Sad to say, but true, some folks have complained to me that I don’t give enough notice of all the good stuff. So, as usual around here, the beatings continue until morale improves…
…which is something of an apology for the fact that I’m only now mentioning that at 5 p.m. Eastern time I’ll be talking to Maryn McKenna on my monthly science-radio-web/podcast, Virtually Speaking Science (where I’m one of several hosts as we inch our way to regular weekly episodes). (You’ll be able to pick up the podcast later at that link, or on iTunes, having searched for Virtually Speaking Science.)
Maryn, for those of you who have for some odd reason not glued yourself to her blog Superbug, or immersed yourself in her book by the same name, is the leading journalist working in the US on problems of antibiotic resistance, infectious disease and similar sources of gnawing (and occasionally acute) anxiety. She and I have talked before, but, sadly, there’s always more scary bug stuff to talk about.
This time, our focus will be on an under-reported outbreak of (likely) Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (TDR – TB) and on the H7N9 flu story out of China. But we’ll no doubt talk about antibiotics in agriculture and the way agribusiness and the tocsin of cheap food is posing such a thread. Should be, dare I say it, fun. Or at least interesting. Or perhaps just terrifying.
Oh — and as for that stray thought. Am I the only one wondering whether The Pet Goat will have a place of honor in Wee Bush’s presidential library?
ETA: Here’s a nice bit of reporting on potentially untreatable gonorrhea appearing in the US. I’ll be asking Maryn about this too.