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The Axe Files with David Axelrod

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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. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most ...Show More


1:00:03 | Jun 25th

Jon Stewart is a comedian, writer, director, and former host of The Daily Show. He joins David to talk about President Trump’s out-of-touch messaging, the pervasiveness of systemic racism and inequity...Show More
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yttap68 recommended:

Stewart at his best. He explains his take on Trump, the 24 hr news cycle, systemic racism and covid 19. He's smart as hell.

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59:20 | Apr 29th, 2019

Bryan Cranston is an actor, producer, director, and screenwriter best known for his roles on Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, and Seinfeld. He joins David to talk about acting as a catharsis, why ...Show More
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jspinelle recommended:

I could listen to Bryan Cranston talk all day long. Such a sense of humility from someone who has been so successful.

1:03:39 | Jan 24th, 2019

Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army who led America’s Joint Special Operations Command and NATO forces in the War in Afghanistan. He joins David to share his view of Tru...Show More

58:07 | Dec 26th, 2016

President Barack Obama sits down with David Axelrod to discuss their shared history together, how President Obama managed to stay grounded during turbulent moments of his childhood and adolescence, wh...Show More
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