Robert Krulwich

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Robert Krulwich is co-host of NPR’s Radiolab, which explores the mysteries of science and life through visceral storytelling. The show can be heard on more than 500 public radio stations and its podcasts are downloaded over 5 million times each month. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine awarded Radiolab its top honor for excellence in communicating science to the general public.

Krulwich also authors the “Curiously Krulwich” blog at National Geographic, which succeeded a similar blog that ran for years on National Public Radio, where he illustrates hard-to-fathom concepts in science using his own fanciful drawings, plus cartoons, videos, and whatever else suits him.

For 22 years, Krulwich was also a science, economics, general assignment and foreign television correspondent at ABC and CBS News, and a frequent host/reporter on the PBS investigative series, “Frontline”. TV Guide Magazine called him “the most inventive network reporter in television.”

As host and executive editor of PBS' documentary series NOVAscienceNOW, Krulwich teamed  with NPR’s “The Car Guys” to explain how hydrogen fuel cells work and explored the intricate chemistry of RNAi. As the sole correspondent on ABC's Brave New World series, he examined subjects ranging from string theory to human cloning. On the BBC’s “Late Show”, he produced profiles of artists, performers and writers. In the 1970’s he hosted a series on accounting (“Accounting!”) on Nebraska Public Television, and, in 1975 on Pacifica Radio, he created a regular feature featuring a five-year-old girl, Nina Bollentini (played by himself) who explains economics to a slow-witted older man named “Bob” (also Robert) called Economics For Dummies. He was, briefly, Washington Bureau Chief of Rolling Stone Magazine.

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