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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Rank #85 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.

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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.

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3974 Ratings
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Critique

By Ogreatsage - Feb 14 2019
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David mentioned his father’s suicide on the Kirsten Powers episode. Wow! Had never heard that before. Equally surprising, he interrupted his guest to pass along this information.

Stop interrupting!!!

By 214Clinton - Feb 14 2019
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You have super interesting guests and ask excellent questions. Don’t you want to hear the answers? I do! I have been a big fan of your political work and your decency, but WOW!! This podcast is a whole different thing. I will have to unsubscribe soon if you don’t stop interrupting and showing off. Your listeners already know that you’re very smart and have had a rich and varied life. Give us a chance to learn about the other person as well! (And thank you for bringing us President Obama)

iTunes Ratings

3974 Ratings
Average Ratings
3076
447
174
117
160

Critique

By Ogreatsage - Feb 14 2019
Read more

David mentioned his father’s suicide on the Kirsten Powers episode. Wow! Had never heard that before. Equally surprising, he interrupted his guest to pass along this information.

Stop interrupting!!!

By 214Clinton - Feb 14 2019
Read more

You have super interesting guests and ask excellent questions. Don’t you want to hear the answers? I do! I have been a big fan of your political work and your decency, but WOW!! This podcast is a whole different thing. I will have to unsubscribe soon if you don’t stop interrupting and showing off. Your listeners already know that you’re very smart and have had a rich and varied life. Give us a chance to learn about the other person as well! (And thank you for bringing us President Obama)

Cover image of The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Rank #85 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.

Top Episodes

Most Popular Episodes of The Axe Files with David Axelrod

Rank #1: Ep. 108 - President Barack Obama

Dec 26 2016
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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.

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Rank #2: Ep. 301 - John Kerry (TV)

Jan 20 2019
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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.

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Rank #3: Ep. 49 - Jon Stewart (Live)

May 10 2016
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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.

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Rank #4: Ep. 11 - Jon Favreau

Nov 16 2015
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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.

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Rank #5: Ep. 95 - Van Jones

Nov 10 2016
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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.

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Rank #6: Ep. 288 - Barack Obama (Live)

Nov 20 2018
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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.

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Rank #7: Ep. 135 - Sen. John McCain

Apr 02 2017
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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.

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Rank #8: Ep. 33 - Lindsey Graham

Mar 03 2016
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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.

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Rank #9: Ep. 197 - Tom Hanks

Dec 03 2017
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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.

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Rank #10: Ep. 60 - Sen. Al Franken

Jun 23 2016
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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.

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Rank #11: Ep. 267 - Jon Lovett

Sep 10 2018
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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.

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Rank #12: Ep. 208 - Condoleezza Rice

Jan 14 2018
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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.

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Rank #13: Ep. 252 - Rachel Maddow

Jun 18 2018
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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.

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Rank #14: Ep. 167 - Rahm Emanuel

Aug 17 2017
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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.

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Rank #15: Ep. 216 - Anthony Scaramucci

Feb 12 2018
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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.

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Rank #16: Ep. 238 - Michael Avenatti

Apr 30 2018
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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.

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Rank #17: Ep. 183 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Oct 19 2017
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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.

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Rank #18: Ep. 217 - Jake Tapper

Feb 15 2018
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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.

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Rank #19: Ep. 80 - Karl Rove

Sep 19 2016
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Karl Rove, former White House senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, and the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, sits down with David to discuss his early passion for politics, his assessment of the Bush years, and Donald Trump’s difficult road to winning the White House.

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Rank #20: Ep. 198 - Preet Bharara

Dec 04 2017
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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.

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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. 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 #3: 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
49 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 1 min
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Rank #6: 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 16 mins
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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #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. 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 2 mins
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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 8 mins
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Rank #14: 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 7 mins
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Rank #15: 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 6 mins
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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Ep. 80 - Karl Rove

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Karl Rove, former White House senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, and the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, sits down with David to discuss his early passion for politics, his assessment of the Bush years, and Donald Trump’s difficult road to winning the White House.

Sep 19 2016
1 hour 2 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: 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
Play Now