Academic Minute

Academic Minute

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to bring you The Academic Minute. The brainchild of Albany's WAMC and its president, Alan Chartock, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.

The Academic Minute features a different professor every day, drawing experts from institutions within WAMC's listening area and across the country. Each segment is introduced by Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

Are you a professor who would like to record an Academic Minute? Let us know about your latest research at academicminute@wamc.org

The Theme: The Academic Minute opens with a selection by WAMC contributor and renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, who appears on Classical Music According to Yehuda during The Roundtable. The piece is Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor.

Production support for The Academic Minute comes from Newman's Own Foundation in partnership with Mount Holyoke College.

PROGRAMS

July 30, 2014
Some people are inherently pessimistic. Others tend to focus on the positive and maintain a sunny optimism. In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jason Moser digs into the science of this aspect of human nature.
July 29, 2014
Yawns are something of a physiological mystery. In today's Academic Minute, Duke University's Elizabeth Cirulli attempts to unravel the confusion surrounding yawns.
July 28, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's Sam Maglio explains why names, specifically how names sound, have great influence over how/why we perceive things as we do.

Archive

March 30, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Saint Michael’s College's William Ellis describes the connection between American rock-and-roll pioneer Sam Phillips and the roots of reggae.
March 29, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Bradley University's Stacey Robertson examines how many of the tactics used by 19th century abolitionists have been adapted and employed by those seeking to eradicate modern forms of slavery.
March 28, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Alma College's David Clark reveals deceptive behavior found in male wolf spiders.
March 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Joni Hersch examines the relationship between pay and the likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment.
March 26, 2012
In today's Academic Minute, Peter Laipson of Simon's Rock at Bard College discusses the history of bachelorhood.

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