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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 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


December 10, 2014
Every commercial for new electronics is packed with flashy tech terminology meant to entice you into thinking you need this new device. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea analyzes how we talk about technology and electronics.
December 9, 2014
As a population, it seems we’re growing less and less trusting. In today's Academic Minute, San Diego State University's Jean M. Twenge is studying our growing suspicions.
December 8, 2014
Certain afflictions are embarrassing to discuss. Because of this, they remain untreated and can often worsen. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Memphis's Steven Soifer profiles shy-bladder syndrome.
December 5, 2014
Smart phones are everywhere these days. In today's Academic Minute, Gary Small of the University of California at Los Angeles details the effects increased screen time is having on us, especially among teens.
December 4, 2014
Flowery depictions of transcendent love have inspired some of our finest art. But is our conceptual idealization of love and romance perhaps hurting us? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Spike W. S. Lee frames the shared experience of love in a completely different way.


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