Prescription for Disaster

Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives, but bacteria are learning to outsmart them at alarming rates. Projections show that by 2050, ten million people could die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Rafaela Siewert - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Kathy Talkington
    Director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Michael J. Satlin
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Show Notes

Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. A major cause is their overuse in both humans and animals. At the same time, a lack of financial incentives is setting back efforts to discover new classes of antibiotics. The problem is both global and local, and without new initiatives, many common medical conditions could become deadly once again.


From CFR


The End of Antibiotics?,” Claire Felter


Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Are Here,” Laurie Garrett and Ramanan Laxminarayan


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The post-antibiotic era is here,” Vox


The Future of Chicken, Without Antibiotics,” Atlantic


U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections,” New York Times


Are Antibiotics Damaging Your Family’s Health?,” Scientific American


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We’re Losing the War Against Bacteria, Here’s Why,” New York Times


A Superbug Survivor Shares His Struggle with Antibiotic Resistance,” Pew Charitable Trusts


The Antibiotic Apocalypse Explained,” Kurzgesagt


 The Rise of the Superbug,” Al Jazeera


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