Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: The 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall


This week, we present a special edition of the show as Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson joins the Hoover Institution in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.

To mark this event, which marked a significant moment in the ending of the Cold War, we produced a short video featuring an outstanding group of Hoover scholars and Stanford historians. We asked them to recall where they were when the wall fell, and their thoughts and impressions both at the time and now, with a 30-year perspective. After the video, I interview Hoover Distinguished Scholar George P. Shultz, who served in the Reagan administration as secretary of state and was intimately involved in actions and negotiations with the Soviet Union that directly led to the wall being torn down. His insights and anecdotes are not to be missed.

Our interview with Mr. Shultz—a remarkable conversation with someone who at the time of the interview was weeks shy of his 99th birthday—was shot at a small dinner at the Hoover Institution. After the interview, we open the floor up for some questions from the audience. You may recognize some of the participants, including the last guy, who just wants to eat.

Recorded on November 11, 2019.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    What a wonderful podcast! Don’t miss this!

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    • December 3, 2019, at 11:03 AM PST
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  2. Blue Yeti Admin

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    What a wonderful podcast! Don’t miss this!

    It’s. Not. A. Podcast. But thanks.

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    • December 3, 2019, at 3:39 PM PST
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  3. danys Thatcher
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    This is fantastic. I was visiting in France when wall fell & couldn’t believe it was happening. How could the Warsaw Pact be weak? It went against everything my college professors said and taught. It was glorious. 

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    • December 3, 2019, at 7:06 PM PST
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