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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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Ep. 183 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

10/19/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:05:47


Ep. 182 - Sen. Michael Bennet

10/16/2017
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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet chats with David about securing the future of our democracy, making tough choices as a a school superintendent in Denver, his work on the DREAM Act, and more.

Duration: 01:04:44


Ep. 181 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi

10/14/2017
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins the Axe Files once again to talk about her negotiations with President Trump on the Dreamers, the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, her hopes for women in public service, and more.

Duration: 01:07:42


Ep. 180 - David Rubenstein

10/12/2017
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Financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein joins David to talk about his modest beginnings in Baltimore, working in the White House for Jimmy Carter, the importance of civic education, and more.

Duration: 00:58:52


Ep. 179 - David Litt

10/9/2017
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Former Obama speechwriter David Litt discusses his early days as a field organizer for Obama in 2008, his botched interview with the CIA, and other lessons learned during his ongoing career in politics as told in his new book, "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years."

Duration: 01:06:14


Ep. 178 - Jason Kander

10/5/2017
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Jason Kander, Missouri politician and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, joins David to discuss gun control in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, charting a path forward in the Middle East, fighting voter suppression, and more.

Duration: 01:04:14


Ep. 177 - Jeff Roe

10/2/2017
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Republican campaign strategist Jeff Roe sits down with David to talk about working his way up in politics, the defeat of Luther Strange in Alabama, the urgency in the White House to notch a policy win, and how Trump impacts Republican candidates in 2018.

Duration: 01:04:13


Ep. 176 - Jim Baker

9/30/2017
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James A. Baker III, Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan, joins David to talk about decision-making in the aftermath of an assassination attempt on Reagan, the ongoing anthem protests in the NFL, imposing discipline in a Trump White House, the coarsening of our politics, and more.

Duration: 01:15:16


Ep. 175 - Bill Bradley

9/28/2017
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Former Senator and Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Bradley talks with David about fighting for a player's union in the NBA, the prospect of tax reform, creating compromise in the Senate, and more.

Duration: 01:06:24


Ep. 174 - Gayle King

9/25/2017
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CBS This Morning host Gayle King sits down with David to discuss her formative years in Turkey, the divisions in America today, her friendship with Oprah, raising two kids as a working mom, and more.

Duration: 01:00:31


Special Episode - David Axelrod

9/21/2017
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The tables have turned as David joins hosts Katie Couric and Brian Goldsmith on the Katie Couric podcast to talk about his career in politics and journalism, what the election of Donald Trump means for the country, how he feels about the attempted undoing of Obama's legacy, and much more.

Duration: 01:21:40


Ep. 173 - Rep. Seth Moulton

9/18/2017
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Congressman Seth Moulton sits down with David to talk about his military service, President Trump's shortcomings as commander-in-chief, the situation in North Korea, helping more veterans get elected to public office, and more.

Duration: 01:04:23


Ep. 172 - Sen. Joe Donnelly

9/14/2017
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Senator Joe Donnelly joins David to talk about the challenge of making tough votes in Congress, why he thinks the Dream Act will get to the Senate floor, the opioid crisis, the future of the Democratic party, and more.

Duration: 01:05:07


Ep. 171 - Gov. Jay Inslee

9/11/2017
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee sits down with David to talk about the DACA decision, the importance electing more Democratic governors, the future of the green economy, climate change, and more.

Duration: 01:00:15


Ep. 170 - Sen. Patty Murray

9/7/2017
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Washington Senator Patty Murray joins David to discuss President Trump's brinkmanship in North Korea, the importance of female leadership in Congress, and her path from a mom in tennis shoes to the most powerful woman in the Senate.

Duration: 01:05:29


Ep. 169 - Don Rose

9/4/2017
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Don Rose, legendary Chicago political consultant and former press secretary to Martin Luther King Jr., joins David to talk about his role in the civil rights movement from a very early age, how he helped organize the 1968 Democratic Convention protests in Chicago, what the recent attacks in Charlottesville mean for the future of our country, and more.

Duration: 01:03:16


Ep. 168 - Penny Pritzker

8/28/2017
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Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker joins David to talk about her family's humble beginnings, what Trump's proposed immigration policies could mean for the country, the future of our economy, and more.

Duration: 01:05:15


Ep. 167 - Rahm Emanuel

8/17/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:08:28


Ep. 166 - Rep. Luis Gutierrez

8/14/2017
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Congressman Luis Gutierrez discusses his formative years in Puerto Rico, his political education in Chicago alongside Harold Washington, and his hopes and fears for immigration policy under the Trump administration.

Duration: 01:07:07


Ep. 165 - Gary Hart

8/7/2017
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Former Senator Gary Hart joins David to talk about his rural roots in Kansas, his torpedoed presidential campaign, the implications Russia investigation for the Trump presidency, and how it feels to be portrayed by Hugh Jackman in an upcoming movie.

Duration: 01:06:57

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