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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.


October 5, 2015
Competitive balance on the field and attendance in the stands may not go hand in hand. In today's Academic Minute, Oklahoma City University's Jonathan Willner describes his research into the economics of sports.
October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.


December 6, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Utah's James Tabery explains how a psychological diagnosis of a defendant can influence the length of their sentence if convicted.
December 5, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Emory University's Scott Lilienfeld describes the traits shared by psychopathic individuals and successful U.S. presidents.
December 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Sera Young examines why some pregnant women experience a compulsion to eat odd things.
December 3, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's David Stuart discusses how the Mayans would have viewed the end of the year 2012.
November 30, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Diana Deutsch of the University of California at San Diego describes the genetic and cultural factors that give some perfect pitch.


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