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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217 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: Skeptic Check: Data Bias, Credit: Seth Shostak
Sexist snow plowing? Data that guide everything from snow removal schedules to heart research often fail to consider gender. In these cases, “ref...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KCSB-FM, WHCP-LP, KBBI, WRGY and more


  • Added: Sep 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Skeptic Check: Brain Gain, Credit: Seth Shostak
Looking to boost your brainpower? Luckily, there are products promising to help – smart drugs, neurofeedback exercises, and specially-designed vi...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KAZU, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
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 Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KMUN, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Granting Immunity, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Diversity or die” could be your new health mantra. Don’t boost your immune system, cultivate it! Like a garden, your body’s defenses benefit from ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KSFR, KZMU Moab Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
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 WRST-FM Oshkosh, WYSO, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Skeptic Check: Flat Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Flat Earthers believe that our planet resembles not a slightly squashed grapefruit but a thick pancake. We look at the difference between a truly...

Bought by WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KCSB-FM, KBBI and more


  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Let's Stick Together, Credit: Seth Shostak.
Crowds driving you crazy? Remember, we evolved to be together. Humans are not only social, we’re driven to care for one another. We look at some...

Bought by KUNM, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KICI, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
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 WRST-FM Oshkosh, CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: DNA is Not Destiny, Credit: Seth Shostak
We used to think that the genes you inherited didn’t change. You were stuck – or blessed – with what you got. Now we know that’s not true. Epi...

Bought by 'The Sea', KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WGBH Radio Boston, Boise State Public Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9 and more


  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Nailing the Moon Landing
Neil, Buzz, and Michael made it look effortless, but the moon landing was neither easy nor inevitable. So on July 20, 1969, despite enormous diffi...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, KCPW, WCQS, WUFT and more


  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 19