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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.

PROGRAMS

May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.
May 26, 2015
Discussions of climate change are everywhere. In today's Academic Minute, Michael Rawlins of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst explores climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States.
May 25, 2015
Is the history we’re presented actually accurate? In today's Academic Minute, American Military University's Jon Mikolashek critiques false historical narratives.

Archive

October 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Stephen Magee discusses his efforts to calculate the optimum number of lawyers required for economic efficiency. Magee is James L. Bayless/Enstar Corporation Professor of Finance and Economics at UT-Austin's McCombs School of Business. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Landmark College's Michelle Bower describes how a teacher’s perception of a student’s math ability can negatively influence their actual ability. Bower is an associate professor of mathematics at Landmark. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 3, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Robert Thacker discusses Canada’s role as the second largest supplier of oil used in the United States.
September 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's A.G. Rud explores the philosophy behind the well-known, and not so well-known, actions of Albert Schweitzer. 
September 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's John Henderson examines chocolate’s long history in the Americas and explains how the beloved substance was used and discovered.

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