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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.


September 26, 2016
The search for the Holy Grail of planets continues. In today's Academic Minute, San Francisco State University's Stephen Kane scours the universe for Earth-like rocks.
September 23, 2016
What used to be simple may now be more complex. In today's Academic Minute: the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger explains that as we look deeper into what we thought we knew, new details emerge.
September 22, 2016
Learning with younger classmates may not be helping some preschool children. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Kelly Purtell examines whether mixed age groups can hinder older children.
September 21, 2016
The loss of perennial plants hurts an environment. In today's Academic Minute, Iowa State University's Andrew VanLoocke explores strategies involving annuals and perennials to improve soil.
September 20, 2016
The condition of a school’s building could resemble the learning done within it. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Lorraine Maxwell explores if a rundown school could doom a child’s education from the beginning.


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