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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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:53 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1165

Remember correspondence schools?  That’s when you used to be able to take courses through the mail for complete a diploma or learn a trade.   Well people don’t use the mail for much anymore...they use the internet.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about virtual schools and how a northeastern state preparing for their growth.

We’ll also hear from a student who’s welcoming everyone to her personal jungle in her new a book.  Then it’s off to California for a visit to a traditional Mexican music school.  And we’ll spend an academic minute with out of tune banjos.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

The Health Show #1293

Most of the time on this program, I feel like I can hold my own in most discussions.  There are some topics however.  Take menopause.  Whenever we talk about this part of a woman’s life I feel like half the audience is saying “yeah, what do you know about it”.  That’s why I call on smart people to help me.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk about menopause, or, most accurately, perimenopause.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1164

Little green men.  Robots with ray guns on their arms.  Klingons!  These are just a few examples of fictional life in outer space.  But, if you were given all the facts and numbers about another world, could you come up with a story about what life would be like up there?  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to some student short story authors who turned facts and a good imagination into prize winning stories.

We’ll also spend an academic minute in a place we have a few more facts about...the oceans.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

The Health Show #1292

Nobody has ever won an election by saying that Medicare is bad.  In fact, people who say that tend to lose elections by large numbers.  So, it’s no surprise that in a recent survey, 98 per cent of adults 18 or older said that Medicare is important to American’s health in retirement.  But what about the health of Medicare itself?  On today’s Health Show, we are going to be joined by two representatives of  A.A.R.P.  and  talk about the future of Medicare and Social Security...and what A.A.R.P.  is doing to support their members.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1163

Anybody in the mood for an old fashioned, year-end best of show?  Good, because you’ve just tuned into one.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll take another listen to some of our most interesting stories of the past year.

We’ll learn about a school in Brooklyn that uses Applied Behavioral Analysis to help teach children with autism.  Hear the frustrations of teachers trying to advance their careers in a tough political and economic climate.  And find out about a computer that is making to move from games shows to clinical labs.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

The Health Show #1291

You meet the most interesting people doing a show on health every week.  Some are brilliant, some are funny and some...you just want to take home with you and introduce them to mom.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll visit one more time with some of the most interesting people we ran across this year.

We’ll hear from a pair of brothers who both needed heart transplants, talk to a New York actress who turned a life altering accident into a one woman show...and get some more words of wisdom about weight loss from our friend Sandy D.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1162

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1162

We made it!  The year is just about over, and it was a year with a lot of loud politics.  But how many Americans really understand the system behind the politics?  There has been a call for a greater emphasis on civics education in the US. We spoke about that earlier this year with an author who says the only way to bridge the education gap between the rich and inner city schools is to realize that there is also a gap in those student’s life experiences.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, why schools should say No Citizen Left Behind.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

The Health Show #1290

Every year on The Health Show we hear about new conditions and treatments that shape the world of health care and point it new directions.  But with everything that’s new one thing remains constant: heart disease is going to kill a whole lot of us.

On today’s Health Show, we’ll rerun a conversation we had last February with a pair of heart specialists who published a complete guide to heart health in 2012.

We’ll also welcome back our friend Judah Leblang who found out about his own heart history this year.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1161

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1161

The search for energy continues to be one of the driving forces of our economy and policy.  Now, the University of Massachusetts is offering a doctoral program in wind power to speed the development of this source of renewable power. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a pair of professors at U-MASS about the program.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

The Health Show #1289

When they were first introduced, and it wasn’t all that long ago, antibiotics were hailed as miracle drugs.  They still are.  But strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria have been fighting back against these particular miracles for some time now...and the problem is worse in certain areas.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll find out how bacteria learns to fight antibiotics...and where the most resistant bugs are hanging out.

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