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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 28, 2016
The Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown are part of Halloween. In today's Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's Stephen Lind takes a deeper look at this classic TV special and the lessons it teaches us about faith and doubt.
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.


November 10, 2014
We’re still in the infancy of neuroscience. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Mohamad Koubeissi helps to unravel the mystery of the human brain and it’s incredible abilities.
November 7, 2014
Have you ever been offended by a joke? In today's Academic Minute, Gettysburg College's Steve Gimbel discusses the nature of offensive jokes and why we seem to have an type of ethical understanding embedded in humor.
November 6, 2014
Sometimes the old cliché less is more actually fits. In today's Academic Minute, Skidmore College's Paul Arciero discusses how the type of exercise you do might make all the difference.
November 5, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Los Angeles's Jennie Brand explains how the benefit of attending college is different for each student.
November 4, 2014
It’s Election Day in the U.S. and all across the country, voters will be casting ballots for their preferred candidate. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Michele Gelfand discusses a superior way to help categorize the political direction that states vote.


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