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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 2, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Karen Hardy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona explores how new information about the behavior of Neanderthals is providing a new picture of their mental abilities.
October 1, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Cincinnati's Vernon Scarborough examines the complex infrastructure that supplied the largest Mayan city with water.
September 28, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Florida State University's Elaine Treharne explores the discovery of an inscription that provides rare insight into the nature of romantic relationships at the Tudor court.
September 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, DePaul University's Sean Horan describes how those in stressful occupations often use humor as a coping mechanism in their relationships.
September 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Syracuse University's Jason Fridley explores how and when many invasive plants outcompete indigenous species.


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