Krulwich on Gorilla Cage Drama


I just listened to a slew of “Hmmm….”, Robert Krulwich’s science podcast for NPR. I couldn’t stop listening. One, then another, then another.  If the phrase for a good book is “page turner,” Robert’s podcasts are a “click-wheel turner.”

The same goes for Radiolab, the science program from WNYC that Robert co-hosts with Jad Abumrad. I’m like a gerbil looking for the next pellet. Wheel-turn, click. Wheel-turn, click.

Robert’s stories are always ear-catching and dramatic whether they’re on radio, television, or in person at conferences. He practically forces you to want to know what happens next. How the heck does he do that?! So, I asked him.

On this edition of HowSound, Robert talks about drama, narrative voice, and the day gorilla cages changed forever. Think of it as a Master Class on storytelling, and Robert’s clearly the master.

Cheers, Rob




5 comments to Krulwich on Gorilla Cage Drama

  • As a voice over talent and actor, this podcast is especially informative for me. Thinking of your storytelling by thinking about who you are as a writer is a very interesting approach. Thanks for the great content, Rob.

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  • Laura Herberg

    Rob – I can hear the slight frustration or perhaps bemusement when you press Robert Krulwich one last time to admit that he’s consciously employing dramatic storytelling techniques. That’s the frustrating thing with the ‘Greats’ sometimes, isn’t it? It’s like they’re so good at what they do, they do it without thinking. Sigh. Interestingly enough though, it seems to me that Robert Krulwich has studied some of the greats himself. Did you see how quickly he was able to size up those newscasters? Maybe that’s part of the key — study the heck out of people you admire and study the heck out of yourself (seeing what works and doesn’t) until your best storytelling becomes nearly unconscious. Then maybe someday you can come on HowSound and say, “You know Rob, I guess I’m doing that on some level but really, I’m just telling the story the only way I know how.”

  • Please tell me someone is working on an extended radio documentary on Robert Krulwich’s life. I know he’d hate becoming the story but I feel like he has to be one of the truly unique characters, and it would be good.

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