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: 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...

Bought by 91.7 WHUS Storrs,, KAZU Seaside, Calif., WRST-FM Oshkosh, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • 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...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], 91.7 WHUS Storrs and more

  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 24
Caption: And To Space We Return, Credit: Seth Shostak
Earth may be the cradle of life, but our bodies are filled with materials cooked up billions of years ago in the scorching centers of stars. An as...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KTSW 89.9, WRGY, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Hidden History, Credit: Seth Shostak
Archeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. And paleontologists now suspect that it wasn’t jus...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WRGY, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Moral's Law, Credit: Seth Shostak
“If it bleeds, it leads” they say in the news biz. Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities. Yet one man argues t...

Bought by KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, KTSW 89.9, WRIR and more

  • Added: Oct 24, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 18
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science and the Election, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s a divisive election year, but there is public consensus that science and technology policy issues matter. So why aren’t the candidates discus...

Bought by, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WMUU-LP, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Are you skeptical? Do you readily accept the claimed benefits of organic milk, or the whitening ingredients in your toothpaste? What about the da...

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 19
Caption: The Evolution of Evolution, Credit: Seth Shostak
Move over, Darwin. With genetic engineering, we can make radical changes to species in just one generation. As humans begin to tinker with their ...

Bought by KUNM,, KVNF, WXDU, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Sep 12, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: They Know Who You Are, Credit: Seth Shostak
You’re a private person. But as long as you’re on-line and have skin and hair, you’re shedding little bits of data and DNA everywhere you go. Fin...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, KTSW 89.9, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash. and more

  • Added: Aug 22, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Are We Over the Moon?, Credit: Seth Shostak
Astronaut Gene Cernan’s reaction to being the last man on the moon and private plans to turn our satellite into a cash cow. Plus, why the small st...

Bought by KUER, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, KREV-LP and more

  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10