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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.

PROGRAMS

December 9, 2016
If you’re feeling sad, have a few servings of veggies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Warwick's Andrew Oswald says eating more fruits and vegetables can help boost your mood.
December 8, 2016
Everyone hates bag fees at the airport. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Mazhir Arikan discusses whether bag fees may have some benefits as well.
December 7, 2016
Auto-Tune rules today’s Top 40 airwaves. In today’s Academic Minute, Joshua Reiss of Queen Mary University of London says this technique originated in an unlikely place.

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February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 24, 2015
New insights into pertussis are helping to fight the disease. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Jennifer Maynard describes her work to fight whooping cough.
February 23, 2015
In today's Academic Minute, the interconnectedness of nature is on full display, as the University of North Florida's Cliff Ross discusses his work studying ecology of the Florida Keys to better understand coral reefs.
February 20, 2015
Joseph Bonaparte is probably most notably known as Napoleon’s older brother, but his cultural significance goes much further than his famous family. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit profiles Point Breeze, the lavish garden Bonaparte brought to life on his New Jersey estate.
February 19, 2015
We’re still trying to figure what consciousness is exactly. In today's Academic Minute, Wichita State University's Elizabeth Behrman discusses her effort to create an artificial neural network.

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