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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8:03am

Sat March 29, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:13 pm

Marie Read Science Source

4:04pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 6:44 pm

Robert Krulwich NPR

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and then ... something doesn't happen. Your girlfriend/boyfriend doesn't yawn back.

Should you be alarmed?

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5:03am

Sat March 22, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:19 am

NOVA scienceNOW

Two weeks ago this animal was frozen solid. If you found one in the woods, packed in the topsoil, hiding under a leaf, you could pull it from the ground and it would feel like an ashtray. You could bang it (lightly) on a table — it would go, "Konk!" like a rock. It doesn't seem to be breathing. It reacts to nothing. It's so dead. Or seems to be. And then, this (I want to call it a miracle) happens ...

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7:23am

Fri March 21, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 10:08 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give the king a little bird, a starling.

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4:43pm

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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7:13am

Sat March 15, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

You're Old. You're a Rock. You Can See

YouTube

I want to tell you the story of three rocks, starting with the oldest one ever found. That one is so small, if you put it in the palm of your hand you'd need a magnifying glass to spot it. It was found buried inside a hunk of sandstone near a sheep ranch in a remote part of Western Australia ...

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8:08am

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

10:20am

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

7:58am

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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8:03am

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

NASA

It's nighttime. You are hovering high off the planet looking down. Things are happening. Strange, beautiful, wonderful things.

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