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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.


October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.


July 18, 2014
Portrayals of weddings and brides make for good television programming. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas's Erika Engstrom explains why these glitzy Hollywood renditions are unrealistic.
July 17, 2014
Sure, chocolate is delicious, but the main ingredient offers us many health benefits as well. In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University’s John Finley touts the power of cocoa.
July 16, 2014
Every day, new reports emerge of identity theft and other security breaches. In today's Academic Minute, the National University of Singapore's Artur Ekert describes his study of cryptography and improving security systems.
July 15, 2014
A process known as rescue karyotyping is allowing doctors to look back into the genetic history of a miscarriage. In today's Academic Minute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Zev Williams explains this analytic technique.
July 14, 2014
How a child learns about the concept of safety depends greatly on the conversations they have with their parents. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Iowa's Jodie M. Plumert discusses her experiment to understand how safety and danger are perceived.


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