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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224 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: A Twist of Slime, Credit: Seth Shostak
Your daily mucus output is most impressive. Teaspoons or measuring cups can’t capture its entire volume. Find out how much your body churns out ...

Bought by KMUN, RadioFreePalmer, and KMXT


  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Ears Have It, Credit: Seth Shostak
What’s the difference between a bird call and the sound of a pile driver? Not much, when you’re close to the loudest bird ever. Also, how everyda...

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


  • Added: Jan 20, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Perpetual Emotion Machine, Credit: Seth Shostak
Get ready for compassionate computers that share your pain, your joy. But wait, our own emotions can be conflicting and irrational. A suite of unc...

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


  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Your Brains Reins, Credit: Seth Shostak
You are your brain, everyone agrees. But if your brain is damaged, are you still responsible for your actions? We hear of the first person to pl...

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


  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Skeptic Check: Heal Thyself, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do we need doctors? There are umpteen alternative sources of medical advice, including endless health tips from people without medical degrees. Wh...

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


  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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The stress of the holidays can make you want to hide under the covers with a warm cup of cocoa. From gift buying to family gatherings, the holiday...

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


  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Waste Not, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why create more landfill? Resist the urge to toss those old sneakers or last year’s smart phone. Instead, let global junk entrepreneurs repurpose...

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


  • Added: Dec 16, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Shell on Earth, Credit: Seth Shostak
Shells provide straightforward defense against predators. So then why did squid and octopuses evolve to lose their shells? Find out what these cep...

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


  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Yule Like This, Credit: Seth Shostak
Fir tree needles embedded in carpet are a holiday headache. Why not opt for a genetically-modified, needle-retaining tree instead? Also, science ...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WRKF, WDET Detroit Public Radio, KUHF, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Dec 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: Betting on Pseudoscience, Credit: Seth Shostak
Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in big bucks. But the harm from pseudoscience can g...

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


  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10