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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A series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world; guest Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
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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.
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CNN's David Axelrod interviews former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
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Actor Tom Hanks sits down with CNN's David Axelrod.
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David Axelrod talks with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
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David Axelrod talks with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
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David Axelrod talks with James Baker; former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of State and the Treasury.
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CNN's David Axelrod hosts a conversation with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to discuss his friendships with the Kennedy family and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his reaction to President Donald Trump's administration.
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David Axelrod sits down with California Governor Jerry Brown for a look back at his career and to discuss current issues including his opposition to the Trump White House and the future of the Democratic Party.
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David Axelrod sits down with former political rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to take a look back at his career and discuss current issues including national security and America's role in the world.
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David Axelrod, CNN senior political commentator, brings his podcast to television.
Hosted by CNN political commentator Van Jones, "The Messy Truth" is a series of town hall specials aimed at improving communication among people with different political and personal beliefs. Joined by well-known legislative leaders, Jones visits swing states like Ohio and Michigan to meet with residents who once supported President Obama but more recently voted for Donald Trump, letting the community members drive the conversation. That's just one way, Jones contends, to challenge assumptions and understand how people feel.