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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

By 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.

  1. 1.
    Ep. 420 — Sen. Mitt Romney11/19/2020
    48:00
  2. 2.
    Ep. 419 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo11/12/2020
    1:09:24
  3. 3.
    Ep. 418 — David Plouffe11/09/2020
    56:19
  4. 4.
    Ep. 417 — Jon Meacham11/02/2020
    1:04:35
  5. 5.
    Ep. 416 — Mandy Patinkin10/29/2020
    1:06:17
  6. 6.
    Ep. 415 — Nina Totenberg10/26/2020
    1:06:22
  7. 7.
    Ep. 414 — Susan Page10/22/2020
    1:05:01
  8. 8.
    Ep. 413 — Peter Baker and Susan Glasser10/19/2020
    1:00:54
  1. 9.
    Ep. 412 — Amb. John Bolton10/15/2020
    1:02:22
  2. 10.
    Ep. 411 — Bob Costas10/12/2020
    1:02:58
  3. 11.
    Ep. 410 — Sen. Sherrod Brown10/08/2020
    54:33
  4. 12.
    Ep. 409 — Nicolle Wallace10/05/2020
    1:02:37
  5. 13.
    Ep. 408 — Tim O'Brien10/01/2020
    1:04:42
  6. 14.
    Ep. 407 — Sen. Bernie Sanders09/28/2020
    33:47
  7. 15.
    Ep. 406 — Jeff Daniels09/24/2020
    1:07:49
  8. 16.
    Best of the Axe Files: Michael Phelps09/21/2020
    1:00:55
  9. 17.
    Ep. 405 — Nikole Hannah-Jones09/17/2020
    1:05:32
  10. 18.
    Best of the Axe Files: Vladimir Kara-Murza09/14/2020
    1:07:38
  11. 19.
    Ep. 404 — Brian Stelter09/10/2020
    1:03:31
  12. 20.
    Ep. 403 — Chasten Buttigieg09/03/2020
    58:13
  13. 21.
    Best of the Axe Files: Khizr Khan08/31/2020
    1:07:16
  14. 22.
    Ep. 402 — Rep. Jim Clyburn08/27/2020
    1:04:52
  15. 23.
    Ep. 401 — Jonathan Karl08/24/2020
    1:02:33
  16. 24.
    Ep. 400 — Speaker Nancy Pelosi08/20/2020
    1:07:55
  17. 25.
    Best of the Axe Files: Sen. Kamala Harris08/17/2020
    1:02:48
  18. 26.
    Ep. 399 — Tina Tchen08/13/2020
    1:04:58
  19. 27.
    Ep. 398 — Rep. Karen Bass08/06/2020
    1:02:00
  20. 28.
    Best of the Axe Files: Justice Sonia Sotomayor08/03/2020
    1:02:30
  21. 29.
    Ep. 397 — Gov. Larry Hogan07/30/2020
    57:15
  22. 30.
    Ep. 396 — Dr. Anthony Fauci07/23/2020
    1:02:08
  23. 31.
    Best of The Axe Files: Theo Epstein07/20/2020
    1:13:56
  24. 32.
    Ep. 395 — Erik Larson07/16/2020
    1:06:28
  25. 33.
    Best of The Axe Files: Rep. John Lewis07/13/2020
    1:07:28
  26. 34.
    Ep. 394 — Atul Gawande07/09/2020
    59:11
  27. 35.
    Best of The Axe Files: Lin-Manuel Miranda07/06/2020
    43:08
  28. 36.
    Ep. 393 — Shannon Watts07/02/2020
    1:00:11
  29. 37.
    Yang Speaks to The Axe Files06/29/2020
    1:01:25
  30. 38.
    Ep. 392 — Jon Stewart06/25/2020
    1:01:12
  31. 39.
    Best of The Axe Files: Mitch Landrieu06/22/2020
    1:10:55
  32. 40.
    Ep. 391 — Charlie Sykes06/18/2020
    59:07
  33. 41.
    Ep. 390 — Bakari Sellers06/15/2020
    52:47
  34. 42.
    Best of The Axe Files: Bryan Cranston06/11/2020
    1:00:25
  35. 43.
    Best of The Axe Files: Ta-Nehisi Coates06/08/2020
    1:04:29
  36. 44.
    Ep. 389 — Mark Cuban06/04/2020
    1:02:29
  37. 45.
    Best of The Axe Files: Bryan Stevenson06/01/2020
    1:03:11
  38. 46.
    Ep. 388 — Ezra Klein05/28/2020
    1:07:28
  39. 47.
    Best of The Axe Files: Admiral William McRaven05/25/2020
    1:02:54
  40. 48.
    Ep. 387 — Gene Sperling05/21/2020
    1:03:28
  41. 49.
    Ep. 386 — Mayor Lori Lightfoot05/18/2020
    1:05:09
  42. 50.
