Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson

From 2008-2010, I was the Associate Producer for Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, a televised interview program produced by Stanford University's Hoover Institution.  As Associate Producer, I researched and recommended guests, prepared drafts of interview questions, and assisted in the post-production marketing of the program.  I've curated a few of my favorite episodes below.


In this Uncommon Knowledge interview from November 24, 2008, Thiel argues that a book published in France in 1968, Le Defi Americain (The American Challenge), has a lot to say to us in 2008, including why the United States has failed to rise to the heights predicted by its author.

 
John Howard was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1974 to 2007 and prime minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007. Prime Minister Howard offers insights into Australias own special relationship with the United States beginning with why Australias participation in the Iraq war was in his nations best interest.
 
Christopher Hitchens and Robert Service introduce Leon Trotsky, one of the half-dozen outstanding Marxist revolutionaries.
 
In Parker v. the District of Columbia, Judge Silberman wrote the 2007 opinion striking down parts of the District of Columbia's ban on handguns as unconstitutional. Here he explains how his thinking about the Second Amendment evolved When the case first came to me, I had been under the impression that the Second Amendment [the right to bear arms] was a collective right.
 
Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Robert Baer who spent 20 years at the CIA as a field officer covering the Middle East, discuss Iran and the nuclear threat on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson.
 

Czech Republic president Václav Klaus discusses the events of 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down.