Big Picture Science

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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.

From free-thinking robots... to the recipe for dark matter... to the mix-and-match genes of synthetic biology, we have it all! One episode a month, Skeptic Check, is devoted to critical thinking.

Produced at the SETI Institute and hosted by Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley.

Big Picture Science can be found on iTunes and other podcast sites. Radio stations carrying the program are listed on our "listening" page at radio.seti.org

The program is freely available to radio stations for broadcast.

The show began with the title Are We Alone? in 2002.


217 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Skeptic Check: Dubiology, Credit: Seth Shostak
From earthquake-predicting cats to dangerous "pox parties" - instances of questionable biology and the history of American scientific literacy.

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: We've Got You Made, Credit: Seth Shostak
Computers are not only a part of your life, they may soon be a part of you - We’ll hear from the world’s first cyborg as to why we should make nice...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Blame it on Bacterio, Credit: Seth Shostak
Think small! Microbes are tinier than the dot at the end of this sentence, yet they can make humans sicker than dogs, dogs sicker than humans, jum...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: NASA or What?, Credit: Seth Shostak
NASA in motion: the GRAIL mission takes us back to the moon, and – can you dig it? The rover Curiosity can. It’ll hunt for evidence of Martian lif...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2011
  • Length: 54:01
Caption: Bug Off!, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans have been battling viruses and bacteria since the beginning of time; stories from the frontier of epidemiology.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skeptic Check, Beast Of, Credit: Seth Shostak
Zombies, aliens, Bigfoot, oh my - we've covered - or rather uncovered - them all and more on Skeptic Check, our monthly look of critical thinking, ...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: What's Your Poison?, Credit: Seth Shostak
“Aspirin and Old Lace?” Okay, you’d need a bottle of pills in a cup of elderberry wine, but aspirin can be deadly – hear why dose is key in toxicol...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Rend Me Your Ears, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our buzzing, humming, whirling, machine-driven world is a poster child for technological progress, and has driven one man to search for silence; we...

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Seth's Tool Shed, Credit: Seth Shostak
A scheme for finding life on Mars, adopting to climate change, and a new moon of Pluto.

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Into the Unknown, Credit: Seth Shostak
From voyages to the bottom of the sea, to the edges of space: join us on treks of modern exploration.

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Swarm in Here, Credit: Seth Shostak
Collective intelligence is what makes bees and ants so successful – find out how researchers are helping humans to get their collective act together.

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Skeptic Check: Plotting Along, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why conspiracy theories persist – from 9-11 to UFOs to fluoride in our water.

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2011
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Written in Code, Credit: Seth Shostak
Genes aren’t worth much unless they’re turned on – find out what factors influence gene expression and how to unleash your inner-Einstein

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cell! Cell!, Credit: Seth Shostak
The story of Henrietta Lacks who unwittingly donated her tissue to science in 1951 and whose cells still grow in laboratories around the world today.

Bought by KSKQ, WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 01, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Water the Chances, Credit: Seth Shostak
Getting the salt out: the most promising technologies for desalination… how astronauts filter “water-closet water” to drink… and, turning salt pond...

Bought by WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Know Laughing Matter, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why we evolved to laugh plus side-splitting jokes about electrons and relativity.

Bought by KMUN, KCSB-FM, KAZU, KFCF FM, KSKQ and more


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: The Big Picture, Credit: Ly Ly
How did life begin, what makes up the universe and the true nature of consciousness are some of the biggest puzzlers in science, but answers are in...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 18