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: Martian Madness
Sure, you “heart” Mars. It’s the starkly beautiful setting for the new film “The Martian,” and NASA has just announced that the Red Planet has sou...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Delta College Public Radio, WRIR, KREV-LP and more

  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: Skeptic Check: What, We Worry?, Credit: Seth Shostak
We all have worries. But as trained observers, scientists learn things that can affect us all. So what troubles them should also trouble us. Fro...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WUFT, KKWE Niijii Radio, WYAP, KREV-LP and more

  • Added: Sep 28, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Stranded, Credit: Seth Shostak
Imagine not knowing where you are – and no one else knowing either. Today, that’s pretty unlikely. Digital devices pinpoint our location within ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, 91.7 WHUS Storrs, WMUU-LP, WRIR, WRGY and more

  • Added: Sep 14, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: The Pest of Us, Credit: Seth Shostak
Picture a cockroach skittering across your kitchen. Eeww. Now imagine it served as an entrée at your local restaurant. There’s good reason these ...

Bought by 91.7 WHUS Storrs, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, WRIR, WRGY and more

  • Added: Sep 07, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Solar System Vacation, Credit: Seth Shostak
Ever gone bungee jumping on Venus? Of course not. No one has. However your great-great-great grandchildren might find themselves packing for the...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Aug 10, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You know what you know. But you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Few of us do. Scientists say we’re spectacularly incompetent at recogni...

Bought by WVTF, KSKQ, 91.7 WHUS Storrs, RadioFreePalmer, KRPS and more

  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Forget to Remember, Credit: Seth Shostak
You must not remember this. Indeed, forgetting may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things, yet we’re building...

Bought by KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WMUU-LP, KSFR, WRGY, WPSU and more

  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Dogged Pursuit of Pluto, Credit: Seth Shostak
Pluto is ready for its close up - but the near encounter during this historic flyby will last less than three minutes. Be ready for the action wit...

Bought by KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KREV-LP, WRGY, KSKQ, KPVL and more

  • Added: Jul 10, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: What the Hack, Credit: Seth Shostak
A computer virus that bombards you with pop-up ads is one thing. A computer virus that shuts down a city’s electric grid is another. Welcome to t...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WPSU, KUNM, KSKQ, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Jun 29, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Skeptic Check: Evolutionary Arms Race, Credit: Seth Shostak
It's hard to imagine the twists and turns of evolution that gave rise to Homo Sapiens. After all, it required geologic time, and the existence of ...

Bought by KSKQ, RadioFreePalmer, KRPS, WRIR, and WRGY

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5