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Uncommon Knowledge 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.
Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality
Dec 3 • 53 min
Recorded on November 15, 2018 Thomas Sowell discusses economic inequality, racial inequality, and the myths that have continued to falsely describe the system of poverty among different racial and economic classes. He explains the economic theories behind…
A New Afghanistan with H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai
Nov 14 • 56 min
Recorded on October 23, 2018 Former National Security Advisor H.R, McMaster and former Afghan Ambassador to China Janan Mosazai analyze the state of affairs in Afghanistan today. They discuss the role that terrorist groups Al Qaeda and the Taliban have…
John O’Sullivan: Brexit’s Past and Future Paths
Oct 29 • 26 min
Recorded on September 26, 2018. As the Brexit deadline of March 2019 draws near, John O’Sullivan discusses the status of Brexit today and the history of Britain’s decision to enter the European Union in 1973. He explains how Britain’s entry into the…
How the World Recovered: The 2008 Financial Crisis Ten Years Later
Oct 17 • 51 min
Recorded on September 28, 2018 Ten years ago, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression hit the United States and spread to other countries, including the United Kingdom. Here to discuss what happened then and where the world is now are former…
George Gilder: Forget Cloud Computing, Blockchain is the Future
Sep 24 • 48 min
Recorded on August 28, 2018 Is blockchain the technology of the future? George Gilder, author of Life After Google, argues that bitcoin and blockchain technology is revolutionizing the Internet. He sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss technology,…
Judging Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court with John Yoo
Sep 5 • 54 min
Recorded on August 28th, 2018. Is Brett Kavanaugh ready for the Supreme Court? John Yoo, Yale Law alumnus and Hoover Institution visiting fellow, breaks down Kavanaugh’s law career in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Yoo argues that the United States has…
Russia, China, and the Future of Democracy
Aug 20 • 44 min
Recorded on June 22, 2018 In a special edition of Uncommon Knowledge at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, Peter Robinson interviews former presidents and prime ministers on one subject: democracy. Following a unique format, Robinson asks each of the guests…
Uncommon Knowledge in Copenhagen: Revitalizing Democracies Around the World
Jul 26 • 50 min
Recorded on June 22nd, 2018 At the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, Peter Robinson moderated a panel discussion featuring prominent politicians from some of the world’s leading democracies as they discussed why democracy is declining around the world and what…
How to Get the Best from Brexit with Daniel Hannan
Jul 12 • 36 min
Recorded on June 22, 2018 Will the United Kingdom really follow through on Brexit? British politician Daniel Hannan believes that Brexit is happening and cannot come soon enough. As a staunch proponent for the “Vote Leave” side, Daniel Hannan has been…
Joseph Stalin: Waiting For Hitler
Jun 25 • 29 min
Did you miss part one? Listen to part one of the episode here. Recorded on January 25, 2018. “If you’re interested in power, [if] you’re interested in how power is accumulated and exercised, and what the consequences are, the subject of Stalin is just…
Why Does Joseph Stalin Matter?
Jun 7 • 46 min
Recorded on January 25, 2018 “Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator, creator of great power, and destroyer of tens of millions of lives …” Thus begins this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, which dives into the biography of Joseph Stalin. This episode’s guest,…
Defending the Nation With Secretary of Defense James Mattis
May 14 • 46 min
Recorded on Friday, May 11, 2018 in Washington DC. In his first televised interview in almost a year, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss a wide range of issues facing the United States Armed Forces at home and…
Discrimination and Disparities with Thomas Sowell
May 2 • 40 min
Recorded March 14, 2018 Rich or poor, most people agree that wealth disparities exist. Thomas Sowell discusses the origins and impacts of those wealth disparities in his new book, Discrimination and Disparities in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.…
George F. Will is the umpire on politics and baseball
Apr 19 • 48 min
Recorded on March 29, 2018 Washington Post columnist and author, George F. Will, sits down with Peter Robinson in Austin, Texas to chat about the current administration and America’s favorite pastime—baseball. They discuss politics in the age of…
To Change the Church With Ross Douthat
Apr 3 • 58 min
Recorded on February 27, 2018 What do Catholics think of Pope Francis’s changes to the Catholic Church? Ross Douthat explores that question in his new book, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. Douthat joins Peter Robinson on…
Senator Portman on Why the New Tax Bill Helps the Middle Class
Mar 29 • 46 min
