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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.


May 7, 2014
During the 1800s, segregation was even visible in the medical arena. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's King Davis shares his insights into medical records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane.
May 6, 2014
The amazing technology we see in science-fiction is fast becoming reality. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea strives to bring some of these future-thinking inventions to life.
May 5, 2014
What's the best way to study climate change? In today’s Academic Minute, Paul Hearty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington looks back in time to make conclusions about the future of our environment.
May 2, 2014
A scientist is making engineering breakthroughs in the field of plasmonics using ink-jet printers. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Ajay Nahata makes new technology using parts borrowed from some old technology.
May 1, 2014
Are strict police codes having unintended effects? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Cambridge's Lawrence Sherman explores the nature of certain law enforcement practices.


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