Maryn McKenna is talking resistant bacteria with Katy Keiffer on this week's Straight, No Chaser! Maryn is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She is a blogger for Wired, a columnist and contributing editor for Scientific American, and writes frequently for national and international magazines including SELF,, Nature, The Guardian, and more. Her work has also appeared in Health, China Newsweek,,, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Heart Healthy Living and Georgia Trend among other publications. She is a regular contributor to the Annals of Emergency Medicine.She is the author most recently of SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. Tune into this episode to learn how agriculture and human medicine are responsible for germs like MRSA. Hear why meat production facilities need to take more responsibility in the realm of food safety. How have today's active lifestyles encouraged increased medical antibiotic usage? Find out on Straight, No Chaser! Today's program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn.

"The bacteria (from raw chicken) can get onto things that you might not be cooking to death- lettuce, for instance... We are putting a big burden on the consumer." [9:45]

"The rapid rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is due to overuse in all areas of human life." [13:10]

"Is properly raised food only something that people with money can afford?" [25:00]

-- Maryn McKenna on Straight, No Chaser