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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.


October 6, 2015
Can you put too much trust in technology? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Richard Pak examines when relying on computers has unintended consequences.
October 5, 2015
Competitive balance on the field and attendance in the stands may not go hand in hand. In today's Academic Minute, Oklahoma City University's Jonathan Willner describes his research into the economics of sports.
October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.


February 29, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Katherine Parkin examines a fading American custom that made it acceptable for a woman to propose marriage.
February 28, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Melbourne's Antonio Sagona discusses his archaeological excavation of one of the First World War’s most famous battlefields.
February 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Portland State University's Dustin Morrow explores the practice of updating classic films for theatrical re-release.
February 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Cambridge's Emily Bernhard Jackson explores the philosophical questions presented in the writing of Lord Byron.
February 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Iowa State University's Douglas Gentile discusses the positive and negative sides of exposure to video games.


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