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!

 

Series

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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: Big Data, Credit: Seth Shostak
Big data is revolutionizing research. Learn how it might cure disease, or find ET. But is it a threat to our privacy?

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


  • Added: Sep 24, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Skeptic Check: Energy Vortex, Credit: Seth Shostak
The science behind “mysterious energy,” from magnetic poles to haunted houses, and just what the heck is an “energy vortex” anyway?

Bought by KSKQ and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Oh, Rats!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Before you chase it with a broom, consider this: Without the rat, we might miss critical insights into the nature of stress, cancer … and even love...

Bought by KVSC and KREV-LP


  • Added: Sep 10, 2012
  • Length: 54:32
  • Purchases: 2
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