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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 27, 2016
Political discussions are often uncivil. In today's Academic Minute, the University of South Dakota's Matthew C. Moen examines a few ideas to improve political discourse.
October 26, 2016
Do we learn more about politics through comedy shows? In today's Academic Minute, Loyola University Maryland's Amy Bree Becker details the mixing of politics and comedy and how it affects our views.
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.


June 27, 2016
In today's Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's Fred Butcher explores how treating trauma in children may be the best way to keep them from ending up in a jail cell in the future.
June 24, 2016
What good is extending your life span if your health doesn’t go along with it? In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Ali Torkamani studies the “wellderly” and what we can learn about healthy aging from this group.
June 23, 2016
Which part of your brain is responsible for giving in to cravings? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Matthew Will provides the answer.
June 22, 2016
Economic equality between the sexes is improving, but we’re still not where we need to be. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Vermont’s Stephanie Seguino says as more women are becoming employed, they also need more quality jobs.
June 21, 2016
Has our current border patrol policy failed? In today's Academic Minute, Princeton University's Douglas Massey examines whether policies made to keep people out are actually keeping them in.


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