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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:

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

It’s Robert’s birthday! (Or it was, anyway, a couple days back.) So today we celebrate with some classic Krulwich radio and a backwards peek into the spirit and sensibility that, in many ways, drives our show.

For his birthday surprise we all listened to some old NPR pieces that Robert ...

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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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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.    

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

Sunday, July 13, 2014

What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.

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A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Richard Feynman, one of the greatest science teachers ever, asks a wave to tell him a story.

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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story

Sunday, June 29, 2014

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.

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What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

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Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

 

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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Friday, June 20, 2014

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector

Monday, June 16, 2014

What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.

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