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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211 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: 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
Caption: Animals Like Us, Credit: Seth Shostak
Laughing rats, sorrowful elephants, joyful chimpanzees. The more carefully we observe, and the more we learn about animals, the closer their emoti...

Bought by KAZU, CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: You've Got Whale, Credit: Seth Shostak
We’re all missing out on important messages, and no amount of refreshing your browser will help. That’s because eavesdropping on the communications...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: It's Habitable Forming, Credit: Seth Shostak
Evidence suggests a subsurface lake on Mars, prompting scientists to use the “h” word. Could the Red Planet be habitable? While we wait – impati...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Creature Discomforts, Credit: Seth Shostak
We love them, fear them, use them – and sometimes eat them, too. But how well do we really know animals? Our impressions are often simplistic. T...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Worrier Mentality, Credit: Seth Shostak
Poisonous snakes, lightning strikes, a rogue rock from space. There are plenty of scary things to fret about, but are we burning adrenaline on the...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, KAZU, RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: May 27, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: New Water Worlds, Credit: Seth Shostak
The water is coming. By century’s end, the oceans could be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet higher, threatening millions of people and low-lying propert...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and more


  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Is Life Inevitable?, Credit: Seth Shostak
A new theory about life’s origins updates Darwin’s warm little pond. Scientists say they’ve created the building blocks of biology in steaming hot...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and more


  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Rethinking Chernobyl, Credit: Seth Shostak
The catastrophic explosion at Chernobyl triggered a full-scale destruction of the reactor in the worst nuclear reactor accident in history. But res...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, New Hampshire Public Radio, WMRA, Interlochen Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 21
Caption: Identity Crisis, Credit: Seth Shostak
DNA is the gold standard of all identification methods. Except when it’s not. So, while we refine our ability to work with the double helix, scie...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10