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Robert Krulwich appears in the following:

Krulwich Wonders: Death, But Softly

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NPR

It was 1569, or maybe early 1570, when it happened: A young French gentleman was out for a ride with his workers, all of them on horseback, when suddenly, "like a thunderbolt," he felt something thick and fleshy slam him from behind. (It was an overzealous, galloping assistant who couldn't stop in time.) Michel de Montaigne's horse crumbled, he went flying up, then down, he crashed to the ground. Then things went black.

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Krulwich Wonders: Finnish Underwater Ice Fishing Mystery Finally Solved

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NPR

I'm going to take you somewhere, but before I do, I should warn you that there's something not quite right about what you'll see. This place I'm going to show you will be astonishingly beautiful. It will be cold. It will be wet. But it will also be a touch -- more than a touch -- mysterious. So watch carefully.

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Krulwich Wonders: Mathematically-Challenging Bagels

Thursday, November 08, 2012

NPR

Surgically, this will be complicated. Mathematically, it will be elegant. What we are going to do is take an ordinary bagel, and rather than cut it in half, we are going to turn it, delicately, into two intertwining, interlocked bagel parts, connected, unbroken, one twisting through one the other. In other words, a Mobius bagel.

George W. Hart

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Krulwich Wonders: When You're Visited by a Copy of Yourself, Stay Calm

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

NPR

You know Carl Linnaeus, right? The great Swedish naturalist who categorized plants and animals in the 1750s? He was a singular figure in botany. But when he got a headache, he stopped being singular. He doubled, from one Carl to two.

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Krulwich Wonders: When You're Almost Extinct, Your Price Goes Up

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NPR

When a species gets rare, its market value rises. The higher its price, the more it's hunted. The more it's hunted, the rarer it gets. Not a happy cycle, and this keeps happening ...

Illustration by NPR

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Krulwich Wonders: Tough Old Lizards to Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NPR

A lizard-like creature that's endured since the days of the dinosaurs now faces an uncertain future. Robert explains, and shares some stunning photos.

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Krulwich Wonders: Obama's Secret Weapon in the South - Small, Dead, but Still Kickin'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NPR

Robert goes way, way, way back in time for some political insights...and finds a surprising factor: plankton. Take a look at how geology makes a mark on political maps of the Deep South.

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Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NPR

Every spring, spidery black thingies show up on Mars. Take a look at some photos, and read a few of the best explanations for what scientists think they might be.

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From Robert Krulwich on Yellow Rain

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Robert responds to concerns about the "Yellow Rain" segment from our latest podcast, and offers an apology. Read his full statement here.

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Krulwich Wonders: U.S. Explodes Atomic Bombs Near Beers to See if They Are Safe to Drink

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NPR

Robert offers some practical advice on what to do if you survive a nuclear blast... and really want to drink that beer that made it through with you.

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Krulwich Wonders: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NPR

Robert takes a look at a series of dissected cities, and finds himself falling for the charmingly crooked bits and pieces of one in particular.

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Watch our Hangout: Ring in the Mars Rover

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch our first-ever Google Hangout. We had a blast!

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Krulwich Wonders: Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NPR

They weren't crazy. They weren't being punished. All but one volunteered to do this (which makes it all the more astonishing.)

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Krulwich Wonders: Showing Vultures A Little Love

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

NPR

Robert praises the hardworking, often maligned, but utterly lovable vulture.

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Krulwich Wonders: What The Vampire Said To The Horseshoe Crab: 'Your Blood Is Blue?'

Friday, June 01, 2012

NPR

Krulwich considers the strange powers, and brilliant hue, of horseshoe crab blood. Read the full post here.

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Krulwich Wonders: A Most Peculiar Sunset

Monday, April 30, 2012

NPR

Robert puzzles over why sunsets on the Red Planet are blue. Find out why, and take a look at some photos and an animation from NASA.

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Krulwich Wonders: Getting Drunk On Stars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NPR

Robert gapes in wonder at the doodling prowess of self-proclaimed math geek Vi Hart. Read more, and watch Vi's blazing pencil in action.

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The Great Brain Mapping Debate

Monday, April 02, 2012

Robert and Carl Zimmer teamed up tonight to moderate a brain mapping brouhaha live at Columbia University. The subject: does the brain's wiring make us who we are? The event has ended, but thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live webcast (and the lively web chat archived below).

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Krulwich Wonders: When James Cameron Hits Bottom, We Will Hear Him

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NPR

Robert considers the solitude of discovery, versus the grand public statements we tend to expect will spring from the big moment. And he recounts one famous instance--when humans first reached the deepest place on Earth--when no words came.

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