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: Lady Parts, Credit: Seth Shostak
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe has ignited fierce debate about bodily autonomy. But it’s remarkable how little we know about female physiology. ...

Bought by KUHF, KAZU Seaside, Calif., Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Mar 06, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Waste Not , Credit: Seth Shostak
Why create more landfill? Resist the urge to toss those old sneakers or last year’s smart phone. Instead, let global junk entrepreneurs repurpose ...

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


  • Added: Feb 27, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Post Social Media, Credit: Seth Shostak
Before you check your social media feeds today. And post. And post again. And get into an argument on Twitter, lose track of time and wonder where ...

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


  • Added: Feb 20, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Fungi Fear, Credit: Seth Shostak
The zombie eco-thriller “The Last of Us” has alerted us to the threats posed by fungi. But the show is not entirely science fiction. Our vulnerabi...

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


  • Added: Feb 13, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Math's Paths, Credit: Seth Shostak
If you bake, you can appreciate math’s transformative properties. Admiring the stackable potato chip is to admire a hyperbolic sheet. Find out why ...

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


  • Added: Feb 06, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Understanding UAPs, Credit: Adobe Stock free image
The newest Pentagon report on UAPs – or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – reflects long standing public interest about what’s in our skies. Now, NAS...

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


  • Added: Jan 30, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Headed for Trouble, Credit: Seth Shostak
The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they abandoned and destroyed? The old ideas about cultu...

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


  • Added: Jan 23, 2023
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Testing Your Metal, Credit: Seth Shostak
Catalytic converters are disappearing. If you’ve had yours stolen, you know that rare earth metals are valuable. But these metals are in great dema...

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


  • Added: Jan 16, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Melting Down, Credit: Seth Shostak
Climate change isn’t waiting for us to act. We’ve missed several deadlines to mitigate the dangers of this existential threat, which suggests we pr...

Bought by WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM, KAZU Seaside, Calif., KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio] and more


  • Added: Jan 09, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Coming to Our Animal Senses, Credit: Seth Shostak
Animals experience the world differently. There are insects that can see ultraviolet light, while some snakes can hunt in the dark thanks to their ...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KZUM and more


  • Added: Jan 02, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13