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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.

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May 24, 2018
Western music has an interesting position in Indian society. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY Brockport's Natalie Sarrazin explores how Indian youth find western music online, but their culture is making the shift slowly. Sarrazin is an associate professor of ethnomusicology and music education at Brockport. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
May 23, 2018
Persuasion plays a big part in our elections. In today's Academic Minute, San Jose State University's Ryan Skinnell looks into how one candidate used a trinket to identify his followers.
May 22, 2018
Are aliens avoiding us? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Auckland's Timothy Mulgan discusses a philosophical viewpoint of extraterrestrials.

Archive

September 11, 2015
Is our current voting system the most fair? In today's Academic Minute, Bard College's John Cullinan examines the arithmetic behind the way we vote.
September 10, 2015
Can a football helmet be concussion-proof? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's John DesJardins describes his search for safer materials for use in equipment for contact sports.
September 9, 2015
What’s in a name? In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Jennifer Itzkowitz examines the benefits of appearing at the beginning of the alphabet -- especially on the stock market.
September 8, 2015
New research is helping to predict nearsightedness. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Karla Zadnik discusses the new test she is developing.
September 7, 2015
Everything evolves over time. That includes how we do our shopping. In today's Academic Minute, Hartwick College's Vicki Howard examines the evolution of the department store.

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