From time to time people post fan art. I decided to do some of my own and it was a toss up between Batman and Peter Robinson. I chose Peter Robinson. If you don’t know who he is than you probably haven’t enjoyed his interview program on the web. It is called Uncommon Knowledge and it is surprisingly different from the conversations that occur on cable news networks. Twenty-four-hour news networks counterintuitively breed fast paced manic shallow exchanges. Networks pit their guests against one another in 30 second increments and nothing gets analyzed very deeply. By contrast, Uncommon Knowledge displays a good variety of people who are encouraged to articulate their thoughts more deeply than your average interview program or news show.
In short, this program is everything I’ve always wanted Charlie Rose to be. It is significantly better than Charlie Rose. Peter Robinson is always well prepared for the interviews. He regularly quotes from his guests’ books and frequently presses them on the finer points of their theses in contradistinction to Charlie Rose who interviews his guests like someone with Attention Deficit Disorder.
If you have not yet seen this Uncommon Knowledge, you should. You can watch it on fora tv, or if you prefer to watch more recent episodes in bite-sized portions you can check it out at NRO.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Daniel Hannan (MEP) on the European vision of productivity vs. American vision of productivity.
Daniel Hannan (MEP) on the connection between European Welfare and childbirth.
Claire Berlinski analyzes the secret of Margaret Thatcher’s success.
Harvey Mansfield critiques grade inflation at Harvard.
Sebastian Junger speaks about the intimacy of war.