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Hoover fellow Peter Robinson interviews US senator Ted Cruz.

US senator Ted Cruz discusses his first two months in office and his vision for the Republican Party

with Ted Cruzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, March 14, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, US senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) discusses his first two months in office and his vision for the Republican Party. (36:13)
“I think the biggest divide is not even a divide between Republicans and Democrats; it's a divide between the people. And [between] the entrenched elites in Washington that are growing their own power. And I think there is an incredible desire to get back to commonsense conservative principles.”

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Rupert Murdoch discusses the future of journalism

with Rupert Murdochvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 11, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Rupert Murdoch discusses a wide range of topics including the future of journalism and the “new” News Corporation.

Hoover fellow Peter Robinson and author and former Senator James Buckley discuss

James Buckley discusses the challenges we face after the 2012 election

with James L. Buckleyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, author and former Senator James Buckley discusses the transformation of the federal government and the challenges we face after the 2012 election. (28:30)
“It is going to be an extraordinary challenge for [future generations] but there are certain realities that are going to be faced. If the debt goes off on the trajectory it is currently on, in terms of devastating, destroying the economic basis of the country my grandchildren are going to face problems that I never dreamed of and you never dreamed of. Nevertheless insofar as they pay any attention of any advice I might give them it would be you have responsibilities not only to yourself and your family but to the public.”

Islam historian Bernard Lewis (right) and Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz dis

Bernard Lewis and Norman Podhoretz discuss the Middle East

with Bernard Lewis, Norman Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Islam historian Bernard Lewis and Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz discuss the history and future of the Middle East. (56:54)
“Deterrents worked with the Soviets and the Chinese because the Soviets were not suicidal and because they knew that, if they launched the first strike, there would be a second strike that would annihilate them. Mutually assured destruction. And mutually assured destruction can’t work in relation to Iran because these are people who you might say are in love with useful death.”

Legal scholar John Yoo (right) and Hollywood writer Rob Long debate the future o

Legal scholar John Yoo and Hollywood writer Rob Long debate the future of the Republican Party.

with Rob Long, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, legal scholar John Yoo and Hollywood writer Rob Long strongly disagree about the future of the Republican Party. (41:33)
“If the Republican Party didn’t change at all in the next two years, we would still gain seats in the House and the Senate. But if we actually take advantage of the opportunity and reformulate our principles in a clear way and sell them well, I think we will get a majority in the Senate to combine with our majority in the House.”

Authors Midge Decter (left) and Mona Charen on Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge with Mona Charen and Midge Decter

with Mona Charen, Midge Dectervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, authors Midge Decter and Mona Charen discuss Romney’s gender gap, the impact of feminism on America, and what women really care about. (42:08)
“I predict that things will begin to change after a while, because even a welfare state that provides an unmarried young woman with the possibility of having kids without a husband is not going to last very long.”

From left: Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, John O’Sullivan, and Jonah Goldberg dis

Jonah Goldberg and John O’Sullivan on Uncommon Knowledge

with Jonah Goldberg, John O'Sullivanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, AEI scholar and National Review Online founding editor Jonah Goldberg and National Review’s editor-at-large John O’Sullivan on the election and the GOP’s future. (45:10)

Rob Long and Harry Shearer on Uncommon Knowledge

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

with Rob Long, Harry Shearervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.”

Justice Antonin Scalia discusses the premise of his book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

Uncommon Knowledge with Justice Antonin Scalia

with Antonin Scaliavia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia visits for a wide-ranging interview on subjects including the living Constitution, Roe v. Wade, Congress’s relationship to the Court, and his new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. “I think it took the American people a while to figure out what was going on, maybe 30 years. Once they have figured out that the Supreme Court is essentially rewriting the Constitution term by term, the old criteria for appointing and confirming judges no longer applies.” (48:47)

Hoover fellows Peter Robinson (left) and Shelby Steele

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Shelby Steele and the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol

with Shelby Steele, Bill Kristolvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover fellow Shelby Steele and the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol discuss the elections.
Mitt Romney: "I believe that if America does not lead, others will—others who do not share our interests and values—and the world will grow darker."

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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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