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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209 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: Math's Paths, Credit: Seth Shostak
If you bake, you can appreciate math’s transformative properties. Admiring the stackable potato chip is to admire a hyperbolic sheet. Find out wh...

Bought by KICI, RadioFreePalmer, and KMXT


  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: DNA is Not Destiny, Credit: Seth Shostak
We used to think that the genes you inherited didn’t change. You were stuck – or blessed – with what you got. Now we know that’s not true. Epi...

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


  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Nailing the Moon Landing
Neil, Buzz, and Michael made it look effortless, but the moon landing was neither easy nor inevitable. So on July 20, 1969, despite enormous diffi...

Bought by KCPW, WCQS, WUFT, KWIT, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: Animals Like Us, Credit: Seth Shostak
Laughing rats, sorrowful elephants, joyful chimpanzees. The more carefully we observe, and the more we learn about animals, the closer their emoti...

Bought by WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: You've Got Whale, Credit: Seth Shostak
We’re all missing out on important messages, and no amount of refreshing your browser will help. That’s because eavesdropping on the communications...

Bought by WMRA, RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: It's Habitable Forming, Credit: Seth Shostak
Evidence suggests a subsurface lake on Mars, prompting scientists to use the “h” word. Could the Red Planet be habitable? While we wait – impati...

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


  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Creature Discomforts, Credit: Seth Shostak
We love them, fear them, use them – and sometimes eat them, too. But how well do we really know animals? Our impressions are often simplistic. T...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, KBBI and more


  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Worrier Mentality, Credit: Seth Shostak
Poisonous snakes, lightning strikes, a rogue rock from space. There are plenty of scary things to fret about, but are we burning adrenaline on the...

Bought by WMRA, KAZU, RadioFreePalmer, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio and more


  • Added: May 27, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: New Water Worlds, Credit: Seth Shostak
The water is coming. By century’s end, the oceans could be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet higher, threatening millions of people and low-lying propert...

Bought by WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Is Life Inevitable?, Credit: Seth Shostak
A new theory about life’s origins updates Darwin’s warm little pond. Scientists say they’ve created the building blocks of biology in steaming hot...

Bought by WMRA, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, Gallatin Valley Community Radio, WHCP-LP and more


  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11