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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212 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: 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: Rational Lampoon, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why a cognitive scientist says that the very idea of individual thinking is a myth: most of our thinking is done in groups. Also, you know much les...

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


  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
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
Caption: Gene-y in a Bottle, Credit: Gary Niederhoff
You can’t pick your parents. But soon you may be able to change the DNA they gave you. Imagine deleting genes from your body that you don’t like ...

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


  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: The Crater Good, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s the moon or bust … again. Only this time the hardware may come from China. Or perhaps Europe. In fact, it seems that the only developed nat...

Bought by KREV-LP, WTJU, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: May 29, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: 100% Invisible, Credit: Seth Shostak
In astronomy, the rule was if you can’t see it, it’s not real. Tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy or dark matter … or, more r...

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


  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Eve of Disruption, Credit: Seth Shostak
Only two of the following three creations have had lasting scientific or cultural impact: The telescope … the Sistine Chapel ceiling … the electri...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WTJU, Monarch Radio, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Spacecraft Elegy, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our space probes are climbing a mountain on Mars, visiting an ice ball far beyond Pluto, plunging through the rings of Saturn, and landing on a com...

Bought by KUER, WJFF, CHSR-FM 97.9, KISU, KUAF Public Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Skeptic Check: Glutenous Maximus, Credit: Seth Shostak
Eat dark chocolate. Don’t drink coffee. Go gluten-free. If you ask people for diet advice, you’ll get a dozen different stories. We’ll help you...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WTJU, RadioFreePalmer, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14