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Governor Mitch Daniels

Politics and Policy with Mitch Daniels

with Mitch Danielsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 14, 2011

Mitch Daniels is the forty-ninth governor of Indiana. He served as political liaison to President Ronald Reagan and as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

Professor Bruce Thornton of Cal State Fresno

Bruce Thornton—The Wages of Appeasement

with Bruce Thorntonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 28, 2011

Bruce Thornton is a professor of classics and humanities at California State University, Fresno, and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. His latest book is The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich and Obama’s America.

William Voegeli

William Voegeli—The American Welfare State

with William Voegelivia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 14, 2011

A visiting scholar at the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College, William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the author of Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State.

aObama the radical with Stanley Kurtz

Stanley Kurtz—Radical-In-Chief

with Stanley Kurtzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 31, 2011

An author, journalist, and social anthropologist (PhD Harvard), Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a contributing editor to National Review Online. His latest book is Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.

The law with Epstein and Yoo

Richard Epstein and John Yoo—Order in the Court

with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Richard Epstein is a professor of law at the New York University law school, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago law school. His latest book is The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act. John Yoo is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school. His most recent book is Crisis and Command.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.

Thomas Sowell – Basic Economics

with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 3, 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 updated edition of his classic volume, Basic Economics.

Former Hoover fellow and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

TAKE IT TO THE LIMITS: Milton Friedman on Libertarianism

with Milton Friedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 20, 2010

What are the elements of the libertarian movement and how does one of its most illustrious proponents, Milton Friedman, apply its tenets to issues facing the United States today? Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science, was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1977 to 2006, discusses, on February 10, 1999, how he balances the libertarians' desire for a small, less intrusive government with environmental, public safety, food and drug administration, and other issues.

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley—The Rational Optimist

with Matt Ridleyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 6, 2010

A former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine, Matt Ridley is a journalist and best-selling author whose books include Genome:  The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters.  His most recent book is The Rational Optimist:  How Prosperity Evolves.

Prince Hans-Adam II

H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II – The State in the Third Millennium

with Prince Hans-Adam IIvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 22, 2010

Since 1989, H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II has reigned in Liechtenstein. Comprising 62 square miles nestled between Austria and Switzerland with a population of about 35,000, Liechtenstein is one of the world’s smallest nations—but has the highest per capita GDP in the world. The head of a family that traces its history back more than 900 years, to the beginning of the second millennium, Prince Hans-Adam is the author of a new book, The State in the Third Millennium.

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Gary Becker—The Economist’s Economist

with Gary S. Beckervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 8, 2010

A professor at the University of Chicago for more than 30 years, Gary Becker is a founder of the Chicago school of economics. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal and of the Nobel Prize in Economics, he is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.


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