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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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Uncommon Knowledge by topic: Values and Social Policy

December 14, 2011 | Recorded on November 11, 2011

James Delingpole: Great Britain, the Green Movement, and the End of the World

James Delingpole

This week on Uncommon Knowledge columnist James Delingpole discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, the European Union, the Green movement, and socialized medicine. (47:41)

November 28, 2011 | Recorded on November 11, 2011

The conservative newsroom

Gerard Baker and Andrew Ferguson on Uncommon Knowledge

Gerard Baker is deputy editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal and Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. His most recent book is Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course at Getting His Kids into College. They discuss, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, journalism: its creative impulses, profit margins, and the monochromatic newsroom.

October 3, 2011 | Recorded on September 27, 2011

Paul Ryan—Fixing Government and Not Running For President

Congressman Paul Ryan

Congressman Paul Ryan discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, the importance of repealing Obamacare.

September 6, 2011 | Recorded on August 25, 2011

David Berlinski—Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

David Berlinski

David Berlinski is the author of a number of books, including the recent volumes One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics and The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions.

June 13, 2011 | Recorded on June 13, 2011

Andrew Breitbart — Media War

Andrew Breitbart

A publisher, columnist, and blogger, Andrew Breitbart is the founder of the Breitbart network of investigative news websites including,, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, and Big Peace. Breitbart’s new book is Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me while I Save the World!

February 14, 2011 | Recorded on February 9, 2011

William Voegeli—The American Welfare State

William Voegeli

A visiting scholar at the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College, William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the author of Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State.

January 31, 2011 | Recorded on January 5, 2011

Stanley Kurtz—Radical-In-Chief

aObama the radical with Stanley Kurtz

An author, journalist, and social anthropologist (PhD Harvard), Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a contributing editor to National Review Online. His latest book is Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

January 18, 2011 | Recorded on January 18, 2011

Richard Epstein and John Yoo—Order in the Court

The law with Epstein and Yoo

Richard Epstein is a professor of law at the New York University law school, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago law school. His latest book is The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act. John Yoo is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school. His most recent book is Crisis and Command.

December 6, 2010 | Recorded on November 18, 2010

Matt Ridley—The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley
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A former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine, Matt Ridley is a journalist and best-selling author whose books include Genome:  The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.  His most recent book is The Rational Optimist:  How Prosperity Evolves.

November 22, 2010 | Recorded on November 9, 2010

H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II – The State in the Third Millennium

Prince Hans-Adam II
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Since 1989, H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II has reigned in Liechtenstein. Comprising 62 square miles nestled between Austria and Switzerland with a population of about 35,000, Liechtenstein is one of the world’s smallest nations—but has the highest per capita GDP in the world. The head of a family that traces its history back more than 900 years, to the beginning of the second millennium, Prince Hans-Adam is the author of a new book, The State in the Third Millennium.