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: Got a Sweet Truth, Credit: Seth Shostak
The sweet stuff is getting sour press. Some researchers say sugar is toxic. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?

Bought by KRPS, RadioFreePalmer, WRIR, WRGY, WYAP and more

  • Added: Dec 29, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Long Live Longevity, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science of sticking around: The latest in aging studies, why there's a silver lining for the silver-haired set (older people are happier), and ...

Bought by KSKQ, KKWE Niijii Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, KAZU Seaside, Calif., WRGY and more

  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: This Land is Island, Credit: Seth Shostak
There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in ...

Bought by WVTF, KRPS, CHSR-FM 97.9, KREV-LP, WRGY and more

  • Added: Nov 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Light, the Universe, and Everything, Credit: Seth Shostak
Universe, cosmology, technology, invention, Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, time

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KSKQ, WRGY, KREV-LP, and Yellowstone Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Blame it on Bacterio, Credit: Seth Shostak
Think small! Microbes are tinier than the dot at the end of this sentence, yet they can make humans sicker than dogs, dogs sicker than humans, jum...

Bought by KREV-LP

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
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