Recorded on February 25, 2018 “On Election Day in 2016, Donald Trump carried Ohio by eight percentage points. Our guest today carried the state by twenty-one. Senator of Ohio Rob Portman joins Peter Robinson at a special live taping of Uncommon Knowledge.…
Fear No Evil With Natan Sharansky
Mar 14 • 45 min
Natan Sharansky sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss Soviet communism and its impact on his personal life. He discusses his book Fear No Evil: The Classic Memoir of One Man’s Triumph over a Police State, which details a compelling account of his time…
Shelby Steele On “How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country”
Feb 8 • 45 min
Recorded on January 25, 2018 Shelby Steele, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and author of Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country , joins Peter Robinson to discuss race relations in the United States. Steele tells stories about…
Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower
Jan 24 • 51 min
Recorded on November 9, 2017 With social networks like Facebook and Twitter in abundance, the effects of networks on society in the twenty-first century are inarguable. However, Niall Ferguson, author of The Square and the Tower, argues that networks are…
Enduring Vietnam with James Wright
Dec 21, 2017 • 44 min
Recorded April 11, 2017 Historian James Wright, author of Enduring Vietnam: An America Generation and Its War, joins Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge to discuss the challenges and successes of the Vietnam War. They discuss why the Vietnam War…
Part 2: The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson
Dec 12, 2017 • 30 min
Recorded on October 23, 2017 Could the Axis powers have won? What are the counterfactuals for World War II? Find out in part two of this episode as military historian, editor of Strategika, and Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson…
Part I The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson
Nov 28, 2017 • 27 min
Recorded on October 23, 2017 How were the Axis powers able to instigate the most lethal conflict in human history? Find out in part one of this episode as military historian, editor of Strategika, and Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, Victor Davis…
The High Cost of Good Intentions Featuring John Cogan
Nov 16, 2017 • 45 min
Recorded on October 24, 2017 How old are entitlement programs in the United States? Entitlement programs are as old as the Republic, according to John Cogan, former deputy director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and a Hoover Institution…
Genocides: A World History featuring Norman Naimark
Oct 11, 2017 • 49 min
Recorded on February 14, 2017 Norman Naimark, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an expert on Eastern Europe and genocides throughout history, brings his considerable expertise to Uncommon Knowledge to discuss the history of genocides from…
How to Fail at Almost Everything with Scott Adams
Sep 14, 2017 • 43 min
Recorded on July 12, 2017 The Dilbert comic strip artist and political philosopher Scott Adams sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. He discusses with Peter his theory of “talent stacking,”…
The Speech That Defined a Presidency
Aug 22, 2017 • 50 min
Recorded on July 23, 2017 Thirty years after Ronald Reagan’s famous denouncement of the Berlin Wall, Peter Robinson reflects on writing the Brandenburg Gate speech and why it was so important to include the now memorable words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down…
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the West, Dawa, and Islam
Aug 8, 2017 • 42 min
Recorded on July 12, 2017 Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Peter Robinson to discuss her new book, The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It, and her views on the challenges facing Western civilization in regards to…
How to Be a Conservative
Jul 19, 2017 • 44 min
Recorded on February 27, 2017 In the latest episode from Uncommon Knowledge, Sir Roger Scruton, a formally trained political philosopher, talks about his life and the events he’s witnessed that led him to conservatism. He first embraced conservatism after…
Making Congress and America Work Again
Jun 28, 2017 • 40 min
Recorded on June 10, 2017 Senator Rob Portman sits down with Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson to talk about the threats and problems related to Russia’s meddling in democratic elections in the United States and around the world. Portman then…
The Budget Crisis in the Land of Lincoln
Jun 23, 2017 • 30 min
Recorded on June 10, 2017 The forty-second governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, joins Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge to discuss Illinois’s budget crisis. With the end of the fiscal year deadline (June 30) looming ever closer Governor Rauner and House…
The Vanishing American Adult
Jun 12, 2017 • 38 min
Recorded on June 2, 2017 Senator Benjamin Sasse joins Peter Robinson to discuss his book The Vanishing American Adult and the growing crisis in America of prolonged adolescence. Senator Sasse argues that children are growing up, entering adolescence, and…
Area 45: The Art of Presidential Wordsmithery Featuring Peter Robinson
Jun 6, 2017 • 55 min
