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...
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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Krulwich Wonders...
1:17 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Inside-Out Your Mind

Kent Rogowski

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 7:47 am

Look what Kent Rogowski did. He took a bunch of stuffed animals, kids' playthings, unstitched them, removed their insides, and turned them inside out. This masked red thing, I presume, is an inside-out, hmmm, I dunno, rag doll?

This one, I'm guessing, was (no, "is") a monkey in reverse...

And because this one has a duckbill, I figure it's a duck, wearing a pink skirt, but the inside part of the skirt is now...outside.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:10 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides for 80 Years

John White

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 8:07 am

No, this isn't a make-believe place. It's real.

They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

How Much Do They Know About Me In The 'Cloud'?

Michael Rigley Vimeo

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 9:10 am

What do Google's computers and Facebook's, and Amazon's, and Verizon's, and all the other Internet servers know about me?

They know a lot, says Mark Rigely of San Francisco. His strangely beautiful video shows how emails, ISP data, weblogs and voice data are being used to paint our portraits, and how, with time, those portraits become dense with detail, pattern and personality.

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