recaps of these amazing stories paired with Star Wars inspired libations sets the tone for any great evening. Without any further adieu, we welcome in our editor and Cantina of Comics co-host Matt Davenport for a deeper look into the new Youtube show, a specia…
 
The Star Wars expanded universe was created on the foundation of classic books and novels that gave greater insight into our favorite characters from the original trilogy. Over the years, the EU has progressed into adding must see stories in comics that give a different avenue for readers to enjoy. We welcome in Youtini’s very own Jake Ruddle to di…
 
TLF is back for the roundtable finale of Timothy Thrawn’s….Zahn’s newest novel that scrapes the surface of the Chiss Ascendancy and reveals the early years of Thrawn’s rise in the military as well as his family ranks. We’ll finish up the character breakdowns, ponder overarching questions, and Charles hits us with the Star Wars callbacks that simply…
 
Timothy Zahn has brought back the infamous Thrawn in a brand new trilogy expanding on the origin of the masterful Chiss leader. Star Wars Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising is the first of three novels that will give us greater detail into the inner workings of the Chiss Ascendancy and how Thrawn rose to power from his beginnings as a merit adoptive. …
 
Project Stardust provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all female fans of the Star Wars universe and we couldn’t be more thrilled to discuss the beginnings of this much needed venture. Take a load off as we welcome our very own Meg Dowell and Stephenie from the Project Stardust team to discuss the creation of this platform, reactions t…
 
The master and commander of Star Wars audiobooks is back for his sequel episode that’s sure to top our interview leaderboard. Settle in with Eric, Charles, and Marc Thompson himself as they discuss the most recent audiodrama release Doctor Aphra, the growing legacy of Thrawn, and what gets all of our gears turning for the future of Star Wars. Send …
 
The final installment of the Poe Dameron Free Fall roundtable is upon us! We’ll finish up our character breakdowns, ponder some of Charles’s overarching questions, and captivate the audience with the Easter egg finds we all love so much. Strap into your X-wing, don’t blow something up, and join our hosts Eric, Meg, and Wes as we conclude our discus…
 
“Permission to hop in an X-Wing and blow something up…” Before Poe Dameron used his hot-shot tactics and cunning abilities to infuriate the First Order, he was a rebellious teenager looking for a life of adventure outside of his quiet, farming community on Yavin 4. How did Poe rise to be a general of the Resistance along with obtaining intricate, s…
 
The Star Wars anthology class is alive and well with two new releases that are perfect summer reads for a lazy afternoon or a thrilling, late evening. We crack open Star Wars Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark as well as a spooky return from George Mann with Dark Legends. Join Charles, Eric, and Corey as they maneuver through the tales of the Ga…
 
Chelli Lona Aphra has dodged thieves, escaped murderous bounty hunters, and even befriended a dark lord throughout her adventures since the 2015 Marvel introduction. Sarah Kuhn masterfully recaps the rogue archaeologist’s journeys from the comic series without ever sounding like a broken record. Twists, turns, betrayal, and romance; this brand new …
 
Clock out and head down to the cantina to meet up with our friend in the force Laura from the Force Toast Podcast! We’ll get a Schmoedown update, talk about a new Star Wars EU cover reveal, and hit on High Republic news that still seems too far, far away to speculate. Plus, Eric has a little game for us...and it involves booze. Join our hosts Charl…
 
The Star Wars Expanded Universe could not have selected anyone better than Sarah Kuhn to capture the bravado that is Chelli Lona Aphra. Our hosts sit down with the illustrious author of the Heroine Complex novels, a variety of short stories and comics, as well as the EU audio drama that kept us on the edge of our seats Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. We'l…
 
We open our doors and welcome Stephen Kent from Beltway Banthas to The Living Force podcast headquarters. Star Wars politics surrounds the prequels like a casting shadow and flow into the original trilogy as the rise of the empire consumes the senate. With the EU helping to elaborate on those governmental proceedings, Stephen is second to none in s…
 
