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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.


February 11, 2015
Do you want to build the world smallest snowman? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's David Cox did just that in a recent nanotech experiment.
February 10, 2015
Are the referees playing by the rules? In today's Academic Minute, Miami University's Rhett Brymer is analyzing officiating in the NCAA and looking for instances of bias.
February 9, 2015
Can stress in the workplace intensify the symptoms of osteoporosis? In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's Frank Frisch explains his work with rats to study the degenerative disease.
February 6, 2015
Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975, but satire is hardly a new concept. In today's Academic Minute, Mount Saint Mary College's Stephanie Pietros presents a close read of Shakespeare’s Othello as contemporary theater attendees might have interpreted some inside jokes.
February 5, 2015
The suicide of Robin Williams is just the latest example of a celebrity’s actions raising the discussion to national attention. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Jessica Gall Myrick explores the nature of celebrity influence over the population especially in terms of medical conditions.


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