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
1:00 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.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1151

Over a century ago, a scientist set up one of the first microbiology labs in the United States.  Today, that lab is called the National Institutes of Health. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll learn the history of the NIH on it’s 125th birthday.

We’ll also listen in as students in Pennsylvania protest budget cuts to education...and we’ll talk to the author of a new children’s book with Goldilocks and three dinosaurs.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with some Neanderthals trying to act smart.

Health
1:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The Health Show #1279

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women aged 35 to 54.  I thought we’d start today’s program with that number, just to remind people that even though breast cancer awareness has grown and treatments have improved...it is still a deadly disease.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk to the author of the 5th edition of the Breast Cancer Survival Manual about how much has changed since the book was first published.

We’ll also head to the kitchen, when the Sneaky Chef will talk about her latest collection of speedy, healthy recipes.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1150

From 1988 to 1993, Dania McKeller showed up on ABC TV each week as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years.  After the show left the air, she found a new passion: math. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Dania about her forth math book for girls.

We’ll also meet a young man who composed, and published a crossword puzzle for the Sunday NY Times when he was only 17.

And we’ll spend an Academic Minute exploring an ancient Israeli mosaic floor.

Health
1:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

The Health Show #1278

When a condition affects about a third of the population, you’d think it would be getting a lot of attention.  But half the people in the US with  Hypertension, or high blood pressure, are not doing enough to control their pressure.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll learn more about the problem and find out what can, and should be done.

We’ll also hear from an artist who survived breast cancer...and wanted to do more to help than just wear a pink ribbon.  You’ll be surprised when you hear just what she IS wearing.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1149

If you were to look around and find yourself among some flattened, rotating disks of cool dust and gas extending for tens to hundreds of astronomical units, then congratulations, you’ve entered the neighborhood of an irradiated proto-planetary disk.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a guided tour of that star studded neighborhood..

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute directing traffic in that neighborhood.

Health
1:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

The Health Show #1277

If you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word “trauma”, you get this: an experience that produces psychological injury or pain.  But trauma can’t be boiled down to just a one sentence definition and be totally understood.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll look at the effects and perhaps some readies for mental trauma.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1148

Dr. Madeline Levine, author of “TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Parenting for Authentic Success - Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies or ‘Fat’ Envelopes”

As parents, one of our biggest desires and challenges is for our children to be successful.  The thing is, sometimes we can be real pains in the neck about it and it’s not helping.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of the book “Teach Your Children Well”, and try to find out how understanding and support beat so-called hyper-parenting any day of the week.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute finding out what color are the plants on other worlds.

Health
1:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

The Health Show #1276

Nobody likes a smart bacteria.  The growing number of antibiotic resistant germs is causing health officials around the world to find better treatments for infection.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll learn about antibiotic resistance...and how the scientific community is coming together to fight the problem.

We’ll also talk to a leading activist in the movement to stop bringing genetically modified foods to the market who has been hailed as a voice of reason...and dismissed as a blatant liar.  And we’ll find out how parents can make this a healthier school year.

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