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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 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.


February 6, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzes the connection between volcanism and one of the largest extinctions in Earth’s history.
February 5, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jennifer Neal explores the assumptions that many children have about friendship and gender.
February 4, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Adam Gordon of the State University of New York at Albany describes a common behavioral pattern found in living things from honey bees to humans.
February 3, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Molly Bray explores the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine.
January 31, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Oneonta's Sallie Han explains what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture.


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