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Tarkin's Top Shelf

A Star Wars literary podcast that strives to deliver an educational and yet, entertaining analysis and outlook, pertaining to the new canonical novels/YA books from the galaxy far, far away. In other words, Becca and Mark are your guardians to the Whills and your librarians to the long-lost Jedi Archives.
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Feb 20, 2024

"He's Not Dead!" states Samuel L. Jackson to Empire Magazine. Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the latest tweet from the man himself, Master Mace Windu, Samuel L. Jackson, regarding the fate of his prequel character. Samuel L. Jackson claims he is "telling the truth." In closing, "Long Live Mace Windu!" Could Mace Windu return in a solo series? Check out what your hosts have to say about that. 

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Feb 12, 2024

Hello there, Prequel Fans! Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates its 300th episode by discussing the Empire Magazine Star Wars Prequels 25th-anniversary covers and upcoming interviews and photo-shoots. But first, your hosts talk about the Marvel Star Wars Women’s History Month Variant Covers, upcoming books from Chronicle Books and Insight Editions, and the 25th anniversary of the very first Star Wars Podcast. #StarWarsPodcastDay2024

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Feb 5, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts in a roundtable discussion in honor of the late Carl Weathers. In this episode, your hosts and guests, Devon Meyers and Ryder Waldron, pay tribute to Mr. Carl Weathers, the High Magistrate Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, who passed away on February 1st, 2024. They discuss his decades-long career, legacy, and continuous outpouring of love and positivity, both online and in person, that touched so many throughout the years. #BePeace

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Feb 1, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Escape from Valo by Daniel Jose' Older and Alyssa Wong. In this episode, your hosts review the latest installment of Phase III from Star Wars: The High Republic: Escape from Valo. They discuss the story progression, character arcs, world-building, and overall continuity. But first, they go over the Star Wars news by discussing 'The Bad Batch' season 3 trailer and Daisy Ridley's interview on Inverse.com. 

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Jan 28, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Amy Richau and Megan Crouse, the authors of Star Wars: The High Republic: Character Encyclopedia, to the show! In this episode, your hosts "get to know" Megan with some fun Star Wars questions, and then they gush over the return of fan favorite Asajj Ventress in the final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Then Mark, Becca, and their guests "get down" to Jedi business and discuss the creative process behind 'The High Republic: Character Encyclopedia.'

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Jan 21, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Emily Shkoukani and Pablo Hidalgo, the authors of 'Star Wars: Dawn of Rebellion,' to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with the authors of the latest Visual Guide, 'Star Wars: Dawn of Rebellion' by DK Publishing. In this interview, Mark and Becca "get to know" their guests with some Star Wars questions, and then they discuss the creative process behind 'Dawn of Rebellion.'

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Jan 18, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes the host of 'Star Wars: The High Republic' Show, Krystina Arielle, to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Krystina Arielle and discuss all things Star Wars. Mark and Becca 'get to know' their guest with Star Wars questions, their 'Hero's Journey,' and an ambassador for 'The High Republic.'  

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Jan 12, 2024

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the latest Star Wars announcements. In this episode, your hosts weigh in on Ahsoka season 2, the Grogu and Mandalorian movie, and the upcoming Star Wars books in 2024. But first, Mark and Becca answer a couple of listener questions. 

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Jan 4, 2024

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss the latest news on the upcoming "Rey" film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinroy. Mark and Becca talk about the recent interview with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinroy and the importance of diverse perspectives in filmmaking and storytelling.

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Dec 28, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a moment of reflection as they look back on Star Wars 2023. They discuss 2023's announcements, animation and live-action, video games, and books. But first, Mark, and Becca talk about the latest Star Wars news. 

 

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Dec 17, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: Shadows of Starlight issue #3: The Will of The Force by Charles Soule. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: The Haydenssance is in full effect, Eman Esfandi and Diana Lee Inosanto interview with StarWars.com, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ivanna Sakhno talk about how magnetic their characters, Sabine and Shin are. 

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Dec 12, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the recent announcement from Disney UK about Star Wars: ACOLYTE and Del Rey's latest book reveal! In this episode, your hosts discuss the Acolyte synopsis for the show's launch in 2024 and the upcoming Mace Windu novel Star Wars: Glass Abyss by Steve Barnes. But first, they go over the Star Wars news from Eman Esfandi taking over Lucasfilm HQ social media, the ILM Holiday Card, and Ariana Greenblatt sharing behind-the-scenes training with Hayden Christensen. 

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Dec 3, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss Jedi Mystics, prophecies, and The Nameless. Mark and Becca look closer at Claudia Gray's 'Master & Apprentice' and how it may or may not connect with The High Republic Era. But first, they go over the latest Star Wars news and LA Comic Con. 

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Nov 27, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: The Eye of Darkness by George Mann and Del Rey Publishing. Your hosts discuss the first novel of Phase III from Star Wars: The High Republic. They discuss character growth, world-building, and continuity possibilities. But first, Mark and Becca talk about Dave Filoni and his promotion to 'Chief Creative Officer' at Lucasfilm.

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Nov 20, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Star Wars: "For Light and Life Day" with Idiot's Array Podcast! In this episode, Becca joins Ryder Waldron from Idiot's Array Podcast to talk about Star Wars: The Holiday Special, The Faithful Wookiee cartoon, The High Republic, Holiday Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away, and the upcoming documentary 'A Disturbance in the Force.' 

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Nov 13, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: Children of the Storm Chapter 1: Now and Forever and Star Wars: Shadows of Starlight issue 2. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: Young Jedi Adventures, Behind-the-scenes pictures and videos from the cast of Ahsoka, and the end of the SAG-AFTRA Strike. 

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Nov 6, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review 'Star Wars: Crimson Climb' by E.K. Johnston and Disney Publishing. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: first look at Phase III Star Wars: The High Republic characters, Star Wars: The Secrets of the Wookiees, and Star Wars: The Eye of Darkness. 

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Oct 27, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: Tales of Light and Life, Star Wars: Jedi Brave in Every Way, and Star Wars: The High Republic: Shadows of Starlight. Mark and Becca make up for lost time due to being under the weather and get caught up on Star Wars: The High Republic before 'The Eye of Darkness' releases next month. 

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Oct 16, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: The High Republic author Cavan Scott back to the show! In this episode, your hosts invite Cavan Scott for a Star Wars chat about The High Republic: 'Path of Vengeance.' They discuss character growth, worldbuilding, and some behind-the-scenes stories about the creative process with the luminous architects from The High Republic series. 

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Oct 8, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of the season finale of Ahsoka: Episode 8: The Jedi, The Witch, and The Warlord.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Oct 7, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars author Adam Lance Garcia to the show. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Adam Lance Garcia to discuss his contribution to Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi, 'The Veteran' and how kind and welcoming the Star Wars authors are. 

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Oct 1, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 7: Dreams and Madness.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 24, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 6: 'Far, Far Away' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 17, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 5: 'Shadow Warrior.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 11, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Kristin Baver and Phil Szostak to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi authors Kristin Baver and Phil Szostak to discuss their contributions: 'Satisfaction' and 'Fancy Man.' 

 

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