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.



Tue March 18, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 5:38 pm

Booklist American Library Association

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.

It's about a place in upstate New York called Agloe. You can see it here, circled in blue ...

... just up the road from Roscoe and Rockland.

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Sat March 15, 2014


Fri March 14, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Daring Cameraman In Ukraine Captures Secret 'Moscow' Summit

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:28 pm

Vitaliy Raskalov


Wed March 12, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Who Needs Clicks? Blogger Vi Hart Goes Wildly, Dramatically Dull

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:30 pm

Vi Hart YouTube


Fri March 7, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Boy Meets Painting. Painting Grabs Boy. Boy Mystified

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 10:23 am

Stephen Sandoval Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Lillie P. Bliss Collection

Here's what I remember: The day it happened, I was around 8 years old, which puts me in the second grade. It was definitely a Sunday (because we never went anywhere on Saturdays). My dad had decided to take me to the Museum of Modern Art to see some paintings, and I always liked going places with my dad, it didn't matter where, so we arrived at the lobby, bought our tickets, handed them to a man who tore them in half, like at the movies. Then we took the escalator, walked into a big gallery, and as we were moving through — that's when it happened.

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Wed March 5, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 12:41 pm


Sat March 1, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 12:56 am

Norbert Rosing National Geographic/Getty

This couldn't be.

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Wed February 26, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...

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Sat February 22, 2014


Wed February 19, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you.

But then, gradually, over the years, it gets warmer. Not every day, of course, but on more and more days, the temperature climbs to uncomfortable highs, drying you out, making you tired, thirsty.

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