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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.

Former Hoover fellow and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

TAKE IT TO THE LIMITS: Milton Friedman on Libertarianism

with Milton Friedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 19, 2011

In this Uncommon Knowledge classic from February 10, 1999, Milton Friedman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1976 and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1977 to 2006, discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, what defines a libertarian and how Friedman balances the libertarians' desire for a small, less intrusive government with environmental, public safety, food and drug administration, and other issues.

David Berlinski

David Berlinski—Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

with David Berlinskivia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

David Berlinski is the author of a number of books, including the recent volumes One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics and The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions.

Tim Groseclose

Tim Groseclose—Media Bias

with Tim Groseclosevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 22, 2011

A distinguished political scientist, Tim Groseclose is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Professor Groseclose has also taught at Caltech, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University and Harvard. His new book is Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.

Charles Moore

Charles Moore—The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

with Charles Moorevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 8, 2011

One of Britain’s most distinguished journalists, Charles Moore is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers and of the Spectator magazine. Moore is also the authorized biographer of the Right Honorable Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, better known as Margaret Thatcher.

Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami on Uncommon Knowledge

Fouad Ajami and Charles Hill—Trials of a Thousand Years

with Fouad Ajami, Charles Hillvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 29, 2011

Of Persian descent, Fouad Ajami was raised in Lebanon and came to the United States at age eighteen. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the winner of this year’s Breindel Journalism Award.

During his career at the State Department, Ambassador Charles Hill served as an adviser to Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. Hill is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the diplomat-in-residence at Yale. He is the author, most recently, of Trial of a Thousand Years: World Order and Islamism.

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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!


For more than two decades 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.

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