Today, we’re introducing Area 45, a new political podcast from the team behind Uncommon Knowledge, The Classicist, and the Libertarian. Host Bill Whalen interviews Uncommon Knowledge’s host, Peter Robinson about presidential communication in this age of…
Sowing the Seeds of Growth
May 24, 2017 • 38 min
Recorded on May 11, 2017 John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, director of the Office of Budget and Management, sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss the complex process of budget reform by having to blend President Trump’s budget proposal with the realities…
Drug Decriminalization
May 17, 2017 • 26 min
Released May 18, 1996 In the 1996 first ever episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson discusses the origins of Uncommon Knowledge before invited guests former US attorney general Edwin Meese III and former San Jose police chief Joseph McNamara. They…
Carly Fiorina on the Future of the United States
May 11, 2017 • 40 min
Recorded on March 16, 2017 Although many people have heard of Carly Fiorina, former presidential candidate and first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, few have had the chance to sit down and speak with her. In this special live…
How JetBlue Does It
Apr 24, 2017 • 40 min
Recorded on February 14, 2017 CEO Robin Hayes and Hoover Institution board member Joel Peterson talk to Peter Robinson about how JetBlue has remained successful, despite all the regulations, competition, and pitfalls of running an airline. Peterson and…
The Challenges of Reforming Health Care in a Partisan Era
Apr 11, 2017 • 50 min
Recorded on March 22, 2017 In a lively debate Avik Roy and John Podhoretz discuss health care coverage and whether the American Health Care Act (AHCA), created to replace Obamacare/Affordable Care Act (ACA), will solve our health care problems. They both…
The Historical Benefits of Trade
Mar 27, 2017 • 34 min
Recorded on December 2, 2016 Professor Douglas Irwin defends the benefits of free trade and explains why protectionism, high tariffs, and currency wars could cause economic problems. Irwin explains the misconceptions around trade surpluses and deficits…
Senator Tom Cotton, Immigration Reform, and the RAISE Act
Feb 27, 2017 • 41 min
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas joins Peter Robinson to discuss the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, an immigration reformation bill he is cosponsoring. He notes that American workers have been getting a raw deal since the…
Understanding Donald Trump
Jan 9, 2017 • 40 min
Robert Costa, an American journalist who writes for the Washington Post, joins Peter Robinson to discuss his insights into president-elect Donald Trump after covering him for the past several years. Costa discusses Trump’s mentality on running for…
The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age
Dec 2, 2016 • 31 min
Professor Russell Muirhead argues that to do anything in politics you need a party but just because a party currently rules does not mean it will be successful and continue to rule. He posits that parties need to remember and nurture achievements that…
Donald Trump and Conservative Intellectuals
Nov 30, 2016 • 41 min
Matthew Continetti and Andrew Ferguson discuss Donald Trump’s nomination and what it means for conservatives in America. They argue that they are encouraged by whom Trump is nominating to different cabinet positions and the Supreme Court but that Trump’s…
Kellyanne Conway discusses the presidential election of 2016
Nov 30, 2016 • 53 min
Kellyanne Conway discusses her life working on a New Jersey blueberry farm as an adolescent in the summers and being brought up by her mother, grandmother, and two unmarried aunts. She reflects on how she became conservative through the values her family…
J.D. Vance On His New Book Hillbilly Elegy
Nov 14, 2016 • 43 min
Recorded on October 27, 2016 J.D. Vance chronicles his life and the history and issues of hillbillies in America. Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, writes about growing up in a poor Rust Belt town and how his family never fully escapes…
Kori Schake on Civil-Military Relations
Nov 10, 2016 • 42 min
Recorded on September 21, 2016 Although Americans have great respect for the military, most civilians have lost touch with it. This means that US citizens are not attuned to what the military needs because so few American volunteer to serve; this lack of…
America’s Will to Lead
Oct 20, 2016 • 32 min
Former prime minister of Denmark, Anders Rasmussen, on America’s indispensable role as the global leader.
The State of the 2016 Presidential Election, the Role of the Media, and Obama’s Legacy
Oct 7, 2016 • 40 min
Fred Barnes and Stephen Hayes discuss the media’s role in the 2016 presidential election and how the media’s role have changed and become much more biased in this election. They discuss what history will say about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and how…
Victor Davis Hanson on grand strategy, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election
Sep 22, 2016 • 40 min
Recorded on September 22, 2016 Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Russia, China, and the danger of American withdrawal from the world stage. In addition, Hanson talks about immigration and assimilation in the United States throughout…
What’s wrong with the American economy?
