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Are you looking for a hilarious Star Wars podcast that talks about obscure and fascinating subjects related to that galaxy far, far away? Do you want one that includes wild impressions of George Lucas & Kylo Ren? Are YOU searching for a show that keeps you up to date on all things Watto and does a year long tribute to The Phantom Menace? Then you should be listening to Blast Points Podcast! Join Jason and Gabe as they dive into some of the strange mysterious corners and slightly goofier mome ...
 
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Somehow the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special has gone from a forbidden VHS tape to now fans being able to buy Life Day glowing orbs at Disney Parks! To celebrate this wild time and in the spirit of giving thanks, this week we are talking all about the secret original five-page outline for the holiday special! Who wrote it? That's still kind of a …
 
El Salvador's president made Bitcoin legal tender, now he wants to build a city. Joe Tidy speaks to Salvodoran-American cryptocurrency enthusiast and investor Gerson Martinez about the Central American country's experience with Bitcoin since its introduction earlier this year. Plus 193 member states of the UN agency Unesco say they want a more ethi…
 
How hackers stole millions from companies around the world, and why they're so difficult to stop. Chris Fox speaks to Jen Ellis from cybersecurity firm Rapid7 and to Tom Pace from NetRise about the growth in ransomware attacks in recent years, and why companies often feel they have no choice but to pay large ransoms. And Joe Tidy travels to Russia …
 
Our lives were recently dramatically changed when we learned of the existence of over 20 unreleased CommTech chips. After the initial wave with TPM, originally the plan was for them to keep going with new technologies and "TWICE THE SPEECH". While these sadly never reached toy store shelves, we have presented for you listeners, a comprehensive guid…
 
Alleged hackers are arrested and millions of dollars recovered in a global police operation. Is the tide finally turning in the battle against ransomware attacks? Jane Wakefield speaks to James Chappell from cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows. Plus companies like Facebook have virtual reality at the heart of their plans for the metaverse, but is au…
 
This week it's all about the mighty Rick Famuyiwa trilogy of Mandalorian episodes : The Child, The Prisoner and The Believer. Join us as we explore the many reasons why each of these episodes continue to resonate with fans so much and we talk all about how their rich themes connect to his earlier work. So get out your Disney Gallery CommTech chip s…
 
The Book of Boba Fett trailer is here and it has us excited as a shirtless Gamorrean! Join us as we barely keep it together and go over every detail of this minute and a half slice of madness!! JOIN THE BLAST POINTS ARMY and SUPPORT BLAST POINTS ON PATREON! BAD BATCH REVIEW EPISODES! MANDO SEASON 1 & 2 REVIEW EPISODES!! BLAST POINTS Q&A EPISODES! T…
 
Frances Haugen tells a British parliamentary committee that the social giant’s engagement algorithm puts users at risk of harm. Plus we get a view from India, where the platform stands accused of allowing dangerous misinformation to spread. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with senior BBC tech reporter Jane Wakefield and BBC technology editor Zoe Kl…
 
Indy Year continues and this month we're finally talking all about Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! It's the Indy movie that put the heart back in the series and it sure was a wild ride making it happen. Join us as we discuss the greatness of INDY 3 and the various insane early script drafts that had Indy riding a rhino, an army of gorillas and …
 
This week we are thrilled to welcome back sound designer / mixer for Skywalker Sound and friend of the show, David W. Collins! Join us as we get caught up and learn all about what went into creating the world of sounds for The Bad Batch, the bold audio choices of Star Wars Visions and the fascinating stories behind our favorites, Biomes and Galaxy …
 
William Shatner makes global headlines by becoming the oldest person to travel to space, aboard the Blue Origin craft backed by Jeff Bezos. But has Elon Musk effectively already won the billionaires’ space race? Plus the ambitious plan to carry solar and wind energy from Morocco to the UK. And we take a trip through mobile phone history with the fo…
 
If there's one thing we love as much as Star Wars movies & shows, it's insane Star Wars documentaries! So this week we're thrilled to finally be talking the legendary ANATOMY OF A DEWBACK! This documentary not only offered a look into the momentous creation of the CG Dewback BUT broke new ground on how films were advertised online! Join us as we ta…
 
The social giant suffers one of its worst ever weeks after a tech blunder takes its platforms offline for hours, and a whistleblower gives highly critical testimony to Congress about its attitude to online harm. Plus, the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance tells us why he’s convinced digital currencies are the future of finance. And why is Chin…
 
