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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

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Cindy McCain

By s_irene~ - Nov 10 2019
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The interview with Cindy McCain was excellent! I am a Democrat and would love to see more discussions with Republicans.

Mullen

By besthealth - Oct 22 2019
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Did I miss it? What was Admiral Mullen’s background. Great interview.

iTunes Ratings

4671 Ratings
Average Ratings
3489
560
242
156
224

Cindy McCain

By s_irene~ - Nov 10 2019
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The interview with Cindy McCain was excellent! I am a Democrat and would love to see more discussions with Republicans.

Mullen

By besthealth - Oct 22 2019
Read more
Did I miss it? What was Admiral Mullen’s background. Great interview.
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

Rank #1: Ep. 108 - President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama sits down with David Axelrod to discuss their shared history together, how President Obama managed to stay grounded during turbulent moments of his childhood and adolescence, why the Obama presidency struggled to overcome the partisan politics in Washington, and what’s in store for the President when he leaves office on January 20th.

Dec 26 2016

58mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 49 - Jon Stewart (Live)

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Jon Stewart, comedian, author, and former host and executive producer of "The Daily Show," chats with David in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago to talk about Donald Trump and the 2016 election, lessons from lobbying in Washington, what he's working on today, and more.

May 10 2016

49mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 167 - Rahm Emanuel

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacts to Trump's controversial statements on Charlottesville, discusses the city's lawsuit over the Trump administration's immigration policies, shares his advice for the Democratic Party ahead of the 2018 midterms, and more.

Aug 17 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 288 - Barack Obama (Live)

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Former President of the United States Barack Obama sits down with David in Hyde Park for a special live taping of the Axe Files. Their conversation touches on the Obamas' life in the Hyde Park community, the sacrifices his family made for his political career, his biggest regret from his time in the presidency, the politics of race in America, increasing political polarization, and much more.

Nov 20 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 267 - Jon Lovett

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Pod Save America co-host and former speechwriter for President Barack Obama Jon Lovett joins the show to talk about the art of speechwriting, his experience working with Hillary Clinton prior to joining the Obama White House, and what the future holds for Crooked Media.

Sep 10 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 33 - Lindsey Graham

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spends his Super Tuesday talking with David on Capitol Hill about why he opposes GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, why he thinks the Republican Party is falling apart, and how his parents' owning a bar in a small South Carolina town helped prepare him for a career in politics.

Mar 03 2016

39mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 183 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Author and writer for The Atlantic Magazine Ta-Nehisi Coates sits down with David to talk about his upbringing in Baltimore, his early forays into journalism, race and politics in America, his reflections on the Obama presidency, and much more.

Oct 19 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 135 - Sen. John McCain

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Senator John McCain talks with David Axelrod about the threat Russia poses to Western democracies, why he is more worried now about America than he has ever been before, what he misses most about his early days in the House and Senate, and why Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan.

Apr 02 2017

54mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 258 - Dan Pfeiffer

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Dan Pfeiffer is a former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, co-host on the Pod Save America podcast, and author of the book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump. He joins David to discuss his time in the Obama White House, the balance between civility and protest, the Supreme Court battle, and more.

Jul 16 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: Pete Buttigieg (TV)

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Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, joins David for a televised edition of The Axe Files on CNN. He makes the case for why his executive experience as mayor prepares him for the presidency, talks racial tensions in South Bend and his plan forward, what he learned from his military service in Afghanistan, why he waited until his thirties to come out as gay, and more. 

Jul 14 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 95 - Van Jones

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Van Jones, political activist and CNN commentator, talks with David about Tuesday’s election results and the cultural chasm that exists in America, his childhood in rural Tennessee and the important relationship he had with his father, and why he won’t be running for public office any time soon.

Nov 10 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 252 - Rachel Maddow

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Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, joins David to talk about growing up as a liberal activist in a conservative town, her unique philosophy on newscasting in the Trump era, and lessons she’s learned from her lifelong battle with cyclical depression.

Jun 18 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 11 - Jon Favreau

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Jon Favreau, former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama, speaks with David about his nerve-racking first meeting with his future boss, what it was like writing speeches in the White House, and the state of political speech-making today.

Nov 16 2015

46mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 315 - Jeb Bush (TV)

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Former Governor Jeb Bush joins the Axe Files on CNN to talk about the Bush family legacy of public service, Trump’s impact on the 2016 Republican primary, his personal connection to the issue of immigration, and more.

Mar 17 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 161 - George Stephanopoulos

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Chief Anchor for ABC News George Stephanopoulos chats with David about his previous career in politics, the Trump administration's tense relationship with the press, and what the appointment of a Special Counsel portends for the White House.

Jul 10 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 197 - Tom Hanks

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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks joins David to talk about how his career began, films as a part of historical record, the sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood, his views on the Trump presidency, and more.

Dec 03 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 60 - Sen. Al Franken

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Minnesota Senator Al Franken talks with David about his journey from comedian to politician, his work on mental health issues, Congressional dysfunction, the Orlando shooting, and more.

Jun 23 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #18: Ep. 262 - Judy Woodruff

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Judy Woodruff is a longtime broadcast journalist and current anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. Judy sits down with David to talk about the regional blind spots afflicting network news, the relationship between Trump and Fox News, and witnessing the assassination attempt on Ronald Regan.

Aug 06 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 208 - Condoleezza Rice

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins the Axe Files on CNN to discuss her tenure in the Bush administration, foreign policy under the Trump administration, her advice for Oprah, and much more.

Jan 14 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 31 - Gov. Jon Huntsman

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Former Republican presidential nominee Jon Huntsman chats with David about his time as governor of Utah, ambassador of China, and 2012 GOP hopeful, as well as his views on the 2016 race, including why he is intrigued by Donald Trump and what impressed him about Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Feb 22 2016

54mins

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