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Big Picture Science is a weekly, one-hour radio show and podcast produced at the SETI Institute. Hosted by Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Fellow and Senior Astronomer, and science journalist Molly Bentley, Big Picture Science reports on modern science and technology with smart and humorous storytelling.

Themed episodes feature interviews with top scientists and technology innovators. All episodes try to answer the question, “so what?” Why does this research matter?

Big Picture Science topics range from the microbiome to virtual reality, from the physics of motion to the intelligence of animals. Every month one episode is devoted to critical thinking in "Skeptic Check", which separates fact from fiction in topics such as Bigfoot and UFOs.

And of course we cover science related to the work of the SETI Institute.



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Big Picture Science Radio on 05/31/23

Airs at: Wed, 05/31/2023 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Big Picture Science Radio on 05/24/23

Airs at: Wed, 05/24/2023 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Big Picture Science Radio on 05/10/23

Airs at: Wed, 05/10/2023 at 10:00am - 11:00am

Big Picture Science Radio on 04/25/23

Airs at: Tue, 04/25/2023 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Big Picture Science Radio on 03/29/23

Airs at: Wed, 03/29/2023 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Coming to Our Animal Senses

Airs at: Fri, 01/06/2023 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Animals experience the world differently. There are insects that can see ultraviolet light, while some snakes can hunt in the dark thanks to their ability to sense infrared. Such differences are not restricted to vision: Elephants can hear subsonic sounds, birds navigate... Read more

Keeping Humans in the Loop

Airs at: Fri, 12/09/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  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 artificial intelligence, but also from our digital aids: algorithms that classify and define our wants, our needs, and our b... Read more

Your Inner Tree

Airs at: Wed, 11/30/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  Declining biodiversity is a problem as fraught as climate change. Loss of habitat, monoculture crops, and the damming of waterways all lead to massive species extinction. They tear at life's delicate web, and threaten a balance established by four billion years of evolut... Read more


Airs at: Tue, 10/25/2022 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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  Above the Arctic Circle, much of the land is underlaid by permafrost. But climate change is causing it to thaw. This is not good news for the planet. As the carbon rich ground warms, microbes start to feast releasing greenhouse gases that will warm the Earth even more. A... Read more

The T-Rex Files

Airs at: Fri, 10/21/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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  T-Rex is having an identity crisis. Rocking the world of paleontology is the claim that Rex was not one species, but actually three. It's not the first time that this particular dino has forced us to revise our understanding of the past. The discovery of the first T-Rex ... Read more