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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


November 5, 2015
Are you a musical omnivore? In today's Academic Minute, Paul Elvers of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics explores how social origins don’t always predict musical taste.
November 4, 2015
Bang. Moo. Meow. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Lynn Perry explores if the relationship of the sound of words and their meanings goes farther than we think.
November 3, 2015
Literacy is a big milestone in the education of a child. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina's Nicole Gardner-Neblett discusses how storytelling helps African-American children achieve this goal.
November 2, 2015
How would you rate your friends? In today's Academic Minute, Northeastern University's Joseph Reagle explains how a new app may be pushing the boundaries of our online culture.
October 30, 2015
What sound does a spider make? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Cincinnati's George Uetz tells us all about purring spiders.


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