Big Picture Science

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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.

From free-thinking robots... to the recipe for dark matter... to the mix-and-match genes of synthetic biology, we have it all! One episode a month, Skeptic Check, is devoted to critical thinking.

Produced at the SETI Institute and hosted by Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley.

Big Picture Science can be found on iTunes and other podcast sites. Radio stations carrying the program are listed on our "listening" page at radio.seti.org

The program is freely available to radio stations for broadcast.

The show began with the title Are We Alone? in 2002.


277 Pieces

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Caption: Deep Time, Credit: Seth Shostak
Think back, way back. Beyond last week to what was happening on Earth 100 million years ago or earlier. It’s hard to fathom such enormous stretch...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: What Do You Make Of It?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are surrounded by products, and most of them are factory-made. Yet there was a time when building things yourself was commonplace. Participan...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Skeptic Check: About Face, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans are pattern seeking animals – and the silhouette of Elvis appears in our burrito. Does that mean The King is speaking to us through TexMex?...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Eye Spy, Credit: Seth Shostak
Who’s watching you? Could be anyone, really. Social media sites, webcams, CCTV cameras and smartphones have made keeping tabs on you as easy as t...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: De-Extinction Show, Credit: Seth Shostak
Maybe goodbye isn’t forever. Get ready to mingle with mammoths and gaze upon a ground sloth. Scientists want to give some animals a round-trip ti...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: ZZZZZs Please, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science of why we sleep and technology that may allow us to record dreams.

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: A Sudden Change in Planets, Credit: Seth Shostak
A planet is a planet is a planet. Unless it’s Pluto. Scientists say that the unpopular re-classification of Pluto as a dwarf planet by astronomer...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Skeptic Check: Is It True?, Credit: Seth Shostak
We often hear fantastic scientific claims that would change everything if true. We examine news stories that seem too sensational to be valid, yet...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: As You Were, Credit: Seth Shostak
From memory storage to self-healing materials to stem cells - creative approaches to capturing things are they were. Plus, the arrow of time in re...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: What's the Difference?, Credit: Seth Shostak
We make split second decisions about others – someone is male or female, black or white, us or them. But sometimes the degrees of separation are i...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Skeptic Check: Friends Like These, Credit: Seth Shostak
We love our family and friends, but sometimes their ideas about how the world works can seem a little wacky. We look at the examples that BiPiSci ...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Sounds Abound, Credit: Seth Shostak
The world abounds in sound. Now we know what the fuss is about. With computers we can analyze the song of birds (they give each other nicknames) ...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You know what you know. But you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Few of us do. Scientists say we’re spectacularly incompetent at recogni...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: This Land is Island, Credit: Seth Shostak
There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in ...

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  • Added: Nov 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Long Live Longevity, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science of sticking around: The latest in aging studies, why there's a silver lining for the silver-haired set (older people are happier), and ...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Skeptic Check: Got a Sweet Truth, Credit: Seth Shostak
The sweet stuff is getting sour press. Some researchers say sugar is toxic. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Meet Your Replacements, Credit: Seth Shostak
There’s no one like you. At least, not yet. But will the future have androids able to do just about everything, computers hooked directly into yo...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Big Questions Somewhat Answered, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why are we here? What happened after the Big Bang? What is dark matter? Will dark energy tear the universe apart? Each of these big puzzlers is...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Skeptic Check: Mummy Dearest, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shh …mummy’s the word! We don’t want to provoke the curse of King Tut. We’ll unravel secrets about the famous Egyptian pharaoh, dispel myths abou...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Digging Our Past
Digging Our Past. We hear about two projects that use the tools of modern chemistry and anthropology to deepen our understanding of a dark chapter...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6