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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273 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: Climate Changed, Credit: Seth Shostak
Rising waters, more destructive wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves. Scientists have long predicted these events, but reporting on climate change ...

Bought by KZUM, CHSR-FM 97.9, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Frogs' Pants, Credit: Seth Shostak
An 18th century scientist fitted a pair of tailor-made briefs on a male frog to determine the animal’s contribution to reproduction. Find out what...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WPCA-LP, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Perpetual Emotion Machine, Credit: Seth Shostak
Get ready for compassionate computers that share your pain, your joy. But wait, our own emotions can be conflicting and irrational. A suite of unc...

Bought by WMUU-LP, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY, WPCA-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Your Brains Reins, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are your brain, everyone agrees. But if your brain is damaged, are you still responsible for your actions? We hear of the first person to pl...

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


  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Skeptic Check: Heal Thyself, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do we need doctors? There are umpteen alternative sources of medical advice, including endless health tips from people without medical degrees. Wh...

Bought by WMUU-LP, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WPCA-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Shell on Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shells provide straightforward defense against predators. So then why did squid and octopuses evolve to lose their shells? Find out what these cep...

Bought by WMUU-LP, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Yule Like This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fir tree needles embedded in carpet are a holiday headache. Why not opt for a genetically-modified, needle-retaining tree instead? Also, science ...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WRKF, WDET Detroit Public Radio, KUHF, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: Stopping Ebola, Credit: Seth Shostak
A new vaccine may help turn Ebola into a disease we can prevent, and a new drug may make it one we can cure. But the political crisis in the Democ...

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


  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Radical Cosmology, Credit: Seth Shostak
400 years ago, some ideas about the cosmos were too scandalous to mention. When the Dominican friar Giordano Bruno suggested the existence of plan...

Bought by WKMS, WMUU-LP, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Nobel Efforts, Credit: Seth Shostak
For two Swiss astronomers, it’s “Stockholm, here we come.” Their first-ever discovery of a planet orbiting another star has been awarded the most ...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, WLPR , WRGY and more


  • Added: Oct 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7