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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Institute of Politics & CNN

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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.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 414 — Susan Page

As a high school senior facing college applications, Susan Page had a choice to make. Should she follow her passion for playing the oboe and go to music school? Or should she allow her love of journalism to guide her? In the end, journalism won, and Susan soon found herself away from her home state of Kansas for the first time as a freshman at Northwestern University. Now the Washington Bureau Chief forUSA Today,Susan has covered six administrations and 11 presidential elections. She spoke with David about how the media can rebuild public trust, what it’s like to cover the most powerful politicians in the country and her recent experience as moderator of the 2020 vice presidential debate. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

65 min2 d ago
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Ep. 414 — Susan Page

Ep. 413 — Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser met while working together at The Washington Post. While they spent long hours together in the newsroom investigating the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they didn’t realize they lived on the same block until a colleague pointed out the coincidence.Today, Baker—who famously doesn’t vote for the sake of objectivity—covers the White House for theNew York Times,and Glasser writes on Washington forThe New Yorker.The now-married couple joined David to discuss what they learned about democracy in their four yearsbased inRussia, finishing their first joint book while Glasser was in labor and how much Washington has changed since the time of James Baker, a political player and power broker who served most notably as President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of state. James Baker is the subject of the pair’s latest book,The Man Who Ran Washington. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

60 min5 d ago
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Ep. 413 — Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Ep. 412 — Amb. John Bolton

As a young man,Ambassador John Bolton often found himself as the lone conservative in a sea of anti-Vietnam War liberals, whether at his private Baltimore prep school or during his years at Yale. But Bolton never wavered from his world view, which led him to roles in the Justice and State departments under presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, including a brief stint as Ambassador to the United Nations. He most recently served 17 months as National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, a time he chronicled in his bookThe Room Where It Happened.He spoke with David about hiscareerin politics, his concerns about the upcoming election, and why he believes Trump is not smart enough to be a threat to democracy. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min1 w ago
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Ep. 412 — Amb. John Bolton

Ep. 411 — Bob Costas

Sports broadcaster Bob Costas loved baseball from an early age. As a kid, Bob would sit in his father’s car, tuning the radio to find baseball games taking place hundreds of miles from his home on Long Island. Since his first full-time broadcasting gig at 22, he has called NBA Finals and World Series, hosted Super Bowls and Olympic Games and been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He joined David to talk about the intersection of politics and sports, the magic of baseball on the radio and the difficulty athletes, leagues, and sportscasters face in finding balance between advocacy and entertainment. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min1 w ago
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Ep. 411 — Bob Costas

Ep. 410 — Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced his first campaign forpublicoffice as a college seniorataonedollar-per-plate fundraiser in a Yale dining hall.He won that race and joined the Ohio state legislature at just 22 years old.He went on to serve as Ohio Secretary of State, U.S. representative and finally U.S. senator. He joined David to talk about how he became a champion for the working class, his views on trade and why he thinks the upcoming election could be an electoral college landslide for Joe Biden. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

54 min2 w ago
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Ep. 410 — Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ep. 409 — Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace, host of MSNBC’sDeadline: White Housegot into Republican politics partly by chance. After a brief stint in broadcast news, she applied to work for both a Democratic and Republican member of the California assembly. The Republican offered her a job. She has since worked in communications for Jeb Bush and John McCain, and served as White House communications director for President George W. Bush. She talked with David about her fondness for the 43rd president, how Sarah Palin was the precursor to the present-day Republican Party and what she thinks President Trump fundamentallymisunderstands about the job of president. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min2 w ago
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Ep. 409 — Nicolle Wallace

Ep. 408 — Tim O'Brien

Journalist Tim O’Brien took a winding path to reporting. He built bridges in Peru, studied karate in Japan, taught in New York City, and earned three graduate degrees before landing in journalism for good. His reporting eventually led him to develop a relationship with Donald Trump, talking and traveling with the future president as Tim researched—and was subsequently sued for—his 2005 book,TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.Tim joined David to talk about what it’s like to be sued by Trump, the reverence he has for public service, and why he suspects the next month could be rife with chaos. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

64 min3 w ago
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Ep. 408 — Tim O'Brien

Ep. 407 — Sen. Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders first got involved in social justice movements as a University of Chicago student fighting against segregated housing. Today Sen. Sanders is one of the most recognizable figures in Washington, widely credited with pushing more progressive policies into the mainstream of the Democratic party. He joined David to talk about why he believes Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in US history, the trouble he has defending the Electoral College and how young voters can transform America. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

33 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 407 — Sen. Bernie Sanders

Ep. 406 — Jeff Daniels

Growing up in small-town Michigan, Jeff Daniels seemed destined to join the family lumber business. But after a teacher spotted his acting talent, his life took a turn down a different path. Jeff’s award-winning career has spanned nearly three decades and more than 80 films and television appearances, as well as highly acclaimed Broadway roles. Through it all, he’s made Chelsea, Michigan his home base, proving he could be a Hollywood success outside of the limelight. Jeff spoke with David about his early theater days in New York City, why Aaron Sorkin’s writing in The Newsroom on the hope and optimism of America still resonates today, and his latest role playing former FBI director James Comey in the Showtime miniseriesThe Comey Rule. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

67 minSEP 24
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Ep. 406 — Jeff Daniels

Best of the Axe Files: Michael Phelps

Everybody knows Michael Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps’ hard work, determination, athleticism, and competitive drive were on full display in the pool as the world watched him smash record after record. Motived by his own battles with depression, Phelps is now a champion for a different cause: mental health awareness. This week, we revisit our 2018 conversation with Phelps about his tremendous career and why he decided to use his platform to destigmatize mental health. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

