Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich works on radio, podcasts, video, the blogosphere. He has been called "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide.

Krulwich is a Science Correspondent for NPR. His NPR blog, "Krulwich Wonders" features drawings, cartoons and videos that illustrate hard-to-see concepts in science.

He is the co-host of Radiolab, a nationally distributed radio/podcast series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. "There's nothing like it on the radio," says Ira Glass of This American Life, "It's a act of crazy genius." Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

His specialty is explaining complex subjects, science, technology, economics, in a style that is clear, compelling and entertaining. On television he has explored the structure of DNA using a banana; on radio he created an Italian opera, "Ratto Interesso" to explain how the Federal Reserve regulates interest rates; he has pioneered the use of new animation on ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight.

For 22 years, Krulwich was a science, economics, general assignment and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News.

He won Emmy awards for a cultural history of the Barbie doll, for a Frontline investigation of computers and privacy, a George Polk and Emmy for a look at the Savings & Loan bailout online advertising and the 2010 Essay Prize from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Krulwich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Oberlin College and a law degree from Columbia University.

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11:25am

Tue September 3, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:03 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

"I am going to withdraw from the world," says a snail in Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snail and the Rosebush. "Nothing that happens there is any concern of mine."

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9:02am

Fri August 30, 2013
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Drone It To Me, Baby

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:18 pm

Jasper van Loenen/Vimeo

Spies used them first, then the Air Force, then cops, then mischievous civilians; drones, for some reason, are what gawkers use to gawk. They're spy accessories. But not only spy accessories. Thanks to Jasper van Loenen, drones are about to expand their repertoire. The word "drone" is about to become a verb, as in "Drone it to me"...

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10:34am

Wed August 28, 2013
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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:32 pm

Courtesy of Adam Harvey

8:39am

Mon June 17, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The 'Guys Are Fragile' Thesis

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:53 am

YouTube

The 19th century just lost its last living man.

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8:27am

Wed June 5, 2013
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MIT's Magic Bag Of Sand

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 8:48 am

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9:45am

Tue April 30, 2013

9:55am

Wed April 17, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map Of America

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:31 am

MIT Senseable City - "The Connected States of America"
MIT Senseable City Lab

Look at the center of this map, at the little red dot that marks Kansas City. Technically, Kansas City is at the edge of Missouri, but here on this map it's in the upper middle section of a bigger space with strong blue borders. We don't have a name for this bigger space yet, but soon we will.

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12:23pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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The Big Squeeze: Can Cities Save The Earth?

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:04 pm

Courtesy of Michael Wolf

Let's get dense. If we take all the atoms inside you, all roughly 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of them, and squeeze away all the space inside, then, says physicist Brian Greene:

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9:16am

Fri March 8, 2013
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What Happened When Humans Met An Alien Intelligence? Sex Happened

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:50 pm

Courtesy of the Neanderthal Museum

11:02am

Fri January 25, 2013
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Falling Off The Moon

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 3:42 pm

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5:33am

Sat January 12, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Phooey On Flu

A lot of you have had it by now, or are having it or are about to be exposed. This year's flu is called "H3N2" and this week it's doing big business in about 47 states, Chicago and New York. If you've had a flu shot and if you wash your hands several times a day for 20 seconds, (which is the time it takes to hum "Happy Birthday to You" two times through) you might reduce your odds of getting sick.

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4:06am

Sat January 5, 2013
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A Very, Very, Very Delicate Balance

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:50 am

Stone balance art by Gravity Glue.
Courtesy of Gravity Glue

9:38am

Wed January 2, 2013
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Grrr, Said The Grylloblattid. I'm Not Leaving. Not Yet.

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 3:01 pm

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10:26am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Another Year And I'm Still Here: A New Year's Meditation

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 10:17 am

Rogier Wieland Vimeo

Updated Jan. 1, 2013: I've added a postscript to this post. You can find it at the bottom of this page.

Look at yourself. Right now.

You are muscle,skin, bone, brain, blood, warmed by energy, and all of you, every cell, even the subsets of those cells, all trillions and trillions of them, are going to tire, waste and depart. In 10 years almost every bit of you will have been replaced by new bits.

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9:40am

Wed November 21, 2012
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Double Thanks

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 10:58 am

monkey
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10:05am

Mon November 19, 2012
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Why Not Say It Simply? How About Very Simply?

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:27 am

xkcd: "Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever."
xkcd

There are people (and I hear from them constantly) who think if a subject is sophisticated, like science, the language that describes it should be sophisticated, too.

If smart people say torque, ribosome, limbic, stochastic and kinase, then the rest of us should knuckle down, concentrate and figure out what those words mean. That's how we'll know when we've learned something: when we've mastered the technical words.

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3:28am

Sat November 17, 2012
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The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:15 am

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8:21am

Tue November 13, 2012
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Death, But Softly

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:35 pm

Michel de Montaigne
Wikimedia Commons

It was 1569, or maybe early 1570, when it happened: A young French gentleman was out for a ride with his workers, all of them on horseback, when suddenly, "like a thunderbolt," he felt something thick and fleshy slam him from behind. (It was an overzealous, galloping assistant who couldn't stop in time.) Michel de Montaigne's horse crumbled, he went flying up, then down, he crashed to the ground. Then things went black.

When he came to, a minute or so later, he says,

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6:34am

Sat November 10, 2012
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Finnish Underwater Ice Fishing Mystery Finally Solved

That's ordinary air pouring out of the pail.
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6:59am

Mon October 29, 2012
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Celebrating Autumn All Year Round ... By Becoming A Leaf

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 9:04 am

Piotr Naskrecki

It is autumn, and where I live the leaves are peaking; there is a riot of them everywhere, narrow ones, broad ones, droopy ones, crunchy ones. Leaves come in so many shapes, hues, textures — the closer you look, the more differences you see. Botanists have names for every leaf type, and clumped together, says writer Robert Dunn, they sound like free verse poetry ...

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