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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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Guest is John Kerry.
aired 44 days ago
The guest is Rahm Emanuel.
aired 65 days ago
Guest is Sonia Sotomayor.
aired 79 days ago
Guest is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
aired 128 days ago
Guest is Deval Patrick.
aired 156 days ago
Guests are Dean Baquet and Marty Baron.
aired 170 days ago
Guest is Mitch Landrieu.
aired 212 days ago
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) discusses immigration policy, gun control and other challenging issues.
aired 240 days ago
David Axelrod with a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.
aired 296 days ago
An interview with Charles Barkley.
aired 324 days ago
A series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world; guest Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
aired 352 days ago
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.
aired 373 days ago
CNN's David Axelrod interviews former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
aired 415 days ago
Actor Tom Hanks sits down with CNN's David Axelrod.
aired 422 days ago
David Axelrod talks with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
aired 464 days ago
David Axelrod talks with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
aired 478 days ago
David Axelrod talks with James Baker; former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of State and the Treasury.
aired 556 days ago
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.
aired 618 days ago
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.
aired 660 days ago
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.