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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Krulwich Wonders...
12:10 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Which Is Bigger: A Human Brain Or The Universe?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 1:46 pm

This is one of those fun-to-think-about questions. A brain isn't much to look at, after all. It's about the size of your two fists put together, three pounds to hold, but oh my, what it can do.

With our brains, we can think backwards, imagine forwards, conjure, create things that don't exist, leap vast distances. For example, suppose I say to you, close your eyes and imagine this:

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10:45 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Atom Central/YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 2:23 pm

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12:13 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Weekend Special: Guess What? Sweat Is Not Smelly! (So Why Do I Smell?)

The Chemical Heritage Foundation via YouTube

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 1:28 pm

It's hot today. Really, really, hot; over a 100 degrees Fahrenheit hot, and so I'm sweating.

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1:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Showing Vultures A Little Love

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 12:32 pm

Think of a giraffe lying on the Serengeti plain. He has just died, maybe of disease, maybe he was killed by a pride of lions, but now he's a 19-foot-long, 4,000-pound mound of meat, which very soon is going to stink and rot and muck up the neighborhood.

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8:58 am
Fri June 22, 2012

How Do Plants Know Which Way Is Up And Which Way Is Down?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 4:32 pm

Think of a seed buried in a pot. Like this one:

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11:49 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Med Student Rescues Body Part From Airport Security

The section of trachea with two days of cell growth, immediately before Castillo's implant surgery.
Harvard Bioscience

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:55 pm

No, said airline security, you can't take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it's forbidden.

But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.

We have no record of your request, said the airline.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:58 am
Thu June 7, 2012

On Vacation 'Til Mid-June

Robert Krulwich NPR

I'll be back with more on the blog on June 19 after a brief break.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Krulwich Wonders...
9:07 am
Mon June 4, 2012

The Chumbawamba Principle: A Commencement Address

Robert Krulwich delivers the commencement address at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, on June 2.
Jason P. Smith College of the Atlantic

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:22 pm

This is a commencement address I gave this weekend at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. It's a small, highly interdisciplinary liberal arts college that I much admire. This is my talk to the graduating class.


OK. Finally you are at the door.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:57 am
Fri June 1, 2012

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

Marvin Joseph The Washington Post

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 12:13 pm

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11:08 am
Mon April 2, 2012

To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman Portraits of the Mind

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 12:35 pm

"Mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into," says the poet Diane Ackerman. "If a mind is just a few pounds of blood, dream and electric, how does it manage to contemplate itself? Worry about its soul? Do time and motion studies? Admire the shy hooves of a goat? Know that it will die?

...How can a neuron feel compassion?"

Yes, how?

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