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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 28, 2016
The Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown are part of Halloween. In today's Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's Stephen Lind takes a deeper look at this classic TV special and the lessons it teaches us about faith and doubt.
October 27, 2016
Political discussions are often uncivil. In today's Academic Minute, the University of South Dakota's Matthew C. Moen examines a few ideas to improve political discourse.
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.


August 2, 2016
Go with the flow. In today's Academic Minute, the SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Robert Edgell explains that getting users in a flow state may be the best way to get them to pay to use a wearable 3-D gaming device.
August 1, 2016
Could being creative come with a side dish of psychopathy? In today's Academic Minute, De La Salle University's Adrianne John Galang explains why highly creative artists may have a bit of dark side, too.
July 29, 2016
People cluster together in cities, by chance or by choice. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger examines how this applies to physics and whether cities behave like particles in a nucleus.
July 28, 2016
More information on enslaved people has come from an unlikely place. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama's Joshua Rothman discusses how ads placed for the return of runaway slaves gives us a more complete picture of our history.
July 27, 2016
Does publicity add to or subtract from paid promotional materials? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Andrew Ching examines whether something needs to be said twice if someone else has already said it for you.


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