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: Measure For Measure, Credit: Seth Shostak
Whether in miles or pounds, meters or kilograms, we take daily measure out our lives. But how did these units ever come to be, and why do we want t...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KSKQ and more


  • Added: Jul 24, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Fantastic-er Voyage, Credit: Seth Shostak
Thinking small can sometimes achieve big things. A new generation of diminutive robots can enter our bodies and deal with medical problems such as ...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], RadioFreePalmer, KIYU-FM, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jul 18, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Dinosaurs' Last Gasp, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do we have physical evidence of the last day of the dinosaurs? We consider fossilized fish in South Dakota that may chronicle the dramatic events t...

Bought by KIYU-FM, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Jul 10, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Allergy Reason, Credit: Seth Shostak
Runny nose. Itchy, watery eyes. Sneezing. If you don’t have allergies, you probably know someone who does. The number of people with allergies, inc...

Bought by WVTF, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KIYU-FM, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jul 03, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Made for Mars, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do you have what it takes to survive on Mars? Beginning this month, four people will spend a year in a prototype Martian habitat meant to simulate...

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


  • Added: Jun 26, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: NASA UFO Study, Credit: Seth Shostak
NASA is studying more than 800 sightings of unidentified objects in our sky as part of its investigation into the UFO phenomenon. We get an update ...

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


  • Added: Jun 19, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: The Ears Have It, Credit: Seth Shostak
What’s the difference between a bird call and the sound of a pile driver? Not much, when you’re close to the loudest bird ever. Also, how everyda...

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


  • Added: Jun 12, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: The Body Electric, Credit: Seth Shostak
Electricity plays an important role in our everyday lives, including allowing our bodies to communicate internally. But some research claims electr...

Bought by WNED Buffalo, KIYU-FM, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Life in the Solar System, Credit: Seth Shostak
Spewing lava and belching noxious fumes, volcanoes seem hostile to biology. But the search for life off-Earth includes the hunt for these hotheads ...

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


  • Added: May 29, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Let's Stick Together, Credit: Seth Shostak
Crowds driving you crazy? Remember, we evolved to be together. Humans are not only social, we’re driven to care for one another. We look at some...

Bought by WNED Buffalo, KIYU-FM, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: May 22, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15