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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 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


June 11, 2014
Alternative tobacco products are on the rise. In today’s Academic Minute, Stanford University's Keith Humphreys describes a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.
June 10, 2014
The Bering Strait is usually thought of as the migratory path whereby many of our ancestors found their way to America. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Dennis O'Rourke seeks clues that might indicate a people indigenous to this area.
June 8, 2014
One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Luis Zayas shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.
June 6, 2014
Does being happy make you healthier? Is, perhaps, the inverse also true? In today’s Academic Minute, Chapman University's Julia Boehm studies the correlation between mind and body.
June 5, 2014
Have the natural laws that govern the cosmos ever changed? In today’s Academic Minute, Swinburne University of Technology's Jeremy Mould explores how gravity has remained unchanged for billions of years.


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