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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 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.
October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.


October 6, 2016
Competing in sports during high school could positively affect your long-term health. In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Craig Triplett discusses how being active while young could lead to future wellness.
October 5, 2016
Not everyone pays attention to security warnings on their computer. In today's Academic Minute, Brigham Young University's Anthony Vance discusses the best time to act on these notifications.
October 4, 2016
How similar are our teeth to those of our ancestors? On today's Academic Minute, Monash University's Alistair Evans explores if our ancestors can be identified just by finding some of their loose teeth.
October 3, 2016
Did Homo erectus walk as we do today? In today's Academic Minute, Kevin Hatala of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology explores whether the feet of our ancestors resemble our own.
September 30, 2016
You write what you read. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Yellowlees Douglas examines if reading more polished writing can make you a better writer.


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