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5 Questions For Stephen Kotkin

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, February 4, 2022

The premise of this show is simple: Peter Robinson poses five questions to Dr. Kotkin: what Xi Jinping, the president of China believes; what Vladimir Putin believes; whether nuclear weapons are a deterrent in the 21st century; the chances of another American renewal; and Kotkin’s rational basis for loving the United States. It’s a fascinating conversation that delves deep into one of the country’s brightest minds.

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Judging The Justices: Epstein And Yoo On The New Originalist Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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In what has now become an annual tradition on Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, law professors John Yoo and Richard Epstein join the show to opine on a newly minted Supreme Court. For the first time in decades, today’s court is dominated by a majority of originalist justices—justices who believe the Constitution means today just what the document meant when it was ratified more than 200 years ago.

Judging The Justices: Epstein And Yoo On The New Originalist Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

In what has now become an annual tradition on Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, law professors John Yoo and Richard Epstein join the show to opine on a newly minted Supreme Court. For the first time in decades, today’s court is dominated by a majority of originalist justices—justices who believe the Constitution means today just what the document meant when it was ratified more than 200 years ago.

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The Last King of America: Andrew Roberts on King George III

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Andrew Roberts’s new book is The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III, a biography of the monarch who led England during the American Revolution and who has been made into something of a caricature by Americans, most recently by his portrayal in the musical Hamilton as a preening, stuck-up (but funny) king of England. In this interview and in his book, Roberts goes to great lengths to deconstruct that distortion and, in the process, give us an extremely nuanced and detailed portrait of the man who created the conditions for America’s independence.

The Last King Of America: Andrew Roberts On King George III

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Andrew Roberts’s new book is The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III, a biography of the monarch who led England during the American Revolution and who has been made into something of a caricature by Americans, most recently by his portrayal in the musical Hamilton as a preening, stuck-up (but funny) king of England. In this interview and in his book, Roberts goes to great lengths to deconstruct that distortion and, in the process, give us an extremely nuanced and detailed portrait of the man who created the conditions for America’s independence.

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It Could Have Been Worse: Kim Strassel and Ross Douthat Review 2021

with Ross Douthat, Kimberley A. Strasselvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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It’s the last show of the year for Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, and as is our tradition (for the last two years, anyhow), we’ve invited two of our favorite journalists —Ross Douthat of the New York Times and Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal— to look back, discuss, and analyze the year that was. We delve, discuss, and predict politics, the law, COVID, the future of Roe v. Wade, and much more.

It Could Have Been Worse: Kim Strassel And Ross Douthat Review 2021

interview with Ross Douthat, Kimberley A. Strasselvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

It’s the last show of the year for Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, and as is our tradition (for the last two years, anyhow), we’ve invited two of our favorite journalists —Ross Douthat of the New York Times and Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal— to look back, discuss, and analyze the year that was. We delve, discuss, and predict politics, the law, COVID, the future of Roe v. Wade, and much more.

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Make Ticker Tape Parades Great Again: A Conversation With Peter Thiel

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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In this wide-ranging conversation, Thiel discusses his politics, his campaign, and the scourge of totalitarian conformism in the United States and abroad; the problem with “following the science”; where President Biden deserves the blame and where he doesn’t; and why cryptocurrency may just save the world.

Make Ticker Tape Parades Great Again: A Conversation With Peter Thiel

interview with Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

In this wide-ranging conversation, Thiel discusses his politics, his campaign, and the scourge of totalitarian conformism in the United States and abroad; the problem with “following the science”; where President Biden deserved blame and where he does now; and why cryptocurrency may just save the world.

Glenn Loury’s Journey From Chicago’s South Side To The Ivy League And Beyond

interview with Glenn Louryvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

In this interview, Professor Glenn Loury discusses how he became a tenured professor of economics at Harvard at the age of 33 and he explains the crucial role his parents and his extended family played in his education and his opinions. Now, in his 70’s Loury has become a leading spokesman on the right, often speaking out against woke culture prevalent on many campuses and other institutions.

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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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