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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.


October 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.
October 8, 2015
Is armed conflict leading to cleaner air? In today's Academic Minute, Mainz University's Jos Lelieveld explores how we’re learning about this possible environmental change from outer space.
October 7, 2015
What do you know about neutrinos? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Brianna Mount looks to help scientists learn more about these elusive particles.


February 20, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's Daniel Scott describes the potential inability for previous Winter Olympic host cities to host the games again due to changing weather patterns. Scott is an associate professor and research chair at the University of Waterloo. Find out more about him here.
February 19, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, American Public University's Charles Venuto explores the connection between the space program and preservation of bird habitat in Florida.
February 18, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, William Cooper of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne discusses why species that inhabit island are less frightened of human intruders. Cooper is a professor emeritus in the department of biology at IU-PU Fort Wayne. Find out more about him here.
February 17, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Temple University's Seth Bruggeman explains why George Washington’s status as a Virginian made him a symbol of national unity.
February 14, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Matthew Johnson of the State University of New York at Binghamton explores the link between poverty and marriage stability.


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