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Mark Steyn and Rob Long on Uncommon Knowledge

Mark Steyn and Rob Long—The Gipper Then and Now

with Mark Steyn, Rob Longvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Reviewing clips of Ronald Reagan’s speeches, Long and Steyn reflect on Reagan’s relevance to issues confronting America today. Speaking of Reagan’s “The Last Stand on Earth” address, Steyn remarks on “how easily you can pick up the argument [made in 1964 about the threat of Soviet communism] and drop it right down into the current circumstances [the threat of Islamic extremism].”

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Business and the media with Rupert Murdoch

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Rupert Murdochvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 22, 2011

Rupert Murdoch owns the controlling interest in News Corp., which in turn owns media properties on five continents — properties that include some 170 newspapers, dozens of television stations, half a dozen television networks, a publishing company, and a movie studio.

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.

John O'Sullivan

The Cold War

by Peter M. Robinsonwith John O'Sullivanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 11, 2010

John O’Sullivan explores three competing explanations for the causes of the cold war and the three fundamental explanations for its end. Along the way, he offers in the Soviet Union a cogent analysis of the roles played by Mikhail Gorbachev and by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II in the West. Video transcript


Sebastian Junger

War with Sebastian Junger

with Sebastian Jungervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

From this close-in vantage point, Junger discusses the universal themes at play in the experience of all soldiers, ancient and modern, who experience combat: fear, killing, and love, that “intoxicating” bond formed by the men who wage battle together.

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John Podhoretz — The Purposes of Political Combat

with John Podhoretzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The editor of Commentary magazine and the film critic for The Weekly Standard, John Podhoretz served as a speechwriter in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He is the author of Hell of a Ride: Backstage at the White House Follies.

Fouad Ajami’s interview on Uncommon Knowledge

The United States and the Middle East with Fouad Ajami

with Fouad Ajamivia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fouad Ajami deconstructs past and current U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Greater Middle East and lays out the ideological and strategic challenges the United States faces in the Islamic world.

Mark Steyn

“The End of the World as We Know It,” with Mark Steyn

with Mark Steynvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, April 30, 2010

Responding to critics who have called his America Alone “alarmist,” Steyn defends the tone and central premise of his book. “This book is about…the larger forces at play in the developed world that have left Europe too enfeebled to resist its remorseless transformation into Eurabia and that call into question the future of much of the rest of the world, including the United States, Canada, and beyond.”

Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

with George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William J. Perry, Sidney D. Drell, Max Kampelmanvia Hoover Videos
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

George P. Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry, Sam Nunn, and others called for a world free of nuclear weapons at a conference held at the Hoover Institution on October 24-25. Their comments were made during a panel discussion following a dinner organized in conjunction with the institution’s “Reykjavik Revisited: Steps toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” conference. (1:01:18)

Christopher Hitchens and William F. Buckley Jr. argue over how 1968 changed our nation’s politics and culture.

Uncommon Knowledge classic: “The Sixties” with Hitchens and William F. Buckley

with Christopher Hitchens, William F. Buckley Jr.via Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

In this rereleased interview from 1998, Christopher Hitchens, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine, is a self-proclaimed radical. William F. Buckley, Jr., editor-at-large of National Review magazine, is one of the most noted conservatives in the country. During the 1960’s, Hitchens enjoyed the counter-culture, whereas Buckley was one of the founders of the politically conservative counter counter-culture. Thirty years later (1998), and Hitchens and Buckley are still wrangling over the Revolution. (24:52)