Big Picture Science

Reviews For Big Picture Science

I enjoy the fact that they have a lot of scientists on the front lines as their guests. These are often people working at research institutes or labs. Of course they also have authors and professors, but a lot of the time guests are working scientists. The topics are varied and Seth and Molly do a fine job of balancing the depth of the subjects. Lots of reviews indicate political bias. I’ve noticed it, and although I don’t always agree, I’m an adult so I don’t mind hearing other peoples’ opinions. It certainly doesn’t ruin the show for me. Great podcast!
I think this podcast is fantastic, always well researched and presented, full of pithy wonderment. Another gem in a golden age of free content.
Great podcast with thorough topics in scientific reasoning with fun sprinkled in....just because! Keep them coming!
This is a political podcast pretending to be about science. Lots of the scientific history is just factually incorrect. After hearing errors in seven of the eight episodes I listened to, I chose to never listen again.


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You have a wide-ranging grasp of topics, and a wonderful way of getting the ideas across to novice or professional. So fully worth subscribing-to. I love listening to you, even at 2x speeds
I am a new listener to this podcast. I’m a real science geek. Love the depth. With politics getting into everything these days, I’m delighted to have a strong advocate Demonstrating the value of science.
I’ve been a listener going on 7 years. However, just like other media, I’ve noticed a political bias in some of their podcasts which I don’t feel belongs here.
Did Seth wake up on the wrong side of the bed the day that this podcast was recorded? He was very confrontational towards Sarah Cruddas. He seemed to want to contradict anything she said. He reacted as though any answer she gave was the wrong answer. Normally his interviews are productive and informative, but unfortunately this wasn’t one of them.
I’d give BPS 5 stars for their excellent subjects and guests if it weren’t for the relentless yuck-yuck, wink and a nod puns and a tendency to reach for greater accessibility by dumbing down the subject matter. I guess this tone is appropriate if their primary audience is children, but this adult finds it all a bit tedious.
Very enjoyable Seth and Marley are very funny and excellent podcast.
As a retired physic’s instructor, I’m greatly disappointed in the way, very important scientific topics, are discussed in these podcasts. Too often the topics of the podcasts are presented from a predetermined, bias viewpoint. Pure science is a quest for the truth. It is not a close minded presentation of selected outcomes used to support a particular point of view.
This show presents fascinating scientific information with humor and very interesting guests. They tackle everything from UFOs to microbes. This is one of the best podcast discoveries I’ve ever made.
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I listen to a lot of science podcasts and this may be the best! Each episode is broken down into several different segments on a subject which is easy to listen to. More than that though the topics get pretty good depth, historical context, but are approachable and easily understood. I don't know if the government actually funds this podcast but I hope it does.
I'm only three episodes in and already can't stop thinking and talking about this podcast. Looking forward to hours and hours and hours of more! BTW, if you're looking to fill a science void due to the decline of radiolab over the last year, this podcast is for you!
Best science podcast ever!
This has been a go to podcast over the past several months. I randomly stumbled upon it and it hasn't disappointed. Great production, an awesome archive of episodes, and you'll more than likely learn something interesting you didn't know. Also it finds the perfect middle ground with explaining complicated concepts. The episodes never talk down to you but you never feel lost with what's going on. Just awesome and finally SCIENCE!
I'm really happy to have found this podcast. It's an excellent review of what we know and how we know it. Events, both current and historical , are reviewed to determine what happened. One feature is a regular skeptical review of conspiracies, ambiguous claims, etc.
The most recent episode, Shell on Earth, had a very uninformed host. The two things that grated on me most were as follows: 1. Forgetting that humans lived in America, specifically around the Chesapeake Bay Area, before the colonists came. Human history on this continent didn't begin with the ships from Europe. 2. "The time of the dinosaurs." Ug. That covers SUCH a long time frame. Maybe be more specific by giving the years, or give an example of an ancient life form we would recognize.
I listen every week--amazing job distilling tough concepts into entertainment
My favorite podcast, period! Thanks Seth and Molly!
Interesting topics. Covered well. Informative and accessible and not just rehashing science that any science enthusiast has heard a million times. The hosts do a great job. It avoids the pitfalls that hurt a lot of podcasts. It's not excessively weighed down with irritating music and effects- though personally I think zero music is the right amount in any podcast unless it's a podcast about music. It's not over-edited. Just smart entertaining discussion
