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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.

Uncommon Knowledge takes fascinating, accomplished guests, then sits them down with me to talk about the issues of the day,” says Robinson, an author and former speechwriter for President Reagan. “Unhurried, civil, thoughtful, and informed conversation– that’s what we produce. And there isn’t all that much of it around these days.”

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January 14, 2008 | Recorded on January 14, 2008

Uncommon Knowledge: Michael Barone

Michael Barone

To better understand the state of democracy in the United States today, Peter Robinson challenges Michael Barone to explain a series of paradoxes at the heart of our political process: the current state of the Republican Party, the debate over the war in Iraq, and competing tax reform and health-care proposals. Barone also offers his thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the current Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. (32:09) Video transcript