After 15 years as the co-host of WNYC Studios’ Radiolab, and a five-decade career in print, television, and radio journalism, Robert Krulwich has announced in a statement that he will retire from the show in January 2020.
Krulwich joined forces with Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad in 2002, and it started as a five-episode seasonal program that aired locally in New York on WNYC. Today, it is a two-time Peabody Award-winning, nationally syndicated weekly show that airs on 589 public radio stations, and is consistently one of the top-downloaded podcasts globally.
“When we set up shop years ago, the idea was to create a space where hard, hard subjects that nobody would think of as entertainment could be — well, entertaining. And disturbing. And absorbing. Against the odds, and against our expectations, the thing took off,” said Robert Krulwich in his statement.
“Robert’s been my collaborator and co-host slash soulmate slash playmate slash studio-mate for 17 years,” said Abumrad. “We’ve shared so many late-night edits, three-hour tracking sessions, pre-live show jitters, and greasy diner meals that got a little too confessional and sometimes a little too argumentative. And in the process, we built a show together.”