    Ep. 385 — Mary Kay Henry05/14/2020
    57:59
  43. 51.
    Best of The Axe Files: Aaron Sorkin05/11/2020
    1:08:14
  44. 52.
    Ep. 384 — Gayle Smith05/07/2020
    59:22
  45. 53.
    Ep. 383 — Megan Rapinoe05/04/2020
    57:36
  46. 54.
    Ep. 382 — Cecilia Muñoz04/30/2020
    59:17
  47. 55.
    Best of The Axe Files: José Andrés04/27/2020
    1:01:04
  48. 56.
    Ep. 381 — Stacey Abrams04/23/2020
    1:13:17
  49. 57.
    Best of The Axe Files: Steve Kerr04/20/2020
    1:02:22
  50. 58.
    Ep. 380 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer04/16/2020
    48:15
  51. 59.
    Ep. 379 — Chris Christie04/13/2020
    1:01:22
  52. 60.
    Best of The Axe Files: Tom Hanks04/09/2020
    1:04:21
  53. 61.
    Best of The Axe Files: Doris Kearns Goodwin04/06/2020
    1:03:21
  54. 62.
    Ep. 378 — Dr. Sanjay Gupta04/02/2020
    1:01:34
  55. 63.
    Ep. 377 — Gerald Butts03/30/2020
    1:12:44
  56. 64.
    Ep. 376 — Ron Klain03/23/2020
    53:14
  57. 65.
    Ep. 375 — Denis McDonough03/16/2020
    52:23
  58. 66.
    Ep. 374 — Rep. Abigail Spanberger03/09/2020
    1:04:07
  59. 67.
    Ep. 373 — Andrew Gillum03/05/2020
    1:02:04
  60. 68.
    Ep. 372 — Paul Krugman03/02/2020
    1:04:56
  61. 69.
    Ep. 371 — Adam Frankel02/24/2020
    57:24
  62. 70.
    Ep. 370 — Abdul El-Sayed02/20/2020
    1:01:59
  63. 71.
    Ep. 369 — Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn02/17/2020
    1:00:01
  64. 72.
    Ep. 368 — Rep. Adam Schiff02/13/2020
    1:00:25
  65. 73.
    Ep. 367 — Michele Norris02/10/2020
    59:16
  66. 74.
    Ep. 366 — David Gergen02/06/2020
    1:02:08
  67. 75.
    Ep. 365 — Judd Apatow02/03/2020
    57:40
  68. 76.
    Ep. 364 — Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch)01/30/2020
    58:15
  69. 77.
    Ep. 363 — John Heilemann01/27/2020
    1:02:18
  70. 78.
    Ep. 362 — Heather McGhee12/30/2019
    1:02:14
  71. 79.
    Ep. 361 — Sarah Hurwitz12/23/2019
    59:29
  72. 80.
    Ep. 360 – Richard Stengel12/16/2019
    1:04:27
  73. 81.
    Ep. 359 – Andrew Yang12/05/2019
    1:06:27
  74. 82.
    Ep. 358 – Gary Cohn12/02/2019
    1:02:42
  75. 83.
    Ep. 357 – Amb. Dennis Ross11/25/2019
    1:07:43
  76. 84.
    Ep. 356 – Samantha Power11/18/2019
    1:12:10
  77. 85.
    Ep. 355 – Cindy McCain (TV)11/10/2019
    1:20:19
  78. 86.
    Ep. 354 – Dikembe Mutombo11/04/2019
    1:01:12
  79. 87.
    Ep. 352 – Admiral Michael Mullen10/22/2019
    1:05:27
  80. 88.
    Ep. 351 – Harry Reid (TV)10/14/2019
    1:03:57
  81. 89.
    Ep. 350 – Gov. Gina Raimondo10/07/2019
    1:14:34
  82. 90.
    Ep. 349 – Admiral William McRaven09/30/2019
    1:02:32
  83. 91.
    Ep. 348 — George Will09/23/2019
    57:44
  84. 92.
    Ep. 347 – Eric Holder (TV)09/15/2019
    1:05:53
  85. 93.
    The Axe Files Goes to Iowa08/25/2019
    56:00
  86. 94.
    Ep. 342 — Will Hurd07/29/2019
    1:04:06
  87. 95.
    Ep. 340 — Pete Buttigieg (TV)07/14/2019
    1:16:54
  88. 96.
    Ep. 338 - David Remnick07/01/2019
    58:42
  89. 97.
    Hacks on Tap – Double-Whammy in Miami: Dem Debate Preview06/25/2019
    54:46
  90. 98.
    Robert Gates (TV)06/09/2019
    1:10:16
  91. 99.
    Bonus: Fiasco, from Leon Neyfakh05/30/2019
    52:12
  92. 100.
