Bacteria are Coming for Your OJ #534

September 13, 2019

What makes breakfast, breakfast? Well, according to every movie and TV show we've ever seen, a big glass of orange juice is basically required. But our morning grapefruit might be in danger. Why? Citrus greening, a bacteria carried by a bug, has infected 90% of the citrus groves in Florida. It's coming for your OJ. We'll talk with University of Maryland plant virologist Anne Simon about ways to stop the citrus killer, and with science writer and journalist Maryn McKenna about why throwing antibiotics at the problem is probably not the solution.

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This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.


  • Maryn McKenna
  • Anne Simon

Guest Bios

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She has written three books: "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA"; "Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service"; and her newest book "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.". She is a contributor at National Geographic, where she also helped launch the award-winning food site The Plate, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She is one of the stars of the 2014 documentary Resistance, and her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?", has been viewed 1.4 million times and translated into 30 languages.

Anne Simon

Anne Simon is a professor at the University of Maryland. Her lab studies the structure and function of RNA elements involved in cap-independent translation of plus-strand RNA viruses. She also was a consultant on The X-Files, including an episode on CRISPR.

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