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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 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 Mount Holyoke College.


October 5, 2015
Competitive balance on the field and attendance in the stands may not go hand in hand. In today's Academic Minute, Oklahoma City University's Jonathan Willner describes his research into the economics of sports.
October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.


July 15, 2015
We all need water! In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Upmanu Lall explores the future of irrigation.
July 14, 2015
We’re about to learn a lot about Pluto. In today's Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff details the exciting intergalactic current events. Pasachoff is director of Hopkins Observatory, chair of the astronomy department, and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
July 13, 2015
Is the production of chocolate hurting certain species? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's W. Scott McGraw explains the dark side of cocoa farming.
July 10, 2015
Apparently, Marcel Proust was funny. In today's Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Catherine Le Gouis helps us appreciate the famed writer’s comedy.
July 9, 2015
Does personal interaction with people who hold conflicting ideology influence your thinking? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Christopher Liu conducted a fascinating study on the topic.


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