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

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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8:03am

Sat February 22, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

I Won't Eat, You Can't Make Me! (And They Couldn't)

Robert Krulwich NPR

It was found in Baja California, in the water, scuttling about. It's an isopod — a many legged, many jointed, bottom-crawler, related to prawns and crabs and it happily eats dead things. Scavengers aren't that particular about what's for dinner. When they find it, they eat it.

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11:19am

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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8:03am

Mon February 17, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Expanding The NPR Brand, Mom By Mom

Connie J. Sun

The other day, I wrote a post about a cartoonist, Connie Sun, and her thoughts about animals. Her mom heard about it, and called Connie to say "Yea!" and then, because she's an honest woman, she asked, "What is NPR?" Here's what happened next:

I have this conversation all the time. So many people are not aware that NPR writes things, "posts" things. But we are spreading the word. (Going from "What is NPR?" to "NPR is blogs?" — that's progress, I think. No?)

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11:05am

Sat February 15, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Robert Loebel Vimeo

1:03pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

'I Will Fight Gravity For You,' Said Superman To Lois Lane

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 2:41 pm

Keone and Mari YouTube

12:16pm

Wed February 12, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Parents With Noisy Babies Shouldn't Read This. They'll Be Too Jealous

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:42 pm

Stacey Dunn University of Idaho

If only ... if only, instead of that noisy, bawling, crying little person, you could have produced an antelope baby — and oh, the quiet! The blissful, total silence. When pronghorn antelopes have babies, nobody hears anything for weeks and weeks — which is the whole point.

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2:07pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

You're The Last. The Very Last One. Now What Happens?

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:46 pm

John James Audubon University of Pittsburgh/ Wikimedia Commons

What happens if you are the last (the very, very last) of your species and you die — and humans notice?

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7:37am

Fri February 7, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 8:16 pm

Courtesy of Connie Sun

There are different ways to think about animals. One way is to imagine them totally separate, not attaching to us, ever. "They are not brethren," wrote the great naturalist Henry Beston, "they are not underlings. They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time." Animals and people, Beston thought, live in their own worlds while sharing the same streets, meadows, skies, homes. We mingle, but the gap between us is not crossable.

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3:26pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

Big Fish Stories Getting Littler

Courtesy of Monroe County Public Library

They came, they fished, then snap! They posed. Right in front of their Big Catch — and thereby hangs a tale.

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