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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 27, 2015
In terms of gaining meaningful information, personal interviews remain extremely important. In today's Academic Minute, Franklin Pierce University's Donna Decker analyzes the importance of personal interviews.
August 26, 2015
Human behavior is impacting climate change. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alberta's Rolf Vinebrook discusses his research focusing on inland lakes.
August 25, 2015
You might not realize the exceptionally vital role standardization plays in our daily lives. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Michael Spring discusses the importance of standardization.
August 24, 2015
Don’t put away your dustpan just yet -- housework has health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University’s Kathy Wright touts the benefits of cleaning up.
August 21, 2015
The seasonal usage of mistletoe is better known than anything about the plant itself. In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Indiana University's Elizabeth Skippington explores the darker side of the iconic holiday decoration.


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