We originally featured Big Picture Science in the Scout Report on 2-16-2018, and this nationally-distributed radio show and podcast continues to be an excellent resource for learning about current trends in science and technology.
From the SETI Institute comes Big Picture Science: a weekly radio show/podcast dedicated to "connect[ing] the hottest and coolest in scientific research and technology with lively and intelligent storytelling." The show is hosted by Seth Shostak, an astronomer at the SETI Institute, and Molly Bentley, a science journalist and executive producer of the show. Each 50-minute episode centers on a specific scientific topic or question, often with guest researchers. For example, in the "Creative Brains" episode, released on February 5, 2018, Shostak and Bentley interviewed neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt about the science behind human creativity. In another recent episode, "Geology is Destiny" (released January 15, 2018), Shostak and Bentley chatted with geologist Walter Alvarez, planetary scientist David Grinspoon, and biologist Eugenia Gold about how geology has shaped human activity and how humans are shaping geology in the age of the Anthropocene. Each episode of this podcast is accompanied by a short description. Interested listeners can check out current and past episodes of Big Picture Science on this website. Listeners may also subscribe on iTunes or RSS.