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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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.


Caption: True Grit, Credit: Seth Shostak
Without sand, engineering would be stuck in the Middle Ages and Silicon Valley would be, well, just a valley. Sand is the building material of mod...

Bought by WHCP-LP, KBBI, KCSB-FM, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Sci-Fi From the Future, Credit: Seth Shostak
Polls show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. We all hope to guide socie...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WHCP-LP, KBBI, KCSB-FM and more

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: The X-Flies, Credit: Seth Shostak
Insects populations are declining. But before saying “good riddance,” consider that insects are essential to many ecosystems. Find out what might ...

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

  • Added: Dec 31, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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 Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WUFT, CHSR-FM 97.9, KUHF, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more

  • Added: Dec 24, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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 WUFT, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI, WMUU-LP, KSFR and more

  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Breaking Bad, Credit: Seth Shostak
The scientific method is tried and true. The fallible humans behind the research, however, not so much. Find out why the hyper-competitive pursuit...

Bought by WHCP-LP, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, RadioFreePalmer, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Creative Brains, Credit: Seth Shostak
Many animals are industrious and clever, but humans are unique in their creative and inventive impulses. Composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist...

Bought by KFOI Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, KTSW 89.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Bacteria to the Future, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why did the chicken take antibiotics? To fatten it up and prevent bacterial infection. But farms have become superbug factories, threatening our l...

Bought by KFOI Radio, Royalton Community Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Nov 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Space Rocks!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Some astronomers have proposed that an oddly-shaped object that recently passed through our solar system could be an alien artifact, and not an ast...

Bought by KCSB-FM, WUFT, KFOI Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KBBI and more

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Denial, Credit: Seth Shostak
Climate change isn’t happening. Vaccines make you sick. When it comes to threats to public or environmental health, a surprisingly large fraction...

Bought by KCSB-FM, KFOI Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WHCP-LP and more

  • Added: Nov 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10