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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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: 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
Caption: Shroom with a View, Credit: Seth Shostak
Magic mushrooms – or psilocybin - may be associated with tripping hippies and Woodstock, but they are now being studied as new treatments for depre...

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


  • Added: May 15, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Catching Fire, Credit: Seth Shostak
We have too much “bad fire.” Not only destructive wildfires, but the combustion that powers our cars and provides electricity has generated a worry...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WVTF, KTAL-LP [Las Cruces Community Radio], KIYU-FM and more


  • Added: May 08, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Finding Endurance, Credit: Seth Shostak
In 1915, Endurance, the ship that took Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic, was slowly crushed and sank. Shackleton, and the 28 men he brought with ...

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


  • Added: May 01, 2023
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17