The Gist: bed bugs with Brooke Borel and The Poser with Jacob Rubin.

How DDT Helped Create a Super-Resistant New Generation of Bed Bugs

How DDT Helped Create a Super-Resistant New Generation of Bed Bugs

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 29 2015 6:49 PM

Bed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our Fault

The amazing story of the underground pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs that emerged after World War II to haunt our dreams.

Ew. Just, ew.

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Listen to Episode 308 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, science writer Brooke Borel explains how a bed bug infestation in 2004 landed her in the ER and later became a consuming area of research. She’s the author of Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World. For more bed bug-related entertainment, be sure to listen back to Gist Episode 110, Bedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great Musical.

Plus, a novel about a superhero impressionist. Author Jacob Rubin’s The Poser tells the story of a man who can do a perfect imitation of anyone he meets.

For the Spiel, the clear usefulness of body cams and dashboard cams in policing.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.