NPR Specials: Intelligence Squared - The End Of Antibiotics

Mar 14, 2017

This week on NPR Specials:

There’s a time bomb ticking that is going to affect us all. Whether you are an engineer in Berlin, a sub-Saharan subsistence farmer, or a New Yorker buying a super-smoothie in Wholefoods, there will be no escape. 

The threat? An invisible army of super-resistant bacteria is on the march. Antibiotics, the drugs that have saved millions of lives and are critical for the world’s health and wellbeing, have become a victim of their own success. Their overuse and misuse have helped bacteria and other infectious bugs to develop resistance to them, meaning that many infections are no longer effectively treatable by current medicines. Every year 700,000 people die of drug-resistant infections, and experts predict that this number could rise to 10 million.

Intelligence Squared, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Wellcome Trust, brought together an international panel of speakers from science, agriculture, food production and consumer activism, to discuss what is being done and must be done to reverse the situation for the long term. Moderated by Science Friday host Ira Flatow, the discussion features Dr. Laura Kahn, Physician and research scholar in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Kerry Keffaber, Chief Veterinarian for Scientific Affairs and Policy at Elanco, Stefan Larenas, President of Odecu, Justin McCarthy, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Policy and International Public Affairs at Pfizer Inc., and Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London.

Intelligence Squared: The End of Antibiotics will air Saturday, March 18th at 19:00 and Monday, March 20th at 08:00.