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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 26, 2016
Do we learn more about politics through comedy shows? In today's Academic Minute, Loyola University Maryland's Amy Bree Becker details the mixing of politics and comedy and how it affects our views.
October 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
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.


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.
July 11, 2014
Music is generally regarded as one of the most pleasurable stimuli we, as humans, experience -- but some people do not respond to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Barcelona's Josep Marco-Pallarés discusses this strange phenomenon.
July 10, 2014
Preschool isn’t just finger-painting and nap-time. In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Peter Savelyev touts the long-term benefits of early learning.
July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.


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