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 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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Health
1:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Health Show #1307

OK parents, I’m looking at you.  How old was your child when you first started adding solid food to the little bundle’s diet.  According to a new survey, if you’re like a lot of parents...you did it too soon.  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk to a researcher from the CDC about their new findings.

We’ll also hear from the NIH about another problem that seems to be coming from our diet: a lot of us are becoming frail.  And we’ll hear about age-related Macular Degeneration and how you can take some steps that may help save your sight.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
1:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1178

Technology and social media has made communication and staying in touch easier than ever.  Unfortunately, it’s also made bullying easier than ever and the problem is expected to get worse.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our series on bullying goes cyber.

We’ll also hear how some students really feel about high school, follow some students as they travel from Canada to Russia...and spend an academic minute finding out what sign language reveals about the brain.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

The Story of Guns and Western Massachusetts

Boston Globe Magazine reporter Neil Swidey

There's an industry in western Massachusetts that provides well paying manufacturing jobs...a LOT of well paying manufacturing jobs...that pretty much flies under the radar.  It's guns.  In the Sunday, April 14 issue of the Boston Globe Magazine, staff reporter Neil Swidey goes inside this booming industry to learn about the mostly positive effects it has has on an area where the middle class has otherwise recently struggled. 

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Health
8:33 am
Fri April 12, 2013

The Health Show #1306

About one in every 100 people in the US are living with epilepsy.  It is a condition that most people have heard of...but don’t really understand.  And the way it’s portrayed in the media often adds to the confusion.  On today’s Health Show, we have a program long conversation about epilepsy with a pair of doctors who specialize in the detection and treatment of people living with the condition.

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

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1177

Think about some of the conditions on the newly formed planet Earth.  Volcanic activity, temperatures around 100 degrees Celsius...not exactly a garden spot for life.  But research now is discovering new species of bacteria that can thrive in those conditions...and they are still around today.
Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology Series returns with a look at the discovery of new species of life on earth in the hot spots of the planet.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
9:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1176

Bullying has been an unfortunate part of the school culture for, well, probably as long as there have been schools.  But in recent years, there have been organized efforts get end bullying, even as the practice has gone high tech. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we present the first installment in a five part series on bullying.

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Health
9:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Health Show #1305

Henry Beard, co-author of the Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

It seems like you can’t turn on the radio or read a health blog anymore without finding something else that will eventually kill you.  Sunshine, artificial sweeteners, natural sweeteners...there’s no escaping it, they are all gunning for you.  But according to a new book...it’s even worse than we thought.  On today’s Health Show, a conversation with an author of the Encyclopedia Paranoiaca.

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Health
12:01 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Health Show #1304

Think about what happens when someone has a traumatic health condition.  The condition is stabilized, treated...and then the patient goes through rehab.   It’s the same from car crashes to strokes.  But what about rehab for cancer patients?  On today’s Health Show we’ll talk about the growing field of cancer rehab,

We’ll also talk about how many US horses that were given drugs that are dangerous for humans are winding up in the European food supply.  And we’ll hear how the new farm bill is making it tough for some organic farmers.

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