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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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.


Caption: Cosmic Conundra, Credit: Seth Shostak
We examine some of the most recent, perplexing questions about the cosmos. Could massive asteroid impacts be as predictable as phases of the moon? ...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet, Credit: Seth Shostak
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease … maybe even Alzheimer’s. Could these modern scourges be caused by sugar? A journalist says there’s evidence sug...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Thinking About Thinking, Credit: Seth Shostak
Thoughts about thinking: how scary-smart crows fashion tools and can recognize you by sight … scientists who simulated, neuron-by-neuron, a piece ...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Going All to Species, Credit: Seth Shostak
The fossilized bones of Homo naledi are may hold a special place in our ancestry: a link between us and our ape-like ancestors. Some anthropologis...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 26
Caption: Skeptic Check: Amelia Earhart, Credit: Seth Shostak
She’s among the most famous missing persons in history. But what happened during the last leg of her round-the-world trek? Did she just crash into...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: No Face to Hide, Credit: Seth Shostak
Face it – your mug is not entirely your own. It’s routinely uploaded to social media pages and captured on CCTV cameras with – and without – your ...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 22
Caption: The Light Stuff, Credit: Seth Shostak
The light bulb needs changing. Edison’s incandescent bulb, virtually unaltered for more than a century, is now being eclipsed by the LED. The cre...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 19
Caption: The Fix is In, Credit: Seth Shostak
The moon jellyfish has remarkable approach to self-repair. If it loses a limb, it rearranges its remaining body parts to once again become radiall...

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Skeptic Check: Fear Itself, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shhh. We have to make this quick. There are a lot of scary events going on in the world. You may also worry about the stuff they might not be tel...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: What Lies Beneath, Credit: Seth Shostak
What you can’t see may astound you. Beneath the oceans’ churning surface, oceanographers have recently discovered the largest volcano in the world...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 24