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: Sensor Sensibility, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Ubiquitous sensing” aims to blanket the world in tiny sensors, the out-of-this world detection system that discovered a possibly Earth-like planet...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Science's Alliances, Credit: Seth Shostak
A particle physicist-turned-U.S. Congressman, Muppets teach toddlers engineering, and other unique science pairings.

Bought by KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 05, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Skeptic Check: Dubiology, Credit: Seth Shostak
From earthquake-predicting cats to dangerous "pox parties" - instances of questionable biology and the history of American scientific literacy.

Bought by WVTF and KREV-LP

  • Added: Nov 28, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: We've Got You Made, Credit: Seth Shostak
Computers are not only a part of your life, they may soon be a part of you - We’ll hear from the world’s first cyborg as to why we should make nice...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: NASA or What?, Credit: Seth Shostak
NASA in motion: the GRAIL mission takes us back to the moon, and – can you dig it? The rover Curiosity can. It’ll hunt for evidence of Martian lif...

Bought by KZUM

  • Added: Nov 07, 2011
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bug Off!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans have been battling viruses and bacteria since the beginning of time; stories from the frontier of epidemiology.

Bought by WVTF, KSKQ, and KREV-LP

  • Added: Oct 31, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: What's Your Poison?, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Aspirin and Old Lace?” Okay, you’d need a bottle of pills in a cup of elderberry wine, but aspirin can be deadly – hear why dose is key in toxicol...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Skeptic Check, Beast Of, Credit: Seth Shostak
Zombies, aliens, Bigfoot, oh my - we've covered - or rather uncovered - them all and more on Skeptic Check, our monthly look of critical thinking, ...

Bought by KZUM, KMUN, KREV-LP, and WRIR

  • Added: Oct 03, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Rend Me Your Ears, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our buzzing, humming, whirling, machine-driven world is a poster child for technological progress, and has driven one man to search for silence; we...

Bought by KSKQ and WRIR

  • Added: Sep 26, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Seth's Tool Shed, Credit: Seth Shostak
A scheme for finding life on Mars, adopting to climate change, and a new moon of Pluto.

Bought by WRIR

  • Added: Sep 05, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1