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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327 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: Iron, Coal, Wood, Credit: Seth Shostak
The first coal-fired stoves changed domestic life, and that changed society. We take you back to that that era, and to millennia prior when iron wa...

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


  • Added: Dec 25, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Ocean's Genome, Credit: Seth Shostak
After helping to sequence the human genome more than twenty years ago, biochemist Craig Venter seemed to recede from the public eye. But he hadn’t ...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, WMUU-LP, KZUM, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash. and more


  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Skeptic Check: Naomi Klein, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our information age is increasingly the disinformation age. The spread of lies and conspiracy theories has created competing experiences of reality...

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


  • Added: Dec 11, 2023
  • 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 WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, KZUM, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 04, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
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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, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, KZUM and more


  • Added: Nov 27, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: The T-Rex Files, Credit: Seth Shostak
T-Rex is having an identity crisis. Rocking the world of paleontology is the claim that Rex was not one species, but actually three. It’s not the f...

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


  • Added: Nov 20, 2023
  • 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 CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Nov 13, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Night Flight, Credit: Seth Shostak
Owls are both the most accessible and elusive of birds. Every child can recognize one, but you’ll be lucky to spot an owl in a tree, even if you’re...

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


  • Added: Nov 06, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Extraordinary Ordinary Objecets, Credit: Seth Shostak
“To live is to count and to count is to calculate.” But before we plugged in the computer to express this ethos, we pulled out the pocket calculat...

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


  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Like Lightning, Credit: Seth Shostak
Every second, lightning strikes 50 to 100 times somewhere. It can wreak havoc by starting wildfires and sometimes killing people. But lightning als...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WRGY, KZUM and more


  • Added: Oct 23, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15