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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.


March 25, 2015
Knowing what you don’t know is vital if you want to change that. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger profiles uncertainty.
March 24, 2015
Congenital heart defects are all too common. In today's Academic Minute, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Cathy Hatcher explains how the formation of blood vessels at the embryonic stage can help understand these coronary anomalies.
March 23, 2015
Can the relocation of a species’ habitat save it from extinction? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Western Australia's Nicola Mitchell discusses efforts to recolonize the western swamp turtle to try to save the species from extinction.
March 20, 2015
There is a total solar eclipse today, and in today's Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff and his team are in direct position to observe this majestic cosmic phenomenon.
March 19, 2015
Are you addicted to your social media accounts? In today's Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Julia M. Hormes discusses the correlations between social media usage and addiction.


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