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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 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


October 29, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Georgia's Kathrin Stanger-Hall discusses the connection between abstinence-only sex education and teen pregnancy rates.
October 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Amy Smith explores the international appeal of the characters that populate the work of Jane Austen.
October 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Minnesota's Tony Gamble examines the mechanics of gecko feet and traces the evolutionary origins of the little lizard’s extraordinary climbing ability.
October 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bristol's George Nash describes his discovery of what could be the United Kingdom’s oldest example of cave art.
October 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northeastern University's Amy Sliva examines how advances in computing power are allowing for an artificially intelligent approach to cyber security.


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