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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294 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: A.I. Caramba!, Credit: Seth Shostak
When the IBM computer, Watson, snatched the “Jeopardy” title from humans, that raised the question: could artificial intelligence ever beat humans ...

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sounds Abound, Credit: Seth Shostak
The world abounds in sound. Now we know what the fuss is about. With computers we can analyze the song of birds (they give each other nicknames) ...

Bought by Gallatin Valley Community Radio, KRPS, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WYAP and more


  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Skeptic Check: Friends Like These, Credit: Seth Shostak
We love our family and friends, but sometimes their ideas about how the world works can seem a little wacky. We look at the examples that BiPiSci ...

Bought by WUFT, KKWE Niijii Radio, KRPS, CHSR-FM 97.9, Accessible Media Inc. and more


  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: What's the Difference?, Credit: Seth Shostak
We make split second decisions about others – someone is male or female, black or white, us or them. But sometimes the degrees of separation are i...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc., KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Accessible Media Inc. Station Account, WYAP and more


  • Added: Oct 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: As You Were, Credit: Seth Shostak
From memory storage to self-healing materials to stem cells - creative approaches to capturing things are they were. Plus, the arrow of time in re...

Bought by KRPS, KBYS 88.3 FM, Accessible Media Inc., WRST-FM Oshkosh, WYAP and more


  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Skeptic Check: Is It True?, Credit: Seth Shostak
We often hear fantastic scientific claims that would change everything if true. We examine news stories that seem too sensational to be valid, yet...

Bought by KRPS, Accessible Media Inc., KSKQ, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Accessible Media Inc. Station Account and more


  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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 XRAY.fm, 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