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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


April 30, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Hofstra University's G. Thomas Couser explores how memoir is often the precursor of social change and the increased acceptance of minority groups.
April 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ross Brann traces the similarities of Hebrew and Arabic to a time when they were considered a single language.
April 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Wally Covington explores why the forests of the American West have become more susceptible to large fires and outlines efforts to restore their natural ecology. Covington is Regents’ Professor and director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona. Find out more about him here.
April 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Humboldt State University's William Wood explores the search for natural sources of new antibiotics.
April 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's William Connell explores a recent discovery that is shedding light on the ups and downs of Niccolo Machiavelli’s political life.


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