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.

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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.


April 4, 2023
The COVID lockdowns may have had unintended benefits. In today’s Academic Minute, Yale University’s Dawn Brancati looks into one.
April 3, 2023
There are still stories from World War II that need to be told. In today’s Academic Minute, Sarah Abreveya Stein of the University of California, Los Angeles, takes us to the Algerian Sahara to listen to voices of the past.
March 31, 2023
Have you heard the howl of a coyote nearby? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s David Drake explores human and coyote coexistence in urban areas.


March 30, 2023
Writers who lived through war can help bring different perspectives to these conflicts. In today’s Academic Minute, Binghamton University’s Marilynn Desmond details one such writer.
March 29, 2023
Why do we like the food we like as adults? In today’s Academic Minute, Stony Brook University’s Arianna Maffei looks at the early years to find out.
March 28, 2023
Photos of the Holocaust are still being found. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California’s Wolf Gruner explores the history still to be told through images.
March 27, 2023
Light can be a useful and non-invasive tool in medicine. In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Moussa N’Gom explains how.
March 24, 2023
Your physical space is very important as you age. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Britteny M. Howell says your health could be on the line.


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