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The Drill Down 557: Rise Of The Luddites
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Drill Down 557: Rise Of The Luddites

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, luddites take aim at next-gen cars, a malware attack against the nation’s newspapers, a new look at the big bang, AI face technology… and much, much more.

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The Drill Down 556: Weird Science
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 Drill Down 556: Weird Science

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, windows on Mars made from beer, lab-grown brain bits, cloning your dog, ion thrusters, fuel from the air… and much, much more weird science.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 124: Christmas Special
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The Doctor Who TARDISblend

For the first time in a long time, we will not be getting a Doctor Who Christmas Special. Instead, this year we will be getting a New Year’s special. So in the absence of a much-missed Doctor Who tradition, we look into some of the great Christmas Specials from years gone by…

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The Drill Down 555: Dancing With The Avatars
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Drill Down 555

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, an Amazon robot injures two dozen humans, Google’s CEO testifies before Congress, China flexes its muscle against tech companies in the west, Bold statements from Elon Musk, space news… and much, much more.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman On Writing The Songs and Working With Emily Blunt
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Mary Poppins Returns would not be much of a Mary Poppins follow-up without any of the musical numbers. So composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman and co-lyricist Scott Wittman will bring back the spirit of the Sherman Brothers through new music in the highly anticipated sequel to the 1964 film.

In the new film, we see Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) return to help the Banks family, who is about to be evicted from their home. She brings back the light that is lost and reminds the family about all of the joys and happiness that can be found in imagination and seeing things from a different point of view. And most of that is through song.

We joined our fellow journalists at a press conference in Los Angeles to talk to Shaiman and Wittman about writing the songs and music heard in Mary Poppins Returns. Like everyone else involved, the original film was in their DNA, so getting a chance to be a part of something so beloved was a dream come true. But they also recognized the responsibility of paying respects to the sequel’s predecessor and how many hold it in high regard. They also shared their thoughts on working with screenwriter David McGee and director Rob Marshall. More on that and what their thoughts on Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in our coverage of the press conference here below.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Rapping In ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Watching His Son’s Reaction On Set
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Mary Poppins Returns

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns takes place 25 years after the original film, although it has been 54 years since the first film was released. As such, you may notice some contemporary differences infused with the new film’s DNA. Most notably, more people of color and some modern-day hip-hop in the music. These are just some of the small details that blend in the new with the old. More so, the sequel brings in some of today’s biggest stars in place of some of the original cast.

One of those biggest additions is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Jack, a lamplighter and one of Bert’s proteges. In the film, he helps out Mary Poppins, the self-appointed nanny of the Banks family. While he may not be as magical as the title character, he shares that same child-like wonder and sense of hope whenever he is around Mary, all the while breaking out into song and dance.

We had a chance recently to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew of Mary Poppins Returns. There, Miranda talked about what it was like to get the call to be in the film and how the sequel isn’t the first time you hear rapping in a Mary Poppins film. Check out what he had to say here below.

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The Drill Down 554: Google’s In The House
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, an Amazon robot injures two dozen humans, Google’s CEO testifies before Congress, China flexes its muscle against tech companies in the west, Bold statements from Elon Musk, space news… and much, much more.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 123: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos
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The Doctor Who TARDISblend

Responding to nine different distress calls, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions seek to help those in need on the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos – a dangerous place with a psychic atmosphere that affects the perception of most who visit. But there is something more sinister which awaits on the planet, and it has been waiting for the Doctor…

During TARDISblend 123, we discuss Doctor Who episode 11.10, “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.” This includes the return of a villain from earlier this season, the incredible performance by Bradley Walsh as companion Graham O’Brien, and Mark Addy (best known as King Robert Baratheon on Game of Thrones) being a wonderful addition to this finale. All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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The Drill Down 553: Seeking A Friend (We Can Control)
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Drill Down 553: Seeking a Friend

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, massive identity breaches for Starwood/Marriott and Quora, email leaks show Facebook punishes its rivals, a clever end to a runaway Tesla accident, a sulking AI torments an astronaut … and much, much more.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns:’ Emily Blunt Talks Not Impersonating Julie Andrews, Working With Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Mary Poppins Returns Starring Emily Blunt

Everyone has some sort of experience watching Mary Poppins in some form or another. Although it has been over half a century since Julie Andrews graced the screen as Poppins, the title character lives on in fans’ hearts and dreams. Now she’s back in Mary Poppins Returns. Well, the character, at least. This time Emily Blunt takes on the role made famous by Andrews in 1964. She brings back the warm charm and snark that fans know about the seemingly magical British nanny.

We were fortunate enough to join our fellow journalists to talk to the cast about the sequel, where Blunt addressed what it was like to play the role and what she did to prepare for it. Check out what she had to say below.

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