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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262 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: Skeptic Check: Flat Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Flat Earthers believe that our planet resembles not a slightly squashed grapefruit but a thick pancake. We look at the difference between a truly...

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


  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: DNA is Not Destiny, Credit: Seth Shostak
We used to think that the genes you inherited didn’t change. You were stuck – or blessed – with what you got. Now we know that’s not true. Epi...

Bought by WMUU-LP, 'The Sea', KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WGBH Radio Boston, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Nailing the Moon Landing
Neil, Buzz, and Michael made it look effortless, but the moon landing was neither easy nor inevitable. So on July 20, 1969, despite enormous diffi...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, KCPW Salt Lake City, WCQS, WUFT and more


  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 19
Caption: You've Got Whale, Credit: Seth Shostak
We’re all missing out on important messages, and no amount of refreshing your browser will help. That’s because eavesdropping on the communications...

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


  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: It's Habitable Forming, Credit: Seth Shostak
Evidence suggests a subsurface lake on Mars, prompting scientists to use the “h” word. Could the Red Planet be habitable? While we wait – impati...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: New Water Worlds, Credit: Seth Shostak
The water is coming. By century’s end, the oceans could be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet higher, threatening millions of people and low-lying propert...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Rethinking Chernobyl, Credit: Seth Shostak
The catastrophic explosion at Chernobyl triggered a full-scale destruction of the reactor in the worst nuclear reactor accident in history. But res...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, New Hampshire Public Radio, WMRA, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 22
Caption: Identity Crisis, Credit: Seth Shostak
DNA is the gold standard of all identification methods. Except when it’s not. So, while we refine our ability to work with the double helix, scie...

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


  • Added: Apr 29, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Free Range Dinosaurs, Credit: Seth Shostak
Dinosaurs are once again stomping their way across the silver screen. But these colossal beasts stole the show long before CGI brought them roarin...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: You Are Exposed, Credit: Seth Shostak
There is no place like “ome.” Your microbiome is highly influential in determining your health and the course of disease. But it’s not the only “...

Bought by Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KICI Iowa City, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10