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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.

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


May 22, 2017
Detective fiction has been around longer than Dickens and Poe. In today's Academic Minute, McDaniel College's Mary Bendel-Simso discusses the real origins of the genre and what we can learn from it.
May 19, 2017
Critical thinking is an important skill for students. In today's Academic Minute, North Carolina State University's Anne McLaughlin explores the best way to impart this skill to a class.
May 18, 2017
We all hate waiting behind a school bus on the way to work. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Ali Haghani determines if school bus routes could be made more efficient.


May 10, 2017
Who is your hero? In today's Academic Minute, Fairleigh Dickinson University's Bruce Peabody explains what heroism teaches us about the divide between elite and public opinion.
May 9, 2017
We’ve all received a bad gift or two in our time. In today's Academic Minute, New York Institute of Technology's Deborah Y. Cohn explores why someone would give without seeking to please the recipient.
May 8, 2017
How do we get more people on the bus? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Maryland Baltimore County's John Rennie Short examines how public transportation fits better into the future of our cities.
May 5, 2017
Hope you’ve had your morning coffee today. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Hui-Chen Lu explores whether a coffee a day can keep dementia away.
May 4, 2017
Everyone needs to get revenge once in a while. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Montana's Stephen Yoshimura determines what form of retaliation is best.


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