Andrew Roberts on Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine

Uncommon Knowledge | 2 April 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine, co-authored with David Petraeus. Discusses the differences in the way nations and allied forces prosecuted wars in the 20C versus today; his strong support for Israel in the current conflict in Gaza both in the media and in the House of Lords; and why Ridley Scott (the director of the recent film biography of Napoleon) is wrong when he says that historians are not to be trusted because “they weren’t there” when they describe historical events.

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Thomas Sowell on Social Justice Fallacies

Uncommon Knowledge | 15 September 2023 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Sowell about his book Social Justice Fallacies. Discusses the consequences of our society’s quest for equality at the expense of merit. Criticizes the concept of systemic racism, arguing that even if every group in society is given an equal chance, groups will still end up with disparate income and education levels.

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The Man Who Talked Back: Jay Bhattacharya On the Fight Against Covid Lockdowns

Uncommon Knowledge | 18 May 2023 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jay Bhattacharya discussing his Santa Clara Study – a seroprevalance covid study assessing how the disease spread and impacted populations; his involvement with the Great Barrington Declaration, one of the first public declarations questioning the lockdown policies then being instituted worldwide; and his subsequent targeting and censoring by public health authorities. Reflects on those battles, the need for free speech and proper scientific debate, and how we might better manage future pandemics.

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The Heat Is On: Bjorn Lomborg on the Summer’s Record Heat

Uncommon Knowledge | 22 September 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg discussing recent record temperatures recorded all over the world. Argues that climate change is real and that humans are largely responsible for it – but that it is survivable and manageable – and not the extinction-level event it is often characterized as. Discusses practical ways to lower our carbon footprint and emissions, pointing out why “carbon-free by 2050” probably isn’t achievable and why we should make no massive changes to our economies or lifestyles to achieve it. Draws from his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.

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Walter Stahr On Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival

Uncommon Knowledge | 1 September 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Walter Stahr about his book Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival. Discusses the life and work of Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under Lincoln: his work as an antislavery lawyer; US Senator, where he was instrumental in helping to settle the slavery question in the United States; governor of Ohio; and Treasury secretary, where he standardized the dozens of currencies then being issued by local banks and to give the US a national currency and a system of national banks.

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The Last King of America: Andrew Roberts on King George III

Uncommon Knowledge | 11 January 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. Discusses the monarch who led England during the American Revolution and who has been made into something of a caricature by Americans, most recently by his portrayal in the musical Hamilton as a preening, stuck-up (but funny) king of England. Deconstructs that distortion to give a nuanced portrait of the man who created the conditions for America’s independence. Explains the dynamics between the British parliament and the nascent American government. Describes the writing of and subsequent British reaction to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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“Tear Down This Wall” At 34

Uncommon Knowledge | 17 June 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
In June 1987 Ronald Reagen urged Mikhail Gorbechev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Peter Robinson, the author of Reagan’s speech, discusses it with Jamie Fly, president and CEO of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; William Inboden, chair of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin; and H. R. McMaster, former national security advisor to President Trump and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Delves into the history and provenance of the speech, the reaction of the Soviets and the world to the speech, and its place in history looking back three decades later.

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Jason Riley on The Life And Times of Thomas Sowell

Uncommon Knowledge | 26 May 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Riley about his book Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell. A wide-ranging discussion of the events and people that helped Sowell become one of the most important American voices on cultural, economic, and racial matters of the last 50 years.

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