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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.


September 1, 2016
The flow of communication in classrooms is faster than ever before. In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Mary Caton-Rosser explores what this means for students and professors as they adapt to a changing world.
August 31, 2016
Thunderstorms are a summertime staple across the country. In today's Academic Minute, the University of New Hampshire's Joseph Dwyer explains that scientists are still studying these storms to get a handle on how they actually work.
August 30, 2016
Why is there mercury in California’s fog? In today's Academic Minute, the University of California Santa Cruz's Peter Weiss explains why fog, and not rain, collects mercury from the atmosphere and what that could mean for coastal environments.
August 29, 2016
What do your genes say about you? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Exeter's Sasha Dall explores how genotype and local environment work together during development.
August 26, 2016
A city’s flow is key to its vitality. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger describes the flow ways that go throughout cities and keep the information and people moving.


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