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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274 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: Our Tasteless Show, Credit: Seth Shostak
Imagine biting into a rich chocolate donut and not tasting it. That’s what happened to one woman when she lost her sense of smell. Discover what ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, KREV-LP, KSKQ, WRIR, and KVSC


  • Added: Apr 28, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: That's Containment!, Credit: Seth Shostak
We all crave power - to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But why don’t batteries last longer? Discover why their technolog...

Bought by KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KFOK-LPFM, WRIR, KSKQ and more


  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Since Sliced Bread, Credit: Seth Shostak
Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! The 25-year-old Web, along with the Internet and the personal computer are among mankind’s greatest inventions. ...

Bought by KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WRGY, WNJR, WRIR and more


  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Do the Math, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fun puzzles for your next urban hike, why brains are wired to count on fingers, and the world’s most famous equations (after e=mc2).

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KSKQ, WRGY, WNJR, WRIR and more


  • Added: Mar 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: We Heart Robots, Credit: Seth Shostak
Here come the machines. Meet the prototypes of your future robot buddies and discover how you may come to love a hunk of hardware. Also, should ...

Bought by WRGY, KREV-LP, WRIR, and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Before the Big Bang, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s one of the biggest questions you can ask: has the universe existed forever? The Big Bang is supposedly the moment it all began. But now scie...

Bought by WRGY, KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KFOK-LPFM, WRIR and more


  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Gene Hack, Man, Credit: Seth Shostak
Computers and DNA have a few things in common. Both use digital codes and are prone to viruses. And, it seems, both can be hacked. From restori...

Bought by WRGY and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skeptic Check: Zombies Aren't Real, Credit: Seth Shostak
Writer Guy Harrison on why Zombies might be a ghosts from our Pleistocene past, and how mathematical modeling of these mythical creatures could hel...

Bought by KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KUNM, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Can We Talk?, Credit: Seth Shostak
The evolution of language, “Dr Bugs” on chemical messaging among ants, and mirror neurons that communicate with other brains without you saying a w...

Bought by KSKQ, KKWE Niijii Radio, WRGY, WPSU, KREV-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Animal Instinct, Credit: Seth Shostak
What humans can learn from our hairy, feathered, four-legged friends; we may wear suits and play Sudoku, but Homo sapiens are animals all the same.

Bought by WRGY, WPSU, WRIR, WNJR, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Dec 30, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5