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.


294 Pieces

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Caption: Doomsday Live, Part I, Credit: Molly Bentley
If there is only one show you hear about the end of the world, let it be this one. Recorded before a live audience at the Computer History Museum ...

Bought by WCPN, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KREV-LP, and KSKQ


  • Added: Nov 26, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: No Expiration Date, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why food molds, people age and plastic sticks around so gosh darn long.

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Nov 19, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Skeptic Check: Zombies Aren't Real, Credit: Seth Shostak
Writer Guy Harrison on why Zombies might be a ghosts from our Pleistocene past, and how mathematical modeling of these mythical creatures could hel...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Going Global, Credit: Seth Shostak
Writer David Quammen on what it takes for an animal disease to become a human pandemic. Also, was hurricane Sandy a man-made disaster?

Bought by KVSC, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Space Archaeology, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why modern archaeologists forsake digging in the dirt in favor of a satellite view, and how we might track extraterrestrials from the trash they le...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KREV-LP


  • Added: Oct 22, 2012
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: As the Worlds Turn, Credit: Seth Shostak
If you’re itching to get away from it all, really get away from it all, have we got some exotic destinations for you. From Mars to Jupiter’s moon...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KREV-LP


  • Added: Oct 15, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: [Rectangular Container] Thinking, Credit: Seth Shostak
Discover the original thinking that led to the discovery of dark matter and the invention of a.c. power grids, disinfectant, and the Greek “death r...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KREV-LP, and KVSC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Skeptic Check: Mysterious Illness, Credit: Seth Shostak
The strange case of stuttering in Le Roy, N.Y. and an update on the cellphone cancer debate.

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KREV-LP


  • Added: Oct 01, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Big Data, Credit: Seth Shostak
Big data is revolutionizing research. Learn how it might cure disease, or find ET. But is it a threat to our privacy?

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Skeptic Check: Energy Vortex, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science behind “mysterious energy,” from magnetic poles to haunted houses, and just what the heck is an “energy vortex” anyway?

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Oh, Rats!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Before you chase it with a broom, consider this: Without the rat, we might miss critical insights into the nature of stress, cancer … and even love...

Bought by KVSC and KREV-LP


  • Added: Sep 10, 2012
  • Length: 54:32
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Invisible In-Between, Credit: Seth Shostak
To need air is human. Catch a skydiver in action and discover what’s in supposedly empty interstellar space.

Bought by KSKQ and KREV-LP


  • Added: Sep 03, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skeptic Check: Monster, Magic, and Music, Credit: Seth Shostak
A combo of critical thinking; from tracking Bigfoot and magic’s ability to fool the brain to whether a study about music supports the “Mozart Effec...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A.I. Caramba!, Credit: Seth Shostak
When the IBM computer, Watson, snatched the “Jeopardy” title from humans, that raised the question: could artificial intelligence ever beat humans ...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A Martian Curiosity, Credit: Seth Shostak
The hard part is over: we landed on Mars (again!). Let the science begin. Here’s the latest in the hunt for evidence of life off Earth, and one m...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2012
  • Length: 54:14
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Fuel's Paradise, Credit: Seth Shostak
From corn to algae to garbage: the race is on to find a fuel source that can replace petroleum.

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Aug 06, 2012
  • Length: 54:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Olympics for the Rest of Us, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s easy to praise the extraordinary abilities of the athletes. Let’s celebrate the extreme averageness of the rest of us. From beer bellies to...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2012
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Nano Nano, Credit: Seth Shostak
"Think small to solve big problems" is, in a nutshell, the mantra of nanotechnology - we’ll look at the promise and the peril of this new science.

Bought by KREV-LP and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jul 02, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Seth's Storm Shelter, Credit: Seth Shostak
A mélange of surprising subjects from why humans are more like ants than are chimpanzees … to Jonah Lehrer on the creative brain.

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, KREV-LP, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jun 25, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Skeptic Check: OMG, GMO?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are what you eat – the science –and the controversy - of genetically engineered foods, plus synthetic biology on Mars.

Bought by KREV-LP and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Jun 18, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 2