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Niall Ferguson on Uncommon Knowledge

Niall Ferguson On Kissinger The Idealist

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Niall Ferguson discusses the education of Henry Kissinger from 1923 to 1968, beginning as a boy fleeing Nazi Germany to becoming an influential and powerful statesman.

Stalin, Lenin, and Sverdlov

Hoover Fellow Stephen Kotkin Discusses Stalin’s Rise To And Consolidation Of Power

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Stephen Kotkin discusses Stalin’s rise and consolidation of power.

John Yoo and Hugh Hewitt on Uncommon Knowledge

The Constitution

interview with Hugh Hewitt, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, September 4, 2015

Obamacare, the Middle East, and America’s future

Charles Hill and General James Mattis on the Iran Deal, Democracy, and Freedom

Charles Hill And General James Mattis On The Iran Deal, Democracy, And Freedom

interview with Charles Hill, General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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 provided a dowry along with it. 

Richard Epstein discusses inequality

Richard Epstein’s Gold Mind Enriches Us With His Ideas On Inequality, Taxes, Politics, And Health Care

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recorded on January 30, 2015
On 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. 

Senator John Hoeven discusses the Keystone pipeline

Senator John Hoeven Lights Up The Conversation On Energy

interview with John Hoevenvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 5, 2015

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.

Arkansas Senator Thomas Cotton

Arkansas Senator Thomas Cotton on events in Iraq, negotiations with Iran, and life in the US Senate

interview with Thomas Cottonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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.

Hoover fellow Peter Robinson interviews Jim Hake and General Jim Mattis

Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, And Spirit Of America

interview with Jim Hake, General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 13, 2015

Spirit of America began in 2003, and the idea gained enormous support, including from General Jim Mattis, commander of some of the first missions in Iraq. Today, Spirit of America is working around the world, providing assistance in response to local needs identified by our troops, from sewing machines to vocational training, wherever there is a need.

General Jim Mattis brings insight and clarity to the nature of war

General Jim Mattis Brings Insight And Clarity To The Nature Of War

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 6, 2015

In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. 

Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth

Uncommon Knowledge With Dartmouth Professors Jennifer Lind And William Wohlforth

interview with Jennifer Lind, William Wohlforthvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Uncommon Knowledge with Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth on international relations, political theories, and America’s role in the world.


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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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