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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.

    Best of The Axe Files: Bryan Stevenson

    Best of The Axe Files: Bryan Stevenson

    This week we revisit our December 2018 conversation with Bryan Stevenson: civil rights activist, lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal aid to prisoners lacking representation. He joins David to talk about his experience growing up in a segregated county in southern Delaware, what it will take to confront America’s brutal legacy on race, his mission to provide legal aid to those disenfranchised by the U.S. criminal justice system, and more.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 388 — Ezra Klein

    Ep. 388 — Ezra Klein

    Ezra Klein is a journalist and co-founder of Vox, where he currently serves as the editor-at-large. He joins David to talk about his evolution from obscure blogger to national political commentator, his early work on the Howard Dean campaign, his assessment of the current presidential race, and more. His new book, Why We’re Polarized, explores the structural and psychological forces behind America’s growing political divisions and offers prescriptions to help remedy them. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Best of The Axe Files: Admiral William McRaven

    Best of The Axe Files: Admiral William McRaven

    In honor of Memorial Day we revisit our September 2019 conversation with Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served as the commander of U.S. Special Operations from 2011 to 2014. He joins David to talk about his decision to serve in the military, his assessment of the Trump administration, and his most memorable missions — including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 387 — Gene Sperling

    Ep. 387 — Gene Sperling

    Gene Sperling is the former Director of the National Economic Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He joins David to share how his parents’ fight for racial and economic justice shaped his values, what his time in two presidential administrations taught him about the power of economic policy, how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the country to rethink everything from workers’ rights to budget deficits, and more.

    His new book, Economic Dignity, draws on decades of economic policy experience to offer market reforms that would secure greater economic dignity for American workers.  

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 386 — Mayor Lori Lightfoot

    Ep. 386 — Mayor Lori Lightfoot

    Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot joins David to talk about managing the COVID crisis and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, the consequences of federal misdirection, and the possibility of reopening the city in stages over the coming months. She also shares her personal story: growing up a minority in a predominantly white Ohio community, her career in law enforcement, and her path to become the first black female and openly LGBTQ mayor of Chicago.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 385 — Mary Kay Henry

    Ep. 385 — Mary Kay Henry

    Mary Kay Henry is the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization of more than 2 million union members in health care, the public sector, and beyond. She joins David to talk about the many SEIU members who are on the front lines fighting COVID-19, her concerns about the politicization of the federal pandemic response, her assessment of union members’ attitudes towards President Trump, and more.

    • 55 min

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5.1K Ratings

5.1K Ratings

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Congrats Lori

I grew up in Chicago and pay a lot of attention to its politics. I’m so pleased to get to know Lori Lightfoot a little better after this conversation. She is exactly what the city needs in a leader and I hope she can guide the city through this painful time. Thanks for the interesting program. Flo Kelleher

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Audio is awful

Just listened to this for the first time and was disappointed by the host’s audio feed. Too quiet, almost mumbling, was he doing this podcast from his car?

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