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Obama's swan song at the United Nations 6 MIN, 30 SEC

At the General Assembly today, Barack Obama delivered his final address as President of the United States. He said, "The existing path to global integration requires a course correction… But I believe America has been a rare superpower in human history insofar as it has been willing to think beyond narrow self-interest. That while we've made our share of mistakes over these last 25 years -- and I've acknowledged some – we have strived, sometimes at great sacrifice, to align better our actions with our ideals. And as a consequence, I believe we have been a force for good."

Colum Lynch is United Nations correspondent for Foreign Policy.

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)

Superbugs are defeating antibiotics 34 MIN, 57 SEC

Antibiotics have prevented and cured deadly human diseases for 80 years. But the time is coming when we might have to live without them -- if we can. The United Nations says it's finally time to take seriously the warning that overuse in human beings and farm animals is not just counter-productive. It's allowing bacteria to develop resistance, so that common conditions like tuberculosis, gonorrhea and urinary infections might well become fatal again. And pharmaceutical companies are not stepping up with new research that could lead to development of new drugs. After years of warnings, it's a global problem that demands solutions — while there's still time.

Guests:
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy / Princeton University (@CDDEP)
Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American (@dina_maron)
Brad Spellberg, LA County-USC Medical Center (@BradSpellberg)
David Wallinga, Natural Resources Defense Council (@Food_Dr)

More:
UN's high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance
Forum on sustainable access to effective antibiotics
CDDEP on FAO plan to reduce antimicrobial use in agriculture
Laxminarayan on achieving global targets for antimicrobial resistance
Maron on the superbug explosion that's triggered UN meeting
NRDC on how top restaurants rate on reducing use of antibiotics in their meat supply

Rising Plague

Brad Spellberg M.D.

Federal government unveils self-driving car guidelines 8 MIN, 25 SEC

You may not see self-driving cars in your neighborhood -- unless you're in Pittsburgh. But federal regulators are already developing guidelines for a revolutionary technology. They aren't yet common on American streets and highways, but they're on their way to becoming major factors in our national transportation system.  Jeffrey Zeintz, Director of the National Economic Council, joined Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to unveil the new guidelines. "Self-driving cars will give new mobility to millions who lack it today, including elderly and disabled Americans and importantly will help prevent the 94% of car crashes caused by human error."

Alex Davies, Transportation Editor at Wired, has more on the fed's latest move.

Guests:
Alex Davies, Wired magazine (@adavies47)

More:
Obama's op-ed on self-driving cars (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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