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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pasquerella is the former president of Mount Holyoke College.

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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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


February 6, 2023
It’s been a long road for those in health care over the last few years. In today’s Academic Minute, Boise State University’s Kristen McHenry examines the impact on those with other obligations as well.
February 3, 2023
How does farm size affect sustainability practices? In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University’s Jeff Liebert looks into this question.
February 2, 2023
Spirituality comes in many forms today. In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University’s Morgan Shipley surveys the varieties. 


February 1, 2023
What does pornography tell us? In today’s Academic Minute, St. John’s University’s Kathleen Lubey examines this from a historical standpoint.
January 31, 2023
Differences can lead to fear and persecution. In today’s Academic Minute, Brandeis University’s Joel Christensen examines women’s stories from ancient Greece to the recent past. 
January 30, 2023
We’ve heard of dad bod, but how about dad brain? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California’s Darby Saxbe looks at how fatherhood can change the brain.
January 27, 2023
Should Spanish be a domestic language in higher education? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez’s Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera discusses this question.
January 26, 2023
Removing batteries from wearable tech can open it up to more people. In today’s Academic Minute, Rahim Esfandyar-Pour of the University of California, Irvine, explores how to do so.


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