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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Bjorn Lomborg Declares “False Alarm” on Climate Hysteria

Uncommon Knowledge | 28 July 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg about his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. Argues for treating climate as a serious problem but not an extinction-level event justifying huge economic changes. Addresses some of the most vociferous climate policy critics, including Greta Thunberg, David Wallace-Wells and proponents of the Green New Deal. Also discusses some promising emerging technologies and why worst-case scenarios are often just that – scenarios that are used to motivate the public into action but are not likely to occur.

How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge | 19 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, How Innovation Works, which argues that we need to change the way we think about innovation, to see it as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens to society as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than as an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Ridley also discusses the covid-19 crisis, that China has the low-level freedoms necessary for innovation, and predicts what the world might look like in 2050.

The World According to Thiel

Uncommon Knowledge | 12 February 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel. Covers globalization, the continuing and ever-growing threat from China and what the United States can and can’t do it about, what the rise of Bernie Sanders means for the future of US capitalism, the “derangement” (Thiel’s phrase) of Silicon Valley in the last decade, the scourge of political correctness on campuses and in society at large, and why to rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.