“We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?” It’s a nice pivot from our regularly scheduled book reviews and EU interactions to check back on our Star Wars universe to see how the community is holding together with recent news and content releases. When are these new cinematic movies coming out? Can the Disney+ live action show rumors be tru…
 
Round 2 of Alexander Freed’s Shadow Fall is upon us! We couldn’t leave without topping off the remaining characters, pondering some overarching questions, and those Easter eggs that Charles has mined for the listeners. Beware of spoilers because this episode is chock-full of details for the finished readers. The finale of the Star Wars: Shadow Fall…
 
Alexander Freed has done it again with his second offering of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, Star Wars: Shadow Fall. Charles leads us through the underground tunnel of character excerpts, interactions, and plot points that detail the war over Cerberon and the battle within the heroes of Alphabet Squadron. Part ONE of the Star Wars: Shadow Fall roun…
 
All the way from the galaxy of Star Wars Explained, we welcome Alex Damon to The Living Force! He’ll help the crew preview Alexander Freed’s newest novel Shadow Fall, discuss all the possibilities behind EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons, and reflect on his experiences with the ultra competitive battleground that is Star Wars trivia. Our hosts Eric, Corey,…
 
As we venture into the second and final part of our Queen’s Peril roundtable, we focus on E.K. Johnston’s character exploration that gives Star Wars: The Phantom Menace a new look and greater backstory than ever before. Quotes and excerpts from villains to heroes enhance our boundaries of this timeline and provide insight into character relationshi…
 
As her reign on Naboo begins, Padmé Amidala Naberrie starts her young, royal career differently than her predecessors from years past. The formation of her most trusted allies and new family, the handmaidens. Next up on our roundtable discussions is Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston, the highly anticipated prequel to Queen’s Shadow that made us rewatc…
 
We sit down with the man of the hour for his newly released canon novel Star Wars: Shadow Fall; the highly anticipated sequel to the riveting pilot enthused Alphabet Squadron. Grab your caf and listen closely as Alexander Freed discusses his passion for Star Wars and the journey of creating a trilogy for the expanded universe. Send any and all ques…
 
Just as Ciena spotted Thane through his fancy flying and rollover maneuvers, we already know you’ll love this next pilots’ edition of The Living Force. We get into a major protagonist similarity, a deeper dive into some Youtini flight collections, and a rehash of the starship squadrons that our humble hosts customized back from episode 10! Younglin…
 
Star Wars is for everyone and can be created by anyone. As a community and as a team, we need to do our part in bringing awareness to the Black Lives Matter cause. Dedicating this episode to the writers and authors of color is a way for the Living Force to shine a light on a situation that has been put in the background for far too long. Join Eric …
 
The High Republic reveal last February from code name Project Luminous will provide stories from 200 years before Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace…so another 7 months of waiting won’t hurt. The delay to January 2021 on the High Republic literary line may be justified but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to speculate on why! Put on your th…
 
With the brand new release of Queen's Peril this Tuesday, 6/02, Eric sits down with non other than E.K. Johnston herself! She has gifted us such Star Wars young adult novels as Queen's Shadow and Ahsoka as well as By Whatever Sun, a short story from A Certain Point of View. Ease back, enjoy a cup of caf, and tune into a bonus interview episode of T…
 
Argued as one of the best sequels of all time, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back turned 40 on May 21st! The ultimate reveal that left audiences aghast in theaters is still quoted in conversations across the globe. Not only are we talking up episode V of the original trilogy, we are discussing the Legends and Canon novels that help boost the movie'…
 
Princess of Theed followed up by Queen of Naboo all before her 15th birthday?! That’s quite a resumé for Padmé Amidala even before we saw her on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. She’s been gaining popularity through books, comics, and TV shows. Our interest has NEVER been higher with Queen’s Peril on the horizon. Travel …
 
It started back in 2008. Although some of us didn’t join the ranks right away, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will hold us in its clutches long after the nightmare of the infamous Order 66. The chaotic stream of epic battles, character developments, and storyline reveals kept us pleading for more….until the very end. It’s a time to reminisce and a time …
 
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