The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

CATEGORY: News
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. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. 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…
  4. 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…
  5. 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…
  6. April 07, 2022
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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…
  7. 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,…
  8. 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…
  9. 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…
  10. 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…
  11. 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…
  12. February 24, 2022
    1 hr 5 min
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    Ep. 479 — Bianna Golodryga
    Growing up in Texas, Bianna Golodryga begged her immigrant parents to avoid speaking Russian in front of her friends for fear of not fitting in. She soon came to appreciate her background, becoming fluent in Ru…
  13. February 17, 2022
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    Ep. 478 — Lotfullah Najafizada
    When he was 5 years old, Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada watched as rockets landed in his front yard. He and his family moved around the country to escape conflict, but after the fall of the Taliban foll…
  14. February 10, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Ep. 477 — Sen. Jon Tester
    More than 100 years ago, Sen. Jon Tester’s grandfather arrived in Montana, where he homesteaded a vast stretch of farmland. Sen. Tester still makes time to farm that land today, saying his tractor doesn’t care…
  15. February 03, 2022
    56 min
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    Ep. 476 — Ian Bremmer
    In 1998, Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer made a name for himself when he successfully predicted the collapse of the Russian ruble. Since then, Bremmer has turned offering his political science insights into a…
  16. January 27, 2022
    1 hr 1 min
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    Ep. 475 — Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown
    The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown grew up the son of a minister in an industrial Scottish town before ascending the ranks of Britain’s Labour Party to eventually serve as Prime Minister. Since leaving office, The Rt. H…
  17. January 20, 2022
    47 min
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    Ep. 474 — Amb. Andrew Young
    After graduating from college, Andrew Young had a moment of extreme clarity while standing at the top of a mountain. He suddenly realized that “everything has a purpose,” and he proceeded to channel that purpos…
  18. January 13, 2022
    1 hr 5 min
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    Ep. 473 — Barton Gellman
    Journalist Barton Gellman has been questioning power and authority since, as editor of the school paper, he sued his high school for censorship. He has made a career of shining a spotlight on the use and abuse…
  19. January 06, 2022
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    Ep. 472 — Rep. Jamie Raskin
    Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin rose to national prominence when he led the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in January 2021, a proceeding that took place just weeks after two compoun…
  20. December 30, 2021
    51 min
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    Best of The Axe Files: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has already faced a series of unprecedented crises during her four year tenure in the nation’s highest office. This week, we revisit our June 2021 conversation with the…

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