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: On Defense, Credit: Seth Shostak
The military is a dangerous calling, but researchers are trying to make it safer for troops. Writer Mary Roach investigates how scientists work to...

Bought by KUNM, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WTJU, RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Skeptic Check: Aliens - The Evidence, Credit: Seth Shostak
In the new film, Arrival, extraterrestrials once again pay Earth a visit. But many believe the aliens are already here. How good is the evidence?...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, WTJU, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WMUU-LP, KMRE-LP and more

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Born Legacy, Credit: Seth Shostak
We know how the stars shine, but how do you make a star? We take an all-night ride on SOFIA, a high-flying observatory, to watch astronomers inves...

Bought by WTJU, CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KTSW 89.9, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Sep 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Elements Never Forget, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s elementary, Watson. Things are in flux – from the elements in the air you breathe to party balloons. We investigate a massive, historic nit...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WTJU, WMUU-LP,, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Musical Universe, Credit: Seth Shostak
In space, no one can hear you scream, but, using the right instruments, scientists can pick up all types of cosmic vibrations – the sort we can tur...

Bought by KAZU, WTJU, WMUU-LP, WCAI / WNAN, CHSR-FM 97.9 and more

  • Added: Aug 21, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Adam Savage, Credit: Seth Shostak
Can an opera singer’s voice really shatter glass? Can you give your car a rocket-assisted boost and survive the test drive? Now that the series h...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, CHSR-FM 97.9, WYAP, WTJU, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Caught in a Traps, Credit: Seth Shostak
When will California suffer “the big one”? A geologist recently described the San Andreas fault as “locked and loaded.” And was it only a rock fr...

Bought by KAZU, CHSR-FM 97.9, WMUU-LP, WTJU, and more

  • Added: Jul 31, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Eclipsing All Other Shows, Credit: Seth Shostak
Watching a total solar eclipse is said to be a life-changing experience. We help you make the most of Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. No ec...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, WBEZ, KISU, KCPW, WAMU and more

  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 29
Caption: Skeptic Check: How Low Can You Go?, Credit: Ly Ly
Cryotherapy promise you a blast – of sub-zero air – as a way to stave off wrinkles and even halt aging altogether. Meanwhile cryogenics asks you t...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KUNM, WTJU, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Science Fiction, Credit: Seth Shostak
No one knows what the future will bring, but science fiction authors are willing to take a stab at imagining it. We take our own stab at imagining...

Bought by KBBI, CHSR-FM 97.9, KREV-LP, WTJU, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13