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: Frogs' Pants, Credit: Seth Shostak
An 18th century scientist fitted a pair of tailor-made briefs on a male frog to determine the animal’s contribution to reproduction. Find out what...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, KBBI, KCSB-FM, KMXT and more


  • Added: Jul 02, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Perpetual Emotion Machine, Credit: Seth Shostak
Get ready for compassionate computers that share your pain, your joy. But wait, our own emotions can be conflicting and irrational. A suite of unc...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WMRA, KTSW 89.9, Royalton Community Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jun 18, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Imagining Planets, Credit: Seth Shostak
Get to know your planetary neighbors. Dive into a mountain lake and trek though the driest desert on Earth with a scientist who’s had not one but ...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Time on Your Side, Credit: Seth Shostak
Time passes like an arrow, but what if flew like a boomerang? Find out how scientists are working to reverse time’s most relentless march: aging. ...

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  • Added: May 28, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Your Brain's Reins, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are your brain, everyone agrees. But if your brain is damaged, are you still responsible for your actions? We hear of the first person to pl...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, WRGY and more


  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: What Have You Got To Move, Credit: Seth Shostak
The world is an ocean of motion. Animal locomotion is necessary to survive, and evolution has provided a diverse means to do it: fins, feathers, a...

Bought by WMUU-LP, Royalton Community Radio, KCSB-FM, KBBI, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Brain Dust, Credit: Seth Shostak
The brain is a hot research topic, but despite all efforts, your grey matter largely remains a black box – an indecipherable web of neurons with a ...

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


  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Skeptic Check: Your Inner Lab Coat, Credit: Seth Shostak
Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have a science degree, yet he thinks rationally like a scientist. You can too! Learn the secrets of being irritatingly lo...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WRGY and more


  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Shell on Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shells provide straightforward defense against predators. So then why did squid and octopuses evolve to lose their shells? Find out what these cep...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Quantum: Why We Want 'Em, Credit: Seth Shostak
Today, everything from cell phones to LED lighting depends on the weird behavior described by quantum mechanics. But will this strange physics soo...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13