60 minSEP 21
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Best of the Axe Files: Michael Phelps

Latest Episodes

Ep. 414 — Susan Page

As a high school senior facing college applications, Susan Page had a choice to make. Should she follow her passion for playing the oboe and go to music school? Or should she allow her love of journalism to guide her? In the end, journalism won, and Susan soon found herself away from her home state of Kansas for the first time as a freshman at Northwestern University. Now the Washington Bureau Chief forUSA Today,Susan has covered six administrations and 11 presidential elections. She spoke with David about how the media can rebuild public trust, what it’s like to cover the most powerful politicians in the country and her recent experience as moderator of the 2020 vice presidential debate. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

65 min2 d ago
Comments
Ep. 414 — Susan Page

Ep. 413 — Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser met while working together at The Washington Post. While they spent long hours together in the newsroom investigating the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they didn’t realize they lived on the same block until a colleague pointed out the coincidence.Today, Baker—who famously doesn’t vote for the sake of objectivity—covers the White House for theNew York Times,and Glasser writes on Washington forThe New Yorker.The now-married couple joined David to discuss what they learned about democracy in their four yearsbased inRussia, finishing their first joint book while Glasser was in labor and how much Washington has changed since the time of James Baker, a political player and power broker who served most notably as President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of state. James Baker is the subject of the pair’s latest book,The Man Who Ran Washington. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

60 min5 d ago
Comments
Ep. 413 — Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Ep. 412 — Amb. John Bolton

As a young man,Ambassador John Bolton often found himself as the lone conservative in a sea of anti-Vietnam War liberals, whether at his private Baltimore prep school or during his years at Yale. But Bolton never wavered from his world view, which led him to roles in the Justice and State departments under presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, including a brief stint as Ambassador to the United Nations. He most recently served 17 months as National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, a time he chronicled in his bookThe Room Where It Happened.He spoke with David about hiscareerin politics, his concerns about the upcoming election, and why he believes Trump is not smart enough to be a threat to democracy. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 412 — Amb. John Bolton

Ep. 411 — Bob Costas

Sports broadcaster Bob Costas loved baseball from an early age. As a kid, Bob would sit in his father’s car, tuning the radio to find baseball games taking place hundreds of miles from his home on Long Island. Since his first full-time broadcasting gig at 22, he has called NBA Finals and World Series, hosted Super Bowls and Olympic Games and been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He joined David to talk about the intersection of politics and sports, the magic of baseball on the radio and the difficulty athletes, leagues, and sportscasters face in finding balance between advocacy and entertainment. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 411 — Bob Costas

Ep. 410 — Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced his first campaign forpublicoffice as a college seniorataonedollar-per-plate fundraiser in a Yale dining hall.He won that race and joined the Ohio state legislature at just 22 years old.He went on to serve as Ohio Secretary of State, U.S. representative and finally U.S. senator. He joined David to talk about how he became a champion for the working class, his views on trade and why he thinks the upcoming election could be an electoral college landslide for Joe Biden. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

54 min2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 410 — Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ep. 409 — Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace, host of MSNBC’sDeadline: White Housegot into Republican politics partly by chance. After a brief stint in broadcast news, she applied to work for both a Democratic and Republican member of the California assembly. The Republican offered her a job. She has since worked in communications for Jeb Bush and John McCain, and served as White House communications director for President George W. Bush. She talked with David about her fondness for the 43rd president, how Sarah Palin was the precursor to the present-day Republican Party and what she thinks President Trump fundamentallymisunderstands about the job of president. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

62 min2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 409 — Nicolle Wallace

Ep. 408 — Tim O'Brien

Journalist Tim O’Brien took a winding path to reporting. He built bridges in Peru, studied karate in Japan, taught in New York City, and earned three graduate degrees before landing in journalism for good. His reporting eventually led him to develop a relationship with Donald Trump, talking and traveling with the future president as Tim researched—and was subsequently sued for—his 2005 book,TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.Tim joined David to talk about what it’s like to be sued by Trump, the reverence he has for public service, and why he suspects the next month could be rife with chaos. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

64 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 408 — Tim O'Brien

Ep. 407 — Sen. Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders first got involved in social justice movements as a University of Chicago student fighting against segregated housing. Today Sen. Sanders is one of the most recognizable figures in Washington, widely credited with pushing more progressive policies into the mainstream of the Democratic party. He joined David to talk about why he believes Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in US history, the trouble he has defending the Electoral College and how young voters can transform America. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

33 min3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 407 — Sen. Bernie Sanders

Ep. 406 — Jeff Daniels

Growing up in small-town Michigan, Jeff Daniels seemed destined to join the family lumber business. But after a teacher spotted his acting talent, his life took a turn down a different path. Jeff’s award-winning career has spanned nearly three decades and more than 80 films and television appearances, as well as highly acclaimed Broadway roles. Through it all, he’s made Chelsea, Michigan his home base, proving he could be a Hollywood success outside of the limelight. Jeff spoke with David about his early theater days in New York City, why Aaron Sorkin’s writing in The Newsroom on the hope and optimism of America still resonates today, and his latest role playing former FBI director James Comey in the Showtime miniseriesThe Comey Rule. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

67 minSEP 24
Comments
Ep. 406 — Jeff Daniels

Best of the Axe Files: Michael Phelps

Everybody knows Michael Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps’ hard work, determination, athleticism, and competitive drive were on full display in the pool as the world watched him smash record after record. Motived by his own battles with depression, Phelps is now a champion for a different cause: mental health awareness. This week, we revisit our 2018 conversation with Phelps about his tremendous career and why he decided to use his platform to destigmatize mental health. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

60 minSEP 21
Comments
Best of the Axe Files: Michael Phelps
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