Robert Krulwich

Host, Radiolab

Robert Krulwich appears in the following:

Big Fish Stories Getting Littler

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

They came, they fished, then snap! They posed. Right in front of their Big Catch — and thereby hangs a tale.

For generations, tour boats have been collecting fishing enthusiasts in Key West, Fla.: taking them for a day of deep sea casting; providing them rods, bait, companionship; and then, ...

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Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Living with a pet is usually a pleasure, but now and again, it isn't. Fate hands you the wrong animal, but it's your animal, so what can you do? You try to love it. This tale of a boy...
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Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Inmans had a parrot. Grump (that was his name) was horrible, angry, scheming and nasty. But he was their parrot so they couldn't shoot him. Instead he lived in their house, soiled their mail, stole their fried chicken and, every so often, bit. Then, finally, he died.

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Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Monday, February 03, 2014

Passenger pigeons went. Dodos went. Buffalo nearly went. But here's the surprise. Three of the weediest, everywhere-ist animals we know (the common pigeon, the white-tailed deer and C...
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Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Monday, February 03, 2014

Go back 150 years and ask yourself, what was there a lot of?

We all know the answer ...

There were lots of buffalo, lots of passenger pigeons, lots of oysters. And then, poof! Hardly any. Or none ...

OK, let's flip the question: What were there precious few of ...

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The Starling That Dared To Be Different

Friday, January 31, 2014

There they are, up on the power line, side by side by side by side by side. Starlings, each one like the other — rubber-stamped birds, a mob (or murmuration) of indecipherably similar...
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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Friday, January 31, 2014

It begins with a growl. Then there's a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise. A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says, "It's starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It's starting ..." The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field. They ...

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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's been there for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years — a huge, solid, endless mass of white ice. Then, all of sudden ("It's starting, Adam," says an onlooker) there's a cra...
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The Starling That Dared To Be Different

Thursday, January 30, 2014

You've seen them. We've all seen them.

Hundreds of starlings are sitting side by side by side — up on a power line yakking, preening — when all of a sudden, boom! Up they go, all of them. What happened? A sudden noise? A falcon in the neighborhood? Whatever it ...

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Treat Yourself To A 'Huh?'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You drop a ball. You drop a key. You drop a piece of lead. They each slip from your hand and tumble to the ground. But you have an orderly mind (you're a physicist) and, to you, falling things don't seem haphazard — they seem neat. The unruly world has ...

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Treat Yourself To A 'Huh?'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alice had this problem when she went through the looking glass: You start in a known place. You advance, step by steady step. Nothing is amiss, nothing misplaced. But when you land, e...
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A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Saturday, January 18, 2014

We're only a few Sundays shy of the big game, so here's a Super Bowl warm-up video, a "What if ... ?"

What if a sportscaster from Britain who knows absolutely nothing about American football — whose only expertise is in rugby — were thrown on the air during an ...

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A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were sudden...
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Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

Thursday, January 16, 2014

They were so young, the folks who invented America. James Madison, on July 4, 1776, was 25. James Monroe was 18, Alexander Hamilton, 21, Marquis de Lafayette, 18, Aaron Burr, 20, Betsy Ross, 24, Gilbert Stuart, 20. Ben Franklin, of course, was much older, grander and world famous. But he ...

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Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

Thursday, January 16, 2014

There are no moose in America, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist there. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the onl...
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Who's Got A Pregnant Brain?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Something happened to dolphins. Then it happened to humans. Both creatures had good-sized brains when, for reasons no one truly understands, dolphin brains suddenly got larger and lar...
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Who's Got A Pregnant Brain?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Imagine a couple of million years ago, a curious young alien from the planet Zantar — let's call him a grad student — lands on Earth, looks around, and asks, "Who's the brainiest critter on this planet? Relative to body size, who's got the biggest brain?"

The answer, back then, ...

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Go Where Raisins Swell Into Grapes, And Lemons Light The Sky

Saturday, January 11, 2014

There's a book by the novelist China Mieville that describes two cities plopped one on top of the other. One is large-scale, the other smaller-scale, and while they live in entangled proximity, both cities have the same rule. Each says to its citizens, pay no attention — on ...

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Go Where Raisins Swell Into Grapes, And Lemons Light The Sky

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Come to a place where peppers are so hot, fire trucks come to douse them. Pomegranates explode like grenades there, spaghetti threatens innocent sailors, and the moon is made of cinna...
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A Rain Forest Begins With Rain, Right? Is This A Trick Question?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Think of a rain forest — rich with trees, covered by clouds, wet all the time.

Then ask yourself, how did this rain forest get started?

I ask, because the answer is so going to surprise you. It's not what you think.

Until I saw the video you're about to ...

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