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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.

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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Episodes

Ep. 258 - Dan Pfeiffer

7/16/2018
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Dan Pfeiffer is a former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, co-host on the Pod Save America podcast, and author of the book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump. He joins David to discuss his time in the Obama White House, the balance between civility and protest, the Supreme Court battle, and more.

Duration:01:04:42

Ep. 257 - John King Jr.

7/9/2018
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John King Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education under President Obama, sits down with David to talk about losing his parents at a young age, the impact of the Trump administration's affirmative action rollback, and how getting booted out of his high school ultimately motivated his decision to devote his life to improving educational outcomes for students.

Duration:01:01:21

Ep. 256 - Nneka Jones Tapia

7/2/2018
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Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is a clinical psychologist who in 2015 became the Executie Director of the Cook County Jail, the largest jail in America. She was the first mental health professional to run a jail in the US. The Cook County Sheriff calls the jail the largest mental health institution in the country. Nneka joins David to discuss her own experience growing up with an incarcerated father, her time at the Cook County Jail, and her new role with Chicago Beyond, where she will focus on how...

Duration:01:00:58

Ep. 255 - Mike Barnicle

6/28/2018
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MSNBC contributor and former columnist Mike Barnicle.

Duration:01:00:00

Ep. 254 - Sen. Marco Rubio

6/23/2018
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Senator Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss the ongoing battle at the border, the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, the Mueller investigation, and Republicans’ relationship with the President.

Duration:01:12:53

Ep. 253 - John Farrell

6/21/2018
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John Farrell, award-winning presidential historian and journalist, joins David to chat about why local newspapers now struggle for survival, his work on the Boston Globe’s famous ‘Spotlight’ team, and why he thinks our current political climate is a product of the Nixon era.

Duration:01:05:24

Ep. 252 - Rachel Maddow

6/18/2018
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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.

Duration:01:08:46

Ep. 251 - Ray Mabus

6/14/2018
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Ray Mabus, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Governor of Mississippi, joins David to talk about his upbringing in the heart of the South during the Civil Rights movement, what Missouri’s shifting political landscape portends for 2018 and 2020, and the reality of U.S. military preparedness in the face of global conflict.

Duration:01:07:54

Ep. 250 - Tom Donilon

6/11/2018
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Duration:01:07:01

Ep. 249 - Ronan Farrow

6/7/2018
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Ronan Farrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New Yorker, former State Department official under President Barack Obama, and author of the new best-selling book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He joins David to discuss his experiences growing up in a famous family with 13 siblings, his formative years working in the State Department under the wing of legendary diplomat Richard Holbrooke, and his near-thwarted efforts to publish the...

Duration:01:07:37

Ep. 248 - Savannah Guthrie

6/4/2018
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journalist and co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC, Savannah Guthrie.

Duration:01:03:19

Ep. 247 - James Clapper

5/31/2018
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James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and the author of a new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. His long career in military intelligence spans some of the most significant national security challenges in U.S. history, including Russian interference in the 2016 election. James Clapper joins David for discussion on his life of service, the impact of Russia on the outcome of the election, what can come of a summit with North Korea, and...

Duration:01:06:08

Ep. 246 - Sally Yates

5/26/2018
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Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, in an extended conversation with David Axelrod from the Axe Files TV show on CNN, talks about her formative experiences in the law as well as her tenure as acting Attorney General and the legal travails of the Trump administration.

Duration:01:02:37

Ep. 245 - Michael McFaul

5/24/2018
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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

Duration:01:08:53

Ep. 244 - Steve Israel

5/21/2018
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Former congressman and novelist Steve Israel joins the show to discuss his new book on the gun lobby, the future of gun reform, the Democratic Party's chances of retaking the House, and more.

Duration:01:01:42

Ep. 243 - Jose Andres

5/17/2018
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Renowned chef and humanitarian Jose Andres joins David to talk about his love of cooking, the political situation in Catalonia, his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and much more.

Duration:00:59:38

Ep. 242 - Tom Price

5/14/2018
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Former HHS Secretary Tom Price on his path to politics and healthcare in America.

Duration:01:04:44

Ep. 241 - Jeffrey Toobin

5/10/2018
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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.

Duration:01:03:13

Ep. 240 - Vladimir Kara-Murza

5/7/2018
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Journalist and Russian Pro-Democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza.

Duration:01:06:15

Ep. 239 - Kelly Ayotte

5/3/2018
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Former Senator from New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte discusses her decision not to endorse Donald Trump, her early career as a prosecutor, counseling Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation process, and more.

Duration:01:04:25