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Business and the media with Rupert Murdoch

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Rupert Murdochvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 22, 2011

Rupert Murdoch owns the controlling interest in News Corp., which in turn owns media properties on five continents — properties that include some 170 newspapers, dozens of television stations, half a dozen television networks, a publishing company, and a movie studio.

Communism with Yuri Yarmin-Agaev

Yuri Yarim-Agaev — Freedom Fighter

with Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 15, 2011

Yuri Yarim-Agaev was already a distinguished physicist when, in the 1970s, he joined the Moscow Helsinki Group, the dissident organization set up to monitor Soviet compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords. Fellow members of the organization included physicist Yuri Orlov and Yelena Bonner, wife of Andrei Sakharov. Yarim-Agaev, now a financial analyst in New York, devotes much of his time to ensuring that the evils of Soviet communism are never forgotten.

Economic growth with Nobel laureate Michael Spence

Michael Spence — The Future of Economic Growth

with Michael Spencevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 27, 2011

A fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics at New York University Stern School of Business, Michael Spence won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. His latest book is The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multi-Speed World.

Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart — Media War

with Andrew Breitbartvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 13, 2011

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

Michael Chertoff is interviewed on Uncommon Knowledge

Michael Chertoff — Threat Levels

with Michael Chertoffvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 3, 2011

A former federal prosecutor and federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Michael Chertoff was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He is also the founder of the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm, and the author of Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.

Thomas Sowell—Economic Facts and Fallacies

with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is a revised and expanded second edition of Economic Facts and Fallacies.

Michael Totten

Michael Totten—The Road to Fatima Gate

via Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 2, 2011

A foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst, Michael Totten has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus; he writes regularly for Commentary magazine and Pajamas Media. His new book is The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah and the Iranian War against Israel.

Andrew Ferguson

Andrew Ferguson — Crazy U

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 18, 2011

A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Andrew Ferguson is now a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. The author of Fools’ Names and Land of Lincoln, Ferguson’s most recent book is entitled Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College.

At war with Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld—Known and Unknown

with Donald Rumsfeldvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 4, 2011

Donald Rumsfeld, the thirteenth and twenty-first US secretary of defense, currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation. His memoir Known and Unknown was recently released.

Peter Berkowitz and Victor Davis Hanson UK interview

Victor Hanson and Peter Berkowitz—Revolution in the Arab World

with Peter Berkowitz, Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 21, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and military historian, professor of classics, and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which are Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, which Professor Hanson edited, and The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern, a volume of his essays.


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