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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


May 20, 2014
E-cigarettes are rapidly gaining popularity. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at San Francisco's Lauren Dutra discusses the correlation between usages of these different tobacco products.
May 19, 2014
Direct trauma clearly has negative effects on the brain. In today’s Academic Minute, Duke University's Raj Morey explores the potential harm that may arise even from indirect exposure to explosions.
May 16, 2014
As hip hop culture expands, schools are expanding with it. In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Muhammad Khalifa studies this trend.
May 15, 2014
Can math be used to better understand history? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Peter Turchin is doing just that through complex mathematical algorithms.
May 14, 2014
The Latin name myotonia congenita might not mean much to you, but you've likely seen them in action. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg fills us in on one of the Internet's favorite animal oddities: the fainting goat.


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