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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.


August 22, 2016
There are more refugees than ever before -- what does this mean for refugee mothers? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Tennessee's Julia Jaekel explains why keeping homeland child-caring practices should be important for all refugee mothers.
August 19, 2016
Do you talk to your pet? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Cambridge's Arik Kershenbaum explores whether our pets actually understand what we’re saying.
August 18, 2016
What came before the animals we all know today? In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Simon Darroch discusses whether the spread of modern animals led to the demise of the previous era’s inhabitants.
August 17, 2016
Can a hockey goalie for your brain help stop Parkinson’s? In today's Academic Minute, Oregon Health & Science University's Kim Burchiel explains how deep brain stimulation can help treat this debilitating disease.
August 16, 2016
To explore our universe, head underground. In today's Academic Minute, Hofstra University's Robert Brinkmann discusses what caves have to tell us about our planet -- and even Mars and beyond.


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