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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326 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: How Hot is Too Hot?, Credit: Seth Shostak
Extreme heat is taking its toll on the natural world. We use words like “heat domes” and “freakish” to de-scribe our everyday existence. These high...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WVTF, CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Oct 02, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Near Death Experiences, Credit: Seth Shostak
Near death experiences can be profound and even life changing. People describe seeing bright lights, staring into the abyss, or meeting dead relati...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Sep 25, 2023
  • Length: 54:15
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Into the Deep, Credit: Seth Shostak
Have you ever heard worms arguing? Deep-sea scientists use hydrophones to eavesdrop on “mouth-fighting worms.” It’s one of the many ways scientist...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Sep 18, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: What's a Few Degrees, Credit: Seth Shostak
Brace yourself for heatwave “Lucifer.” Dangerous heatwaves may soon become so common that we give them names, just like hurricanes. This is one of ...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Sep 11, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Building a Space Colony, Credit: Seth Shostak
Ready to become a space emigre? For half a century, visionaries have been talking about our future off-Earth – a speculative scenario in which many...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Sep 04, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Talk the Walk, Credit: Seth Shostak
Birds and bees do it … and so do fish. In a discovery that highlights the adaptive benefits of walking, scientists have discovered fish that can wa...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WUFT, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: A Twist of Slime, Credit: Seth Shostak
Your daily mucus output is most impressive. Teaspoons or measuring cups can’t capture its entire volume. Find out how much your body churns out and...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, CHSR-FM 97.9 and more


  • Added: Aug 21, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Granting Immunity, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Diversity or die” could be your new health mantra. Don’t boost your immune system, cultivate it! Like a garden, your body’s defenses benefit from...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., CHSR-FM 97.9, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY and more


  • Added: Aug 14, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Skeptic Check: UFO Conspiracy, Credit: Seth Shostak
UFOs are back. This time they’ve landed on Capitol Hill in the form of a public, congressional hearing. We watched the hearing with great interest,...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WVTF, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Aug 07, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: We'll Always Have Parasites, Credit: Scott Gardner
Imagine tapeworms longer than the height of an adult human. Or microbes that turn their hosts into zombies. If the revulsion they induce doesn’t do...

Bought by KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 31, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12