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: A Sudden Change in Planets, Credit: Seth Shostak
A planet is a planet is a planet. Unless it’s Pluto. Scientists say that the unpopular re-classification of Pluto as a dwarf planet by astronomer...

Bought by, WLPR , WRST-FM Oshkosh, KREV-LP, KSKQ and more

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Welcome to Our Labor-atory, Credit: Seth Shostak
The end of work? Hi ho, hi ho ... it’s out with work we go! As you relax this holiday weekend, step into our labor-atory and imagine a world wher...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc., WNJR, Accessible Media Inc. Station Account, KRPS, WRGY and more

  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: ZZZZZs Please, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science of why we sleep and technology that may allow us to record dreams.

Bought by KSKQ, KRPS, WILL, WRGY, WYAP and more

  • Added: Aug 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Know Laughing Matter, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why we evolved to laugh plus side-splitting jokes about electrons and relativity.

Bought by KICI Iowa City, KMUN, KCSB-FM, KAZU Seaside, Calif., KFCF FM and more

  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Ultimate Hook Up, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our love-affair with computers marches on: if we wire human brains directly to them, where does the mind end and the machine begin?

Bought by KREV-LP and WNJR

  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: De-Extinction Show, Credit: Seth Shostak
Maybe goodbye isn’t forever. Get ready to mingle with mammoths and gaze upon a ground sloth. Scientists want to give some animals a round-trip ti...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc. Station Account and WRGY

  • Added: Aug 11, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eye Spy, Credit: Seth Shostak
Who’s watching you? Could be anyone, really. Social media sites, webcams, CCTV cameras and smartphones have made keeping tabs on you as easy as t...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, KKWE Niijii Radio, KREV-LP, WRGY, and WRIR

  • Added: Aug 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Skeptic Check: About Face, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans are pattern seeking animals – and the silhouette of Elvis appears in our burrito. Does that mean The King is speaking to us through TexMex?...

Bought by KSKQ, RadioFreePalmer, KAZU Seaside, Calif., WYAP, WRIR and more

  • Added: Jul 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Deep Time, Credit: Seth Shostak
Think back, way back. Beyond last week to what was happening on Earth 100 million years ago or earlier. It’s hard to fathom such enormous stretch...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KVSC, WRIR, KFOK-LPFM, and WGBH Radio Boston

  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Time for a Map, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s hard to get lost these days. GPS pinpoints your location to within a few feet. Discover how our need to get from A to B holds clues about wh...

Bought by WRGY, KFOK-LPFM, and WRIR

  • Added: Jun 30, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3