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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Institute of Politics & CNN

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.

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According to Fareed Zakaria, we are living in an age of revolution, kindled by the converging factors of technological advancement, information proliferation, globalization, and cultural shifts. He joined David during a live taping of The Axe Files a... more

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Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi may have made history as the first woman elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, but she made her reputation as an effective leader with a knack for building consensus and pushing landmark legislation across t... more

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Sister Simone Campbell has never shied away from fighting for the underdog. Since childhood, she has looked for ways to assist those in need, a drive further fueled by the early loss of her sister to Hodgkin's lymphoma. Sister Simone joined David to ... more

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This episode is a little different from the normal Axe Files. David sat down at Arizona State University with two legendary political strategists: Karl Rove, the architect of George W. Bush’s campaigns, and David Plouffe, David’s old partner and the ... more

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  • Sister Simone

    Great interviewee.

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    Australia18 days ago
  • Oil Ads

    The podcast with Pfauff and Rove had all commercials for big oil group. All of them, the entire podcast. more

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    United States19 days ago
  • Plouffe, Rove and Axe

    What a delight it is to hear three political professionals discus the basics of campaigns with such insight and respect. Thank you!

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    Learner A.
    United Statesa month ago
  • Michael Crow

    David’s recent interview with Michael Crow was one of the most interesting and inspiring guests I’ve heard. I wish more university presidents would step up and follow his lead. Education is the key.

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    United Statesa month ago
  • Time is a Very precious essential part of life!

    Mr. Friedman and Axe, I also have no connection to any platform, social media, etc. this is why I can listen to all my podcast, read the New York Times as well as Washington Post,Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. more

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