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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.


May 7, 2015
New tools are helping archaeologists better preserve their findings. In today's Academic Minute, Saint Anselm College's Mary Kate Donais describes her work with x-ray fluorescent technology that is very useful at dig sites.
May 6, 2015
Growing up, did you play with girls’ toys or boys’ toys? In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Lisa M. Dinella explores the nature of gendered toys.
May 5, 2015
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, have been in the news a great deal lately -- usually negatively. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Elizabeth Basha discusses the positive use of drones.
May 4, 2015
Pets are just like any other member of the family, and sometimes they need some specific health care as well. In today's Academic Minute, Marina D’Angelo of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, describes her work to treat canine osteoarthritis.
May 1, 2015
The term “communist” certainly has an associated stigma, especially in the United States. In today's Academic Minute, Bowdoin College's Kristen R. Ghodsee presents a historical account meant to counteract that negative association.


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