Sep 9, 2016 • 43 min
The American economy’s biggest problem is growth. To achieve growth, Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane argues, America needs to simplify the tax code and deregulate the economy. He discusses how government agencies must conduct serious, transparent,…
Wealth, Poverty, and Politics
Sep 8, 2016 • 42 min
Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses inequality and how it is part of the human condition. Sowell notes that political and ideological struggles have led to a dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. We cannot properly…
Is the Constitution Out of Date?
Aug 15, 2016 • 45 min
Hoover Institution fellows Terry Moe and Peter Robinson have a lively discussion on whether the Constitution is outdated and thus incapable of dealing with societal and structural problems facing government today. For example, immigration has been broken…
A Conversation with Stanford President John Hennessy
Jul 14, 2016 • 46 min
John Hennessy discusses his tenure as president of Stanford University and how he helped make it into an elite school: encouraging technological innovation on campus, working on ideas that push humankind forward and maintain academic excellence, and…
James Buckley discusses his life and values on Uncommon Knowledge
Jul 13, 2016 • 25 min
James Buckley discusses his life and upbringing as well as the genesis of Firing Line and the success of his brother Bill. James describes Bill as a fresh spirit who wanted to meet all types of people and listen to different viewpoints. Bill loved a good…
The Texas Plan with Governor Greg Abbott
May 2, 2016 • 42 min
Each branch of the federal government has strayed from its original purpose and no candidate for president will be able to fix the underlying issues that plague it. Governor Abbott makes his case for proposing a Convention of States to make amendments to…
A Plan to Defeat ISIS
Mar 25, 2016 • 36 min
General Jack Keane briefly describes the history and rise of ISIS and its aim in the Middle East. Keane then discusses the concrete steps America should take to defeat ISIS, including partnerships with Sunni tribes and a more comprehensive air war.
Good Profit Part II
Mar 18, 2016 • 42 min
In Part II of our interview with Charles Koch, he covers politics and the role of corporations in our society. Koch, making the case to end corporate welfare, tells us what he admires about Bernie Sanders and why he is less sanguine about President George…
Good Profit Part I
Mar 18, 2016 • 27 min
Charles Koch discusses his journey, from engaging in manual labor as a youth to attending MIT and working as a consultant. Having learned the principles of classical liberalism through his education and work, he now applies those principles to building…
Restoring the Constitution
Feb 22, 2016 • 41 min
From members of Congress more concerned about reelection than debating the real problems to a president espousing post-constitutional ideas, Americans need a renewed understanding of the Constitution. Senator Sasse discusses the issues plaguing Congress…
Karl Rove on the election of 1896
Feb 22, 2016 • 45 min
Karl Rove discusses the amazing life and election of William McKinley. From his time as a soldier in the Civil War to his campaign in 1896, Karl Rove makes the case that McKinley was not only an effective campaigner for president but also someone who…
European Disunion
Jan 25, 2016 • 47 min
Recorded on January 25, 2016 Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul and John O’Sullivan discuss the many problems Europe is facing including an aggressive Russia, Brexit, NATO and the asylum crisis in Germany. McFaul and O’Sullivan give their analysis…
A Conversation with Former Secretary of State George Shultz
Jan 25, 2016 • 34 min
Secretary Shultz talks about his time in the Reagan White House, from negotiations with Andrey Gromyko to the meetings between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik. It’s a fascinating recount of the Reagan years through Shultz’s eyes, ending with what he…
The Secretary of State, the Instructor, and the Piano
Dec 15, 2015 • 40 min
Recorded on July 9, 2015 The piano has been an important part of life for Condoleezza Rice and George Barth, her teacher. Although not as popular in today’s culture, for them classical music is challenging but worth the effort to understand the piano’s…
Niall Ferguson on Kissinger the Idealist
Oct 7, 2015 • 41 min
Recorded on October 7, 2015 - Niall Ferguson discusses the first half of Henry Kissinger’s life, beginning with his being a young boy in Germany to becoming an intellectual celebrity at Harvard and finally an adviser to both Nelson Rockefeller and John…
Stalin in Power
Oct 6, 2015 • 30 min
Recorded on July 29, 2015 - As part 2 begins, Lenin is dead and Stalin is trying to consolidate power. Although various people were vying for the position, Stalin had already effectively taken over Lenin’s job. Lenin’s last will and testament says bad…
Stalin’s Rise to Power
Oct 6, 2015 • 33 min
Recorded on July 29, 2015 - Part 1: Stalin was born in a small town in Georgia in which he was educated to become a priest. After succeeding in school and becoming a devout follower of the faith, Stalin left the priesthood and became a communist…
Wealth, Poverty, and Politics
Sep 18, 2015 • 43 min
Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars,…
