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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245 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: Mycology Education, Credit: Seth Shostak
Beneath our feet is a living network just as complex and extensive as the root systems in a forest. Fungi, which evolved in the oceans, were among ...

Bought by KBBI Alaska, KICI Iowa City, WERA-LP, RadioFreePalmer, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Hubble and Beyond, Credit: Seth Shostak
The universe is not just expanding; it’s accelerating. Supermassive black holes are hunkered down at the center of our galaxy and just about every ...

Bought by KMUN, WRGY, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, Md., KUAC and more


  • Added: Sep 21, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Life on Venus?, Credit: Seth Shostak
Have scientists found evidence of life on Venus? Known for its scorching temperatures and acidic atmosphere, Earth’s twin hardly seems a promising ...

Bought by WRGY, KBBI Alaska, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, Md., and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Sep 14, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Space: Why Go There, Credit: Seth Shostak
It takes a lot of energy and technology to rocket into space. Find out why it’s worth it, from the practical importance of satellites to the thril...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KUAC, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Sep 07, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Home Invasions, Credit: Seth Shostak
As we struggle to control a viral invader that moves silently across the globe and into its victims, we are also besieged by other invasions. Murde...

Bought by KUAC, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, Md. and more


  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Insects populations are declining. But before saying “good riddance,” consider that insects are essential to many ecosystems. Find out what might ...

Bought by KUAC, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WMUU-LP, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Aug 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Skeptic Check: Worrier Mentality, Credit: Seth Shostak
Poisonous snakes, lightning strikes, a rogue rock from space. There are plenty of scary things to fret about, but are we burning adrenaline on the...

Bought by KUAC, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, Md., WRGY and more


  • Added: Aug 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Math's Paths, Credit: Seth Shostak
If you bake, you can appreciate math’s transformative properties. Admiring the stackable potato chip is to admire a hyperbolic sheet. Find out wh...

Bought by KUAC, KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: On Thin Ice
Ice is more than a repository for water that would otherwise raise sea levels. It’s part of Earth’s cooling system, a barrier preventing decaying o...

Bought by KUAC, KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Skeptic Check: Know-It-Alls
Think you’re some kind of expert? Join the club. It’s one thing to question authority; another to offer up your untrained self as its replacement. ...

Bought by KUAC, KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 27, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12