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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.


November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.
November 20, 2015
Are you a night owl? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Liverpool's Minna Lyons discusses some personality traits associated with those of us who stay up late.


August 23, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Virginia's Katharine Maus explains the 16th century view of property as revealed in the works William Shakespeare.  
August 22, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Scott Schieman examines why greater work authority can undermine the health benefits that usually come with higher social status.
August 21, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, California Western School of Law's Nancy Kim examines the nature of Internet-based contracts we often agree to without careful consideration. Kim is a professor of law at California Western and a visiting professor in the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. Find out more about her here.
August 20, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Gerald Koudelka explores why some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria can outlive their benign cousins in the wild.
August 19, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Warwick's Giorgio Riello discusses how European manufacturers were once seen as producers of cheap imitations of Asian goods.


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