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 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.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1131

There’s a place in northern New York...a girl scout camp in the woods...where, for years, girls have gone to learn about nature and the outdoors...and about the value of loyalty and friendship.  That camp ran into financial problems and had to close, but now a group of the camp's supporters have given it new life. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, the story of Camp Little Notch.

We'll also cross the ocean and visit a European kindergarten in the woods...and we'll spend an Academic Minute finding out why western forests in the US are feeling the heat.

Health
1:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Health Show #1259

During the months leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act...a lot was heard about the groups who very loudly opposed the bill.  But the major force fighting for the bill was a coalition formed in 2008 called Health Care for America Now.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to the man who was a very public face of that group during the campaign for health care reform.

We’ll also learn more about a concept that’s getting a lot of attention in health care circles called the medical home.  And we’ll learn about alcoholism’s lost decade.

The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1130

A lot of people like to relax on a warm day, puttering around alone in their garden.  However...you might not be as alone as you think.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series goes into Microbiology mode to explore the origins of the unseen life around us.

And we'll spend an Academic Minute learning about the complex chemistry that goes into making a gourmet dinner.

Health
12:10 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

The Health Show #1258

Diabetes is an important health issue in the US today.  Pregnancy and the complications of pregnancy are also a topics that have always been of great importance.  Put those two issues together and you have gestational diabetes...the number one complication of pregnancy.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to a dietician about this growing health problem.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1129

Last year at this time, the late Joe Paterno was an iconic college football coach at Penn State University...a man who had a job for as long as he wanted.  By the end of the year he had been fired, his 46 year legacy tarnished by a child abuse scandal. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from the author of a new book on the continuing fallout of that scandal.

Health
1:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

The Health Show #1257

Doing a program about health care means that, once in awhile, you’ll hit on a controversial topic.  We did that last week with Hormone Replacement Therapy...and we'll talk a little more about that next week.  But one topic that shouldn't be controversial, but still is, is childhood immunizations.  On today's Health Show we'll talk to an infectious disease expert from the CDC.

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