Stories by Robert Krulwich

When Kelley Benham and her husband finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
59 min 32 sec
Air Date: 04/30/2013

Legions of fetal cells hang out inside a mother for decades after she gives birth — and might even help heal her when she’s sick or hurt.

Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
20 min 29 sec
Air Date: 04/30/2012

In 1822, an accidental shooting left Alexis St. Martin with a hole in his gut that wouldn’t heal, but didn’t kill him either. Instead, the strange relationship that developed between the patient and his doctor opened up a one-of-a-kind window into the human body.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
16 min 04 sec
Air Date: 04/02/2012

Two stories about heart-stopping falls: David Eagleman gets to the bottom of what goes on in our brains during those life or death moments when time seems to slow way down. Plus, the story of Sarita and Simon, who fell in, and then out, of love.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
22 min 37 sec
Air Date: 09/20/2010

Alan Turing was the first person to conceive of the computer age. He is considered the father of artificial intelligence. But the world wasn’t kind to Turing. In 1952, he was convicted under a British law prohibiting “acts of gross indecency between men.”

Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
23 min 45 sec
Air Date: 03/19/2012

Is there such thing as a good cage? The answer goes back to the ’70s, to the moment the modern zoo was born, embodied by the few tentative steps of a gorilla named Kiki.

Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
24 min 47 sec
Air Date: 06/04/2007

Author and Harvard literature professor Stephen Greenblatt explores the 2,000 year-old writings of Lucretius and his “spookily modern” creation tale.

Robert Krulwich
Hmmm...
07 min 34 sec
Air Date: 09/19/2011

Joseph Guillotin and Henry Shrapnel became immortal by entering the English language. But when your life is reduced to a single definition, the results can be upsetting.

Robert Krulwich
Hmmm...
04 min 35 sec
Air Date: 09/28/2011

Is there such a thing as a purely selfless deed? Three bona fide heroes explain what went through their minds as they leapt into action. The heroes: Lora Shrake, who squared off with a 950-pound bull; Bill Pennell, who repeatedly dove into a burning car for survivors; and Wesley Autrey, who jumped in front of a subway train.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
16 min 09 sec
Air Date: 12/14/2010

Most people have one. But why do they choose the numbers they do?

Robert Krulwich
Hmmm...
05 min 15 sec
Air Date: 08/21/2011