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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.


March 22, 2018
Do you still think about prior commitments you’ve had at work? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Howard Klein discusses the need for businesses to help employees feel good about moving on.
March 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.
March 20, 2018
Is help on the way for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, New York University's Monica Lewin examines how a drug to treat bipolar disorder could have a positive side effect.


June 21, 2016
Has our current border patrol policy failed? In today's Academic Minute, Princeton University's Douglas Massey examines whether policies made to keep people out are actually keeping them in.
June 20, 2016
It pays to learn from your mistakes. In today's Academic Minute, Emory University's Samuel Sober explores which parts of our brain avoid making the same error twice.
June 17, 2016
Does wisdom come from the mind or does the body have a part to play as well? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Chicago's Berthold Hoecker discusses how being in tune with both mind and body can make for a wiser individual.
June 16, 2016
Are you living in the past or the future? In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Corinna Loeckenhoff delves into whether our age determines where our mind may be.
June 15, 2016
Does a bad economy lead to civil unrest or is it vice versa? In today's Academic Minute, the University of East Anglia's Christa Brunnschweiler determines which comes first.


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