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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169 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 “...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, KCSB-FM, and WRGY


  • Added: May 14, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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 RadioFreePalmer, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: What Have You Got To Move, Credit: Seth Shostak
The world is an ocean of motion. Animal locomotion is necessary to survive, and evolution has provided a diverse means to do it: fins, feathers, a...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KCSB-FM, KBBI, WMUU-LP, WRGY and more


  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
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 Royalton Community Radio, WRGY, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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 WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, and WRGY


  • Added: Apr 16, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Brain Dust, Credit: Seth Shostak
The brain is a hot research topic, but despite all efforts, your grey matter largely remains a black box – an indecipherable web of neurons with a ...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP, WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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 WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, WRGY and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Skeptic Check: Your Inner Lab Coat, Credit: Seth Shostak
Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have a science degree, yet he thinks rationally like a scientist. You can too! Learn the secrets of being irritatingly lo...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WRGY, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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 WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Shell on Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shells provide straightforward defense against predators. So then why did squid and octopuses evolve to lose their shells? Find out what these cep...

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


  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9