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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.


December 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Christopher Kochanek discusses the odds of a visible supernova occurring in the coming decades.
December 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Ken Noll explores why Charles Dickens makes a descriptive reference to a glowing lobster.
December 24, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Michael Phillips-Anderson explains the effective use of humor by politicians.
December 23, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Essex's Timothy Hatton examines the factors behind the increase in average height over the past century.
December 20, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Sujay Kaushal discusses how acid rain has made rivers and streams less acidic.


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