# Robert Krulwich

## 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 ...

## Oh Say, Can You See? A Musical Salute

### Thursday, January 09, 2014

You've heard it a thousand times, maybe 10,000. Is there any way to make "The Star-Spangled Banner" fresh? Even fascinating? There is (Jimi Hendrix aside). Here is a new one that did ...

## Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

### Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A few years ago, physicist Brian Skinner asked himself: What are the odds I will die in the next year? He was 25. What got him wondering about this, I have no idea, but, hey, it's something everybody asks. When I can't wedge my dental floss between my two ...

## Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

### Wednesday, January 08, 2014

What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiou...

## Oh Say, Can You See? A Musical Salute

### Sunday, January 05, 2014

Some things are so familiar, so fixed in our heads, that we stop noticing them. Buckle-your-seat-belt instructions in an airplane, for example. You don't have to listen. You know the drill.

Here's another: "The Star-Spangled Banner." You vaguely hear the words, but all you're really doing is waiting to get ...

### Saturday, January 04, 2014

There you are in the middle of the city, traffic all around, planes buzzing above and you notice a little boy on a giant screen pointing up.

"Look," says the boy. And you look, and the on-screen boy is pointing at an actual plane flying in the sky. He knows ...

### Saturday, January 04, 2014

There you are in a train station, and if you stand in the right space, suddenly an angel — a lady with enormous wings, looking like the real deal — appears at your side. She's not rea...

## 'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

### Friday, January 03, 2014

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried three feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a m...

## 'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

### Friday, January 03, 2014

I'm a fox. It's January. I'm hungry. I want a meal. My food, however, is buried 3 feet down, deep in the snow, hiding. It's alive, in motion, and very small, being a mouse. So how does an above-ground fox catch an underground mouse? Well, the answer is nothing short ...

## Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

### Thursday, January 02, 2014

They're little flatworms that glide along riverbeds and perform miracles. Chop off their tails, they grow them back. Split them in half, they grow whole again. But chop off their head...

## Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

### Tuesday, December 31, 2013

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."

This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, ...

## This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

### Wednesday, December 25, 2013

This isn't science. Not today. It's art — in this case, the sly performance of a young comedian who is accosted backstage by not-so-nice "fans." But he gets free (wait for this, it co...

## This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

### Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."

I did. And what I saw was somebody doing ...

### Monday, December 23, 2013

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys....

## Weekend Special: Name That Sound!

### Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm going to play you a sound that you hear all the time. But this time, instead of hearing it in context (in a familiar setting — the movies, an Xbox, on TV, in a phone), it's all al...

### Monday, December 23, 2013

First I look in my right coat pocket. Nothing. Then my left. Nothing. Then my pants, right side — no. Then my pants, left side — yes! This is me at my front door, looking for my keys. Every day.

I have this extraordinary ability to not remember where my ...

## Weekend Special: Name That Sound!

### Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dan Quinn, fluid dynamics grad student and sometime video artist at Princeton, also has ears. And his ears, like yours, regularly pick up familiar sounds. The question is, if someone plays you a sound that you regularly hear at the movies, or in an Xbox game, or when you ...

## One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

### Friday, December 20, 2013

I'm thinking of a man and his cat. A real man. His real cat. Then I'm imagining a bunch of world-famous cartoonists, Calvin & Hobbes' Bill Watterson, Wile E. Coyote's Chuck Jones, Gar...

## One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

### Friday, December 20, 2013

We start with a man called Mike and a cat called Ella. Two creatures.

Nothing odd about them, except that Mike has a beard and Ella is a touch chunky. Otherwise, they could be any cat and guy. Except ...

When you think about it, no one is ordinary. You ...

## Finding Grandpa On My Dinner Plate (Part 2)

### Thursday, December 19, 2013

You order a lobster and the waiter shows you an animal that is, he says, older than you are. It's had more birthdays than you. For some people, this is a meal-stopper. Especially, if ...