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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 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
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.


August 12, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Carnegie Mellon University's Karim Kassam reveals what brain imaging techniques have to say about the spectrum of human emotions.
August 9, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Maria Uriarte of Columbia University’s Earth Institute assesses the use of fire as an agricultural tool in South America.
August 8, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Micah Berman assesses the cost an employer can expect to incur when hiring a smoker.
August 7, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Exeter's Nick Royle asks if personality is genetically determined or learned.
August 6, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Ricardo Ainslie explains the social and economic factors behind recent violence in a Mexican border town.


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