Peter Andrey Smith

Peter Andrey Smith

Peter Andrey Smith is a New York–based reporter whose stories have been featured in The New York Times Magazine,Wired, Scientific American, Harper’s, and The Walrus; online at The New Yorker and Buzzfeed; as well as on the radio at Radiolab, Reply All, and Science Friday. He has worked as a regular contributor for The New York Times Magazine,, GOOD, Maine magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.


Is Kratom a Performance Enhancer or a Lethal Opioid?

Over the past two decades, kratom has spread across the U.S., often in powder or capsule form, thanks to numerous anecdotal reports that it can counteract fatigue and treat pain. But after the death...

Peter Andrey Smith
Feb 19, 2019

Feeling Stressed? Try an Anger Room.

I slammed the aluminum bat into the laptop. Pieces of the shattered screen bounced on the metal table. Whack! Whack! Whack! The keys popped off. The display detached. Each time the bat landed, a...

Peter Andrey Smith
Jan 18, 2018

My Weekend at a Conference for the Super-Happy

Americans spend $11 billion a year in pursuit of the blissful happy-ever-after. But what do we really accomplish? To find out, Peter Andrey Smith embedded with the utopia seekers for a weekend in...

Peter Andrey Smith
May 4, 2017

Know Thyself

Don’t let the Theranos saga fool you: we’ve entered a new era of self-quantification, in which on-demand blood testing is sold as the easy way to fine-tune your training and nutrition. Can an...

Peter Andrey Smith
Sep 19, 2016

Performance-Enhanced and Sex-Driven

Probiotics are back (yes, there were once a thing) and a growing number of companies claim that by adding live microorganisms, bacteria does the body good.

Peter Andrey Smith
May 7, 2014