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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.


Defending the “Defender in Chief”: John Yoo on Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power
Aug 4 • 59 min
On the occasion of his new book, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, Hoover visiting fellow and Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo joins the show to make a spirited case against the criticisms of Donald Trump for his…
Bjorn Lomborg Declares “False Alarm” on Climate Hysteria
Jul 28 • 57 min
This week, a conversation with Bjorn Lomborg, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, the president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and one of the foremost climate experts in the world today. His new book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic…
An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies
Jul 2 • 57 min
The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen…
The Case against Revolution with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Jun 30 • 55 min
As the United States and the world embark on fraught conversations about race, history, law enforcement, and the underpinnings of our very civilization, Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Peter Robinson for an enlightening conversation.
The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings
Jun 23 • 50 min
Dr. Scott Atlas’s prescription includes more protection for people in nursing homes, two weeks of strict self-isolation for those with mild symptoms, and most importantly, the opening of all K–12 schools.
Jimmy Lai: The Last, Best Hope for Saving Democracy in Hong Kong
Jun 9 • 42 min
Jimmy Lai explains the widening crackdown the Chinese Communist Party is imposing on Hong Kong, including his interpretation of the recently proposed national security law, which Lai believes will give China the ability to control all aspects of Hong…
Mitch Daniels: Plain Talk from the President of Purdue
Jun 4 • 49 min
In this wide-ranging conversation with Peter Robinson, Daniels discusses his insistence on keeping Purdue’s tuition below $10,000 and how he does it, his vision for Purdue that includes mix of online and onsite education, and his efforts to hire an…
Ross Douthat’s Decadent Society
Jun 2 • 58 min
In his new book, The Decadent Society, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat presents a theory: “Western society stopped advancing in the second half of the 20th century
How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley
May 18 • 64 min
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s economies, the real story of Thomas Edison and why he was one of the greatest innovators in human history, why China may not be the threat it appears to be (at least not technologically), and some…
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya: His new MLB COVID-19 Study and the Dilemma of the Lockdown
May 11 • 55 min
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya discusses a new COVID-19 survey of Major League Baseball employees as well as very real health risks associated with a prolonged lockdowns.
The Importance of Institutions, with Yuval Levin
May 8 • 34 min
We as a society must recommit to rebuilding and maintaining the institutions that provided the foundation for American society for 200 years.
What’s So Funny about Corona, Politics, the Media, and the Culture? A Conversation with Andrew Ferguson and P. J. O’Rourke
May 1 • 52 min
P. J. O’Rourke and Andrew Ferguson on COVID-19, their wasted youth, Trump versus Biden, the state of journalism, and why they’d both bet on the United States over China any old day.
Victor Davis Hanson on Coronavirus, California, and the Classical World
Apr 24 • 60 min
Victor Davis Hanson discusses some of the difficulties encountered by farmers and by research scientists and doctors dealing with COVID-19, and why some areas of the country are affected more than others, his theories about when the virus actually first…
The Trade-Offs on Tariffs and International Trade, with Professor Douglas Irwin
Apr 22 • 54 min
The impact of a health crisis that has businesses across the country re-examining their investments abroad.
The Fight against COVID-19: An Update from Dr. Jay Bhattacharya
Apr 17 • 42 min
Dr. Bhattacharya returns to discuss the results of a study testing for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, California, and one currently underway in partnership with Major League Baseball. We also discuss some signs of hope and specifics about how the economy…
Kicking and Screaming: WSJ’s Kim Strassel on the Media vs. Trump
Apr 14 • 46 min
The media’s treatment of Donald Trump.
Trump, China, and the Geopolitics of a Crisis
Apr 7 • 36 min
Peter Robinson and Stephen Kotkin discuss Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kotkin’s thoughts on the Chinese leadership class and the advantages they may seek to exploit, and which country—China or the United States—will come to represent the more…
Questioning Conventional Wisdom in the COVID-19 Crisis, with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya
Mar 31 • 32 min
It’s not popular right now to question conventional wisdom on sheltering in place, but Dr. Bhattacharya makes a strong case for challenging it, based in economics and science.
The Corona Economy with John B. Taylor
Mar 27 • 45 min
the huge impact of the COVID-19 virus on the US and world economies.
The Great Society: A New History with Amity Shlaes
Mar 24 • 50 min
Historian Amity Shlaes on her new book, Great Society: A New History. Begun by John F. Kennedy and completed by Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society was one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation ever enacted in American history.
A Conversation with Vice President Mike Pence
Mar 9 • 40 min
A special one-on-one interview with Vice President Mike Pence.
The World According to Thiel
Feb 11 • 36 min
Recorded on January 17, 2020 Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal and Palantir; early investor in Facebook, LinkedIn, and SpaceX; and the founder of the Thiel Fellowship, which encourages young people to drop out of college to start their own businesses,…
The Impeachment Handbook with John Yoo & Richard Epstein
Jan 17 • 59 min
Recorded on January 15, 2020 The impeachment proceedings against President Trump has now reached the Senate and to help our viewers navigate the legal and political issues surrounding it, Peter Robinson sits down with the Hoover Institution’s Visiting…
Uncommon Knowledge and the Hoover Institution Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Dec 2, 2019 • 47 min
Recorded on November 11, 2019 This week, a special edition of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson joins the Hoover Institution in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.To mark this event, which marked a…
Jimmy Lai and the Fight for Freedom in Hong Kong
Oct 23, 2019 • 40 min
Recorded on October 20, 2019 In this special edition of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson recorded in front of a live audience at the Hoover Institution, Peter interviews Jimmy Lai, the entrepreneur and leader in the fight to preserve democracy in…
The Death of Europe, with Douglas Murray
Oct 7, 2019 • 47 min
Recorded on June 3, 2019 In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson is joined by author and columnist Douglas Murray to discuss his new book The Madness of Crowds: Race, Gender and Identity. Murray examines the most divisive issues today,…
Peter Thiel on “The Straussian Moment”
Sep 23, 2019 • 47 min
Recorded on September 5, 2019. Peter Robinson opens the show by asking Thiel’s views on his own essay “The Straussian Moment.” Thiel responds by saying that people today believe in the power of the will but no longer trust the power of the intellect, the…
Jim Mattis on Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Sep 3, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Why Here, Why Now? Why Did United States Enjoy Dramatic Improvements in Living During the Last Century?