This week we are tackling an extremely important Star Wars topic - what happens at the 100 minute mark of the Star Wars films? Just like the films themselves, they're all a little different but they all that thar certain type of galaxy far far away magic. What happens in them, how are they alike and what is our ranking of them? It's a Star Wars top…
 
Are quantum computers ready to make the leap from the lab to the business? We visit two companies trying to make that a reality. Plus, we hear about Intel’s advances in neuromorphic computing, which mimics the workings of the brain. And will Amazon’s new home robot succeed where a long line of others have failed? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, wit…
 
Here's the short of it : Star Wars Visions is here and we liked it a lot. Actually, we loved it and in this episode we are looking at just what makes it so special, why we connected with it, which shorts sent us over the top and which ones benefit from a second viewing? Join us as we celebrate the joys of No Rules Star Wars and compare Visions to t…
 
Will US press reports about Facebook bring tighter regulation or a breakup a step closer? Plus, the British startup that wants to power the metaverse. And the plan to connect the UK’s museum and gallery collections to online visitors and researchers. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC senior tech reporter Jane Wakefield. Produced by Jat Gill.…
 
Indy Year continues and it's about time we talked about the magical wizard Ben Burtt and his contributions to the sound of Indiana Jones! How is the sound of Indy like Star Wars? What sets it apart? How were some of the most iconic Indy sounds created? Join us as we listen to sounds from all 4 Indy films and share how they were created and why it's…
 
We're going back to The Bad Batch! It's been just about a month since we've seen our Bad Batcher buddies and because we miss them we're looking back at at all the greatness that was in season one. Join us as we discuss the themes of the season, the wonderful Omega, our favorite episodes and much much more.So call up Soda Fett, celebrate the love an…
 
This is it - the final day of the podcast series that has given hope to those who have none - 7 DAYS OF DENGAR! After a week of asking WHO IS DENGAR, what have we learned? Who is that mysterious man in bandages and what has learn shown us about ourselves? What is the message of Dengar and how do we go forward after this momentous week? All that and…
 
It's finally here, day 6 of the podcast series that has changed the world, 7 DAYS OF DENGAR! Today we welcome our friends Charlote and Caitlin from Skytalkers!! Beacause we have the hosts of one of our favorite shows on, we're asking only the most serious Dengar questions. Who is Dengar? Does he have hair and yes, is it wet? This is an insanely fun…
 
It's day number 5 in the explosive week long series that has taken over the world, 7 DAYS OF DENGAR! Today we are talking about Dengar's wild wild wild backstory from the old EU. Swoop bike accidents, lost love, found love and a wedding, it's all there. There's a lot of crazy character biographies from the EU, but Dengar's may be one of the most ep…
 
El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Cryptocurrency fans celebrate, but will Salvadorans benefit? Rory Cellan-Jones speaks to Alex Gladstein from the Human Rights Foundation, who says Bitcoin can help give citizens of poorer countries more economic freedom. Also on the programme, Facebook's algorithm is accused of…
 
It's Day 4 of the podcast series that literally everyone is talking about, 7 DAYS OF DENGAR! Today, we welcome our friend Brandon from Talking Bay 94 as he fills us in on evrything about the man who was Dengar, the late great Morris Bush. Who was he, why was he Dengar, how did he know Ringo Starr and what about him on screen in the Darth Vader suit…
 
It's DAY 3 of the epic podcast event of the century, 7 DAYS OF DENGAR and today we're talking about Dengar's "many" appearances on screen. After barely being in Empire and making a shocking cameo in ROTJ, Dengar really got to shine in Clone Wars. What was like that like and how is his armor differnet? And what about the Aftermath books, the comics …
 
It's DAY 2 of our week long 7 Days of Dengar series and you all know we've been touched by Dengar, but what about someone who actually touched Dengar? That's right, today we welcome back our friends, Regal Robot's Tom Spina and the man who put the scar on Dengar, Nick Maley! Hear Tom identify every single piece of Dengar armor and learn from Nick j…
 
It's the kickoff to 7 DAYS OF DENGAR, the explosive week long series that only BLAST POINTS is ridiculous enough to give you! It's a week of episodes where we are going over everything about our favorite bounty hunter who is wrapped up in toilet paper, DENGAR! In this first installment, we are asking WHY DENGAR and introducing WHO IS DENGAR? These …
 
