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with Abraham D. Sofaer, Jonathan B. Tucker, Dean Wilkeningvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 28, 1998

Abraham D. Sofaer, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow of Hoover Institution, Jonathan B. Tucker, Director with the Chemical/Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Dean Wilkening, Director of the Science Program, Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, discuss whether the United States is prepared for a biological or chemical weapons attack. Is it possible that we are over-hyping the threat, scaring the American public, and allowing the FBI to further extend their already-broad powers into our personal lives?

UP IN SMOKE: The War on Tobacco

with David E. Bonfilio, James W. Stratton, Jacob Sullumvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 28, 1998

Are public health advocates asking the federal government to overstep its bounds, or is it time for a national tobacco policy? David E. Bonfilio, an American Cancer Society volunteer, James W. Stratton, Deputy Director of Prevention Services, California State Department of Health Services, and Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor of Reason magazine and author of For Your Own Good: The Anti Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health, discuss the war against tobacco.


with Gary Reback, Rich Karlgaardvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, December 19, 1997

Rich Karlgaard, editor, Forbes ASAP magazine, and Gary Reback, partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, examine the Department of Justice charges that Microsoft is violating anti-trust laws by keeping competitors out of the market, stifling technological innovation, and denying consumers a choice of products.


with Henry S. Rowen, Donald Aiken, David Goldsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, December 19, 1997

Donald Aiken, senior scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists; David Goldstein, senior scientist, energy, National Resources Defense Council; and Henry Rowen, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, and director, Asia/Pacific Research Center, discuss the effects of the December 1997 treaty agreeing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions seven percent below 1990 levels by the year 2012.


with David Morrison, Andrew Fraknoi, Timothy Ferrisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, December 11, 1997

Timothy Ferris, professor of journalism, University of California, Berkeley; David Morrison, director of Space, NASA Ames Research Center; and Andrew Fraknoi, chair, department of astronomy, Foothill College, wonder what we are doing in space, and how the public is served by the billions we continue to spend.


with Arnold Beichman, Michel Oksenberg, Lawrence Lauvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, December 11, 1997

Mike Oksenberg, senior fellow, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Arnold Beichman, research fellow, Hoover Institution; and Lawrence Lau, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, and professor of Economics, Stanford University, acknowledge that China wants to be counted among the world's powers. Is China on its way to becoming "the" other superpower? Should the United States be worried? Should we respond? Are the U.S. and China on a collision course?


with Peter Brimelow, David M. Kennedyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 13, 1997

Peter Brimelow, author, Alien Nation, and media fellow, Hoover Institution, and David Kennedy, professor of history, Stanford University, air their divergent opinions on immigration.


with Annelise Anderson, Tony Miller, Carol Wagner Vallianosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 13, 1997

Tony Miller, founder, Californians for Political Reform Foundation; Carol Wagner Vallianos, member, board of directors, The League of Women Voters; and Annelise Anderson, senior research fellow, Hoover Institution, tackle campaign finance , an issue the politicians would rather not touch.


with Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, David Serrano-Sewellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 31, 1997

Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, founder and president, the Polling Company, and David Serrano-Sewell, special assistant to the mayor of San Francisco, discuss Generation X-- the 54 million Americans born between 1965 and 1978 and their attitudes toward government and politics.


with Terry Anderson, Carl Popevia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 31, 1997

Terry Anderson, director, Political Economy Research Center, and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, and Carl Pope, executive director, Sierra Club, take on environmental controversies from around the country.


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