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
2:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1210

Despite all the innovations and new teaching techniques schools have introduced in the last few decades, the actual school day has looked pretty much the same.  Students go to class, listen to a teacher and take notes, then are off to do homework or study for an exam.  But there is a trend starting to take hold in some schools that reverses that school day. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about schools that are flipping classes…and how it has succeeded where other innovations have failed.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1209

Have you ever done something, stopped, and then thought...why the heck do I just do that? The answer is: you didn't...apparently it's all your brain's fault. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to a psychiatric researcher about how the brain sometimes goes off on its own...and how you can regain control.

We'll also spend some time in a special education class in California...and spend an academic minute getting older in living color.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1208

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has entertained audiences for over two decades with movies like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs.  As founder of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation he has lead initiatives to feed the hungry, empower women and provide children in Africa with lifesaving vitamins.  Now, he is tackling one of the most hotly debated topics here in the US…schools. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with this award winning director about how he got schooled about the keys to education reform.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1207

Can knowledge be patented?  A series of court rulings in the past few years have given conflicting answers to that question. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll speak to a patent attorney about some of the most prominent intellectual property patent cases of the last few years...including one that still not settled.

We'll also find out if a university that was used as part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940s is radioactive today...and spend an academic minute finding out what Shakespeare thought about property.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1206

Earlier this year we got word from NASA that, after traveling through space for nearly 35 years, the probe Voyager 1 has left our solar system and headed off into, well...we really don't know do we.  However we are getting a better idea of what type of planets are systems are waiting beyond our solar system. 

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series returns with a look at the search for exo-planets...and perhaps the forms of life they may host.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1205

There is growing controversy around the country about the Common Core education standards that almost every state is adopting.  Some of that controversy is just political posturing and blow-hardiness.  But one element may be worth listening to: the teaching of cursive writing is not part of the standards. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a handwriting expert who thinks cursive writing is a disappearing skill that is still vital.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1204

Ready for some tough questions? How about, you discover your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the mistake? Want another? Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if you knew it would end world hunger? 

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the author of The Book Of Questions and find out if there are any really good answers.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1203

We’ve heard many times that the key to getting out of poverty is education.  But schools cost money…something that is in short supply in the most impoverished areas of the world.  That’s a problem that Jim Ziolkowski has spent the last 20 years trying to solve. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the beginnings of the non-profit called buildOn that is helping the poorest around the world find education…including here in the US.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with smokers and their families.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1202

We’ve been searching for the origins of life for quite some time now…well, at least we have on this program.  Now, in order to get a better understanding of where that origin might me, there is work being done study the make-up…and origins…of planets.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astro-biology series returns with a look at the building blocks of planets…and the clues they hold about the building blocks of life.

We’ll also spend an academic minute confirming that if you have arms and legs, it’s a pretty good idea to live on land.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1201

One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from the author of one of the most complete biographies of the man who, among other things, led the US through World War One.

Then we’ll spend an academic minute finding out that size really does matter.

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