Join us as this week we take a close up look at all the greatness the Disney Gallery episode on the making of the Mando Season 2 finale gave! It's a trip behind the scenes that left us shook and wondering how much Luke is Luke, is Luke Luke and what about Luuke? From real world issues to secret chili recipes, computer Luke voice and a hot John Knol…
 
Indy Year continues as this month we welcome the legendary Dr. David West Reynolds. In addition to finding the actual shooting locations from Star Wars back in the mid 1990s, creating the visual dictionaries and building Star Wars.com, Dr. Reynolds has for decades been doing archaeology on Raiders of the Lost Ark! He has been an actual Indiana Jone…
 
Human rights activists say that the Taliban could use databases compiled by the previous government and coalition forces to target citizens. Plus, why is there a flurry of investment in undersea internet cables. And the amazing stories behind some emoji characters. Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with BBC tech reporter Chris Vallance. Produced by Jat Gi…
 
In the summer of 1971, film scholar and media theorist Gene Youngblood sat down in the grass under the Hollywood sign with some 27 year old kid named George Lucas for a local public access show on young filmmakers. What came out of it is an endlessly fascinating conversation between two forward thinking and brilliant minds. Lucas shares his frustra…
 
Back in the 90s, the seeds of Blast Points were planted as we would watch Boba Fett hologram watches and Yoda head mugs be sold on the legendary Star Wars QVC specials hosted by the engergetic and hilarious Steve Bryant. It's a dream come true as this week we proudly welcome Steve Bryant on to our show. Join us as we talk to Steve about the time QV…
 
A state-run media outlet brands online games ‘electronic drugs’ and calls for more curbs on the industry. Plus, the AI that’s claimed to speed up insurance claims following extreme weather events. And could machine learning make recruitment fairer? Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC senior tech reporter Jane Wakefield. Produced by Jat Gill.(I…
 
Hey everyone, just thought we'd put together a little something as a tribute to the incredible author of so many of our favorite Star Wars non fiction books and friend of the show, the late Jonathan Rinzler. He was always so kind and supportive of us, even when we teased him and the weird sounds his cat made. Jonathan passed away at the age of 58 o…
 
Sometimes you just have to tell Return of the Jedi how much you love it and this week we're sending the mighty ROTJ a dozen roses AND a box of chocolate!! Join us as we examine just how much the influence of the deep thematic elements of the throne room ending of ROTJ has spread across all of Star Wars. Redemption, forgiveness, family, masks... all…
 
Indy Year continues as we get totally serious and talk about the hottest topic there is - the Indiana Jones kids read along books and records! Join us as we listen to the read along records for Raiders, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. They're a weird and exciting world of outrageous cuts to the story and even more outrageous accents! What characte…
 
How the Pegasus software from Israel’s NSO Group has kept ahead of smartphone makers’ attempts to block it. Plus, can Zoom’s new app features keep people video-conferencing post-pandemic, or has everyone had enough of virtual meetings? And the AI designed to help wine producers take more risks with what they make. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, wi…
 
England’s black players received a wave of racist abuse after the team lost to Italy in the European Championship final. What could the social platforms do to end such behaviour? Plus websites associated with the hacker group REvil go offline. And why an old Super Mario 64 video game cartridge sold for $1.5m at auction. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jon…
 
It's summertime, it's hot out and that can mean only one thing - HOT WAMPA SUMMER! When the ice caves melt, the Wampas come out to get down! We're celebrating in the only way possible and that's by listing off our top GREAT MOMENTS IN WAMPA HISTORY! Join us as we talk about puppet Wampas, Wampa deleted scenes, toy commercials, kids yelling Wampa, W…
 
Did exposure and contact tracing apps live up to the hopes for them? Plus, how ransomware-as-a-service is becoming a serious cyber threat. And new laws in the US could give people access to the information and parts they need to repair, rather than replace, their devices. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with BBC tech reporters Chris Vallance and Co…
 
Our year long tribute to Indina Jones continues with a look at the wild history and unique legacy of the always unique INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM! The highs, the lows, the controversy and anything goes! It’s a tale of birthday cakes, broken backs, dirty t-shirts from JC Penny and terrified children! How was this movie conceived, how will …
 
SoftBank pauses production of the Pepper service robot with no date for when it will resume. Does it suggest a lack of appetite for humanoid devices? Plus, Mobile World Congress is back in hybrid form. Does the online / in-person attendance model work for big tech events? Plus, why the system of internet addresses is preventing many people from get…
 
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