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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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Rank #186 in News & Politics category

News & Politics
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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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Let the guest talk!

By ‘like' - May 12 2019
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Listening to Carville now... Good podcast, but for god's sake, David... Let the guest talk!

What?

By Bobcomment - May 04 2019
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I liked the podcasts so much I contributed to your school for the past couple of years....no more

iTunes Ratings

4235 Ratings
Average Ratings
3243
489
193
128
182

Let the guest talk!

By ‘like' - May 12 2019
Read more

Listening to Carville now... Good podcast, but for god's sake, David... Let the guest talk!

What?

By Bobcomment - May 04 2019
Read more

I liked the podcasts so much I contributed to your school for the past couple of years....no more

Cover image of The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Updated 20 days ago

Rank #186 in News & Politics category

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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
58 mins
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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
50 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: 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
39 mins
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Rank #6: 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
54 mins
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Rank #7: 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
46 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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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
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 307 - Nate Silver

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Nate Silver, statistician and founder of FiveThirtyEight, joins David to talk about how his early love of sports fused with a passion for statistical modeling, the bridge from sports modeling to predicting political races, the 2008 projections that catapulted him to national fame, and his take on the 2020 field—including why an analysis of five key groups within the Democratic party suggests Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke may have the best chance of securing the nomination, why early polls so often miss the mark, and why Howard Schultz’s potential impact on the race may not be as helpful to Trump as some pundits claim.

Feb 11 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 313 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (TV)

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Elizabeth Warren is the Senator from Massachusetts and a Democratic presidential candidate. She joins David for the Axe Files on CNN in this extended conversation about her life, her candidacy, and much more.

Mar 03 2019
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 301 - John Kerry (TV)

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins David for a televised version of the Axe Files to discuss the state of American foreign policy under Donald Trump, whether he’s considering a run for the White House in 2020, what he learned from a life of public service, his decorated service in Vietnam, and why he remains hopeful for the future.

Jan 20 2019
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 238 - Michael Avenatti

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Michael Avenatti, the high-profile attorney representing Stormy Daniels, joins David to chat about how the loss of his father’s job when he was a teenager fueled his own ambitions, his passion for racecar driving, the slew of hard-hitting legal cases he’s been involved in, and what he thinks the outcome of the Stormy Daniels case will be.

Apr 30 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 216 - Anthony Scaramucci

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci joins David to talk about is upbringing on Long Island, how the economy has impacted communities like his home town, what went wrong during his tenure in the White House, the Rob Porter scandal, and more.

Feb 12 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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