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

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Caption: Skeptic Check: War of the Worlds, Credit: Seth Shostak
It was the most famous invasion that never happened. But Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast sure sounded convincing as it described a...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12

  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Skeptic Check: Follywood Science, Credit: Seth Shostak
From Prometheus to 2001: the ratio of science to fiction in sci-fi, the most accurate science fiction film; and why messing with medical facts in f...

Bought by WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WNJR, and WRIR


  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Catch a Wave, Credit: Seth Shostak
What your eye sees is but a narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover what the rest reveals about the secrets of the universe.

Bought by KSKQ, WRGY, WRIR, and KREV-LP


  • Added: Sep 02, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Welcome to Our Labor-atory, Credit: Seth Shostak
The end of work? Hi ho, hi ho ... it’s out with work we go! As you relax this holiday weekend, step into our labor-atory and imagine a world wher...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Rife With Life, Credit: Seth Shostak
Follow the water is the astrobiology mantra. Where there’s water, there may be life. Join us for a tour of watery solar system bodies.

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Getting a Spacelift, Credit: Seth Shostak
The future of spaceflight, why humans should go to Mars, the techno-wizardry needed to get there, working on an asteroid, and a space tourist’s pri...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Material Whirl, Credit: Seth Shostak
The future of man-made materials from 3D printers to artificial skin. Also, why ancient Roman concrete was better than ours.

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Exoplanets, Credit: Seth Shostak
You may be unique, but is your home planet? Why the astronomer who’s discovered hundreds of exoplanets is hopeful about the hunt for alien life. ...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Cosmos: It's Big, It's Weird, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s all about you. And you, and you, and you and you … that is, if we live in parallel universes. Physicist Brian Greene’s case for multiverses.

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Skeptic Check: Hostile Climate, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s a record we didn’t want to break. Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is at an all-time high. Meanwhile an op-ed in a leading new...

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  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Going Viral, Credit: Seth Shostak
Discover how viruses go from birds to pigs to you, how fossil viruses got into your genome, whether E.T. might be a virus, and what it takes for id...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WRGY, WRIR, KREV-LP, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Stomach This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Not all conversation is appropriate for the dinner table – and that includes, strangely enough, the subject of eating. Yet, what happens during th...

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  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Skeptic Check: Forget with the Program, Credit: Seth Shostak
Just remember this: Even our memories of dramatic events that seem to burn themselves directly into our brain are riddled with errors.

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Seth's Wine Cellar, Credit: Seth Shostak
In this potpourri show: from atomic clocks … to solar storms … to gold particles that might make gasoline obsolete … there are lots of science surp...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Anthropocene and Heard, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why climate change and loss of biodiversity may mean goodbye to the "Holocene," and hello to a new geologic epoch, the "Age of Man."

Bought by WRIR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WNJR, and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Apr 01, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Happy Daze, Credit: Seth Shostak
Calling all pessimists – discover why your brain is wired for optimism, the evolutionary advantage of thinking positive and other research into th...

Bought by KSKQ, KCMJ Community Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Whodunit, Who'll Do It?, Credit: Seth Shostak
The tools of forensics have moved way beyond fingerprint kits - discover why, these days, a prosecutor is as likely to wave a fMRI brain scan as a ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Whither the Weather?, Credit: Seth Shostak
BiPiSci 110914 Whither the Weather? BiPiSci11-09-12 09/14/11 10/11/11 We all talk about the weather, and now scientists are doing something about i...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KREV-LP, WNJR, and KVSC


  • Added: Jan 14, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Ultimate Hook Up, Credit: Seth Shostak
Our love-affair with computers marches on: if we wire human brains directly to them, where does the mind end and the machine begin?

Bought by KREV-LP and WNJR


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2