Big Food Strikes Back

Michael Pollan chronicles the Obamas’ promising early attempts to reform America’s industrial agricultural complex, the ways Big Foods’ lobbying muscle and money impeded progress, and America’s food movement needs to build a powerful presence in Washington.

Published: Oct 5, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,796 words)

The Trip Treatment

Research into psychedelics has been demonized and shut down for decades. But recent psilocybin trials from Johns Hopkins and New York University are helping researchers reconsider the therapeutic potential of the drugs.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 2, 2015
Length: 41 minutes (10,355 words)

Opium Made Easy

Nowadays what leisure time I do have tends to be spent in the garden, a passion that in recent years has turned into a professional interest—I am, among other things, a garden writer. I mention this to help explain the keen interest I took in Jim Hogshire’s subsequent project: a somewhat unconventional treatise on gardening titled Opium for the Masses, published in 1994 by an outfit in Port Townsend, Washington, called Loompanics Unlimited. The book’s astonishing premise is that anyone can obtain opiates cheaply and safely and maybe even legally—or at least beneath the radar of the authorities, who, if Hogshire was to be believed, were overlooking something rather significant in their pursuit of the war on drugs.

Published: Apr 1, 1997
Length: 71 minutes (17,875 words)

Why Mow? The Case Against Lawns

Source: Michael Pollan
Published: May 28, 1989
Length: 17 minutes (4,262 words)