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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!



Caption: Quantum: Why We Want 'Em, Credit: Seth Shostak
Today, everything from cell phones to LED lighting depends on the weird behavior described by quantum mechanics. But will this strange physics soo...

Bought by WRGY, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KTSW 89.9, WMUU-LP, XRAY.fm and more

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Bacteria to the Future, Credit: Seth Shostak
Why did the chicken take antibiotics? To fatten it up and prevent bacterial infection. But farms have become superbug factories, threatening our l...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KBBI, WMUU-LP, and WRGY

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Creative Brains, Credit: Seth Shostak
Many animals are industrious and clever, but humans are unique in their creative and inventive impulses. Composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist...

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

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: New UFO Evidence, Credit: Seth Shostak
It was a shocker of a story, splashed across the New York Times front page: The existence of a five-year long, hidden Pentagon study of UFOs. We c...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: DIY Spaceflight, Credit: Seth Shostak
How the geeky son of immigrant parents incentivized construction of the first private spaceship and kick started the commercial launch industry. A...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, KUER, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KTSW 89.9 and more

  • Added: Jan 22, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Geology is Destiny, Credit: Seth Shostak
Geology is big history. If the Ice Age had been a bit warmer, the U.S. might have only 13 states. But humanity has introduced its own geologic er...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Are Animals Really That Smart?, Credit: Seth Shostak
Find out how housecats manage to wrap their owners around their paws, and primatologist Frans de Waal on the surprising smarts of chimps, elephants...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KBBI, WMUU-LP, WLPR, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Jan 08, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Weather Vain, Credit: Seth Shostak
History is replete with attempts to control the weather, but we’d settle for an accurate, seven-day forecast. Find out how sophisticated technolog...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio, KUNM, KBBI, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Jan 01, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
Caption: DIY Diagnosis, Credit: Seth Shostak
You can use your DNA to explore your genetic health – but are you ready for what you might find when your genome is sequenced? Plus, practitioners...

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

  • Added: Dec 25, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Rerouting... Rerouting, Credit: Seth Shostak
With GPS, we can navigate unfamiliar cities. Without GPS, we might not find our way home. Scientists say that our reliance on dashboard devices is...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: With All Our Mites, Credit: Seth Shostak
You can’t see ‘em, but your face is a festival of face mites. And a new study finds that hundreds of different tiny spiders, beetles, make your ho...

Bought by KBBI, WMUU-LP, WRGY, KUNM, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Air Apparent, Credit: Seth Shostak
It’s easy to take air for granted, but – unlike food and water – you can’t live more than a few minutes without it. This invisible chemical cockta...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KBBI, WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, and WRGY

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Time Travel Agents, Credit: Seth Shostak
Hey, let’s meet last week for coffee. Okay, we can’t meet in the past … yet. But is it only a matter of time before we time travel? Physicists h...

Bought by KBBI, WRGY, KUNM, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Wonder Women, Credit: Seth Shostak
Science is supposed to be merit-based and objective. And yet the data say otherwise. A new study reveals widespread harassment of women of color i...

Bought by KZYX, KCPW, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KTRT RADIO INC, WJFF and more

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Nibiru! (Again!), Credit: Seth Shostak
Some people are predicting a world-ending collision between Earth and planet Nibiru on November 19. But it won’t happen, because this hypothesized...

Bought by WTJU, WMUU-LP, KBBI, RadioFreePalmer, and WRGY

  • Added: Nov 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: DNA: Nature's Hard Drive, Credit: Seth Shostak
A new place to store your animated GIF: in a living organism’s DNA. Researchers have done that as proof of concept that the molecule is a great rep...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WTJU, KTRT RADIO INC, KMRE-LP, KBBI and more

  • Added: Nov 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Venom Diagram, Credit: Seth Shostak
Evolution has outfitted some animals with a highly effective mechanism for saying “back off!”. Venoms can ward off predators and disable prey, and...


  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Sex Post Facto, Credit: Seth Shostak
Birds do it, bees do it, but humans may not do it for much longer – at least not for having kids. Instead, babies will be made in the lab, with ge...

Bought by WTJU, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WMUU-LP, KBBI, and WRGY

  • Added: Oct 23, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Too Big To Prove, Credit: Seth Shostak
Celebrations are in order for the physicists who won the 2017 Nobel Prize for the detection of gravitational waves. Unfolding over a century, the ...

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, KUNM, WTJU, WRST-FM Oshkosh, RadioFreePalmer and more

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: On Defense, Credit: Seth Shostak
The military is a dangerous calling, but researchers are trying to make it safer for troops. Writer Mary Roach investigates how scientists work to...

Bought by KUNM, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WTJU, RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP and more

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15