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.

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episode 315: Ep. 314 - Alyssa Mastromonaco

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episode 314: Ep. 313 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (TV)

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episode 313: Ep. 312 - Bill Kurtis

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episode 312: Ep. 311 - Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill, former Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri, joins David to talk about the 2018 midterms race she narrowly lost in a state swept by Donald Trump by nearly 19 points in 2016. She also shares her take on governing and campaigning in a post-Trump political climate, the impending Mueller report, her evaluation of the slew of 2020 candidates, and much more. 



episode 311: Ep. 310 - Michael Smerconish

Michael Smerconish, journalist and host of the eponymous ‘Smerconish’ on CNN, joins David to talk about his early start in talk radio, the impact of the media on political polarization, why he considers his current work at CNN his most authentic yet, and much more.



episode 310: Ep. 309 - Lisa Madigan

Lisa Madigan is the former State Attorney General for Illinois. She joins the show to talk about teaching in South Africa during the rise of the anti-apartheid movement, the Jason Van Dyke case in Chicago, her investigation into abuse in the Catholic Church, why she didn't run for governor, and more.



episode 309: Ep. 308 - Kirsten Powers

Kirsten Powers is an author, columnist for USA Today, and frequent contributor on CNN. She joins David to discuss her far-flung upbringing in Alaska, the personal struggles which she discussed openly in her columns, working for AOL during the dawn of the internet age, her experience as a liberal-leaning commentator for Fox News, and much more.


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episode 308: Ep. 307 - Nate Silver

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episode 307: Ep. 306 - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

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