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The Axe Files With David Axelrod

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A long, distinguished career as a political operative has afforded David Axelrod a lifetime of stories. He shares some of that insight on "The Axe Files," an hourlong podcast he created in 2015 in conjunction with CNN and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. More than 200 episodes later, Axelrod has sat down for intimate conversations with a who's who of guests from political, media and celebrity circles, including Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, actor Tom Hanks, former White House Chief of Staff James Baker, and NBA champion Steve Kerr. Axelrod is best known as the chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.

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