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For more than a decade the Hoover Institution has been producing Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, a series hosted by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson as an outlet for political leaders, scholars, journalists, and today’s big thinkers to share their views with the world. Guests have included a host of famous figures, including Paul Ryan, Henry Kissinger, Antonin Scalia, Rupert Murdoch, Newt Gingrich, and Christopher Hitchens, along with Hoover fellows such as Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz.

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November 14, 2012 | Recorded on July 17, 2012

Rob Long and Harry Shearer discuss politics and Hollywood on Uncommon Knowledge

Rob Long and Harry Shearer on Uncommon Knowledge

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Hollywood odd couple Rob Long and Harry Shearer discuss their unusual friendship, politics, and show business. (54:50)
“On cable, it’s cheaper to have a guy from the left and a guy from the right yelling about the news than to go cover the news. On prime-time entertainment, it’s cheaper to have a couple of guys with cameras shoot some real people who know they’re supposed to act like fools than to pay for really overpriced writers and actors to perform scripted shows. This is the pervasive influence of the multichannel universe–cheap.”