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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.


October 13, 2015
The Western United States has been on fire. In today's Academic Minute, John Rennie Short of the University of Maryland Baltimore County discusses the causes behind the current rash of fires plaguing the West.
October 12, 2015
Is transgender discrimination institutional? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Kristie Seelman tells us discrimination is not always a matter of one person targeting another.
October 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.


July 16, 2015
Do you know the Beatles as well as a computer does? In today's Academic Minute, Lawrence Technological University's Lior Shamir discusses efforts to improve the creative intelligence of computers.
July 15, 2015
We all need water! In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Upmanu Lall explores the future of irrigation.
July 14, 2015
We’re about to learn a lot about Pluto. In today's Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff details the exciting intergalactic current events. Pasachoff is director of Hopkins Observatory, chair of the astronomy department, and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
July 13, 2015
Is the production of chocolate hurting certain species? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's W. Scott McGraw explains the dark side of cocoa farming.
July 10, 2015
Apparently, Marcel Proust was funny. In today's Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Catherine Le Gouis helps us appreciate the famed writer’s comedy.


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