James McWilliams is a Pacific Standard contributing writer, a professor at Texas State University, and the author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and a Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, the Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, and other publications.
One might expect an industry that prioritizes empathy for others to also be a friendly workplace environment for women. But that's not always the case.
An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.
There are no available statistics on how many men discreetly remove their condoms during sex, an act known informally as stealthing.
If there's an upside to the government's failure to promote legitimate sex education, it's been the convergent rise of the local sex shop and the university seminar as two venues for frank and meaningful discussion.
Doug Metzger's Literature and History podcast—a comprehensive historical overview of the literature of the Anglophone world—has already garnered 500,000 downloads. Does his podcast provide a blueprint to intellectualizing our populace?
Some fear that, by offering deaf people access to sound, so-called bionic ears could spell the end of the culture built around ASL.
It's a noble art, but awful profession.
Getting to know a Pentecostal snake handler might provide an answer.
The latest academic stunt to receive widespread coverage raises interesting points about vanity journals and peer review, but we must also question the motives of the authors.
Conservationists can never perfectly manage an ecosystem, but this is a problem that's creating an obvious ecological imbalance and should—and can—be addressed.
How a small group of optimists is revolutionizing consumer choice.
Placed in historical perspective, the popular opposition to things like GMOs and vaccines, much like 19th-century opposition to fertilizers and insecticides, reflects less an overt rejection of science than a distrust of experts who peddle it.
The hidden pipeline for America’s mystery meat may start at home.
Can wild horses co-exist with ranchers and their grazing cows?
To understand the outrage over the Volkswagen scandal and recall, consider the meat industry.
Yes, but don’t mention them to Fido.
Not much, according to a new study.