Philip Mackowiak

Philip Mackowiak is a professor of medicine, and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine, at the University of Maryland. He is also chief of the Medical Care Clinical Center of the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System and the author of Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of 13 Patients Who Changed the World and Post Mortem: Solving History’s Great Medical Mysteries.


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.


What Makes a Story Great?

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


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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


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.


Is Wine Healthy?

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


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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