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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.

Author P.J. O'Rourke reflects on life in the sixties to today with nostalgia and humor

Author P.J. O'Rourke reflects on life in the sixties to today with nostalgia and humor

interview with P.J. O'Rourkevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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. 

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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 understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Sowell draws on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history.

David Kelley

Uncommon Knowledge with David Kelley on creativity, innovation, and design

interview with David Kelleyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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. 

Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education

Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 24, 2014

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.

Liam Fox on Uncommon Knowledge

Liam Fox on Foreign Policy

with Liam Foxvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 9, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Liam Fox, member of Parliament and former secretary of state for defense, to discuss his new book, Rising Tides, as well as current issues regarding the purpose of NATO, Scotland’s move for independence, and the conflicts in the Middle East. 

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world. 

Peter Robinson interviews Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives majority leader, on California and the nation

interview with Kevin McCarthy via Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In this Uncommon Knowledge interview, Peter sits down with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, CA) to discuss what the majority leader does and what it takes to be one. 

Steve Wynn Entrepreneur

Part II: Steve Wynn discusses his life as an entrepreneur and how he creates experiences that keep customers returning

interview with Steve Wynnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 25, 2014

Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts,  in the second part of his interview,  discusses further his life as an entrepreneur, what he does to motivate his employees, and how he creates experiences that keep customers’ returning. 

Wynn Resorts owner Steve Wynn is interviewed by Peter Robinson

Part I: Wynn Resorts Owner Steve Wynn Discusses his Journey into the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Business

with Steve Wynnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Steve Wynn discusses his life, his dad’s death, being broke, and how he got into the hotel and casino business.

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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.”

The show started life as a television series in 1997 and is now distributed exclusively on the web over a growing network of the largest political websites and channels. To stay tuned for the latest updates on and episodes related to Uncommon Knowledge, follow us on Facebook and Twitter