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: 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
Caption: Life Back Then, Credit: Seth Shostak
Time keeps on ticking, ticking … and as it does, evolution operates to produce remarkable and transformative changes in species.

Bought by WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and WNJR

  • Added: Nov 04, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Shutting Down Science, Credit: Seth Shostak
The government shut down left one Antarctic researcher's research out in the cold and raises a question about publicly funded science. What do we ...

Bought by WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KREV-LP, KVSC, and WNJR

  • Added: Oct 28, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Skeptic Check: War of the Worlds, Credit: Seth Shostak
It was the most famous invasion that never happened. But Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast sure sounded convincing as it described a...

Bought by KCPW Salt Lake City, KQED, WUTC, WRFA-LP, WGBH Radio Boston and more

  • Added: Oct 21, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12

  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Skeptic Check: Follywood Science, Credit: Seth Shostak
From Prometheus to 2001: the ratio of science to fiction in sci-fi, the most accurate science fiction film; and why messing with medical facts in f...

Bought by WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WNJR, and WRIR

  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Catch a Wave, Credit: Seth Shostak
What your eye sees is but a narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover what the rest reveals about the secrets of the universe.

Bought by KSKQ, WRGY, WRIR, and KREV-LP

  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Rife With Life, Credit: Seth Shostak
Follow the water is the astrobiology mantra. Where there’s water, there may be life. Join us for a tour of watery solar system bodies.

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WRGY, KBGA 89.9 FM, KSKQ, WNJR and more

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Getting a Spacelift, Credit: Seth Shostak
The future of spaceflight, why humans should go to Mars, the techno-wizardry needed to get there, working on an asteroid, and a space tourist’s pri...

Bought by WRGY, KBGA 89.9 FM, WNJR, KSKQ, KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA and more

  • Added: Jul 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6