A different kind of science radio show.
Big Picture Science is a national, one-hour weekly radio show and podcast. Hosted by an actual scientist and an actual science journalist, we connect the hottest and coolest in scientific research and technology with lively and intelligent storytelling.
Each show is thematic. And as we investigate a subject, we find surprising connections along the way. But the most surprising thing about the show may be its humor. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull.
But there’s more.
Are you a doubting Thomas? We separate science from pseudoscience - and facts from the phony - in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.
So think bigger. Big Picture Science.
History of Big Picture Science
Big Picture Science is produced at the SETI Institute’s radio studio in Mountain View, California. We broadcast and podcast every week.
But it wasn’t always so! The program began with the title Are We Alone? in 2002 as a commercially-supported call-in show distributed to a handful of stations on Radio America by Bill Oxley and Seth Shostak, who actually broadcast from their respective living rooms in San Diego and Mountain View. In 2004, Molly Bentley joined AWA as an editor and executive producer, and about that time, support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute allowed us to build our own radio studio and move away from single interview call-ins, to a thematic multi-interview produced show.
Barbara Vance joined AWA at that time and has kept us organized and hitting program deadlines ever since. Bill left the show in 2005 to pursue other interests and Gary Niederhoff joined us with his considerable voice talent and editing skills.
After a short stint on the Discovery Channel’s outlet on Sirius Satellite Radio, we began distributing Are We Alone? on the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
Big Picture Science can be found on iTunes and other podcast sites. Radio stations carrying the program are listed on our “Listening” page.
The show is available to radio stations for broadcast from PRSS, PRX and Pacifica Network.
If you are a station that would like to broadcast Big Picture Science, or would like more information about the program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Picture Science is supported in part by Sami David, Rena Shulsky David, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Skeptic Check is presented thanks to a donation from the Trimberger Family Foundation.