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 March 19, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1226

The Common Core standards. That's really all you have to say to get an animated discussion going...and by that I mean an argument. Though the standards were adopted by almost all the states, there is now a good deal of push back against them.

Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll discuss the standards with a group of teachers from Florida, one of the states that is rethinking Common Core

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1225

What did you do on your last vacation? Hit the slopes for some skiing, fly to an island for a little sun and, oh I don’t know, maybe discover a new form of Eukaryotic life? Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with the discovery of this unique form of life…and what it means for the study of the origins of life on Earth.

We'll also spend an academic minute letting you know what arraignments to make if you ever want to sleep with a lemur.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1224

Madeline Levine, Author of "Teach Your Children Well"

As parents, one of our biggest desires and challenges is for our children to be successful.  The thing is, sometimes we can be real pains in the neck about it and it’s not helping.

Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of the book “Teach Your Children Well”, and try to find out how understanding and support beat so-called hyper-parenting any day of the week.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute finding out how gender roles determine who children choose to be their friends.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1223

Credit Harvard Education Press

Four or five decades ago, a college education wasn't worth that much.  Sure, getting a degree opened a lot of doors and many parents encouraged their children to continue their education...but there were plenty of well paying jobs waiting for people with a high school diploma, or less. Today, that's not nearly the case.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the authors of the new book "Restoring Opportunity - The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education"...and find out why the value of a college degree has skyrocketed since the 70s.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1222

Fertility treatments have worked miracles for women and couples trying to have children. But those treatments have also open up other doors, including the ability to manipulate genes and quote: build a better baby.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a discussion on the ethics of embryonic genetics.

We'll also hear from a mother who wants to someday hear her deaf son say "I love you". Then the story of the opening of an independent book store...with actual books. And we’ll spend an academic minute with your genes and your jeans.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1221

The search for life on Mars has gotten a lot of press over the past few years with probes and remote control explorers roaming the red planet for signs and clues.  But research is also done on meteorites that were found in one of the most barren environments on OUR planet.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with the search for and study of microbial life on Mars, that may have hitched a ride to Earth.

We'll also spend an academic minute with some Earth bound microbes that are a little gassy.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1220

In 2012, the New York Times Magazine featured a series of articles that created quite wave of comments and attention, both good and bad. The series was about a new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. The research shattered decades of dogma, with scientists publishing studies showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1219

Dr. Bruce Korf
Credit University of Alabama

It wasn’t that long ago that scientists unlocked the human genome. Now, your unique genetic sequence can be mapped, paving the way for personalized health care…and perhaps high tech identity theft.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dr. Bruce Korf from the department of Genomics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham about the challenges of maintaining privacy in the information age.

We’ll also visit a school in the northeast that has been getting along quite well without a principal…and we’ll spend an academic minute making you want to scream.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Best of Our Knowledge #1218

As our understanding of the minds of children with autism continues to grow, new methods are being used to both evaluate and nurture those children. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about research published last summer from scientists at Indiana University about new ways to interact with these young people.

We’ll also go to a science fair.  And not one of those Mentos and Diet Coke volcano science fairs.  This one has actual science.  Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out how mosquitoes smell.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1217

Some of the greatest advances in the past seven or eight decades have come from the laboratory. In those labs, some of the finest and most powerful minds in the country work to save lives.  There does seem to be an issue that is causing problem…they mix up the labels on their specimens…a lot.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a new system that is working to end those errors.

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