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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 13, 2016
Self-driving cars could have some positive and negative environmental factors. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Washington's Don MacKenzie explores how making transportation easier could lead to even more people getting on the road.
June 10, 2016
The World Health Organization warns we’re entering a post-antibiotic era. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Tin-Chin Chu reveals that the secret to combating antibiotic resistant bacteria could be in your mug today.
June 9, 2016
Everyone has a smartphone these days, but the media is still looking for the best way to reach them. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Florida’s Sylvia Chan-Olmsted determines that bite-size amounts of information may be the best way to hook readers.
June 8, 2016
Improving our understanding of matter could lead to new technologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Santa Barbara's David Weld discusses how getting a solid out of equilibrium could bring us big benefits in the future.
June 7, 2016
Is protection against the herpes virus on the way? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Illinois's Deepak Shukla explores how nanoparticles could be the answer to ridding ourselves of this disease.


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