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Gerard Baker and Andrew Ferguson on Uncommon Knowledge

The conservative newsroom

with Andrew Ferguson, Gerard Bakervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 28, 2011

Gerard Baker is deputy editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal and Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. His most recent book is Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course at Getting His Kids into College. They discuss, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, journalism: its creative impulses, profit margins, and the monochromatic newsroom.

Paul Rahe

Paul Rahe: Past Republics and the Constitution

with Paul Rahevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 14, 2011

Paul Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage at Hillsdale College and is the author most recently of Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift. He discusses past republics, the administrative state, our place in history, and the 2012 election. Recorded live at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.

Thomas Sowell

with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 31, 2011

In this wide-ranging interview marking the publication of his new book, The Thomas Sowell Reader, Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, his life, Barack Obama, class warfare, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and the influence of Milton Friedman.

Larry Arnn

Larry Arnn on the Declaration and Constitution

with Larry Arnnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 17, 2011

Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, the Declaration of Independence, the founders, Woodrow Wilson, and the founders of modern liberalism and how they gave more power to government. (45:06)

Congressman Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan—Fixing Government and Not Running For President

with Paul Ryanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 3, 2011

Congressman Paul Ryan discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, the importance of repealing Obamacare.


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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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