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: 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...

Bought by KSKQ, KREV-LP, and KVSC

  • Added: Aug 27, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 3
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...

Bought by KREV-LP and KVSC

  • 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...

Bought by KSKQ, WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KHEN-LP, KVSC and more

  • 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
Caption: Better Mousetrap, Credit: Seth Shostak
How inventors get their ideas, what happens when their creations spawn entire new industries, and how the inventor of a squirt gun might just have ...

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

  • Added: Jun 04, 2012
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mass Transits, Credit: Seth Shostak
On June 5, our sister planet Venus will slowly slide across the face of the sun, the last transit of Venus until 2117; join us for a special episod...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KZYX

  • Added: May 28, 2012
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 2