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Robert Krulwich

Host, Radiolab

Robert Krulwich appears in the following:

Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I ...

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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It had weight. It lasted. It got punched, torn, reused. It got us into ballparks, airplanes, buses, theaters. I'm talking about stiff paper — and it's vanishing.

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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Honey is nature's gift. It's natural. Made by bees. Chocolate is the opposite, a great engineering creation that could, just possibly, just maybe, help save our planet.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Wherever we look, we see the same shapes, same forces, same elements in the universe. In this gorgeous animation, Xiangjun Shi describes what it's like to see with the eyes of a physicist.

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A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

Sunday, May 25, 2014

You start with difference, with mystery. Some things spiral, some become spheres, some branch, some don't. We know that inert atoms quicken, become bees, goats, clouds, then dissolve back into randomness. We look at these things, all these very, very different things, and we wonder, are they really different, or ...

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Jupiter's Dot And Mine. Why Life Is Unfair

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jupiter has a large red dot on its surface. I, too, have a dot on my surface. It's on my cheek. Jupiter just got lucky with its dot. Me? Not.

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Jupiter's Dot And Mine. Why Life Is Unfair

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When I was 9, my dad drew this picture of me. You will notice something on my left cheek — a little brown spot.

Allen Krulwich

That's a mole. The doctor called it "a birthmark." My mom called it "a beauty mark." I was ...

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Far, far, far away is a great place to be — if you want to stay marvelous. There is a plant, called Welwitschia mirabilis (mirabilis being Latin for marvelous), found only one place on Earth. You can get there, as artist/photographer Rachel Sussman did, by driving through the vast emptiness of the ...

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Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oops.

Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?

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Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's ...

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Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden, you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Friday, May 16, 2014

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I once read that when Napoleon invaded Russia, he lost most of his army not to the horrible Russian winter, horrible though it was. No, says this legend, Napoleon's army suffered from "button failure." The company that provided the army with ...

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When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Friday, May 16, 2014

Let me tell you a story — a history story — that's all numbers, only numbers, and still packs an emotional wallop. Button up. It's 1812. In Russia. It's cold.

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Why The U.S. Shunned The Man Who Will Now Lead India

Friday, May 16, 2014

The U.S. and other Western governments ostracized Narendra Modi for the past decade. Now President Obama has invited him to Washington as the elected leader of the world's largest democracy.

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How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Johannes Kepler, one of the world's great mathematicians, decided to marry in 1611. He made a list of 11 women to interview, and he wanted, of course, to choose the best. Here's the formula.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

You don't have to notice, but if you do, it's like a hidden kiss. There have always been popular television shows that sneak bits of arcane learning into their storylines. Star Trek did this. Dr. Who (in Britain) did this. So, back in the day, did Rocky and Bullwinkle, and before them, a cartoon show called Crusader Rabbit. You'd be watching the program, and — hiding in a tossed-off bit of dialogue, a detail on the set, or some signage in the background — there would be a sly reference to a math problem or to a philosopher.

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