The Constitution
Sep 4, 2015 • 39 min
John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general for President George Bush and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Hugh Hewitt, former Reagan administration official and now a talk radio host, discuss the Constitution and…
Charles Hill and General James Mattis on the Iran Deal, Democracy, and Freedom
Jul 29, 2015 • 39 min
Recorded on July 16, 2015 - Hoover fellows Charles Hill and James Mattis discuss the Iran deal and the state of the world on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. In their view the United States has handed over its leading role to Iran and…
Senator John Hoeven lights up the conversation on energy
Jun 5, 2015 • 24 min
Senator John Hoeven discusses the Keystone pipeline, energy policy, the Middle East, and politics, noting that our country moves forward with investments that make our energy secure and environmentally sound. Horizontal drilling and fracking, for example,…
Arkansas Senator Thomas Cotton on events in Iraq, negotiations with Iran, and life in the US Senate
Apr 3, 2015 • 39 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, to examine the many issues facing the nation today. Cotton graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001 and then served with the US Army in Iraq. In…
Uncommon Knowledge with Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, and Spirit of America
Mar 13, 2015 • 21 min
In this episode, the host of Uncommon Knowledge speaks with Jim Hake, founder of Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization created to save lives and support the missions of US soldiers abroad. Hake’s goal was to go beyond what the government could do,…
Uncommon Knowledge with General Jim Mattis
Mar 6, 2015 • 40 min
In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also…
Uncommon Knowledge with Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth
Feb 26, 2015 • 41 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge Dartmouth professors of government Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth join Peter for an in-depth conversation about foreign policy and national security strategies in an ever-changing environment. Jennifer Lind is an…
Author P.J. O’Rourke reflects on life in the sixties to today with nostalgia and humor
Feb 4, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with one of America’s favorite political satirists, P. J. O’Rourke, to discuss his best-selling books and the political philosophies that inspired them. O’Rourke describes how he came to hold his…
Richard Epstein’s Gold Mind Enriches Us with His Ideas on Inequality, Taxes, Politics, and Health Care
Jan 30, 2015 • 43 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses inequality, taxes, globalization, free markets, politics, health care, and gay marriage. Epstein states that the…
Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens
Dec 19, 2014 • 49 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell, on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a…
Uncommon Knowledge with David Kelley on creativity, innovation, and design
Nov 12, 2014 • 40 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with David Kelley, author of Creative Confidence, professor of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and founder of IDEO, one of the world’s most prestigious design firms. Kelley offers a…
Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education
Oct 24, 2014 • 45 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, guest Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and thinkers, discusses his new book Zero to One. In it Thiel explains his theories on markets, monopolies, and the lack new technology. Born in Germany,…
Uncommon Knowledge with Liam Fox
Oct 10, 2014 • 38 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Liam Fox, member of Parliament and former secretary of state for defense, who also remains on every journalist’s short list of those most likely to one day become leader of the Conservative or…
Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson
Sep 9, 2014 • 44 min
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on KÐ12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world. The authors of…
Kevin McCarthy on California and the Nation
Aug 20, 2014 • 43 min
In this Uncommon Knowledge interview, Peter sits down with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, CA) to discuss what the majority leader does and what it takes to be one. McCarthy also gives his opinion on the future of California, actions…
Part II: Steve Wynn discusses his life as an entrepreneur
Jul 25, 2014 • 30 min
Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts, in the second part of his interview, discusses further his life as an entrepreneur, what he does to motivate his employees, and how he creates experiences that keep customers returning. Wynn also expresses his views on…
Part I: Wynn Resorts owner Steve Wynn on the Las Vegas hotel and casino business
Jul 17, 2014 • 23 min
Part I: Steve Wynn discusses his life, his dad’s death, being broke, and how he got into hotel and casino business. Wynn came to Las Vegas for a vacation, met Frank Sinatra, and fell in love with the city. Wynn’s banker said, Steve, this town needs young…
Peter Robinson remembers Fouad Ajami
Jun 27, 2014 • 7 min
