James McWilliams

James McWilliams is an associate professor of history at Texas State University, San Marcos, and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly.

  • Good Food: Who Can Afford It?

    A group of college students tries to eat responsibly for a week, with mixed results--and sobering conclusions.

  • In Africa, Fighting AIDS By Farming

    A young woman sets up an program to promote nutrition in Rwandans living with HIV/AIDS.

  • The Fate of Obama's Turkey Pardons

    Every Thanksgiving, the president saves two birds from slaughter. What happens to them next?

  • The Real Value of Organic Food

    Arguing over the nutritional value of organics misses the point: the movement was never about numbers.

  • Funding the Future of Organic Farming

    Venture capital firms look to "clean tech" as the new industry for their dollars. Will farming get a piece of the pie?

  • The Hangover Cure With a Catch

    A scientist has a way to remove the headache-causing properties from many wines. But there is a catch: it's made with genetically modified yeast. Why this new development could pave the way for widespread labeling of genetically modified products.

  • The Mystery of Spain's Sublime Ham

    Food-lovers have long praised Jamon Iberico as a sustainable, humane way to eat ham. But the pigs that go into this prized ham may not be as happy or well-fed as its many fans think. Welcome to the world of trying to figure out how food is made.

  • Is Free-Range Pork Really Riskier?

    A controversial New York Times column argued free-range pork has a significantly higher risk of carrying some very dangerous diseases. Reaction was sharp and immediate. Here, the author defends himself from his critics--and explains his funding.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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