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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1200

Remember the story of Johnny Appleseed...the man who legend says roaming the country planting his seeds wherever he went?  Well, Janisse Ray isn’t roaming the country planting seeds; she’s touring colleges and universities talking about the importance of saving different varieties of seeds before they are lost forever. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from Janisse about The Seed Underground.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1199

There’s an awful lot of money involved in higher education…and that’s not even going into the cost of attending college for a student.  More and more, universities and colleges are becoming some of the leading economic drivers of their communities. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll find out the financial impact of college.

We’ll also hear about the latest apps for the classroom, and spend an academic minute with the question: “What’s the deal with hot lava?”

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1198

Believe it or not, some, if not most schools across the country have entire departments dedicated to nothing but playing games.  These games are called sports…and they seem to be pretty popular.  But seriously now…

As we begin another college and professional football season, there is still a lot of talk about how to rid the sports world of performance enhancing drugs.  All of the college and major sports leagues in the US have drug testing programs…but how exactly do those programs work?

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1197

Amanda Ripley, Author of "The Smartest Kids In The World - And How They Got That Way".

Where can you find the smartest kids in the world? It’s not an easy question.  It’s probably not even a fair question.  But it’s a question that one journalist and author sought to answer by following three US students as they studied in countries with some of the best education outcomes in the world. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, the search for the smartest kids in the world.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1196

When searching for the origins of life on earth you’re going to need a few basic things in your toolbox.  One is patience.  Another is an understanding of the chemical make-up of life.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astro-biology series returns with a look at the chemical make-up of Earth…and how it compares to the earth of a few billion years ago.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with the really nasty chemistry that goes on the in box jelly fish near the Hawaiian Islands.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1195

There’s an awful lot of learning and training going on in colleges and universities across the US, but according to a new book…not a lot of thinking.  Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why some people in education are saying “why teach”.  We’ll also hear from the mother of a 14 year old literal genius…who was never expected to be able to tie his own shoes.  And spend an academic minute imaging an emotional brain.

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