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 December 25, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1214

Do you constantly split infinitives, start sentences with “and” or “but” and end sentences with a preposition?  Have no fear, you’ve done nothing wrong.  It seems many of the grammar rules that we’ve been following over the years are completely bogus. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to an English professor about the seven bogus grammar errors that you don’t need to worry about...and a lot more about the state of writing in general.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with another form of writing…tattoos, and see what effect they can have on job interviews.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1213

If you spend any time at all watching football you know concussions are getting a lot more attention.  Now, the NFL is partnering with GE and Under Armor to promote their second Head Health Challenge...with up to 10 million dollars at stake. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to one of the judges of this competition.

We'll also find out how some students and trade school are dealing with student debt...listen to the music of the Furry Ambers, a group made up of developmentally challenged members...and spend an academic minute with frisky honey bees.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1212

We spend a lot of time on this program talking about Astro-biology.  Today, we’re getting small.  It’s time to talk about Micro-biology…specifically, the workings innards of a micro-biology laboratory. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear how automation is finding its way into micro-biology labs.

We'll also find out that becoming a good Santa is about a lot more than the belly and the beard…and we’ll spend an academic minute with a lot of fun and games…and choices.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1211

What came first, life on Earth or oxygen on Earth? It might depend on what type of life you are talking about. But understanding how oxygen got here might go a long way towards explaining how we got here.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series returns with a look at the search for the origins of oxygen on Earth…and how that might lead to more clues about the origins of life.

We'll also spend an academic minute looking for water beneath the surface of Mars.

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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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