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 July 17, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1191

For years here on TBOOK we’ve been running our Astrobiology series which, among other things, chronicles scientists’ efforts to discover the origins of life.  And it’s not just life on Earth.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a woman who is a scientist and an explorer doing a long distance search for life on Mars.

We’ll also hear about the discovery of a new species of fish in a very unusual…and dry…location.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1190

We hear a lot about the amount of debt many students take on while attending college.  But how many of those schools are making sure those students know how to deal with that debt...or even understand it once they graduation? Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about one northeast school that now mandates courses in financial literacy for all their students.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute trying to find a little financial sense in the cost of health care in the US.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1189

The question of race is never easy...and it’s not going away anytime soon. This week on The Best Of Our Knowledge, a look at High Schools, Race, and America's Future.

We’ll also spend an academic minute looking at the evolution of skin color.

Health
1:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Health Show #1317

1988 was an interesting year.  A presidential election was underway.  The Mets were in first place.  And a public radio station in Albany, New York decided to begin producing a weekly program on health issues hosted by Dr. David Carpenter called The Health Show.  

25 years, several hosts and producers and 1,317 episodes later, we come to the final installment of that show.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll look back at some of the segments of the show that we are most proud of.  

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1188

A subject we’ve hit on a lot here is the challenge of reviving inner city schools and giving those students equal opportunities with more affluent districts.  Funny thing...it’s happening right now. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about some improbable scholars turning around a school system in New Jersey.

We’ll also meet a man who keeps a school system musical without playing a single note...hear commentary about keeping things fun...and spend an academic minute learning about yesterday’s climate on today’s Hudson River.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Health Show #1316

Almost decade ago, Dr. Richard Besser...the chief medical editor for ABC News lost his sister while she was having elective surgery.  Since then he has been a vocal advocate for patients demanding information from their health care providers.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll hear about the book “Tell Me The Truth, Doctor”.

We’ll also hear about the health concerns being raised by the increasing popularity of raw milk cheese...and hear the story of two women dealing with breast cancer in two different worlds.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1187

Although some high school students might disagree with this, science is not a dry topic.  In fact, studying life on Earth, or on any other planet for that matter has to begin in water.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology Series returns with a look at the importance of water in the study...and the origins of life.

Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out why humidity makes it harder to keep your cold drink cold.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Health Show #1315

If you had the chance, would you go back to being a teenagers again?  Before you answer think back to just exactly what that meant.  It wasn’t easy.  Now imagine living that portion of your life over with a parent who has cancer.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to a father and daughter who co-wrote a book about that experience in the aptly titled book: “Cancer Sucks!”.

We’ll also hear from some musicians who continue making music...even though they are hearing impaired.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1186

I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that swift and amazing changes have taken place in this, the digital age.  But according to a pair a executives from Google, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear a conversation with this pair of high tech execs about what they call the NEW digital age.

We’ll also hear about technology you can wear...and how it is improving the study of people with autism.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Health Show #1314

What is it about Americans that makes solving the problem of drugs and addiction so difficult?  Addiction to drugs impacts almost every other problem facing the nation, from education to crime to poverty to health care.  What are the most effective ways to defeat addiction and how has the war on drugs made the problem worse?  These are the questions being tackled by award winning journalist and author David Sheff.  

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