    Ep. 327 – Janet Napolitano05/16/2019
    1:01:09
  93. 101.
    Ep. 326 - Sen. Cory Booker (TV)05/12/2019
    1:19:41
  94. 102.
    Ep. 325 — Bill Burns05/09/2019
    1:01:56
  95. 103.
    Bonus: Deep Background with Noah Feldman05/09/2019
    43:06
  96. 104.
    Ep. 324 — Jason Rezaian05/06/2019
    1:00:00
  97. 105.
    Ep. 323 — James Carville05/02/2019
    1:01:28
  98. 106.
    Ep. 322 — Bryan Cranston04/29/2019
    59:50
  99. 107.
    Bonus: Trevor Noah04/26/2019
    43:13
  100. 108.
    Ep. 321 - Valerie Jarrett 04/23/2019
    1:00:57
  101. 109.
    The Axe Files04/22/2019
    1:21
  102. 110.
    Ep. 320 — Rep. Jan Schakowsky04/18/2019
    1:01:52
  103. 111.
    Ep. 319 — Beto O'Rourke (TV)04/14/2019
    1:24:19
  104. 112.
    Special Announcement from The Axe Files04/10/2019
    3:00
  105. 113.
    Ep. 318 - Tommy Vietor04/08/2019
    1:00:01
  106. 114.
    Ep. 317 - Peter Roskam04/01/2019
    1:00:19
  107. 115.
    Ep. 316 — Alex Kotlowitz03/25/2019
    58:44
  108. 116.
    Ep. 315 — Jeb Bush (TV)03/17/2019
    1:31:42
  109. 117.
    Ep. 314 - Alyssa Mastromonaco03/11/2019
    1:05:40
  110. 118.
    Ep. 313 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (TV)03/03/2019
    1:17:01
  111. 119.
    Ep. 312 - Bill Kurtis02/28/2019
    1:04:16
  112. 120.
    Ep. 311 - Claire McCaskill02/25/2019
    56:33
  113. 121.
    Ep. 310 - Michael Smerconish02/21/2019
    59:51
  114. 122.
    Ep. 309 — Lisa Madigan02/18/2019
    58:52
  115. 123.
    Ep. 308 — Kirsten Powers02/14/2019
    1:03:46
  116. 124.
    Ep. 307 — Nate Silver02/11/2019
    1:15:03
  117. 125.
    Ep. 306 — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries02/07/2019
    1:02:47
  118. 126.
    Ep. 305 - Josh Shapiro02/04/2019
    1:01:13
  119. 127.
    Ep. 304 — John Delaney01/31/2019
    1:05:41
  120. 128.
    Ep. 303 - David Leonhardt01/28/2019
    1:04:48
  121. 129.
    Ep. 302 - Stanley McChrystal01/24/2019
    1:04:08
  122. 130.
    Ep. 301 — John Kerry (TV)01/20/2019
    1:34:05
  123. 131.
    Ep. 300 - Sherrilyn Ifill01/17/2019
    59:28
  124. 132.
    Ep. 299 - Miguel Cervantes01/14/2019
    1:02:39
  125. 133.
    Ep. 298 - Ivo Daalder01/10/2019
    1:06:09
  126. 134.
    Ep. 297 - Gov. J.B. Pritzker01/07/2019
    1:05:23
  127. 135.
    Ep. 296 - Rep. Eric Swalwell12/20/2018
    1:05:09
  128. 136.
    Ep. 295 — Howard Wolfson12/17/2018
    1:06:27
  129. 137.
    Ep. 294 — Al Hunt12/13/2018
    1:01:47
  130. 138.
    Ep. 293 — Rahm Emanuel (TV)12/09/2018
    1:20:59
  131. 139.
    Ep. 292 — Bryan Stevenson12/06/2018
    1:00:41
  132. 140.
    Ep. 291 — Jeff Zucker12/03/2018
    1:09:30
  133. 141.
    Ep. 290 — Amanda Carpenter11/29/2018
    1:03:37
  134. 142.
    Ep. 289 — Chris Dodd11/26/2018
    1:08:12
  135. 143.
    Ep. 288 — Barack Obama (Live)11/20/2018
    1:13:36
  136. 144.
    Ep. 287 - Sonia Sotomayor11/18/2018
    1:02:03
  137. 145.
    Ep. 286 — Mark Salter11/15/2018
    1:05:15
  138. 146.
    Ep. 285 — Gloria Borger11/12/2018
    59:06
  139. 147.
    Ep. 284 — Jen Psaki11/08/2018
    59:15
  140. 148.
    Ep. 283 - Arnold Schwarzenegger11/04/2018
    1:14:36
  141. 149.
    Ep. 282 — Steve Brill11/01/2018
    1:03:26
  142. 150.
    Ep. 281 — Steve Schmidt10/29/2018
    1:10:40
  143. 151.
