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  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

    Sep 8, 2016, 5:45 pm By Peter Robinson
    Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses inequality and how it is part of the human condition. Sowell notes that political and ideological struggles have led to a dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. We cannot properly understand…
  • Is the Constitution Out of Date?

    Aug 15, 2016, 1:48 pm By Peter Robinson
    Hoover Institution fellows Terry Moe and Peter Robinson have a lively discussion on whether the Constitution is outdated and thus incapable of dealing with societal and structural problems facing government today. For example, immigration has been broken for…
  • A Conversation with Stanford President John Hennessy

    Jul 14, 2016, 1:09 pm By Peter Robinson
    John Hennessy discusses his tenure as president of Stanford University and how he helped make it into an elite school: encouraging technological innovation on campus, working on ideas that push humankind forward and maintain academic excellence, and having…
  • James Buckley discusses his life and values on Uncommon Knowledge

    Jul 13, 2016, 6:23 pm By Peter Robinson
    James Buckley discusses his life and upbringing as well as the genesis of Firing Line and the success of his brother Bill. James describes Bill as a fresh spirit who wanted to meet all types of people and listen to different viewpoints. Bill loved a good…
  • The Texas Plan with Governor Greg Abbott

    May 2, 2016, 6:04 pm By Peter Robinson
    Each branch of the federal government has strayed from its original purpose and no candidate for president will be able to fix the underlying issues that plague it. Governor Abbott makes his case for proposing a Convention of States to make amendments to…
  • A Plan to Defeat ISIS

    Mar 25, 2016, 5:02 pm By Peter Robinson
    General Jack Keane briefly describes the history and rise of ISIS and its aim in the Middle East. Keane then discusses the concrete steps America should take to defeat ISIS, including partnerships with Sunni tribes and a more comprehensive air war.
  • Good Profit Part II

    Mar 18, 2016, 5:59 pm By Peter Robinson
    In Part II of our interview with Charles Koch, he covers politics and the role of corporations in our society. Koch, making the case to end corporate welfare, tells us what he admires about Bernie Sanders and why he is less sanguine about President George W.…
  • Good Profit Part I

    Mar 18, 2016, 5:50 pm By Peter Robinson
    Charles Koch discusses his journey, from engaging in manual labor as a youth to attending MIT and working as a consultant. Having learned the principles of classical liberalism through his education and work, he now applies those principles to building and…
  • Restoring the Constitution

    Feb 22, 2016, 4:02 pm By Peter Robinson
    From members of Congress more concerned about reelection than debating the real problems to a president espousing post-constitutional ideas, Americans need a renewed understanding of the Constitution. Senator Sasse discusses the issues plaguing Congress and…
  • Karl Rove on the election of 1896

    Feb 22, 2016, 1:44 pm By Peter Robinson
    Karl Rove discusses the amazing life and election of William McKinley. From his time as a soldier in the Civil War to his campaign in 1896, Karl Rove makes the case that McKinley was not only an effective campaigner for president but also someone who brought…
  • European Disunion

    Jan 25, 2016, 3:51 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on January 25, 2016…
  • A Conversation with Former Secretary of State George Shultz

    Jan 25, 2016, 3:05 pm By Peter Robinson
    Secretary Shultz talks about his time in the Reagan White House, from negotiations with Andrey Gromyko to the meetings between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik. It’s a fascinating recount of the Reagan years through Shultz’s eyes, ending with what he…
  • The Secretary of State, the Instructor, and the Piano

    Dec 15, 2015, 4:32 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on July 9, 2015…
  • Niall Ferguson on Kissinger the Idealist

    Oct 7, 2015, 6:54 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on October 7, 2015 - Niall Ferguson discusses the first half of Henry Kissinger's life, beginning with his being a young boy in Germany to becoming an intellectual celebrity at Harvard and finally an adviser to both Nelson Rockefeller and John…
  • Stalin in Power

    Oct 6, 2015, 6:17 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on July 29, 2015 - As part 2 begins, Lenin is dead and Stalin is trying to consolidate power. Although various people were vying for the position, Stalin had already effectively taken over Lenin’s job. Lenin’s last will and testament says bad…
  • Stalin’s Rise to Power

    Oct 6, 2015, 6:13 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on July 29, 2015 - Part 1: Stalin was born in a small town in Georgia in which he was educated to become a priest. After succeeding in school and becoming a devout follower of the faith, Stalin left the priesthood and became a communist revolutionary.…
  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

    Sep 18, 2015, 4:03 pm By Peter Robinson
    Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central…
  • The Constitution

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:41 pm By Peter Robinson
    John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general for President George Bush and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Hugh Hewitt, former Reagan administration official and now a talk radio host, discuss the Constitution and…
  • Charles Hill and General James Mattis on the Iran Deal, Democracy, and Freedom

    Jul 29, 2015, 4:51 pm By Peter Robinson
    Recorded on July 16, 2015 - Hoover fellows Charles Hill and James Mattis discuss the Iran deal and the state of the world on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. In their view the United States has handed over its leading role to Iran and…
  • Senator John Hoeven lights up the conversation on energy

    Jun 5, 2015, 6:05 pm By Peter Robinson
    Senator John Hoeven discusses the Keystone pipeline, energy policy, the Middle East, and politics, noting that our country moves forward with investments that make our energy secure and environmentally sound. Horizontal drilling and fracking, for example,…
  • Arkansas Senator Thomas Cotton on events in Iraq, negotiations with Iran, and life in the US Senate

    Apr 3, 2015, 11:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, to examine the many issues facing the nation today. Cotton graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001 and then served with the US Army in Iraq. In 2013…
  • Uncommon Knowledge with Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, and Spirit of America

    Mar 13, 2015, 11:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode, the host of Uncommon Knowledge speaks with Jim Hake, founder of Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization created to save lives and support the missions of US soldiers abroad. Hake’s goal was to go beyond what the government could do, with…
  • Uncommon Knowledge with General Jim Mattis

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also…
  • Uncommon Knowledge with Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth

    Feb 26, 2015, 10:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge Dartmouth professors of government Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth join Peter for an in-depth conversation about foreign policy and national security strategies in an ever-changing environment. Jennifer Lind is an…
  • Author P.J. O'Rourke reflects on life in the sixties to today with nostalgia and humor

    Feb 4, 2015, 10:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with one of America’s favorite political satirists, P. J. O’Rourke, to discuss his best-selling books and the political philosophies that inspired them. O’Rourke describes how he came to hold his…
  • Richard Epstein's Gold Mind Enriches Us with His Ideas on Inequality, Taxes, Politics, and Health…

    Fri 12:20pm By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses inequality, taxes, globalization, free markets, politics, health care, and gay marriage. Epstein states that the central…
  • Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

    Dec 19, 2014, 10:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell, on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a basic…
  • Uncommon Knowledge with David Kelley on creativity, innovation, and design

    Nov 12, 2014, 10:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with David Kelley, author of Creative Confidence, professor of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and founder of IDEO, one of the world’s most prestigious design firms. Kelley offers a…
  • Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education

    Oct 24, 2014, 11:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, guest Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and thinkers, discusses his new book Zero to One. In it Thiel explains his theories on markets, monopolies, and the lack new technology. Born in Germany,…
  • Uncommon Knowledge with Liam Fox

    Oct 10, 2014, 11:00 am By Peter Robinson
    In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Liam Fox, member of Parliament and former secretary of state for defense, who also remains on every journalist’s short list of those most likely to one day become leader of the Conservative or Tory…