Big Picture Science

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Big Picture Science is a one-hour radio show and podcast that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins, the behavior, and the future of life—and  technology—on Earth.

What came before the Big Bang?  How does the brain work? Will our descendents be human or machine?  What’s the origin of humor?  We ponder these questions daily... and expound on them weekly.

But, wait!  There’s more!

Are you a doubting Thomas?  Good.  Join us as we separate science from pseudoscience—and facts from the phony—in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.

Whether it’s astrology, Bigfoot, or just the incessant onslaught of UFOs, we take it all on, wielding the skeptical scalpel of solid science.

It’s Skeptic Check... but don’t take our word for it!

 

 

 

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219 Pieces

Big Picture Science is a weekly one-hour science magazine that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins and evolution of life and technology on this planet… and beyond.


Pieces

Caption: Shell on Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shells provide straightforward defense against predators. So then why did squid and octopuses evolve to lose their shells? Find out what these cep...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WMUU-LP, KICI and more


  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Yule Like This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fir tree needles embedded in carpet are a holiday headache. Why not opt for a genetically-modified, needle-retaining tree instead? Also, science ...

Bought by KUHF, WCAI / WNAN, WXXI, WGBH Radio Boston, KICI and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Betting on Pseudoscience, Credit: Seth Shostak
Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in big bucks. But the harm from pseudoscience can g...

Bought by KICI, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Stopping Ebola, Credit: Seth Shostak
A new vaccine may help turn Ebola into a disease we can prevent, and a new drug may make it one we can cure. But the political crisis in the Democ...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY, KBBI and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Radical Cosmology, Credit: Seth Shostak
400 years ago, some ideas about the cosmos were too scandalous to mention. When the Dominican friar Giordano Bruno suggested the existence of plan...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WHCP-LP, CI Dolphin Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Supercomputer Showdown, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the p...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WAMC, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Rational Lampoon, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why a cognitive scientist says that the very idea of individual thinking is a myth: most of our thinking is done in groups. Also, you know much les...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WUFT, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Nobel Efforts, Credit: Seth Shostak
For two Swiss astronomers, it’s “Stockholm, here we come.” Their first-ever discovery of a planet orbiting another star has been awarded the most ...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP, WLPR, WRGY and more


  • Added: Oct 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Go With the Flow, Credit: Seth Shostak
Solid materials get all the credit. Don’t get us wrong, we depend on their firmness for bridges, bones, and bento boxes. But liquids do us a solid...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP and more


  • Added: Oct 14, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Battling Bacteria, Credit: Seth Shostak
More than 75 years ago, a bacteriologist cautioned that the misuse of antibiotics could breed drug-resistant bacteria. In this episode: the rise o...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10