The men who knew

Today’s debate over the use of antibiotics in food animals is hardly new. Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried — and failed — to restrict the use of these drugs in animal feeds on the farm. That battle of 1977 is critical to understanding why the agency has taken …

Chickens on a farm

The Trouble with Antibiotics

PBS FRONTLINE, in a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, is airing a new one-hour program, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” on Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. Correspondent and reporter David E. Hoffman looks at the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and, in a follow-up to last fall’s documentary, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” talks …

iFOIA’s new site features tracking

iFOIA acts as a cloud service in which journalists can store all of their records requests online, sorted by project. Federal agencies are required to respond to FOIA requests within 20 business days.

Microscope

Hunting the nightmare bacteria

“Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” a new FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, looks at whether the age of antibiotics is coming to an end. From a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona to an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals, FRONTLINE investigates the alarming rise of a …

More money, fewer banks

Compared with Sept. 30, 2011, an analysis of quarterly banking results by the Investigative Reporting Workshop shows: Loans increased to $7.44 trillion, up 3.9 percent from $7.16 trillion. However, total lending remains below the peak of $7.85 trillion in the second quarter of 2008. Troubled assets (a combination of nonperforming loans and the value of …