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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.

PROGRAMS

May 25, 2018
When making a decision, do you follow your heart or your head? In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Kaitlin Woolley explores how information avoidance can influence how you make your decisions.
May 24, 2018
Western music has an interesting position in Indian society. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY Brockport's Natalie Sarrazin explores how Indian youth find western music online, but their culture is making the shift slowly. Sarrazin is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and music education at Brockport. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
May 23, 2018
Persuasion plays a big part in our elections. In today's Academic Minute, San Jose State University's Ryan Skinnell looks into how one candidate used a trinket to identify his followers.

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April 27, 2016
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Andrew Ellington explains how microscopic machines may be the key to defeating this disease.
April 26, 2016
If ethanol consumption is known to be toxic, why have humans consumed it throughout history? In today's Academic Minute, Santa Fe College's Matthew Carrigan discusses this paradox.
April 25, 2016
How much do you know about landfills? In today's Academic Minute, Binghamton University's Joshua Reno explains how becoming more aware of where our trash goes might be a good way to start reducing it.
April 22, 2016
Was Shakespeare a plagiarist? In today's Academic Minute, Thomas Olsen of the State University of New York at New Paltz discusses how the fabled author remixed others’ work to create his masterpieces.
April 21, 2016
How do you make new antibiotics? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Iowa's Amnon Kohen discusses the process for making a drug safe for us and bad for bacteria.

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