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Senator Ben Sasse

Restoring The Constitution

interview with Ben Sassevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Senator Ben Sasse and his fight to revive and enliven the Senate.

A Conversation with Former Secretary of State George Shultz

A Conversation With Former Secretary Of State George Shultz

interview with George P. Shultzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, February 11, 2016

George Shultz discusses his time in the Reagan White House and what type of president America needs today.

Condoleezza Rice and Professor George Barth her teacher

The Secretary Of State, The Instructor, And The Piano

interview with Condoleezza Rice, George Barthvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 14, 2015

How the piano shaped and continues to define Hoover Fellow and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Professor George Barth her teacher.

Thomas Sowell discusses wealth, poverty, and politics

Wealth, Poverty, And Politics

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Poverty in America and the Welfare State.

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.

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