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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 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.
November 20, 2015
Are you a night owl? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Liverpool's Minna Lyons discusses some personality traits associated with those of us who stay up late.


April 7, 2014
Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Michael Inzlicht seeks to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.
April 4, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Nathan Spreng discusses using advancement in neuroimaging to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we age.
April 3, 2014
A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results. In today's Academic Minute, University of Laval's Frederic Bouchard discusses the climate models of many areas across Canada and makes predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.
April 2, 2014
The undersea discovery of a large seep of methane in the North Atlantic may hold the key to learning a great deal about the underwater ecosystem.
April 1, 2014
Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day. In today’s Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Thalia Wheatley explores the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.


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