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General Jack Keane briefly describes the history and rise of ISIS

A Plan To Defeat ISIS

interview with Retired General Jack Keanevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, August 11, 2016

General Jack Keane discusses the threat of ISIS and how the United States should respond.

Stanford President John Hennessy

A Conversation With Stanford President John Hennessy

interview with John L. Hennessyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How John Hennessy transformed Stanford University from one of the top universities in the nation to one of the elite schools in the world.

Robinson, McFaul, OSullivan

European Disunion

interview with Michael McFaul, John O'Sullivanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 13, 2016

What is happening in Europe?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

The Texas Plan With Governor Greg Abbott

interview with Greg Abbottvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Convention of States to Restore the Constitution.

Charles Koch

Good Profit Part II

interview with Charles Kochvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, April 29, 2016

Charles Koch covers politics, freedom, and the role of corporations in our society.

Charles Koch

Good Profit Part I

interview with Charles Kochvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, April 14, 2016

How to build a successful company.

Karl Rove

Karl Rove On The Election of 1896

interview with Karl Rovevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, March 31, 2016

The importance of William McKinley’s election and the lessons we should take from it today.

Senator Ben Sasse

Restoring The Constitution

interview with Ben Sassevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Senator Ben Sasse and his fight to revive and enliven the Senate.

A Conversation with Former Secretary of State George Shultz

A Conversation With Former Secretary Of State George Shultz

interview with George P. Shultzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, February 11, 2016

George Shultz discusses his time in the Reagan White House and what type of president America needs today.

Condoleezza Rice and Professor George Barth her teacher

The Secretary Of State, The Instructor, And The Piano

interview with Condoleezza Rice, George Barthvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 14, 2015

How the piano shaped and continues to define Hoover Fellow and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Professor George Barth her teacher.


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