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: Skeptic Check: Hostile Climate, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s a record we didn’t want to break. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is at an all-time high. Meanwhile an op-ed in a leading new...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WRGY, WRIR, KREV-LP, KVSC and more

  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Going Viral, Credit: Seth Shostak
Discover how viruses go from birds to pigs to you, how fossil viruses got into your genome, whether E.T. might be a virus, and what it takes for id...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WRGY, WRIR, KREV-LP, and WRST-FM Oshkosh

  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Stomach This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Not all conversation is appropriate for the dinner table – and that includes, strangely enough, the subject of eating. Yet, what happens during th...

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

  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Skeptic Check: Forget with the Program, Credit: Seth Shostak
Just remember this: Even our memories of dramatic events that seem to burn themselves directly into our brain are riddled with errors.

Bought by WRGY, WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, WNJR and more

  • Added: Apr 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Seth's Wine Cellar, Credit: Seth Shostak
In this potpourri show: from atomic clocks … to solar storms … to gold particles that might make gasoline obsolete … there are lots of science surp...

Bought by KSKQ, WRIR, KREV-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio and more

  • Added: Apr 08, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Anthropocene and Heard, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why climate change and loss of biodiversity may mean goodbye to the "Holocene," and hello to a new geologic epoch, the "Age of Man."

Bought by WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WNJR, and Royalton Community Radio

  • Added: Apr 01, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Happy Daze, Credit: Seth Shostak
Calling all pessimists – discover why your brain is wired for optimism, the evolutionary advantage of thinking positive and other research into th...

Bought by KSKQ, KCMJ Community Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and WNJR

  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Whodunit, Who'll Do It?, Credit: Seth Shostak
The tools of forensics have moved way beyond fingerprint kits - discover why, these days, a prosecutor is as likely to wave a fMRI brain scan as a ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and WNJR

  • Added: Feb 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Whither the Weather?, Credit: Seth Shostak
BiPiSci 110914 Whither the Weather? BiPiSci11-09-12 09/14/11 10/11/11 We all talk about the weather, and now scientists are doing something about i...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KREV-LP, WNJR, and KVSC

  • Added: Jan 14, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Skeptic Check: They're Baack!, Credit: Seth Shostak
When we return: the mythos and the science of reincarnation, hibernation, and suspended animation.

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KREV-LP

  • Added: Dec 31, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3