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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199 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: You Are Exposed, Credit: Seth Shostak
There is no place like “ome.” Your microbiome is highly influential in determining your health and the course of disease. But it’s not the only “...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Skeptic Check: Political Scientist, Credit: Seth Shostak
Many scientists Marched for Science; now some are diving deeper into political engagement: challenging public policy and even running for office th...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Hawkingravity, Credit: Seth Shostak
Stephen Hawking felt gravity’s pull. His quest to understand this feeble force spanned his career, and he was the first to realize that black hole...

Bought by WHCP-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: High Moon, Credit: Seth Shostak
“The moon or bust” is now officially bust. No private company was able to meet the Lunar X Prize challenge and arrange a launch by the 2018 deadli...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WHCP-LP, KBBI, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: We Are VR, Credit: Seth Shostak
Will virtual reality make you a better person? Seth puts on a VR headset for an immersive experience of a man who’s evicted from his apartment. F...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, RadioFreePalmer, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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 CHSR-FM 97.9, KICI, RadioFreePalmer, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Keeping Humans in the Loop, Credit: Seth Shostak
As our world becomes more challenging, can we maintain control of our own future? Threats arise not just from climate change or inventions such as...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KICI, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Skeptic Check: Astrology Ascending, Credit: Seth Shostak
Mars may be in retrograde, but interest in astrology is rising. People are increasingly drawn to this ancient practice for insight and guidance. T...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Meet Your Robot Barista, Credit: Seth Shostak
We sip lattes in a robot café and contemplate the future of work. Our mechanical barista is just a start as robots and A.I. train to do a variety o...

Bought by WHCP-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Rip Van Winkle Worm, Credit: Seth Shostak
Your shower pipes are alive. So are your sinks, books, and floorboards. New studies of our homes are revealing just what lives there, from bacter...

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


  • Added: Jan 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11