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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One of the prime targets for bullies in school are the new kids, the ones with no friends just trying to find their way around the building.

And there's one type of family who move so much they are almost always the new kinds: military families. Now, a former military brat and her mom have written a children's book to help show these kids how to cope in school.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the authors of the book Military Bratz.

UPDATE: The rules for distribution of the fines from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill have been issued by the federal government. You can read more about those rules HERE.

Prisons in the US are booming. We incarcerate a greater percentage of our population than any other nation in the world. And a lot of those inmate are growing older and sicker behind bars. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a program where prison inmates are being taught to care for their own.

Then we’ll hear about a special day in India set aside to celebrate teachers, find out about the long road back from a traumatic brain injury…and spend an academic minute learning about medical devices that are a smooth as silk.

Unlocking to human genome was a tremendous accomplishment…and it really didn’t happen that long ago. Scientists can now map your unique genetic fingerprint, so to speak…paving the way for personalized health care…and perhaps high tech identity theft. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the challenges of maintaining privacy in the information age.

Then we’ll hear about students going beyond the borders of their own country to find a college or university. And we'll spend an academic minute with a look at the struggle between eco-tourism and industry.

When you fill out a form for a loan or a job application and you get to the part about education, there’s that choice right between “college degree” and “high school diploma” that says “some college”. Apparently, a whole lot of people check that box…and one state is trying to get those people back on track to a degree. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll learn about a program called “Complete Florida”.

When it comes to learning all there is to know about Earth oceans, we've only scratched the surface...or waded in knee deep if you want an ocean metaphor. But when it comes to educating people about the waves of new information being learn about the sea...there is no Jacques Cousteau of the new millennium to spread the word. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about the challenge of bringing the ocean into the classroom.

The New Press

One in three American young people will be arrested before the age of 23, and many will spend time in institutions that used to be called "reform schools" or "rehabilitation camps"...but can really only be described as prisons.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the author of an extensive study of the juvenile justice system and learn just what is happening to children behind bars.

We'll also spend an academic minute looking at the health care people get while in jail.

Think about the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He took office in the depths of the great depression and guided the country through the last days of World War II.   But while FDR’s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the 18 months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll celebrate Independence Day with a trip back to history class...and learn about the most important days of FDR.

We'll also spend an academic minute understanding history by using math.

A rock is a rock is a rock...right? Well, maybe. Geologists and geochemists who study the rock that makes up our planet have found that the solid rock under our feet may not be as solid as we think.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with a look at the constant shift of the structure of the Earth...and how that may have clues to the origins of life on the planet.

We'll also spend an academic minute studying life on the Bering Strait...before it was a strait.

The number of students who drop out of high school is still too high in many cities...and the percentage gets higher when talking about minority students.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll about a west coast city’s efforts to fight the dropout rate in African American students.

Then we'll head to the clinical laboratory and learn about Micro RNAs...and what they can tell us about heart attacks. Hear about a book where the questions are way cooler than the answers...and spend an academic minute talking to robots.

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