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October 07 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Milton Friedman

Uncommon Knowledge: Milton Friedman
In this Uncommon Knowledge classic from February 10, 1999, Milton Friedman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1976 and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1977 to 2006, discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, what defines a libertarian and how Friedman balances the libertarians' desire for a small, less intrusive government with environmental, public safety, food and drug administration, and other issues.
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Stanford, CA, Stanford University, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/1999/02/10/Uncommon_Knowledge_Milton_Friedman

September 09 2011

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September 07 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Tim Groseclose

Uncommon Knowledge: Tim Groseclose
For years, conservatives have been saying, "The media are biased." For just as many years, liberals have been saying, "Oh, yeah? Prove it." Now Tim Groseclose has proven it. Drawing on years of research and statistical analysis laid out in Left Turn, Groseclose explains how he measures the political leanings of ordinary Americans, the level of bias in any chosen media company, and how powerfully this media bias impacts elections. He concludes with the role the Internet is playing in exposing media bias and offering ways of combating it.

A distinguished political scientist, Tim Groseclose is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Groseclose has also taught at Caltech, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University and Harvard. His new book: Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, Stanford Video Studios, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/08/16/Uncommon_Knowledge_Tim_Groseclose

August 15 2011


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July 20 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Yuri Yarim-Agaev

Uncommon Knowledge: Yuri Yarim-Agaev
Tracing his transformation from Communist to dissident, Yarim-Agaev stresses communism's inherently evil nature and hostility to the West, asserting that "the cold war was inevitable." He also rejects the notion that the Soviet Union crumbled under its own weight and gives little credit to Gorbachev: "Those reforms made by Gorbachev were not caused by his love of freedom or any human right but by sheer necessity to save the communist system." The Soviet Union fell, he avers, because it was pushed by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. Yuri Yarim-Agaev was already a distinguished physicist when, in the 1970s, he joined the Moscow Helsinki Group, the dissident organization set up to monitor Soviet compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords. Fellow members of the organization included physicist Yuri Orlov and Yelena Bonner, wife of Andrei Sakharov. Yarim-Agaev, now a financial analyst in New York, devotes much of his time to ensuring that the evils of Soviet communism are never forgotten.
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, Stanford Video Studios, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/05/24/Uncommon_Knowledge_Yuri_Yarim-Agaev

July 08 2011


June 14 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is a revised and expanded second edition of Economic Facts and Fallacies.

"Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true. But many other things are believed simply because they have been asserted repeatedly," states Sowell in his latest book. Here, he demolishes some accepted "facts," ranging from housing ("The biggest economic fallacy about housing is that 'affordable housing' requires government intervention") to race and economics ("Race doesn't account for difference in black-white income") to race and culture ("the current fatherless families so prevalent among contemporary blacks are not a 'legacy of slavery.'")
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/19/Uncommon_Knowledge_Thomas_Sowell

Uncommon Knowledge: Michael Totten

Uncommon Knowledge: Michael Totten
Michael Totten: The Road to Fatima Gate

A foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst, Michael Totten has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus; he writes regularly for Commentary magazine and Pajamas Media. His new book is The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah and the Iranian War against Israel.

"Lebanon in 2005, during the revolution against the Syrian military occupation in the country, looked and felt like an Arab version of Berlin in 1989 . . . as it turns out, it was more like Budapest in 1956," says Totten. He goes on to explain what went terribly wrong in Lebanon, once known as the Switzerland of the Mideast, beginning with its descent into chaos in the mid-'70s. He details Hezbollah's hold over Lebanon and the threat it poses to Israel. What is the solution in the Middle East? "Nobody has . . . nobody proposes a solution. Nobody even believes there is a solution. The very question is American."
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/19/Uncommon_Knowledge_Michael_Totten

June 03 2011


May 31 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Donald Rumsfeld

Uncommon Knowledge: Donald Rumsfeld
Beginning with the successful campaign in Afghanistan, which broke with American military tradition, and tackling all that went wrong in Iraq, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld offers behind-the-scenes insights into how wartime decisions were made. He discusses interagency (Defense, State, and CIA) friction during the Iraq war and President Bush's critical decision, in the face of considerable opposition, to "surge" additional troops into the conflict. Finally, Rumsfeld discusses the challenges that America faces as we struggle to deal with twenty-first century conflicts in the face of the information explosion -- offering the hopeful opinion that "we will figure out a way as a people, we will figure out a way."
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/28/Uncommon_Knowledge_Donald_Rumsfeld

March 08 2011


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January 20 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Richard Epstein and John Yoo

Uncommon Knowledge: Richard Epstein and John Yoo
NYU Law School professor Richard Epstein and UC Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo apply their legal minds to some recent and upcoming legal challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court. Hear their take on the constitutionality of Obama's healthcare bill, gay marriage, and a look back at Bush v. Gore.
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/05/Uncommon_Knowledge_Richard_Epstein_and_John_Yoo

January 19 2011


Uncommon Knowledge: Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge: Matt Ridley
A former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine, Matt Ridley is a journalist and best-selling author whose books include Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. His most recent book is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.

Matt Ridley discusses the evolutionary process of "ideas having sex," calling it the secret behind human progress. He asserts that "barter was the trick that changed the world" and outlines his argument that life for the average human being is richer, healthier, and kinder than ever. Finally, he discusses whether limited government and rational optimism go hand in hand.
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/18/Uncommon_Knowledge_Matt_Ridley
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