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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and CNN bring 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.

The Axe Files with David Axelrod The Institute of Politics & CNN

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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and CNN bring 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.

    Ep. 394 — Atul Gawande

    Ep. 394 — Atul Gawande

    Atul Gawande is a surgeon, bestselling author and writer for The New Yorker. He joins David to talk about how Trump has misled the public in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, why it “will be a miracle” to get a Covid-19 vaccine quickly, and how U.S. leaders are undermining the formula for safely reopening the country.  He also shares his early experiences as the son of two immigrant doctors in rural Ohio, his initial rebellion against medicine, and poignant insights drawn from decades of practicing medicine.

    • 58 min
    Best of The Axe Files: Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Best of The Axe Files: Lin-Manuel Miranda

    When Lin-Manuel Miranda first picked up Ron Chernow’s autobiography of Alexander Hamilton, he didn’t know much about the former Treasury Secretary. He didn’t yet know he was an immigrant, and he hadn’t yet read a sentence penned by Hamilton in which he wished for a war—the line that would inspire the creation of a revolutionary hip hop musical and Disney feature film. Lin joined David in October 2016 and spoke about what Alexander Hamilton would think of our politics today. He also discusses the value of growing up in a school where the arts were emphasized as much as math and science, and what came next when he thought to himself, “What happens if I bring all of me to something?”

    • 42 min
    Ep. 393 — Shannon Watts

    Ep. 393 — Shannon Watts

    Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, an advocacy group dedicated to ending gun violence. She joins David to talk about how she became an unlikely founder of a grassroots organization with millions of supporters, the increased demand for guns amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the NRA has faltered during the Trump administration.

    • 59 min
    Yang Speaks to The Axe Files

    Yang Speaks to The Axe Files

    In this crossover edition of The Axe Files, David joins entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on his new podcast Yang Speaks. They talk about the future of the Democratic Party and what Joe Biden needs to do to win, Trump’s electoral strategy, the nation’s reckoning with social, racial, and economic inequality, and what America might look like in a post-Trump world.

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 392 — Jon Stewart

    Ep. 392 — Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart is a comedian, writer, director, and former host of The Daily Show. He joins David to talk about President Trump’s out-of-touch messaging, the pervasiveness of systemic racism and inequity in America, how he worked to correct a lack of diversity at The Daily Show and why he still believes in American exceptionalism. He also discusses the inspiration for his new political satire Irresistible.

    • 1 hr
    Best of The Axe Files: Mitch Landrieu

    Best of The Axe Files: Mitch Landrieu

    This week we revisit our July 2017 conversation with former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He joins David to talk about his father’s journey in public service and his efforts to promote racial justice in the South, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, his decision to remove Confederate monuments from the city, and why Democrats shouldn’t write off another Trump victory.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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329 Ratings

329 Ratings

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Bryan Cranston

Thanks for this dip into the past files. The humanity of this gentleman is lovely. His LBJ performance allowed me a great insight. Did not see that coming. Best regards.

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Thank you

Mr. Axelrod, Each of your shows is superb, interesting, informative, accessible. You are a treasure...as an interviewer and as a decent human being. Thank you so much.
Alex in Canada

tom rad ,

Axelrod is a lightweight

You're guaranteed to never learn anything from this podcast aside from inconsequential biographical details.

Somehow manages to make incredible guests into boring interviews.

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