Astrobiology on Big Picture Science


Funded in part by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)


Many shows are entirely devoted to astrobiology-related topics, and are listed below. For other shows, specific guests talk about such topics, and links to those interviews are listed next to the programs in which they appear.


Youthinkyouresmartmed
You Think; You’re So Smart

First released March 17,2014
Brains not required.

Laurance Doyle

Somelikeitcoldmed
Some Like It Cold

First released December 16, 2013
How low can we go?

Pascal Lee

Shuttingdownsciencemed
Shutting Down Science

First released October 28, 2013
When public funds become problematic.

Jill Mikucki Max Bernstein

Lifeinspacemed
Life in Space

First released October 7, 2013
Can we find it?


Invisibleworldsmed
Invisible Worlds

First released September 23, 2013
What you can’t see.

David Morrison

Longlivelongevitymed
Long Live Longevity

First released July 29, 2013
The science of sticking around.

Frank Drake

Exoplanetsmed
Exoplanets

First released June 17, 2013

The hunt for new worlds.

Thislandisislandmed
This Land Is Island

First released June 10, 2013


We are not alone
Guy Consolmagno & Margaret Race

Hostileclimatemed
Skeptic Check: Hostile Climate
First released May 20, 2013

Climate change denial re-dux.
Peter Ward

Sethswinecellarmed
Seth’s Wine Cellar
First released April 8, 2013

What will we find?
Jonathan Fortney Sanjoy Som

Ourtastelessshowmed
Our Tasteless Show
First released March 11, 2103

Evolution of taste and smell

Niki Parenteau

Saylaviemed
Say La Vie
First released February 11, 2103

Discovery in an Antarctic lake.

Helen Amanda Fricker and Jill Mickuki Chris McKay Interview 1 Chris McKay Interview 2 Jack Szostak Interview

Astheworldsturnmed
As the Worlds Turn
First released October 15, 2012
Exotic travel destinations.

Martiancuriositymed
A Martian Curiosity
First released August 13, 2012
We dig the Red Planet.


Sethsstormsheltermed
Seth’s Storm Shelter
First released June 25, 2012
John Spencer’s interview


Masstransitsmed
Mass Transits
First released May 28, 2012
David Grinspoon’s interview
Jon Jenkins’ interview


Toearthandbackmed
To Earth and Back
First released May 21, 2012
Planetary protection

Cabinetofwondersmed
Seth’s Cabinet of Wonders
First released March 12, 2012
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview

Rifewithlifemed
Rife with Life
First released February 27, 2012
A solar system tour.

Sensorsensibilityweb
Sensor Sensibility
First released December 19, 2011
Tiny devices everywhere.

Blameitonbacterioweb
Blame it on Bacterio
First released November 14, 2011
Microbes and you.

Nasaorwhatweb
NASA or What?
First released November 7, 2011
The future of space exploration.

Sethstoolshedmed
Seth’s Tool Shed
First released September 5, 2011
Life on worlds both real and imaginary.

Thebigpicturemed
The Big Picture
First released July 11, 2011
Science’s biggest questions.

Bigreallybigmed
Big, Really Big
First released April 18, 2011
Outsized astronomy.

Outtathisworldmed
Outta This World
First released February 14, 2011
Planet hunting gone wild.

Youvegotsolmed
You’ve Got Sol!
First released January 17, 2011
Our Sun, the star.

Offtothetracesmed
Off to the Traces
First released October 21, 2010
Detecting life from afar.

Lighttheuniversemed
Light, the Universe, and Everything
First released September 6, 2010
How it came to be.

Habitatmed-europa
Habitats Not For Humanity
First released April 19, 2010
E.T.’s zone home.

Carbonenthusiasmmed
Carbon Your Enthusiasm
First released November 23, 2009
Life’s friendliest element.

Marstoinfinitymed
From Mars to Eternity
First released August 1, 2008
The discovery of water on Mars.

Youvebeenslimedmed
You’ve Been Slimed!
First released March 16, 2008
Schmooze with the ooze.

Sputnikmed
Sputnik: 50 Years, One Month, Two Weeks Later
First released December 10, 2007
Space post-Sputnik.

Handmicrobemed
Hand Me Microbe (and Slippers)
First released October 8, 2007
The teeming world of microbes.

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