Aug 26, 2019 • 73 min
Recorded on April 18, 2019 Peter Robinson opens the session by discussing the major improvements that happened over the last one hundred years in the United States, between 1919 and 2019. For example, the GDP per person rose by 760 percent, life…
David Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, and Stephen Kotkin Discuss the Big Three of the 20th Century: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin
Aug 5, 2019 • 74 min
Recorded on July 18, 2019 What did Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin want at the beginning of the Second World War? Peter Robinson starts the discussion by why the “big three” came together as allies in response to Operation Barbarossa during the war. What…
Mathematical Challenges To Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution, With David Berlinski, Stephen Meyer, And David Gelernter
Jul 22, 2019 • 57 min
Recorded on June 6, 2019 in Italy. Based on new evidence and knowledge that functioning proteins are extremely rare, should Darwin’s theory of evolution be dismissed, dissected, developed or replaced with a theory of intelligent design? Has Darwinism…
Uncommon Knowledge with David Berlinski on “The Deniable Darwin”
Jul 8, 2019 • 58 min
David Berlinski is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, a contributing editor at Inference: International Review of Science, and author of many books. Berlinski discusses his book The Deniable Darwin and lays out…
David Davenport on How Public Policy Became War
Jun 24, 2019 • 36 min
Recorded: Recorded on May 15, 2019 David Davenport, Hoover fellow and coauthor of How Public Policy Became War, analyzes how presidents have too readily declared war (on terror, drugs, poverty, you name it) and called the nation into crisis, partly to…
Empowering Students through School Choice, with Betsy DeVos
Jun 3, 2019 • 37 min
Recorded on May 15, 2019. What’s wrong with public education in the United States? Betsy DeVos, US secretary of education, analyzes the role of government in the US education system and the changes she’s making to the Department of Education. She…
Thomas Sowell on the Origins of Economic Disparities
May 17, 2019 • 46 min
Recorded on April 1, 2019 Is discrimination the reason behind economic inequality in the United States? Thomas Sowell dismisses that question with a newly revised edition of his book Discrimination and Disparities. He sits down with Peter Robinson to…
Victor Davis Hanson on “The Case For Trump”
May 6, 2019 • 59 min
Recorded on April 1, 2019. How did blue-collar voters connect with a millionaire from Queens in the 2016 election? Martin and Illie Anderson Senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson addresses that question and more in his newly released book, The Case for Trump.…
Heather Mac Donald on How the Delusion of Diversity Destroys Our Common Humanity and Open-Minded Curiosity
Apr 22, 2019 • 37 min
Recorded on February 25, 2019. Is the dedication to diversity undermining American culture? In her book The Diversity Delusion, Heather Mac Donald argues that the focus on race and gender diversity is harming society. Mac Donald and Peter Robinson discuss…
Getting Work Done in Congress, with Josh Hawley and Michael Waltz
Apr 8, 2019 • 48 min
Recorded on March 5, 2019. Freshman members of Congress senator Josh Hawley and representative Michael Waltz talk about their recent experiences working in Congress and their desire to push for less politics and more accomplishments that will help…
Jason Riley On “False Black Power?”
Mar 18, 2019 • 48 min
Recorded on February 21, 2019. What is “false black power?” According to Jason Riley, author of False Black Power?, it is political clout, whereas true black power is human capital and culture. Riley and Peter Robinson dive into the arguments in Riley’s…
Cost-Effective Approaches to Save the Environment, with Bjorn Lomborg
Mar 11, 2019 • 48 min
Recorded on February 11, 2019. How much will it cost to slow climate change? Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, performs cost-benefit analysis on the Green New Deal and the UN’s Climate Report, analyzes the economic impact of…
Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II: The Partnership that Changed the World
Feb 19, 2019 • 34 min
Recorded on September 26, 2018. Did President Reagan and Pope John Paul II have a secret alliance or simply an aligned foreign policy strategy that helped to end the Cold War? Former attorney general to President Reagan, Edwin Meese III, answers these…
Are There Limits on Emergency Powers? With John Yoo and Richard Epstein
Jan 25, 2019 • 53 min
Recorded on January 17, 2019. Can a sitting president be indicted? What emergency powers does President Trump have to build a border wall and stop the government shutdown? Richard Epstein and John Yoo sit down with Peter Robinson to answer these legal…
Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Jan 15, 2019 • 52 min
Recorded on December 7, 2018 How did Winston Churchill defend the British Empire throughout his life? Andrew Roberts, the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, brings keen insights into the life of Winston Churchill with the…
A President and a Gentleman
Dec 18, 2018 • 38 min
Recorded on December 5, 2018. As the country mourns the passing of President George H. W. Bush, C Boyden Gray and Haley Barbour join Peter Robinson to discuss fond memories of his leadership, friendship, humility, and legacy. They discuss the 41st…
Remembering President George H. W. Bush with Chase Untermeyer and Andrew Ferguson
Dec 17, 2018 • 44 min
Recorded on December 5, 2018 On November 30, 2018, forty-first president George H. W. Bush passed away. Andrew Ferguson and Peter Robinson both served as speechwriters for Bush during his tenure in the White House as both the vice president and president.…
Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality
Dec 3, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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.