    Ep. 280 - Jonah Goldberg10/25/2018
    1:04:32
  144. 152.
    Ep. 279 — Jeff Weaver10/22/2018
    59:18
  145. 153.
    Ep. 278 — Mary Katharine Ham10/18/2018
    1:00:12
  146. 154.
    Ep. 277 — Khizr Khan10/15/2018
    1:06:36
  147. 155.
    Ep. 276 — Ana Navarro10/11/2018
    58:21
  148. 156.
    Ep. 275 — Steven Pearlstein10/08/2018
    1:03:42
  149. 157.
    Ep. 274 - Chuck Todd10/04/2018
    1:02:50
  150. 158.
    Ep. 273 — Gov. Steve Bullock10/01/2018
    1:01:33
  151. 159.
    Ep. 272 — Roberta Jacobson09/27/2018
    1:05:05
  152. 160.
    Ep. 271 — Peter Sagal09/24/2018
    58:15
  153. 161.
    Ep. 270 — Bob Shrum09/20/2018
    1:01:58
  154. 162.
    Ep. 269 — Deval Patrick (TV)09/16/2018
    1:16:17
  155. 163.
    Ep. 268 — Susan Glasser09/13/2018
    1:04:58
  156. 164.
    Ep. 267 — Jon Lovett09/10/2018
    1:03:37
  157. 165.
    Ep. 266 — Austan Goolsbee09/03/2018
    1:04:04
  158. 166.
    Ep. 265 — Rep. Mike Quigley08/27/2018
    1:04:49
  159. 167.
    Ep. 264 — Dean Baquet & Marty Baron08/19/2018
    1:30:00
  160. 168.
    Ep. 263 — Ace Smith08/13/2018
    1:00:07
  161. 169.
    Ep. 262 — Judy Woodruff08/06/2018
    1:04:04
  162. 170.
    Ep. 261 - Anne Burke08/02/2018
    1:00:00
  163. 171.
    Ep. 260 - Tim Shriver07/30/2018
    1:00:50
  164. 172.
    Ep. 259 — Mitch Landrieu (TV)07/22/2018
    1:05:36
  165. 173.
    Ep. 258 — Dan Pfeiffer07/16/2018
    1:04:42
  166. 174.
    Ep. 257 — John King Jr.07/09/2018
    1:01:21
  167. 175.
    Ep. 256 — Nneka Jones Tapia07/02/2018
    59:07
  168. 176.
    Ep. 255 — Mike Barnicle06/28/2018
    59:23
  169. 177.
    Ep. 254 — Sen. Marco Rubio06/24/2018
    1:12:06
  170. 178.
    Ep. 253 — John Farrell06/21/2018
    1:04:07
  171. 179.
    Ep. 252 — Rachel Maddow06/18/2018
    1:09:15
  172. 180.
    Ep. 251 — Ray Mabus06/14/2018
    1:07:54
  173. 181.
    Ep. 250 — Tom Donilon06/11/2018
    1:07:01
  174. 182.
    Ep. 249 — Ronan Farrow06/07/2018
    1:07:04
  175. 183.
    Ep. 248 — Savannah Guthrie06/04/2018
    1:02:30
  176. 184.
    Ep. 247 — James Clapper05/31/2018
    1:04:08
  177. 185.
    Ep. 246 — Sally Yates05/27/2018
    1:01:38
  178. 186.
    Ep. 245 — Michael McFaul05/24/2018
    1:08:50
  179. 187.
    Ep. 244 — Steve Israel05/21/2018
    1:00:26
  180. 188.
    Ep. 243 — José Andrés05/17/2018
    59:39
  181. 189.
    Ep. 242 - Tom Price05/14/2018
    1:04:44
  182. 190.
    Ep. 241 - Jeffrey Toobin05/10/2018
    1:03:14
  183. 191.
    Ep. 240 - Vladimir Kara-Murza05/07/2018
    1:06:44
  184. 192.
    Ep. 239 - Kelly Ayotte05/03/2018
    1:04:55
  185. 193.
    Ep. 238 - Michael Avenatti04/30/2018
    1:03:25
  186. 194.
    Ep. 237 - Tom Perriello04/26/2018
    1:09:14
  187. 195.
    Ep. 236 - Mark Murray04/23/2018
    1:01:30
  188. 196.
    Ep. 235 - Gov. John Hickenlooper04/19/2018
    1:08:36
  189. 197.
    Ep. 234 - Zalmay Khalilzad04/16/2018
    1:04:08
  190. 198.
    Ep. 233 - Ed Miliband04/12/2018
    1:07:30
  191. 199.
    Ep. 232 - Stephanie Schriock04/09/2018
    1:02:02
  192. 200.
    Ep. 231 - Major Garrett04/05/2018
    1:03:59

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