In this special episode of Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson remembers Fouad Ajami, a Hoover senior fellow and renowned Middle East scholar, with excerpts from past interviews on Uncommon Knowledge covering US-Afghani relations, politics in Iran,…
Senator Rob Portman on Republicans and Politics
Jun 17, 2014 • 39 min
In this Uncommon Knowledge interview, Hoover fellow Peter Robinson speaks with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. Portman discusses the state of US politics and the Republican Party, touching on various important issues, beginning with the shortcoming of the…
Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin and Russia
May 19, 2014 • 40 min
Hoover fellow Peter Robinson speaks with former US ambassador to Russia, Hoover senior fellow, and Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul. McFaul discusses Russian president Vladimir Putin’s complex and evolving rhetoric and strategic…
Yuval Levin on The Great Debate
Apr 25, 2014 • 36 min
Hoover fellow Peter Robinson speaks with political analyst, author, and journalist Yuval Levin. Levin is the founding editor of National Affairs, a quarterly journal of essays on the economy, society, culture, and political thought. He is also the author…
Robert Thomson, News Corp CEO
Mar 27, 2014 • 43 min
Rumor has it that newspapers will inevitably disappear, but according to Uncommon Knowledge’s interview with Robert Thomson, chief executive officer of News Corp, that doesn’t need to happen. Thomson discusses how newspapers have always created a…
Mike Lee on Politics and Conservatism
Mar 14, 2014 • 45 min
Utah Republican senator Mike Lee joins Peter to discuss the positive reforms he has put forth since being elected in 2010. The senator’s legislation caused the New York Times to refer to him as the “one-stop shop for provocative reform ideas.” Senator Lee…
David Berlinski on Science, Philosophy, and Society
Feb 14, 2014 • 44 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, David Berlinski, a mathematician, philosopher, and biologist, discusses the current state of the scientific community, the theories of Darwinism, and the science behind global warming. Peter Robinson gets a sneak peek at…
Max Boot on guerilla warfare
Jan 22, 2014 • 32 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, military historian Max Boot discusses current events in Syria, Iran, and his recent book Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to Present. Boot explains how guerrilla warfare has been,…
Peter Robinson remembers Christopher Hitchens
Dec 26, 2013 • 11 min
In this special episode of Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson remembers Christopher Hitchens, a British American author, journalist, and personal friend, through a series of excerpts from past interviews on Uncommon Knowledge. These excerpts cover…
George Gilder on knowledge
Dec 6, 2013 • 41 min
Author George Gilder discusses his conception of knowledge, power, and the economy, as described in his latest book, Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World. He argues that a low entropy, or…
David Mamet on conservatism
Nov 21, 2013 • 35 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, playwright David Mamet discusses his book The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture and his conversion to conservatism. Mamet explains how, by studying Jewish and Christian texts such as the Talmud and…
Archbishop Gomez on immigration
Nov 8, 2013 • 40 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles discusses Catholicism, Mexico-US relations, and immigration, which, as a prominent issue in the United States, provokes a wide variety of opinions as to how it can best be addressed. Gomez…
Joel Klein on using technology to transform education
Oct 12, 2013 • 36 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Joel Klein, Amplify CEO and former chancellor of the New York City department of education, discusses technology, school choice, and the challenges facing the US educational system. The gap between the haves and the…
Peter Thiel and Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation
Sep 20, 2013 • 45 min
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson mediates a discussion between PayPal founder and Stanford Professor Peter Thiel and Velocity Capital Management founder and journalist Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation in the…
Amity Shlaes on Coolidge’s life, ideas, and success in bringing about low taxes and small government
Aug 23, 2013 • 47 min
Amity Shlaes sheds light on the life of Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States. The harsh conditions of Coolidge’s childhood shaped his political ideas and led to his deep understanding of life and helping people succeed, especially…
Victor Davis Hanson on the type of men who become savior generals
Aug 6, 2013 • 42 min
Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost—From Ancient Greece to Iraq. Hanson notes that savior generals are eccentrics, iconoclasts, and visionaries who see things others do not.…
Author Tom Wolfe discusses his latest novel, Back to Blood
Jul 23, 2013 • 47 min
Tom Wolfe discusses the ideas and inspirations for Back to Blood, a story of decadence and the new America. In the book, Wolfe paints a story of a decaying culture enduring constant uncertainty. Heroes are spurned and abused, and values are dissolving;…