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 May 8, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1181

Since the 16th century, scientists have speculated about exo-planets.  Which are, quite simply, planets that exist outside our solar system and orbit other stars in the galaxy.  However it wasn’t until the 1980s that the first confirmed discovery of an exo-planet was documented. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology Series returns featuring a fascinating conservation with a University of Chicago researcher about exo-planets.

Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out how some tiny stowaways in space could cause big problems for future space missions.

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Arts
12:52 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

POW! It's Free Comic Book Day

They used to describe comic books as “all in color...all for a dime”.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Health Show #1309

Sakeenah Francis was living a comfortable, successful life. A college graduate with a career and a young family...until schizophrenia tore that life and that family apart.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk to Sakeenah and her daughter about life with her illness, the letter to her daughter...and the book they’ve written together.

We’ll also hear from a veteran national reporter about the state of parental leave opportunities for new parents in the US.  Here’s a hint: they’re not good.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1180

As efforts to end bullying in schools continues, a lot of time and study is being put into trying to find out who may be the most likely targets of bullies...and why. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, part three of our five part series on bullying.

We’ll also talk about another student safety issue...the safety of students who travel abroad and what can be done to make sure your child is safe while studying in a foreign land.  We’ll meet a young lady who is proud to be a nerd...and we’ll spend an academic minute finding out how social media is affecting our behavior. 

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WAMC News
12:45 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Frankie Bailey, University at Albany - Justice and Multiculturalism In The 21st Century

Frankie Bailey

Last week the State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice held their spring symposium.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary

Scot Lehigh

Voters in Massachusetts are going to the polls on Tuesday for a primary to select candidates for the upcoming special election to replace Senator John Kerry.  Kerry, of course went on the replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State earlier this year. For a preview on what to expect on primary day WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Scot Lehigh, a columnist for the Boston Globe.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Nathan Hurst, CQ Roll Call - The FAA "Band-Aid" Bill And The Sequester Debate

Nathan Hurst

One of the most glaring effects of the sequester budget cuts was the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which led to delays for many travelers.  After two days of heated debate, a bill to end those furloughs overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress on Friday.

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Health
1:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Health Show #1308

The bombing of the Boston Marathon has a lot of people asking questions.  Questions like why.  Like who was involved.  Like is the danger over.  We’re asking questions, too.  Questions about the people injured in the bombing and what their lives will be like going forward.  On today’s Health Show, we’ll talk to a doctor who served in Iraq about the traumatic injuries, treatment and future of the people injured in the attack.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1179

One of the truisms of life is the older we get, the better we were when we were younger.  The same seems to be true when it comes to the founding fathers of the US.  And the founder who seems to be getting the most attention and praise over the past few years is Thomas Jefferson.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge it’s time for another History Class, focusing on a new biography of Jefferson and what he meant...and continues to mean...to the nation he helped create.

We’ll also spend an academic minute looking at another time in history, the time that inspired Les Misérables.

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WAMC News
12:55 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Mark Baskin, SUNY Center for International Development - Chechnya and the Tsarnaev brothers

Mark Baskin

The news that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are Chechnyan has created even more questions about their history and motivations.

Joining us now to discuss the recent political relations between Chechnya and the United States, Russia, and other nations is Mark A. Baskin, a Senior Associate for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York Center for International Development at and a research professor in the political science department at the Rockefeller College at the University at Albany.
 

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