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 June 27, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1136

I think it goes without saying that on this program, we value knowledge.  The fact that we put that word in the title of the show is probably a dead giveaway.  But today we are going to hear from a Columbia University professor who thinks that ignorance hasn’t been given its due.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, is ignorance the driving force behind science?

We’ll also head to Minnesota and meet a high school chess champion...and we’ll spend an Academic Minute learning how cooperation is just how us humans roll.

Health
1:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Health Show #1264

Nothing like opening up the show with a barrage of numbers...but these are some seriously eye opening numbers.  The Alzheimer’s Association has estimated that by the year 2050, more than 16 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s Disease at a cost to the economy of over a trillion dollars...a year.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk about Alzheimer’s Disease from a scientist’s point of view...and with some people from the association.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1135

You can’t see them...but they’re there.  Billions of microscopic life forms just waiting for their chance to grab hold of something and start to grow.  And that includes you.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our astrobiology series gets small with a look at the tiniest life on the planet...and how it fares while off the planet.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute dealing with the issues caused by space travel.

Health
1:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

The Health Show #1263

Remember last year when everyone was talking about vitamin D and the great things it can do for you?  Well there are other vitamins...and every one of them is important to living a healthy life.  Let’s take Vitamin B-12, for example. You can take all the vitamin B-12 you want...if your body can’t absorb it, it’s not doing you a bit of good.  And B-12 is a vitamin that does a lot of good.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk about vitamin B-12, and the consequences to your body to not getting the amount you need.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1134

Death and English class often go together...and yes, you’re welcome to insert any joke about your English test scores right here.  The fact is when studying English, you encounter death from the first time you pick up Shakespear.  But how often are students encouraged to write about their own experiences with death. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from the author of Death Education In The Writing Classroom.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute exploring death and a host of other events that can cause grief.

Health
1:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

The Health Show #1262

Is the American health care system being corrupted by big pharma’s endless search for the next blockbuster drug?  That’s what author David Healy thinks and whether or not you agree...the picture he paints isn’t pretty.  On today’s Health Show, is American medicine on its way to Pharmageddon?

Then we’ll hear a compelling commentary about suicide...and the broken hearts and dreams it leaves in its wake.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1133

Making sure a child is getting the best education possible has its challenges...not the least of which is struggling to get through to a child with a history of disruptive behavior.  Finding a way to crack this code of disruptive behavior could make a huge difference.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about The Behavior Code.

We’ll also find out about a new effort to grade the nation’s school’s of education. And we’ll spend an Academic Minute with some nice, round numbers.

Health
1:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Health Show #1261

The first vaccine against Pertussis was developed in the 1930s.  By the 1940s it was being used nationwide and the number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough began to fall.  But those numbers are now rising and some outbreaks around the country are alarming.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll look at the explosion of whooping cough cases in Washington State.

We’ll also see how a warming climate is affecting the health of elders.

Find out that you’re never too old to donate parts.

And find out why many people get caught in the “fat trap”.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1132

OK, try to wrap your head around this little chain for a minute.  As the population ages, our doctors are ordering more and more labs tests to screen for disease.  So we need more and more labs and lab technicians to perform and read these teats.  But there’s another population that getting older - lab technicians.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the coming shortage of laboratorians and what’s being done to train technicians to take their place.

Health
1:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

The Health Show #1260

The great thing about spring is the chance to get outside and enjoy nature...do some gardening or play some ball.  The bad part about spring is all of the above...because outside and nature is where the ticks are.  Over the past decade or so the number of tick borne disease cases have risen in the US and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to a public health entomologist about how to protect ourselves from ticks.

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