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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 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.
November 26, 2015
Geese and turkeys used to have a lot more to do. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg profiles the essential duties these birds used to perform.


March 20, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of St. Andrews's Sarah Benson-Amram compares the intelligence of wild animals to those socialized to human contact.
March 19, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Emory University's Andrew Francis examines the role antibiotics played in fueling the Sexual Revolution.
March 18, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Stephen Pirog examines the strong bond between many young people and their smartphones.
March 15, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Merrimack College's A. David Lewis examines what the depiction of the afterlife in comic books says about how we view human nature.
March 14, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Indiana University's Sanya Carley examines consumers’ attitudes about electric cars that are keeping many of the vehicles off of the streets.


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