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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.


June 23, 2014
Does profit sharing improve the community at large? In today’s Academic Minute, Duke University's Jane Costello explains a 1994 experiment in which a tribe of Cherokee Indians opened a casino and shared the profits directly with the community.
June 20, 2014
When attending a sporting event, snacking on a hot dog or grabbing a soda at the game is a longstanding spectator tradition. The University of Iowa's Helena Laroche described what happens when she made some changes to the menu during selected sporting events.
June 19, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Nathaniel Dominy discusses his research on an evolutionary understanding of how humans and primates eat.
June 18, 2014
You may have a highly advanced medical detection device in your pocket right now! In today's Academic Minute, the University of Houston's Richard Willson discusses his work to turn smartphones into precision detectors of viruses and disease.
June 17, 2014
The Affordable Care Act extends health care benefits to people who are currently incarcerated. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Marsha Regenstein explains how the law will benefit inmates in the short and long term.


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