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Robert Krulwich

Host, Radiolab

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning program that examines big questions in science, philosophy and the human experience through compelling storytelling.  Today, Radiolab is one of public radio's most popular shows.  Its podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations across the nation. In addition to Radiolab, Krulwich reports for National Public Radio. “Krulwich Wonders” is his NPR blog featuring drawings, cartoons and videos that illustrate hard-to-see concepts in science.

For 22 years, Krulwich was a science, economics, general assignment and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News. Krulwich has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.  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 also pioneered the use of new animation on ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight.

He has won Emmy awards for a cultural history of Barbie, the world famous doll, for a Frontline investigation of computers and privacy, a George Polk and an Emmy for a look at the Savings & Loan bailout, and the 2010 Essay Prize from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Krulwich also won the AAAS Science Journalism Award for a 2001 a NOVA Special, Cracking the Code of Life, The Extraordinary Communicator Award from the National Cancer Institute, and an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award.

Krulwich earned a BA in history from Oberlin College, a law degree from Columbia University in 1974.

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Robert Krulwich appears in the following:

Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?
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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?
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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.
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'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Friday, September 19, 2014

They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way.
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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.
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Souls Tumbling In The Light

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.
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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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Building Me: A Puzzlement

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am made of atoms — 7,000 trillion trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?
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Glenn Gould In Rapture

Thursday, September 04, 2014

You don't get to see this too often: a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."
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A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.
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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'
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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.
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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
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When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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Stephen Hawking's Dazzling Life Becomes A Movie, But What Sort Of Movie?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new movie turns the physicist into a romantic lead. But how will it handle the no-so-wonderful parts of his marriage? Truthaholics want to know.
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Elemental Storytelling

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren’t cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezs them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.
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Happy Birthday Bobby K

Thursday, August 07, 2014

For Robert’s birthday we celebrate with some classic Krulwich and a peek into the spirit and sensibility that, in many ways, drives our show.
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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, or identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle. 

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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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