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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.


January 21, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Carnegie Mellon University's Tom Mitchell discusses NELL, a language learning computer. 
January 20, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Emory University's Harold Gouzoules examines the psychology of screaming in humans and other primates.
January 17, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Melissa Sloan of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee examines the role of race in determining workplace satisfaction. 
January 16, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Syracuse University's Jeff Stanton discusses efforts to represent large data sets using sound.
January 15, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Michigan's Elizabeth Pringle discusses how some tropical trees pay armies of ants to defend them against herbivorous pests.


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