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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 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.


August 15, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Robert Scherrer explains a hypothesis that could explain dark matters elusive nature. Scherrer is professor and chair of the department of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
August 14, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's William Marling explores the initial and continuing popularity of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
August 13, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Iowa State University's Jason Chan examines the process that makes our memories vulnerable to the accumulation of errors.
August 12, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Carnegie Mellon University's Karim Kassam reveals what brain imaging techniques have to say about the spectrum of human emotions.
August 9, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Maria Uriarte of Columbia University’s Earth Institute assesses the use of fire as an agricultural tool in South America.


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