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Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

with Terry M. Moe, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 13, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Terry Moe and Paul Peterson comment on the controversy surrounding the likely termination of the Washington, D.C., voucher program. Moe and Peterson discuss why vouchers are important for students, particularly disadvantaged ones; why many teachers and Democrats do not like the voucher program; why Democrats voted to end the voucher program; and why private schools work best for disadvantaged students. Video transcript (6:27).

Hoover media fellow John Judis, who is on the staff at the New Republic, delivered a talk titled “Obama’s Challenge” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m.

Seminar features Hoover media fellow John Judis

with John Judisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hoover media fellow John Judis, who is on the staff at the New Republic, delivered a talk titled “Obama’s Challenge” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m. The event took place at the Lane, Lyons Lodato Room at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, on the campus of Stanford University.

ohn Bolton served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in the departments of State and Justice.

The World According to John Bolton

by Peter M. Robinsonwith John R. Boltonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 2, 2009

“Were we right to go to war in Iraq?” With this question as a point of departure, Peter Robinson explores with Ambassador Bolton our foreign policy successes and failures during the Bush years and assesses the current challenges from the usual suspects: North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Bolton sees a power shift in the Middle East that would be fundamental, calamitous, and irreversible should Iran get nuclear weapons. (36:26 ) Video transcript

Andrew Ferguson and Rob Long compare and contrast the rhetoric of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln.

Ferguson and Long on Obama, Lincoln, and More

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Andrew Ferguson, Rob Longvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 16, 2009

How close in style and substance is Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, who also hailed from Illinois and emerged from a humble background to lead our nation in a time of crisis? Ferguson and Long examine the first inaugural addresses of both men to explore the parallels between the two and offer insights into how President Obama will guide our nation. (36:54 ) Video transcript

Mark Krikorian is the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies

Immigration with Mark Krikorian

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Mark Krikorianvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 2, 2009

Peter Robinson challenges Mark Krikorian to explain why America -- a nation of immigrants -- should now adopt anti-immigration policies. Krikorian responds by asserting that mass immigration is fundamentally incompatible with a modern society, that it causes a serious erosion of sovereignty, and that it creates a net economic burden on the government. Finally, he details the dangers of transnationalism and multiculturalism that are inherent in immigration today and gives his prescription for solving the problem. (34:52 ) Video transcript


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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.

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