Robert Krulwich

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Robert Krulwich appears in the following:

Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Norbert Rosing /National Geographic/Getty

This couldn't be.

A 1,200 pound male polar bear (especially when it's autumn and he hasn't eaten for four months) doesn't make play-dates with an animal from another species. He doesn't arrive every afternoon to cuddle, nuzzle, hug and roll around ...

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Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...

... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper,

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Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...

Robert Krulwich/NPR

... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, ...

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I Won't Eat, You Can't Make Me! (And They Couldn't)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

It was found in Baja California, in the water, scuttling about. It's an isopod — a many legged, many jointed, bottom-crawler, related to prawns and crabs and it happily eats dead things. Scavengers aren't that particular about what's for dinner. When they find it, they eat it.

This particular ...

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I Won't Eat, You Can't Make Me! (And They Couldn't)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Robert Krulwich/NPR

It was found in Baja California, in the water, scuttling about. It's an isopod — a many legged, many jointed, bottom-crawler, related to prawns and crabs and it happily eats dead things. Scavengers aren't that particular about what's for dinner. When they find it, ...

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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you.

But then, gradually, over the years, it gets warmer. Not every day, of course, but on more and more days, the temperature climbs to uncomfortable highs, drying you out, making you ...

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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you.

Robert Krulwich/NPR

But then, gradually, over the years, it gets warmer. Not every day, of course, but on more and more days, the temperature climbs to ...

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Expanding The NPR Brand, Mom By Mom

Monday, February 17, 2014

The other day, I wrote a post about a cartoonist, Connie Sun, and her thoughts about animals. Her mom heard about it, and called Connie to say "Yea!" and then, because she's an honest woman, she asked, "What is NPR?" Here's what happened next:

I have this conversation all ...

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Expanding The NPR Brand, Mom By Mom

Monday, February 17, 2014

The other day, I wrote a post about a cartoonist, Connie Sun, and her thoughts about animals. Her mom heard about it, and called Connie to say "Yea!" and then, because she's an honest woman, she asked, "What is NPR?" Here's what happened next:

Connie ...

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'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WNYC

We're closing in on March, when wind, "blowing in like a lion," takes its big annual bow. Wind is invisible, of course, except for what it moves, touches. "I saw you toss the kites on high," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. ...

... And blow the birds about the sky;

And ...

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'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Saturday, February 15, 2014

We're closing in on March, when wind, "blowing in like a lion," takes its big annual bow. Wind is invisible, of course, except for what it moves, touches. "I saw you toss the kites on high," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. ...

... And blow the birds about the ...

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'I Will Fight Gravity For You,' Said Superman To Lois Lane

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I saw this. And then I thought, more people should see it. So I waited till Valentine's Day, so I could share this dance, Keone Madrid's dance, set to a poem by Rudy Francisco, and Robin Thicke's song, "Superman." I know this is a science site, so Superman's ...

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'I Will Fight Gravity For You,' Said Superman To Lois Lane

Thursday, February 13, 2014

He could fly like a speeding bullet, leap tall buildings in a single bound, but that's not what made Superman super. The real source of his power, we learn from five fine dancers, is ...
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Parents With Noisy Babies Shouldn't Read This. They'll Be Too Jealous

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

If you've ever had to raise a noisy, fussy, crying baby, consider this alternative: I know a bunch of moms who produce newborns that stay blissfully, totally silent (and still!) for w...
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Parents With Noisy Babies Shouldn't Read This. They'll Be Too Jealous

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

If only ... if only, instead of that noisy, bawling, crying little person, you could have produced an antelope baby — and oh, the quiet! The blissful, total silence. When pronghorn antelopes have babies, nobody hears anything for weeks and weeks — which is the whole point.

Let's be one ...

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The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

You can cuddle them, live with them, protect them, but when animals look at you — even when they're purring or licking your face — what's really going on in their heads? In yours? A c...
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You're The Last. The Very Last One. Now What Happens?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What happens if you are the last (the very, very last) of your species and you die — and humans notice?

We live, increasingly, at a time when extinctions are recorded, remembered, and the last animal (or plant) in its line, by virtue of its being last, becomes a kind ...

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You're The Last. The Very Last One. Now What Happens?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

When "Benjamin," the world's last captive Tasmanian Tiger, died in 1936, a 23-million-year run of marsupial (pouch-bearing), doglike animals very likely disappeared from the planet. B...
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The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Friday, February 07, 2014

There are different ways to think about animals. One way is to imagine them totally separate, not attaching to us, ever. "They are not brethren," wrote the great naturalist Henry Beston, "they are not underlings. They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and ...

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Big Fish Stories Getting Littler

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

She found them in the Key West library: an old stash of "Look at What I Caught!" photos, proud fishermen showing off their big catch of the day back in the 1950s, '60s, '80s. As she...
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