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Ep. 46 - Patrick Kennedy

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Patrick Kennedy, former Democratic congressman from Rhode Island and son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, chats with David about growing up in the Kennedy family, his battle with mental illness and addiction, his new book “The Common Struggle” and more.

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Ep. 308 - Kirsten Powers

February 14th, 2019

1:03:46

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Ep. 307 - Nate Silver

February 11th, 2019

1:15:33

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Ep. 306 - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

February 7th, 2019

1:02:48

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February 4th, 2019

1:01:43

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Ep. 304 - John Delaney

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1:05:41

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January 28th, 2019

1:05:18

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Ep. 302 - Stanley McChrystal

January 24th, 2019

1:04:09

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Ep. 301 - John Kerry (TV)

January 20th, 2019

1:34:35

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Ep. 300 - Sherrilyn Ifill

January 17th, 2019

59:58

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Ep. 299 - Miguel Cervantes

January 14th, 2019

1:03:09

Miguel Cervantes, star of the blockbuster Hamilton play in Chicago, sits down with David to talk about the years he spent auditioning prior to …

Ep. 298 - Ivo Daalder

January 10th, 2019

1:06:09

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Ep. 297 - Gov. J.B. Pritzker

January 7th, 2019

1:05:53

J.B. Pritzker, governor-elect of Illinois, joins David to discuss the unique challenges facing the state and his priorities moving forward, what surprised him upon meeting Donald Trump during the December governors …

Ep. 296 - Rep. Eric Swalwell

December 20th, 2018

1:05:10

Congressman Eric Swalwell represents California's 15th district and serves on the House Intelligence Committee. He joins the show to discuss the House investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, what the …

Ep. 295 - Howard Wolfson

December 17th, 2018

1:06:27

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Ep. 294 - Al Hunt

December 13th, 2018

1:01:47

Political journalist Al Hunt, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, joins David to discuss his time covering Watergate, similarities and …

Ep. 293 - Rahm Emanuel (TV)

December 9th, 2018

1:20:59

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December 6th, 2018

1:01:11

Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, activist, author, and founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal aid to prisoners lacking effective representation. He joins …

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1:09:31

Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, sits down with David to talk about how a rejection from Harvard Law School paved the way for his meteoric rise as a …

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November 29th, 2018

1:04:07

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Ep. 289 - Chris Dodd

November 26th, 2018

1:08:42

Chris Dodd is the former and longest-serving U.S. Senator from Connecticut. He joins David to talk about the influence of his late father, Sen. Thomas Dodd; the formative friendships he forged and lessons learned …

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November 20th, 2018

1:14:06

Former President of the United States Barack Obama sits down with David in Hyde Park for a special live taping of the Axe Files. Their conversation touches on the Obamas' life in the Hyde Park community, the sacrifices …

Ep. 287 - Sonia Sotomayor

November 18th, 2018

1:02:33

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November 15th, 2018

1:05:45

Mark Salter is a longtime advisor and speechwriter to Senator John McCain. He joins David to talk about the early literary influences that shaped …

Ep. 285 - Gloria Borger

November 12th, 2018

59:36

Gloria Borger is a political pundit, journalist, and columnist who currently commentates as a chief political analyst for CNN. She sits down with …

Ep. 284 - Jen Psaki

November 8th, 2018

59:45

Jen Psaki is the former White House Communications Director and White House Deputy Press Secretary under President Obama. She joins David after the …

Ep. 283 - Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1:15:06

Bodybuilder, actor, and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to talk about his rise from a humble …

Ep. 282 - Steve Brill

November 1st, 2018

1:03:56

Author and journalist Steve Brill joins David to talk about his new project NewsGuard, which uses journalism to fight fake news, as well as his long career in business and journalism.

Ep. 281 - Steve Schmidt

October 29th, 2018

1:11:10

Steve Schmidt is former Republican campaign strategist, who notably ran the 2008 John McCain campaign for the presidency. Since the election of Donald Trump he has left the Republican Party to become independent and …

Ep. 280 - Jonah Goldberg

October 25th, 2018

1:05:02

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Ep. 279 - Jeff Weaver

October 22nd, 2018

59:48

Jeff Weaver was the campaign manager for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. He joins the show to discuss Sanders' unique appeal to voters, what it was like to run against Hillary Clinton, the landscape …

Ep. 278 - Mary Katharine Ham

October 18th, 2018

1:00:42

Mary Katharine Ham is a journalist and conservative commentator on CNN. She joins David to discuss fake news, Nikki Haley, the cultural issues …

Ep. 277 - Khizr Khan

October 15th, 2018

1:07:06

Khizr Khan is a Gold Star father best known for his iconic speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention honoring his late son, Humayan Khan, a …

Ep. 276 - Ana Navarro

October 11th, 2018

58:51

Ana Navarro, GOP strategist and political commentator for CNN, joins David to talk about how her Nicaraguan upbringing shapes her view of U.S. …

Ep. 275 - Steven Pearlstein

October 8th, 2018

1:04:12

Steven Pearlstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning business and economics columnist for The Washington Post. He joins David to chat about his beginnings …

Ep. 274 - Chuck Todd

October 4th, 2018

1:03:20

Chuck Todd is a longtime political journalist and current host of NBC's Meet the Press. He joins David to talk about his father’s struggle with …

Ep. 273 - Gov. Steve Bullock

October 1st, 2018

1:02:03

Montana Governor Steve Bullock joins the show to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, how Democrats can win back voters in rural states, his work on …

