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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 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.
November 20, 2015
Are you a night owl? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Liverpool's Minna Lyons discusses some personality traits associated with those of us who stay up late.


July 22, 2015
College admissions can be a formidable process. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Robert Kelchen discusses ways to improve the efficiency of getting into school.
July 21, 2015
Are we more or less stressed than our ancestors? In today's Academic Minute, Duke University's William Parker examines this question -- and the results are pretty surprising. Parker is associate professor in the department of surgery at Duke's Medical Center. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
July 20, 2015
Are millennials losing their religion? In today's Academic Minute, San Diego State University's Jean M. Twenge delves into the religious practices of the age group she calls Generation Me.
July 17, 2015
Who fosters the best entrepreneurs? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger provides a close look at the nature of innovation, creativity and the creation of entrepreneurs.
July 16, 2015
Do you know the Beatles as well as a computer does? In today's Academic Minute, Lawrence Technological University's Lior Shamir discusses efforts to improve the creative intelligence of computers.


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