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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217 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: Radical Cosmology, Credit: Seth Shostak
400 years ago, some ideas about the cosmos were too scandalous to mention. When the Dominican friar Giordano Bruno suggested the existence of plan...

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


  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Supercomputer Showdown, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the p...

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


  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Rational Lampoon, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why a cognitive scientist says that the very idea of individual thinking is a myth: most of our thinking is done in groups. Also, you know much les...

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


  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Nobel Efforts, Credit: Seth Shostak
For two Swiss astronomers, it’s “Stockholm, here we come.” Their first-ever discovery of a planet orbiting another star has been awarded the most ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Go With the Flow, Credit: Seth Shostak
Solid materials get all the credit. Don’t get us wrong, we depend on their firmness for bridges, bones, and bento boxes. But liquids do us a solid...

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


  • Added: Oct 14, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Battling Bacteria, Credit: Seth Shostak
More than 75 years ago, a bacteriologist cautioned that the misuse of antibiotics could breed drug-resistant bacteria. In this episode: the rise o...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Headed For Trouble, Credit: Seth Shostak
The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they abandoned and destroyed? Old ideas are yielding to ...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Keeping Humans in the Loop, Credit: Seth Shostak
As our world becomes more challenging, can we maintain control of our own future? Threats arise not just from climate change or inventions such as...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Rip Van Winkle Worm, Credit: Seth Shostak
Your shower pipes are alive. So are your sinks, books, and floorboards. New studies of our homes are revealing just what lives there, from bacter...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: For Good Measure, Credit: Seth Shostak
The reign of Le Grand K has come to an end. After 130 years, this hunk of metal sitting in a Parisian vault will no longer define the kilogram. The...

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


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10