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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215 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: Time for a Map, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s hard to get lost these days. GPS pinpoints your location to within a few feet. Discover how our need to get from A to B holds clues about wh...

Bought by WRGY, KFOK-LPFM, and WRIR


  • Added: Jun 30, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: What Do You Make Of It?, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are surrounded by products, and most of them are factory-made. Yet there was a time when building things yourself was commonplace. Participan...

Bought by KSKQ, KFOK-LPFM, and WRIR


  • Added: Jun 23, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A New Hope for Life in Space, Credit: Seth Shostak
A flurry of recent discoveries has shifted the odds of finding alien life: a planet the same size and temperature as Earth, the possibility of tens...

Bought by WRIR and KAZU


  • Added: Jun 02, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Say La Vie, Credit: Seth Shostak
Researchers discover life in a subglacial Antarctic lake. James Cameron takes the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.

Bought by KSKQ, WRIR, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: May 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: We Can Rebuild It, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s human nature: when calamity strikes, we rebuild. Learn about the consequences of the biggest volcanic explosion in 5,000 years, and the reani...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, KVSC, WRIR, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: May 19, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Our Tasteless Show, Credit: Seth Shostak
Imagine biting into a rich chocolate donut and not tasting it. That’s what happened to one woman when she lost her sense of smell. Discover what ...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, KREV-LP, KSKQ, WRIR, and KVSC


  • Added: Apr 28, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: That's Containment!, Credit: Seth Shostak
We all crave power - to run laptops, charge cell phones, and play Angry Birds. But why don’t batteries last longer? Discover why their technolog...

Bought by KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KFOK-LPFM, WRIR, KSKQ and more


  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Since Sliced Bread, Credit: Seth Shostak
Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! The 25-year-old Web, along with the Internet and the personal computer are among mankind’s greatest inventions. ...

Bought by KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WRGY, WNJR, WRIR and more


  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Do the Math, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fun puzzles for your next urban hike, why brains are wired to count on fingers, and the world’s most famous equations (after e=mc2).

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KSKQ, WRGY, WNJR, WRIR and more


  • Added: Mar 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: We Heart Robots, Credit: Seth Shostak
Here come the machines. Meet the prototypes of your future robot buddies and discover how you may come to love a hunk of hardware. Also, should ...

Bought by WRGY, KREV-LP, WRIR, and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4