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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292 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: Hypnosis, Credit: Shannon Rose Geary
You are getting sleeeepy and open to suggestion. But is that how hypnotism works? And does it really open up a portal to the unconscious mind? Hypn...

Bought by KZUM, WRGY, KTXK, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Fantastic-er Voyage, Credit: Seth Shostak
Thinking small can sometimes achieve big things. A new generation of diminutive robots can enter our bodies and deal with medical problems such as ...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM, WRGY, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KIYU-FM and more


  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Dinosaurs' Last Gasp, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do we have physical evidence of the last day of the dinosaurs? We consider fossilized fish in South Dakota that may chronicle the dramatic events t...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM, WVTF, KNCT FM and more


  • Added: Jun 13, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
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 Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KTSW 89.9, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, KZUM and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: For the Birds, Credit: Seth Shostak
Birds have it going on. Many of these winged dinosaurs delight us with their song and brilliant plumage. Migratory birds travel thousands of miles ...

Bought by KNCT FM, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KZUM, CHSR-FM 97.9 and more


  • Added: May 30, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: End of Eternity, Credit: Seth Shostak
Nothing lasts forever. Even the universe has several possible endings. Will there be a dramatic Big Rip or a Big Chill¬ – also known as the heat de...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KNCT FM, KZUM and more


  • Added: May 23, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Neanderthal in the Family, Credit: Seth Shostak
Back off, you Neanderthal! It sounds as if you’ve just been dissed, but maybe you should take it as a compliment. Contrary to common cliches, our P...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KTXK, WRGY and more


  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Catching Fire, Credit:  Seth Shostak
We have too much “bad fire.” Not only destructive wildfires, but the combustion that powers our cars and provides electricity has generated a worry...

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


  • Added: May 09, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Skeptic Check: Dr. Oz, Credit: Seth Shostak
Dr. Oz’s personable and folky approach when talking about difficult health subjects has made him a trusted source for medical information. But some...

Bought by WVTF, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska, KZUM and more


  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: In Living Color, Credit: Seth Shostak
The world is a colorful place, and human eyes have evolved to take it in – from vermillion red to bright tangerine to cobalt blue. But when we do, ...

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


  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16