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 September 12, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1147

Schools are becoming more sensitive and proactive about the problem of bullying.  But there are places in schools where there is hidden bullying, or even worse, bullying that’s expected and accepted. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the issue of bullying on school sports teams.

Then we’ll head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where a battle is brewing over a proposed charter school that hopes to raise test scores for minority students.

And we’ll also spend an Academic Minute hearing how going green is putting some companies in the black.

Health
1:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Health Show #1275

State legislatures across the country are failing in efforts to fight cancer.  That’s the conclusion of a new report by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll hear what the report has to say about the future of the fight against cancer.

We’ll also find out if working the night shift makes you more susceptible to breast cancer.

Hear about efforts to end racial and economic disparities in health care.

And listen to a choral group who perform the last music their audiences will ever hear.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1146

The Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa is the oldest and by far one of the most successful creative writing programs in the country.  How are we measuring success?  Graduates of the program have won virtually every major literary award, including 17 Pulitzer Prize winners, three recent U. S. Poets Laureate, and numerous winners of the National Book Award, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and other major honors.  Today on The best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll visit with the current director of the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Health
1:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Health Show #1274

It’s convention time!  Those two special weeks where the political parties roll out a show to sell you on their particular version of democracy.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll commemorate the events with a couple of stories that have something to do with this year’s election.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1145

Millions of students across the country are heading back to school.  In some regions, they already been back for a few weeks.  But in New York City, the new school year is just about to begin. High school can be a rough time even for people who speak English...but for kids who are new to the language and the country, well, you can imagine.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to author Brook Hauser about the year she spent at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn...and the book that came from those experiences.

Health
1:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

The Health Show #1273

I cannot do an Alex Trabek impression so bear with me: This computer ‘question answering system” took the country by storm when it won on a popular game show.  The question: What is Watson?  On today’s Health Show, we’ll hear how clinical laboratories are converting this computer technology into Dr. Watson.

Then we’ll hear from a man who went the extra mile and flew halfway around the world to try and find a cure for his allergies and asthma.  Then he walked a few feet...barefoot...in poop.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1144

Do you know what a sedimentary scientist does?  If your answer is “not much”, you misheard me.  Not sedentary...sedimentary.  It’s someone who pretty much digs in the dirt and looks for answers. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a sedimentary scientist and geo-chemist who is searching for the origins on life on Earth..in the Earth.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with plants that don’t need an dirt at all...at least they didn’t a few million years ago.

Health
1:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Health Show #1272

In the wake of the mass shootings last month in a movie theater in Colorado, a lot of important questions are being asked.  Many are about guns and gun laws...valid questions that we will not address here.  No, we’re going to talk about another obvious topic in the discussion: mental health.  On today’s Health Show, is there are way to spot a psychopath?

We’ll also talk about the state of children’s hospitals in the US...and find out what vegetarians, who also eat meat, are being asked to try.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1143

OK, here’s a statement that reeks with obvious-ness: Students with diabetes have special needs.  The American Diabetes Association is working to train teachers and staff around the country to help with those needs.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the association’s Safe at School program.

We’ll also hear about the scientist who figured out how to study cell division, meet the music man of Durham, North Carolina who keeps band students going with teaching or playing a single note...and spend an academic minute inside your brain.

Health
1:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The Health Show #1271

Just about every day you are faced with questions about what you eat.  Questions like: Is honey better for you than sugar? Is milk necessary for strong bones?  Are eggs bad for your heart?  And those are just the ones you ask before breakfast!  Now there’s a book that takes your food questions and does some research to find answers.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk to the author of “Coffee Is Good For You”.

We’ll also hear the story of an uninsured accident victim’s journey through the health care system...and how she turned it into a one woman show.

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