BIG PICTURE SCIENCE is proud to present The Big Picture Science Show as part of it schedule. We are the only UK station carrying this prestigious show.

Monday nights @ 9.00 pm GMT and Friday mornings @ 11.00 am GMT join and The Big Picture Science Show for entertaining science topics brought to you by the people behind SETI.

About the Show

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, connecting 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 BiPiSci's “Listening” page.

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.

The science radio show & podcast of the SETI Institute.

The Big Picture Science radio show and podcast engages the public with modern science research through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our program is the humor.
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Hosted by

Seth Shostak Host and Producer, Big Picture Science
Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
Molly Bentley Executive Producer and Co-Host, Big Picture Science  


Seth Shostak Awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization

Wonderfest, a West Coast organization that promotes public interest in science, has chosen Seth to win its Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.  Sponsored by Google, the prize was awarded during a ceremony held in a nobby San Francisco restaurant on January 7.  Several dozen tech industry glitterati were in attendance.  The evening wrapped up as Seth gave a short talk on what he thinks will be the major developments of the 21st century.