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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 3, 2014
A great deal has been written about the changing face of the traditional family. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Maria Cancian takes a look at the landscape of divorce and custody in modern times.
October 31, 2014
Graveyards are spooky. As such, they often serve as the backdrop for scary scenes in literature and film. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit explains that they're more than that -- graveyards embody a rich cultural, historical and artistic presence.
October 30, 2014
The presence of bats is a common theme for films, literature and anything angling to emit a creepy vibe. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Gary Kwiecinski describes his work to save them.
October 29, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft demonstrate how plants can hear predators.
October 28, 2014
We’re not exactly sure what yawns are or why we yawn. We know they’re contagious, but we’re still working out all the other details. In today's Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Oneonta's Andrew Gallup posits that yawns are a mechanism designed to cool the brain.


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