Bob Barrett

Host/Producer, The Best Of Our Knowledge

Bob has been a part of the WAMC family since 2001.  He currently produces and hosts National Production's The Best Of Our Knowledge.  Over the years, Bob has produced The Environment Show and The Health Show for National Productions and hosted weekend mornings on WAMC for a decade. He is currently a reporter and on air host at WUWF Public Radio at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. 

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A lot of people like to relax on a warm day, puttering around alone in their garden. might not be as alone as you think.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series goes into Microbiology mode to explore the origins of the unseen life around us.

And we'll spend an Academic Minute learning about the complex chemistry that goes into making a gourmet dinner.

The Health Show #1258

May 11, 2012

Diabetes is an important health issue in the US today.  Pregnancy and the complications of pregnancy are also a topics that have always been of great importance.  Put those two issues together and you have gestational diabetes...the number one complication of pregnancy.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to a dietician about this growing health problem.

Last year at this time, the late Joe Paterno was an iconic college football coach at Penn State University...a man who had a job for as long as he wanted.  By the end of the year he had been fired, his 46 year legacy tarnished by a child abuse scandal. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from the author of a new book on the continuing fallout of that scandal.

The Health Show #1257

May 4, 2012

Doing a program about health care means that, once in awhile, you’ll hit on a controversial topic.  We did that last week with Hormone Replacement Therapy...and we'll talk a little more about that next week.  But one topic that shouldn't be controversial, but still is, is childhood immunizations.  On today's Health Show we'll talk to an infectious disease expert from the CDC.

Vampires, deadly spiders, lethal lasers, out-of-control asteroids...who knew that math could be so perilous.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of “The Book Of Perfectly Perilous Math”...and find out how students are learning math while saving the world..or not.

The Health Show #1256

Apr 27, 2012

If there was a disease that caused bone damage, bladder incontinence and loss of sexual desire in just about everybody, you’d imagine there would be a worldwide search for a cure. The thing is...this is already happening and it’s not a disease.  It’s what a huge number of women experience before, during and after menopause.  On today’s Health endocrinologist gives us her take on what to do when you outlive your ovaries.

Then we’ll take a lighthearted look at a British comedian who is looking to break the world record for the oldest living man...about 80 years from now.

The Health Show #1255

Apr 20, 2012

There’s been a growing problem in the health care system that hasn’t gotten much attention but, little by little, has been affecting patient care and changing the way some doctors practice.  It’s the shortage of drugs.  Not experimental, exotic new meds...but everyday, reliable medications that doctors have used for years.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll look into the causes, effects...and possible solutions of this problem.

Then we’ll look into another shortage that, while not life threatening, certainly made life different in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Growing up with Dyslexia is no fun at all.  Growing up with Dyslexia and never being diagnosed and getting the proper educational help...that can make school a nightmare. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll meet Sonya Bridges...a teacher who grew up in that situation and is now reaching out to help others.

The Health Show #1254

Apr 9, 2012

In the year 2000, the Albany Medical center Prize for Medicine and Bio-Medical research was established.  Funded by the estate of the late philanthropist and businessman Morris Marty Silverman, the 500 thousand dollar prize is one of the largest prizes for medicine and medical research in the world.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll hear from the two doctors who will share this year’s prize.

In a world of constant stimulation and multi-media’s not often that a children’s book stands out...but that’s what the people at National Geographic set out to do with a collection of stories, songs and activities called The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders.     Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the book’s author.

Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet - a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b. Their measurements show that TrES-2b reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system.  And the most amazing thing about this discovery is that, apparently, you can find one too if you know where to look.
Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our astrobiology series takes us hundreds of light years away, beyond our galaxy...right in our back yard.

The Health Show #1253

Apr 2, 2012

Around the world over a hundred million people are living with Hepatitis C...and without treatment, they are in danger of severe liver disease.  The big problem: millions of those people have no idea they have the virus.  On today’s Health Show we’ll get the facts about Hepatitis-C.  

Then we’ll find out about a much less common problem, Sjogren’s Syndrome and why it’s leaving many people dry.  And Sandy D returns looking for love.

This is the time of year when many high school seniors really start revving up their preparations for the SAT.  There are dozens of courses and guide books designed to help...but do they really make a difference.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a student who aced his SAT will tell us how he upped his score.

Then we’ll visit a school in San Francisco that has grade schools writing novels, playing songs...and learning to weld.  And we’ll spend an academic minute in the expanding world of wireless networks.

The Health Show #1252

Mar 26, 2012

When you do a program covering health, occasionally you deal with certain topics that make people a bit squeamish.  Things like digestive health and reproductive and sexual issues and body image.  They’re not the type of things you rush right off to your doctor to discuss.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk to a pair of doctors who specialize on these taboo topics.  

We’ll also learn how, and sorry to our vegetarian friends, keeping a healthy diet begins with healthy livestock.  And we’ll visit a city in Italy where fast food could mean a spleen sandwich.