Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science

Show Times

Timezone: PST [UTC-8]
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm*
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* Encore Presentation

About the Show

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 also be found on iTunes and other podcast sites.  The show began with the title Are We Alone? in 2002.


Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Contagion aside, coronavirus is a powerful little virus.  It has prompted a global experiment in behavior modification: elbow bumps instead of handshakes, hand sanitizer and mask shortages, a gyrating […]
Have you adapted to the changing climate? Rising waters, more destructive wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves. Scientists have long predicted these events, but reporting on climate change has moved from prediction to description. There’s no time for […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Climate change isn’t happening.  Vaccines make you sick.  When it comes to threats to public or environmental health, a surprisingly large fraction of the population still denies the consensus […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley You are your brain.  But what happens when your brain changes for the worse – either by physical injury or experience?  Are you still responsible for your actions? We […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Modern technology is great, but could we be losing control?  As our world becomes more crowded and demands for resources are greater, some people worry about humanity’s uncertain prospects.  […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Sexist snow plowing? Data that guide everything from snow removal schedules to heart research often fail to consider gender. In these cases, “reference man” stands in for “average human.” Human bias […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Looking to boost your brainpower?  Luckily, there are products promising to help. Smart drugs, neurofeedback exercises, and brain-training video games all promise to improve your gray matter’s performance. But […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Without sand, engineering would be stuck in the Middle Ages.  Wooden houses would line mud-packed streets, and Silicon Valley would be, well, just a valley.  Sand is the building […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley “Diversity or die” could be your new health mantra. Don’t boost your immune system, cultivate it! Like a garden, your body’s defenses benefit from species diversity.  Find out why […]
Hosts: Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley Are you ready to defer all your personal decision-making to machines?  Polls show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence. The possible misuse of […]