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!

 

 

 

Series

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332 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: Know Laughing Matter, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why we evolved to laugh plus side-splitting jokes about electrons and relativity.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KICI Iowa City, KMUN, KCSB-FM, KAZU Seaside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Ultimate Hook Up, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our love-affair with computers marches on: if we wire human brains directly to them, where does the mind end and the machine begin?

Bought by KREV-LP and WNJR


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: De-Extinction Show, Credit: Seth Shostak
Maybe goodbye isn’t forever. Get ready to mingle with mammoths and gaze upon a ground sloth. Scientists want to give some animals a round-trip ti...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc. Station Account and WRGY


  • Added: Aug 11, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eye Spy, Credit: Seth Shostak
Who’s watching you? Could be anyone, really. Social media sites, webcams, CCTV cameras and smartphones have made keeping tabs on you as easy as t...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, KKWE Niijii Radio, KREV-LP, WRGY, and WRIR


  • Added: Aug 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Skeptic Check: About Face, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans are pattern seeking animals – and the silhouette of Elvis appears in our burrito. Does that mean The King is speaking to us through TexMex?...

Bought by KSKQ, RadioFreePalmer, KAZU Seaside, Calif., WYAP, WRIR and more


  • Added: Jul 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Deep Time, Credit: Seth Shostak
Think back, way back. Beyond last week to what was happening on Earth 100 million years ago or earlier. It’s hard to fathom such enormous stretch...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KVSC, WRIR, KFOK-LPFM, and WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Time for a Map, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s hard to get lost these days. GPS pinpoints your location to within a few feet. Discover how our need to get from A to B holds clues about wh...

Bought by WRGY, KFOK-LPFM, and WRIR


  • Added: Jun 30, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: What Do You Make Of It?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are surrounded by products, and most of them are factory-made. Yet there was a time when building things yourself was commonplace. Participan...

Bought by KSKQ, KFOK-LPFM, and WRIR


  • Added: Jun 23, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A New Hope for Life in Space, Credit: Seth Shostak
A flurry of recent discoveries has shifted the odds of finding alien life: a planet the same size and temperature as Earth, the possibility of tens...

Bought by WRIR and KAZU Seaside, Calif.


  • Added: Jun 02, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Say La Vie, Credit: Seth Shostak
Researchers discover life in a subglacial Antarctic lake. James Cameron takes the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.

Bought by KSKQ, WRIR, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: May 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3