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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334 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: Musical Universe, Credit: Seth Shostak
In space, no one can hear you scream, but, using the right instruments, scientists can pick up all types of cosmic vibrations – the sort we can tur...

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., WTJU, WMUU-LP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., CHSR-FM 97.9 and more


  • Added: Aug 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Adam Savage, Credit: Seth Shostak
Can an opera singer’s voice really shatter glass? Can you give your car a rocket-assisted boost and survive the test drive? Now that the series h...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, CHSR-FM 97.9, WYAP, WTJU, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Caught in a Traps, Credit: Seth Shostak
When will California suffer “the big one”? A geologist recently described the San Andreas fault as “locked and loaded.” And was it only a rock fr...

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., CHSR-FM 97.9, WMUU-LP, WTJU, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: Jul 31, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Eclipsing All Other Shows, Credit: Seth Shostak
Watching a total solar eclipse is said to be a life-changing experience. We help you make the most of Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. No ec...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, WBEZ, KISU, KCPW Salt Lake City, WAMU and more


  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 29
Caption: Skeptic Check: How Low Can You Go?, Credit: Ly Ly
Cryotherapy promise you a blast – of sub-zero air – as a way to stave off wrinkles and even halt aging altogether. Meanwhile cryogenics asks you t...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KUNM, WTJU, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Science Fiction, Credit: Seth Shostak
No one knows what the future will bring, but science fiction authors are willing to take a stab at imagining it. We take our own stab at imagining...

Bought by KBBI Alaska, CHSR-FM 97.9, KREV-LP, WTJU, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Gene-y in a Bottle, Credit: Gary Niederhoff
You can’t pick your parents. But soon you may be able to change the DNA they gave you. Imagine deleting genes from your body that you don’t like ...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KUNM, KREV-LP, WTJU, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: The Crater Good, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s the moon or bust … again. Only this time the hardware may come from China. Or perhaps Europe. In fact, it seems that the only developed nat...

Bought by KREV-LP, WTJU, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: May 29, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: 100% Invisible, Credit: Seth Shostak
In astronomy, the rule was if you can’t see it, it’s not real. Tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy or dark matter … or, more r...

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., CHSR-FM 97.9, WTJU, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Eve of Disruption, Credit: Seth Shostak
Only two of the following three creations have had lasting scientific or cultural impact: The telescope … the Sistine Chapel ceiling … the electri...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WTJU, Monarch Radio, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15