The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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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.
  1. July 14, 2022
    58 min
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    Ep. 498 — Gov. Jared Polis
    By the time Colorado Gov. Jared Polis was 16, he was already enrolled at Princeton University. At 23, he became a millionaire after selling the business he started in his college dorm, and at 25, he was elected…
  2. July 07, 2022
    49 min
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    Ep. 497 — Sen. Chris Murphy
    Sen. Chris Murphy caught the political bug early; he was first elected to the Connecticut state legislature at age 25 while still in law school. He eventually served three terms as a US Congressman before being…
  3. June 30, 2022
    57 min
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    Ep. 496 — Kellyanne Conway
    Kellyanne Conway made history as the first woman to run a Republican campaign for president when she helped Donald Trump win in 2016—a far cry from her days packing blueberries at a farm in New Jersey. As many…
  4. June 23, 2022
    57 min
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    Ep. 495 — Rep. Fred Upton
    After more than three decades representing his Michigan hometown in Congress, Rep. Fred Upton announced his retirement in a speech on the House floor in April 2022. He joined David to talk about his famous Mich…
  5. June 16, 2022
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    Ep. 494 — John Dean
    John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon, was directly involved in covering up the Watergate break-in. But he has also been credited with taking down Nixon, thanks to his critical testimony before t…
  6. June 09, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Ep. 493 — Arne Duncan and Curtis Toler
    Former US Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan now spends his days focused on stopping gun violence in his hometown of Chicago through his organization, Chicago CRED. Curtis Tole…
  7. June 02, 2022
    54 min
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    Ep. 492 — Gov. Pete Ricketts
    Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts tried to get out of applying to the University of Chicago, as his father wanted, by pretending to forget about the application. His ruse didn’t work, and he ended up attending th…
  8. May 26, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Ep. 491 — Chris Krebs
    Chris Krebs was a champion pole vaulter and spent time as a scuba instructor before getting into infrastructure risk management. He ended up as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agen…
  9. May 19, 2022
    54 min
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    Ep. 490 — Rep. Jackie Speier
    Rep. Jackie Speier got her start in politics working for Rep. Leo Ryan, then a California state Assemblyman. But what started as a high school assignment ended on an airstrip in Guyana, where Rep. Ryan was kill…
  10. May 12, 2022
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    Ep. 489 — Shaka Senghor
    Growing up, Shaka Senghor wanted to be a doctor. But at age 14, he ran away from his unstable home. By 19, he was in prison. While in prison, he began unravelling his past, seeking to understand how he went fro…
  11. May 05, 2022
    57 min
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    Ep. 488 — Al Franken
    Al Franken has been in the public eye for decades, first as a comedian and then as a senator from Minnesota. Since he resigned from the Senate in 2018 amid sexual harassment allegations—that he has denied—he ha…
  12. April 28, 2022
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    Ep. 487 — Amb. Michael McFaul
    As a high school student in Montana, Ambassador Michael McFaul became interested in Russian affairs while working on a debate team assignment concerning trade sanctions on the Soviet Union. He first visited the…
  13. April 21, 2022
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    Ep. 486 — Sarah Longwell
    Inspired by the stacks of books in her parents’ home, Republican strategist Sarah Longwell once thought she might become a poet. But at Kenyon College, she found herself more captivated by political science tha…
  14. April 14, 2022
    1 hr 4 min
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    Ep. 485 — Maria Ressa
    Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa faces 100 years in prison stemming from what she says are illegitimate charges, but that hasn’t stopped her mission of exposing political malfeasance and lies in her h…
  15. April 07, 2022
    39 min
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    Ep. 484 — Anne Applebaum
    This week’s episode comes from a conversation at the Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy Conference, co-hosted by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and The Atlantic. Journalist Anne Appleb…
  16. March 31, 2022
    1 hr 1 min
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    Ep. 483 — Tony Fabrizio
    Growing up, GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio spent time helping out at his grandfather’s produce stand in Brooklyn, selling everything from watermelons to Christmas trees. While he was always interested in politics,…
  17. March 24, 2022
    1 hr 7 min
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    Ep. 482 — Amb. Marie Yovanovitch
    Growing up the child of Eastern European and German immigrants, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch strived to fit in. Learning to navigate other cultures ultimately proved useful during her 33 ye…
  18. March 17, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Ep. 481 — Erin Burnett
    CNN anchor Erin Burnett grew up on a farm in a small town in eastern Maryland, but her career has taken her around the world, covering major events from the Arab Spring in Cairo to the Bataclan shooting in Pari…
  19. March 10, 2022
    55 min
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    Ep. 480 — Frank Bruni
    One morning in 2017, journalist Frank Bruni woke up to altered vision— he had lost sight in his right eye during the night. As he grappled with this new reality, he began reevaluating his expectations, prioriti…
  20. March 03, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Best of The Axe Files: Justice Sonia Sotomayor
    With the recent nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, who, if confirmed, would be the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, we revisit a conversation with another history maker, Supreme Court Justice So…

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