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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231 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: Zombies, Bigfoot, and Max Brooks
What do a zombie attack and a viral pandemic have in common? They are both frightening, mindless, and relentless in their assault. And both requi...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Let's Take a Paws, Credit: Seth Shostak
Humans aren’t the only animals stressed-out by social distancing. Narwhals send out echolocation clicks to locate their buddies and ease their lon...

Bought by WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KICI, WHCP-LP, KBBI and more


  • Added: Mar 30, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
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“Climate change at warp speed” is the way one scientist described the coronavirus outbreak. Recorded before a live audience at the Seattle AAAS mee...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KICI, KMRE-LP, WPCA-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: It's In Material, Credit: It's In Material
Astronauts are made of the “right stuff,” but what about their spacesuits? Find out why suiting up on Mars will require more flexibility, and the...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KMRE-LP, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Mar 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Skeptic Check: Pandemic Fear, Credit: Seth Shostak
Contagion aside, coronavirus is a powerful little virus. It has prompted a global experiment in behavior modification: elbow bumps instead of hand...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KMRE-LP, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: DecodeHer, Credit: Seth Shostak
They were pioneers in their fields, yet their names are scarcely known – simply because they didn’t have a Y chromosome. We examine the accomplish...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WHCP-LP, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: AI: Where Does it End?, Credit: Seth Shostak
The benefits of Artificial Intelligence are manifest and manifold, but can we recognize the drawbacks … and avoid them in time? In this episode, ...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Royalton Community Radio, KMRE-LP, WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Feb 24, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Climate Changed, Credit: Seth Shostak
Rising waters, more destructive wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves. Scientists have long predicted these events, but reporting on climate change ...

Bought by KMRE-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Frogs' Pants, Credit: Seth Shostak
An 18th century scientist fitted a pair of tailor-made briefs on a male frog to determine the animal’s contribution to reproduction. Find out what...

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


  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Skeptic Check: Science Denial, Credit: Seth Shostak
Climate change isn’t happening. Vaccines make you sick. When it comes to threats to public or environmental health, a surprisingly large fraction...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WPCA-LP, KICI and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12