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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New York News
12:10 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

David Lombardo - The Daily Gazette

The outcome of one Capital Region New York State Senate race could be the key to whether the Senate majority remains in the hands of Republicans, or flips to Democrats, giving Democrats full control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s office.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

The Health Show #1284

Prostate cancer isn’t easy.  Not that being diagnosed with cancer is ever easy...but with prostate cancer the treatment options literally go from all to nothing at all.  And sometimes, doing nothing is the best option.  On this week’s Health Show we’ll talk to one of the authors of “Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers”...and try to find out just how much fighting you should do against the disease.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1155

We hear a lot about the amount of debt many students take on while attending college.  But how many of those schools are making sure those students know how to deal with that debt...or even understand it once they graduation? Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about one northeast school that now mandates courses in financial literacy for all their students.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute trying to find a little financial sense in the cost of health care in the US.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Health Show #1283

In the past couple of decades a lot of money and effort have gone into the fight against drunk driving...with positive results.  The refrain of “one for the road” is now not taken literally often.  One reason for the success is the ease of testing a driver for alcohol use...a simple roadside breath test.  For some time now, there have been efforts to duplicate that technology to test for drugs other than alcohol.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll hear an evaluation of that technology and hear where it’s already being used.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1154

If you are looking for clues to the way life on Earth began, you have to dig deep.  I’m not talking about shovels and picks right now...I’m talking about studying the inner workings of the basic molecules of life: DNA and RNA. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our astro-biology series returns to Earth with an in depth look at these fundamental building blocks of life...and how little we actually know about them.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute on another evolutionary miracle: gecko feet.

Health
1:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

The Health Show #1282

So, is there ever a time when a doctor might suggest that you get a little more salt in your diet?  It probably won’t come to that, but most salt sold in the US contains Iodine...and for women who are expecting, that’s important.  On today’s Health Show, a look at thyroid issue in pregnant women.

We’ll also meet the new head of a world famous research facility in the Adirondack Mountains...and hear the story of a man in China who took extreme measures to save his wife’s life...and got arrested.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1153

If you developed a good relationship with a baby sitter or a pediatrician, would you arbitrarily end that relationship each year and find a new one?  Well, when you stop and think about it, that’s exactly what most schools with students and teachers.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a veteran school teacher and administrator about his new book with a very self explanatory title: “Kids Need The Same Teacher For More Than One Year”.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute learning if paying attention in class is really all that important in the long run.

Health
1:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Health Show #1281

Here are three words you’ll be hearing a lot in the future: dense breast tissue.  At least you’ll be hearing them a lot in the next 25 minutes or so. For years it’s been known that is it harder to detect cancer on a mammogram if a woman has dense, as opposed to fatty, breasts.  Now, a number of states have passed laws mandating that doctors inform women of the density of their breasts...and give them options for further detection.  

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1152

Almost nobody thinks getting a college education is bad.  The thing is, almost nobody can afford to pay the tuition without a little help.  That brings us to the 529 plans. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn about the college savings plans that help families save tax-free for college.

We’ll also get tips from the NIH for ways to start healthy habits throughout the school year...hear about a student in Myanmar who is trying to follow his passion for music... and spend an Academic Minute trying to direct traffic in the sky.

Health
1:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Health Show #1280

It’s widely known that October is breast cancer awareness month, and there are many programs are articles devoted to the topic of breast cancer treatment and detection all month long.  We did one last week...we’ll do another next week.  What you may not know is that September was prostate cancer awareness month.  On today’s Health Show, ok, we may be a little late...but we’ll learn more about this disease that kills thousands of men each year.

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