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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218 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: The X-Flies, Credit: Seth Shostak
Insects populations are declining. But before saying “good riddance,” consider that insects are essential to many ecosystems. Find out what might ...

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


  • Added: Dec 31, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Space: Why Go There?, Credit: Seth Shostak
It takes a lot of energy and technology to rocket into space. Find out why it’s worth it, from the practical importance of satellites to the thril...

Bought by Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WUFT, CHSR-FM 97.9, KUHF, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Dec 24, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Yule Like This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fir tree needles embedded in carpet are a holiday headache. Why not opt for a genetically-modified, needle-retaining tree instead? Also, science ...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WUFT, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 17, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Breaking Bad, Credit: Seth Shostak
The scientific method is tried and true. The fallible humans behind the research, however, not so much. Find out why the hyper-competitive pursuit...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WHCP-LP, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Creative Brains, Credit: Seth Shostak
Many animals are industrious and clever, but humans are unique in their creative and inventive impulses. Composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist...

Bought by KFOI Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, KTSW 89.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Bacteria to the Future, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why did the chicken take antibiotics? To fatten it up and prevent bacterial infection. But farms have become superbug factories, threatening our l...

Bought by KFOI Radio, Royalton Community Radio, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Nov 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Space Rocks!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Some astronomers have proposed that an oddly-shaped object that recently passed through our solar system could be an alien artifact, and not an ast...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KCSB-FM, WUFT, KFOI Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Denial, Credit: Seth Shostak
Climate change isn’t happening. Vaccines make you sick. When it comes to threats to public or environmental health, a surprisingly large fraction...

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


  • Added: Nov 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Rerouting... Rerouting, Credit: Seth Shostak
With GPS, we can navigate unfamiliar cities. Without GPS, we might not find our way home. Scientists say that our reliance on dashboard devices is...

Bought by WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, KCSB-FM, WUFT, CHSR-FM 97.9 and more


  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Air Apparent, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s easy to take air for granted, but – unlike food and water – you can’t live more than a few minutes without it. This invisible chemical cockta...

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


  • Added: Oct 22, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10