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.


Krulwich Wonders...
6:05 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Weekend Special: What It's Like To Soar Into Space, Then Crash To Earth


Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 4:59 am

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be hurled into the sky, straight up, past the clouds, into starry space, the Earth all blue and turning spherical below, everything silent, tomblike, and then, just like that — you slip and start to fall? What would it sound like? Look like?

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:22 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Does The Data Tell It All?

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 8:00 am

I want you to meet two friends of mine, first Bill, then Stephen. Bill's a pretend friend. We've never met, but I read all his books.

He's the (thump, thump goes my heart) writer Bill Bryson, and in my imagination we are chatting, and since we've just met, I say, "Tell me a little something about yourself."

Bryson scratches his head and goes, "Well..." and then, word-for-word, quotes from a book he wrote, that says when he was a little guy, around the age of 10, he knew more than he's known anytime since.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:09 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Weekend Special: Great Teacher, Short Question, Wild Answer


Originally published on Sat March 17, 2012 7:13 am

The question was simple enough. Richard Feynman, one of the greatest science teachers of our age, physicist, scholar, Nobel Laureate, bongo player, a man who could explain pretty much anything, is sitting, a little uncomfortably, in an easy chair and the reporter interviewing him asks: Why do magnets work?

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:33 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Two Ways To Think About Nothing


Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 7:59 am

I'm going to show you two kinds of nothing.

The first is a small patch of space, way, way out in the universe, remote from everything, with nothing in it, no stars, no planets, no bits of dust, no debris, no atoms, not even one. It's as empty as empty can be.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:53 am
Wed March 7, 2012

The Three Little Pigs And The Future Of Journalism


Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 7:58 am

You remember the three little pigs, right? The ones who get chased by a huffing, puffing big, bad wolf?

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