Uncommon Knowledge


For more than two decades the Hoover Institution has been producing Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, a series hosted by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson as an outlet for political leaders, scholars, journalists, and today’s big thinkers to share their views with the world.


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Title: Uncommon Knowledge 11: Sarah Griffin on Medieval Cosmological Diagrams and Opicinus de Canistris

Uncommon Knowledge 7: Courtney Traub on The Whole Earth Catalog, Ecology, and the Early Internet

July 4th, 2016

Dr. Courtney Traub, Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, joined us this week to tell us about an off-beat, counter-cultural… Go to Episode

Uncommon Knowledge 6: Myriam Frenkel on how to 'say' things in Old English

June 22nd, 2016

Myriam Frenkel speaks to us on words for speech in Old English the many ways we can say, tell, or speak something. We also talk about Old English poetry,… Go to Episode

Uncommon Knowledge 5: Danielle Bishop on Besmirched Honour in Medieval Spanish Epics

May 29th, 2016

In this episode, Danielle Bishop talks to us about how to dishonour your enemies in medieval Spain. We discuss blood-filled cucumbers, people hiding under… Go to Episode

Uncommon Knowledge 4: Rowan Nicholson on the Pope v the Mongols, international law and micronations

May 22nd, 2016

This week, Rowan Nicholson joins us to discuss an argument between Pope Innocent IV and the Mongol Emperor Güyük Khan, micronations in the US and Australia,… Go to Episode