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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


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.
October 29, 2015
Urban development is not unlike Newton’s law of gravitation. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger describes this notion with a fascinating analogy.


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