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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 28, 2016
The Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown are part of Halloween. In today's Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's Stephen Lind takes a deeper look at this classic TV special and the lessons it teaches us about faith and doubt.
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.


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.
June 6, 2016
Driving has continued to be a source of pollution. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Trevor Douglas discusses an enzyme that may help us power our cars on water and sunlight.
June 3, 2016
Just what do academics do when they’re not teaching? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger sheds light on the life of academics when they’re not standing at the front of the classroom.
June 2, 2016
Could a cooldown be coming to Europe? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Rhode Island's Jaime Palter determines whether climate change is slowing the ocean currents that bring heat to the continent.
June 1, 2016
Your brain’s janitor may get worse as you age. In today's Academic Minute, Oregon Health and Science University's Jeff Iliff discusses how the brain’s cleaning process may be hindered as we get older, and could trigger diseases such as Alzheimer’s.


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