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Uncommon Knowledge Episodes (25)
The Last King of America: Andrew Roberts on King George III
In 'The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III', British historian Andrew Roberts goes to great lengths to give us an extremely nuanced and detailed portrait of the man who created the conditions for America's independence.
It Could Have Been Worse: Kim Strassel and Ross Douthat Review 2021
Ross Douthat of the New York Times and Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal join Peter Robinson to look back, discuss, and analyze the year that was. They delve, discuss, and predict politics, the law, COVID, the future of Roe v. Wade, and much more.
Make Ticker Tape Parades Great Again with Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel is a Silicon Valley founder and investor, co-founded PayPal, and serves as the chair of Palantir. Thiel has become active in politics. He discusses his politics and the scourge of totalitarian conformism in the United States and abroad.
Glenn Loury's Journey From Chicago's South Side to The Ivy League And Beyond
Peter Robinson sits down with Professor Glenn Loury to discuss how an undergraduate student/teaching assistant inspired him to create a course intended to liberate his students from the 'groupthink' that is far too prevalent at most universities.
Boardwalk Empire: Chris Christie's Unfinished Political Journey
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie guides us through all of the - often embattled - chapters of his life, including giving us his view of the Bridgegate scandal, and what it was like to be on the debate stage with Donald Trump in 2016.
What Happened: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya on 19 Months of COVID
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya has been analyzing and even personally fighting the pandemic. In this interview, he takes us through how it started, how it spread throughout the world, the efficacy of lockdowns, and vaccines, and the rise of the Delta variant.
A Lost War: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and H. R. McMaster on Afghanistan's Past, Present, and Future
General H. R. McMaster and military historian Victor Davis Hanson are both senior fellows at the Hoover Institution. They discuss the United States' mission in Afghanistan: how it began, how it was conducted, and its ignominious end.
Peter Thiel, Leader of the Rebel Alliance
With his interests in technology, politics, and culture, Peter Thiel has often been described as a Renaissance man. In this interview, we cover his support for candidates running as outsiders, why technology has not fulfilled many of its promises, and why California is America’s incubator for ideas and growth.
Condoleezza Rice on Footballs: Domestic, International, College, and Professional
Current Hoover Institution Director Condoleezza Rice is the only person in the world who can speak knowledgeably about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the threat from China, the Denver Broncos, and why college sports must be saved from itself.
The Heat Is On: Bjorn Lomborg on the Summer's Record Heat
The summer of 2022 saw record temperatures recorded all over the world. Bjorn Lomborg acknowledges that climate change is here, and humans are largely responsible for it. Lomborg also discusses practical ways to lower our carbon footprint and emissions.
The Wrath of Kan: A Soviet-Born Anthropologist on Stalin's Gulag
Dartmouth College anthropology professor Sergei Kan was born in the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin. He came to the United States in 1974 at the age of 21 and taught the native people of Alaska, the Jewish diaspora, and Russians.
Not Buying It: Glenn Loury, Ian Rowe, and Robert Woodson Debunk Myths about the Black Experience in America
Glenn Loury, a social science professor, Ian Rowe, the cofounder of Vertex Partnership Academies, and Robert Woodson, the founder of the Woodson Center, debunk The 1619 Project and advocate for the restoration of the Black family and the Black church.
Nationalize or Not?: Matthew Continetti and Chris DeMuth Debate the Future of Conservatism
In this debate, Matthew Continetti author of 'The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism' and Chris DeMuth, a fellow at the Hudson Institute discuss national conservatives and the future direction of the conservative movement.
China, Big Tech, and Cyber Defense: The World According to Zegart
Professor Amy Zegart joins Peter Robinson to discuss why big tech companies are a potential threat not only to privacy, but also to our national security, and why the next war may be fought with a keyboard rather than on a battlefield.
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Preview Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell discusses identity politics, reparations, and more in the newly revised edition of his book, 'Discrimination and Disparities.' He analyzes why discussions of racial group success cannot be explained by race and how birth order has a greater impact on IQ than race or location of birth.