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: 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.


  • Added: Dec 30, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Group Think, Credit: Seth Shostak
If two is company and three a crowd, what’s the ideal number to write a play or invent a new operating system? Experts disagree whether creativity...

Bought by WRGY and KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 23, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Some Like It Cold, Credit: Seth Shostak
We all may prefer the goldilocks zone - not too hot, not too cold. But most of the universe is bitterly cold. We can learn a lot if we're willing...

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

  • Added: Dec 16, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Blunders, Credit: Seth Shostak
We’ve all had an “oops” moment. Scientists are no exception. Sometimes science stumbles in the steady march of progress. Hear a few of those bum...

Bought by KSKQ, WRGY, KREV-LP, KUNM, and WRST-FM Oshkosh

  • Added: Nov 25, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The Heat is On, Credit: Seth Shostak
Monster Typhoon Haiyen and other threats to health may be the new normal in a warmer world. Can we make the hard decisions needed to protect ourse...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WRGY, KREV-LP, WNJR, and KSKQ

  • Added: Nov 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5