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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219 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: 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
Caption: Gained in Translation, Credit: Seth Shostak
Hey, Alexa, why don’t you laugh at my jokes? Teaching a computer to recognize humor is difficult because no clear definition of humor exists. Send...

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


  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Free Range Dinosaurs, Credit: Seth Shostak
Dinosaurs are once again stomping their way across the silver screen. But these colossal beasts stole the show long before CGI brought them roarin...

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


  • Added: Apr 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: DecodeHer, Credit: Seth Shostak
They were pioneers in their fields, yet their names are scarcely known – simply because they didn’t have a Y chromosome. We examine the accomplish...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KICI, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: You Are Exposed, Credit: Seth Shostak
There is no place like “ome.” Your microbiome is highly influential in determining your health and the course of disease. But it’s not the only “...

Bought by Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KICI, WHCP-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Skeptic Check: Political Scientist, Credit: Seth Shostak
Many scientists Marched for Science; now some are diving deeper into political engagement: challenging public policy and even running for office th...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Hawkingravity, Credit: Seth Shostak
Stephen Hawking felt gravity’s pull. His quest to understand this feeble force spanned his career, and he was the first to realize that black hole...

Bought by WHCP-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: High Moon, Credit: Seth Shostak
“The moon or bust” is now officially bust. No private company was able to meet the Lunar X Prize challenge and arrange a launch by the 2018 deadli...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WHCP-LP, KBBI, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: We Are VR, Credit: Seth Shostak
Will virtual reality make you a better person? Seth puts on a VR headset for an immersive experience of a man who’s evicted from his apartment. F...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, RadioFreePalmer, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8