The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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.

https://art19.com/shows/axe-files

subscribe
share



 
 

recommended podcasts


      episode 257: Ep. 257 - John King Jr.


      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. 


      share





         1h1m
       
       

      episode 256: Ep. 256 - Nneka Jones Tapia


      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...


      share





         58m
       
       

      episode 255: Ep. 255 - Mike Barnicle


      MSNBC contributor and former columnist Mike Barnicle.


      share





         59m
       
       

      episode 254: Ep. 254 - Sen. Marco Rubio


      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.


      share





         1h11m
       
       

      episode 253: Ep. 253 - John Farrell


      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.


      share





         1h4m
       
       

      episode 252: Ep. 252 - Rachel Maddow


      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.


      share





         1h8m
       
       

      episode 251: Ep. 251 - Ray Mabus


      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.


      share





       2018-06-14  1h7m
       
       

      episode 250: Ep. 250 - Tom Donilon



      share





       2018-06-11  1h7m
       
       

      episode 249: Ep. 249 - Ronan Farrow


      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...


      share





       2018-06-07  1h7m
       
       

      episode 248: Ep. 248 - Savannah Guthrie


      journalist and co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC, Savannah Guthrie.


      share





       2018-06-04  1h2m