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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.

PROGRAMS

February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.
February 4, 2016
Chemotherapy can save lives but also be debilitating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of British Columbia's Mads Daugaard explains how a sugar protein may be the answer to an easier method of treating cancer.
February 3, 2016
The prevalence of allergies is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Avery August describes how the overuse of antibiotics could be to blame.

Archive

January 6, 2016
How do you show off your colors in a dark environment? In today's Academic Minute, Union College's Leo Fleishman explores how one animal has found a way to let its colors shine in the shade of the forest.
January 5, 2016
What do the recessions of Spain and the United States have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Winthrop University's Maria Aysa-Lastra explores the reasons Latinos left both countries during the Great Recession.
January 4, 2016
Does imitation lead to innovation? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Cristine Legare discusses these dual engines of cultural learning.
December 31, 2015
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December 22, 2015
Can advertising help explain the rise of Donald Trump? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Jon Morris discusses how the candidate is making his case by engaging with voter’s emotions.

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