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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12:49pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

How To Produce A Billion Flowers On The Very Same Day

Robert Krulwich NPR

Before we get to today's topic (flower blooming), let's take a Sloth Break. I know this isn't usual, but hey, I think everybody should see this adorable baby sloth named Matty giving his human caretaker, Claire, a flower. If you've already seen it, jump ahead to my essay. But if you haven't? Well, your day is about to get a wee bit lovelier.

OK, I just had to. Now we can start.

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11:53am

Thu February 28, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

MIT Invents A Machine That Can Look At Batman's Face And See His Heart Beating

The New York Times YouTube

My pal Erik Olsen at The New York Times has just described an extraordinary new way to look at people. You point a camera at someone, record the image and then, using an "amplifier," you can discover things you've never seen before.

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10:43am

Thu February 28, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Go Away! I Want You As Far Away From Me As Possible (How Big Is The Universe?)

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 2:13 pm

Minute Physics YouTube

If you were the Lord High Poo-bah of the Planet Xantar, and you wanted to banish someone to the farthest edge of the universe, here's a handy dandy instruction manual that ...

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9:46am

Wed February 27, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Close Your Eyes And Imagine A Protein. See Anything? A Housefly, Maybe?

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:09 am

Courtesy of Maja Klevanski

Pay no attention to this housefly. We'll get to it later, but first, how about a "Do You Recognize This?" quiz.

If I say "DNA," what do you see? Well, instantly, you see one of these:

But what if I say "protein"? What comes to mind? Anything?

Well, for many people, "protein" is what you find on a plate ...

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10:40am

Tue February 26, 2013

11:50am

Mon February 25, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What's That Thing Hanging Outside My Bathroom Window? My Neighbor's Drone

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:08 pm

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10:08am

Tue February 19, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

The Filibuster Solution, Or 'What If Honeybees Ran The U.S. Senate?'

Adam Cole NPR

Bees are democrats. They vote. When a community of bees has to make a choice, like where to build a new hive, they meet, debate and decide. But here's what they don't do: they don't filibuster. No single bee (or small band of bees) will stand against the majority, insisting and insisting for hours. They can't.

Bee biology prevents it.

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9:53am

Fri February 15, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A Crazy But Rational Solution To Our Electoral College Problem

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:26 pm

Courtesy of Fake Is The New Real

Let's pretend. Let's pretend that politics doesn't matter, politicians don't matter, history doesn't matter, nostalgia doesn't matter, emotion doesn't matter, habit doesn't matter, romance doesn't matter, prejudice doesn't matter — all that matters is good old rational, mathematical, look-at-the-numbers common sense.

And now let's look at the Electoral College.

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8:09am

Thu February 14, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Guy Pumps Out A Valentine — Literally

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:47 pm

Courtesy of Payam Rajabi

Last year, Payam Rajabi got a new job and had to leave Toronto and his girlfriend, Clare, and move to San Francisco. All that left him feeling a little down — until he came up with his upsy, downsy valentine idea.

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11:11am

Tue February 12, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

What Is It About Emily?

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 3:46 pm

thebrainscoop YouTube

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