...I'd give it billions and billions of stars if I could!
I've been listening to the program for a few years now and am only now getting around to writing a review. Sorry for the delay!
Big Picture science is my pick for not only "best in show" in the oft overlooked category of science journalism, but it's earned its place in my mind as the very best piece of media produced by any organization in any category. The show is not afraid to explore timely topics in science and society with both high journalistic and scientific integrity: a rarity decidedly and worryingly scarce in the media environment today. Seth, Molly, and the rest of the gang cast the invaluable skeptical eye on dubious claims, pouring over the evidence before reaching conclusions. Yet, this is no cut-and-dry science program. They manage to preserve that sense of wonder that drew many scientists to their work in the first place, and pass that off to the listener, as well as administering a large dose of humor and healthy good nature. They give to the listener the most valuable of gifts: the gift of perspective. They ask the REALLY big questions; the important ones that inspire the imagination and leave our minds racing with possibilities, yet have until recently gone unvoiced by both laypeople and scientists alike for fear of being labelled starry-eyed dreamers or scientific heretics.
If it were up to me, I would have every member of the populous listen to this program. I would have it assigned as "mandatory listening" for science students in public schools. But alas, it's not up to me and all I can do is encourage you to open up your mind and tune in. If only every media producer could embrace the big picture perspective in the way that Seth, Molly, and the gang do, we'd have a more science-literate, more intellectually invigorated public, which ultimately translates to a better future.
I just wanted to say thanks to the SETI Institute and all the sponsors of this show, the donors, as well as the dedicated people that produce it. It's a source of continuous inspiration for me and I eagerly await each new episode. Keep up the great work!
OK, enough of my babbling... Listen to the show already!