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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.

PROGRAMS

May 25, 2018
When making a decision, do you follow your heart or your head? In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Kaitlin Woolley explores how information avoidance can influence how you make your decisions.
May 24, 2018
Western music has an interesting position in Indian society. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY Brockport's Natalie Sarrazin explores how Indian youth find western music online, but their culture is making the shift slowly. Sarrazin is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and music education at Brockport. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
May 23, 2018
Persuasion plays a big part in our elections. In today's Academic Minute, San Jose State University's Ryan Skinnell looks into how one candidate used a trinket to identify his followers.

Archive

February 17, 2016
Cuba is undergoing changes in the wake of new travel policies by the U.S. In today's Academic Minute, Towson University's Tobin Porterfield explains how his students got to Cuba before the change.
February 16, 2016
How long does it take for a species to evolve? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alaska at Anchorage's Emily Lescak explores how one freshwater fish shows evolution can take place much faster than previously thought.
February 15, 2016
Having a toxic worker on your staff can cause big problems. In today's Academic Minute, Harvard University's Dylan Minor explores the cost of having even one person bringing down the office.
February 12, 2016
Indigenous people in Costa Rica are looking to have their history preserved. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Michelle Watts explores the uncertain future of many of these groups and their sacred sites in their Central American homeland.
February 11, 2016
How does an economist look at climate change? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Garth Heutel explains his research into the benefits and risks of solar geoengineering.

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