A great review of relevent science. Why are we on this particular planet? These are the un scene forces molding a place for life. Venus, our sister planet has no water and is hot enough to melt lead, but apparently started with water. What twisted the knobs on that planet?
Great clear show!!!! Awesome for a simple or advanced mind.
Seth and Molly have soothing radio voices and excellent production capabilities. The topics are always interesting. I appreciate how they're able to inject some humor into the mix. I eagerly look forward to episodes weekly. Love this podcast.
One of the best podcasts ‘out there’
Politically neutral topics are discussed at a high level. Anything with political overtones is viewed from a leftist perspective. Sad.
I have just receintly subscribed to the podcast, loved it. It has an NPR quality feel to it and very professionaly done. I learned of Big Pictue Science podcast via a blog post and didn't even know it was out there untill now, I look foward to listening to any new and upcoming podcast.
I like that each show has a really interesting theme, but the puns can be a little much. JK love you seth!
This was my very first podcast I ever listened to way back when podcasts first became a thing. Haven’t listened in a while but have rediscovered it and really loving it. Great to hear these folks are still at it.
BPS is my favorite science podcast. Excellent topics, informative interviews, fun mini-dramas, and interesting hosts. Highly recommended.
The monthly skeptic check is my favorite feature.
I love this podcast! The wit, the interviews, and interesting information... All combine to make a most awesome podcast! Please keep it up!
I can’t think of any team that does a better job of reporting on science, culture, and what makes us human. Every show leaves me with something interesting to think about.
I think this podcasts does two things great: 1. Appropriate depth of topic and 2. Good pacing of the acts and short skits. I still laugh when I think of "witch genes"
Big Picture Science always has interesting and relevant topics. They always seem to find the best experts in their respective fields.
such a great podcast. Such a wide varity of great topics
In a world of shallow, gotta have it yesterday, sensationalist media, BPS is a euphoric shot of fantastically produced critical thinking. For this fan, it was love at first listen.
There seem to be be plenty of higher rated podcasts on the subject of science, but I haven’t yet found another that is more informative and entertaining that Big Picture Science. The almost hour-long show provides plenty of time for in-depth interviews that are compelling while also bring a smile to my face. Even the guests themselves seem to enjoy the show. Many end their interviews with, “Thanks, it was my pleasure”, or “Thanks, I had a lot of fun.” And this sentiment comes across to me as sincere. Thank you for a great show.
ESSENTIAL! That is all.
I listen to a lot of Science Podcasts and this is one of the best. The show is informative and well thought out and executed. Above all, some of the little skits they put on are hilarious. One of the staff a male, typically plays the "Dolt" and this guy could be in standup commedy. He's that good. Listen, you won't be dissapointed.
I go to bed at 10pm and the next hour listen to their podcasts. Sometimes the same podcast 2 or 3 times. Fantastic sleep buddies. Knowledgable, warm and fuzzy.
Really a nice package; well produced, timely, funny. I love it for my commute.
Molly, Seth and collaborators put on the best all-around science Podcasts available on iTunes. I subscribe to many other science programs, but the format of "Big Picture Science" -- the sheer variety of guests, provocative themes, humor and energy-- always has me looking forward each week. Wonderful!
I love how they do the podcast in such a visual way for me. They narration is so good its like they are telling a story. I just get lost in my mind just kinda like seeing their story. I saw Seth in D.C in 12' at the Science and Engineering festival. Intelligent man.
Beautifully done, informative and engaging podcast never fails to entertain and educate with slick production values. The only blemish on this wonderful podcast is that its creators cannot help but infuse politics into most podcasts. According to this podcast, only right wingers are biased (and left-wingera are objective), conservatives and religious persons are anti-science and no one who disagrees with the show's ideology is credible. This limits the show's potential for objectivity, and diminishes the learning opportunities that could have been gained. IF the show can be cleansed of political leanings, it will become one of the finest podcasts made. Until then, it's merely slick propaganda. Sad. A wasted opportunity.
Compelling and unique, your podcast is. For over a year, Yoda has been listening in and cannot stop! Seth, strong within you, the force is. And you too, Molly! For earthlings, smart, you are! Are we alone? No, Yoda is here. Thank you. "Big Picture Science," Yoda do not like. "Are We Alone," Yoda loves! Sincerely, Yoda, a loyal subscriber since early 2009
Truly one of my favorite podcasts! Wonderful topics, insight, and education. I can't say enough good things about this program! Gets me through the treadmill every day :)