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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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Charlie from Amherst

By cjisenberg - Sep 20 2019
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With all the competing podcast content, the paywall was a bad decision. I now listen elsewhere.

Eric Holder - excellent interview!!

By Harryprince1234 - Sep 16 2019
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Just a note to complement the interview with Eric Holder. How I wish for the good old days, and hope for return to sanity soon!!! Highly recommend. Was part of free podcast!!!

iTunes Ratings

4550 Ratings
Average Ratings
3420
540
227
147
216

Charlie from Amherst

By cjisenberg - Sep 20 2019
Read more
With all the competing podcast content, the paywall was a bad decision. I now listen elsewhere.

Eric Holder - excellent interview!!

By Harryprince1234 - Sep 16 2019
Read more
Just a note to complement the interview with Eric Holder. How I wish for the good old days, and hope for return to sanity soon!!! Highly recommend. Was part of free podcast!!!
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #87 in News 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. 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 3 mins
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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #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. 217 - Jake Tapper

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Journalist and CNN anchor Jake Tapper joins the show to talk about cartooning at Dartmouth, his date with Monica Lewinsky that helped launch his journalism career, moderating the second Republican primary debate, his new novel, and more.
Feb 15 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: Robert Gates (TV)

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Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss his long career serving eight presidents, his thoughts on global tensions and America’s standing in the world today, and his experience with 2020 hopeful Joe Biden.
Jun 09 2019
1 hour 10 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. 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 #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. 144 - Gov. John Kasich

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John Kasich, the governor of Ohio and former presidential candidate, talks with David Axelrod about his working-class upbringing in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; his assessment of the opening months of the Trump administration; and what his political future might hold in 2020.
May 04 2017
49 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 224 - Jon Favreau (Live)

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Pod Save America host Jon Favreau joins David for a live show in Austin to discuss his time as a speechwriter for Barack Obama, looking ahead to 2020, the future of progressive politics, and more.
Mar 12 2018
56 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 241 - Jeffrey Toobin

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Staff writer for the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin joins David to talk about working as a prosector in the Oliver North trial, covering the O.J. trial as a journalist, the Mueller investigation, and more.
May 10 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 198 - Preet Bharara

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara joins David to discuss the latest in the Russia investigation, Michael Flynn's decision to plead guilty to lying to the FBI, controversial appointments the federal judiciary by the Trump administration, his career as a prosecutor in New York, and more.
Dec 04 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 266 - Austan Goolsbee

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Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee joins David to discuss the major economic policy decisions under Bush and Obama, the ongoing trade negotiations with Mexico, how the government can effectively intervene in a changing economy, and his strategy for beating Ted Cruz in a debate.
Sep 03 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 140 - Rep. Adam Schiff

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Adam Schiff, congressman from California and leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, talks with David Axelrod about his committee's investigation into possible connections between the Russians who interfered in the U.S. presidential election and associates of Donald Trump; America's options to de-escalate or resolve tensions with North Korea; and why he believes we should reform some of the U.S. intelligence community's surveillance methods.
Apr 20 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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