Ep. 272 - Roberta Jacobson

September 27th, 2018

1:05:35

Roberta Jacobson is an American diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico until May of 2018. She joins David to discuss the diplomatic tension between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration's …

Ep. 271 - Peter Sagal

September 24th, 2018

58:45

Peter Sagal is the author of The Incomplete Book of Running and host of NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. He joins David to discuss a variety of topics including getting passed on by the Harvard Lampoon, appearing on …

Ep. 270 - Bob Shrum

September 20th, 2018

1:01:58

Bob Shrum is a longtime Democratic campaign strategist and speechwriter. He joins David to discuss his new Institute for the Political Future, …

Ep. 269 - Deval Patrick (TV)

September 16th, 2018

1:16:47

Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts and civil rights lawyer, author, and businessman, sits down for a special televised edition of The Axe Files on CNN. He talks with David about his upbringing in the South …

Ep. 268 - Susan Glasser

September 13th, 2018

1:04:59

Susan Glasser is a preeminent political journalist with nearly three decades of reporting experience spanning foreign policy, domestic politics, and …

Ep. 267 - Jon Lovett

September 10th, 2018

1:04:07

Pod Save America co-host and former speechwriter for President Barack Obama Jon Lovett joins the show to talk about the art of speechwriting, his experience working with Hillary Clinton prior to joining the Obama White …

Ep. 266 - Austan Goolsbee

September 3rd, 2018

1:04:04

Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee joins David to discuss the major economic policy decisions under Bush and Obama, …

Ep. 265 - Rep. Mike Quigley

August 27th, 2018

1:04:50

Mike Quigley is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district, serving on the House Intelligence and Appropriations Committees. …

Ep. 264 - Dean Baquet & Marty Baron

August 19th, 2018

1:30:30

Dean Baquet and Marty Baron, the Executive Editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post respectively, join David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss the challenges of covering the Trump presidency, the …

Ep. 263 - Ace Smith

August 13th, 2018

1:00:37

Averell “Ace” Smith is a political opposition researcher whose career has spanned campaigns for Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, and the Clintons. He sits …

Ep. 262 - Judy Woodruff

August 6th, 2018

1:04:34

Judy Woodruff is a longtime broadcast journalist and current anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. Judy sits down with David to talk about the regional blind spots afflicting network news, the relationship …

Ep. 261 - Anne Burke

August 2nd, 2018

1:00:00

Part two of our Special Olympics series. Anne Burke, founder of the Special Olympics and a Supreme Court Justice in Illinois for the First Judicial District, joins David to talk about how coming to terms with her own …

Ep. 260 - Tim Shriver

July 30th, 2018

1:01:20

Part one of this week’s two episode series honoring the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Timothy Shriver is the Chairman of the Special Olympics and son of legendary public servants Eunice Kennedy and Sargent …

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July 22nd, 2018

1:06:06

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu rejoins the show in this extended version of a conversation from the Axe Files on CNN.

Ep. 258 - Dan Pfeiffer

July 16th, 2018

1:05:12

Dan Pfeiffer is a former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, co-host on the Pod Save America podcast, and author of the book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics …

Ep. 257 - John King Jr.

July 9th, 2018

1:01:51

John King Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education under President Obama, sits down with David to talk about losing his parents at a young age, the impact …

Ep. 256 - Nneka Jones Tapia

July 2nd, 2018

59:07

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is a clinical psychologist who in 2015 became the Executive Director of the Cook County Jail, the largest jail in America. She …

Ep. 255 - Mike Barnicle

June 28th, 2018

59:53

MSNBC contributor and former columnist Mike Barnicle.

Ep. 254 - Sen. Marco Rubio

June 24th, 2018

1:12:06

Senator Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss the ongoing battle at the border, the Trump …

Ep. 253 - John Farrell

June 21st, 2018

1:04:37

John Farrell, award-winning presidential historian and journalist, joins David to chat about why local newspapers now struggle for survival, his work on the Boston Globe’s famous ‘Spotlight’ team, and why he thinks our …

Ep. 252 - Rachel Maddow

June 18th, 2018

1:09:16

Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, joins David to talk about growing up as a liberal activist in a conservative town, her unique philosophy on newscasting in the Trump era, and lessons she’s learned …

Ep. 251 - Ray Mabus

June 14th, 2018

1:08:24

Ray Mabus, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Governor of Mississippi, joins David to talk about his upbringing in the heart of the South during …

Ep. 250 - Tom Donilon

June 11th, 2018

1:07:31

Tom Donilon, former National Security Adviser to Barack Obama, chats with David Axelrod about his experience running President Jimmy Carter’s delegate operation during Ted Kennedy’s 1980 convention challenge as a …

Ep. 249 - Ronan Farrow

June 7th, 2018

1:07:34

Ronan Farrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New Yorker, former State Department official under President Barack Obama, and author of …

Ep. 248 - Savannah Guthrie

June 4th, 2018

1:03:00

Savannah Guthrie is a journalist, attorney, and co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today. She recently sat down with David to talk about the impact of losing her father at a young age, how her Christian faith …

Ep. 247 - James Clapper

May 31st, 2018

1:04:38

James Clapper is the former Director of National Intelligence and the author of a new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. His long career in military intelligence spans some of the most …

Ep. 246 - Sally Yates

May 27th, 2018

1:01:39

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, in an extended conversation with David Axelrod from the Axe Files TV show on CNN, talks about her formative experiences in the law as well as her tenure as acting Attorney …

Ep. 245 - Michael McFaul

May 24th, 2018

1:08:51

Michael McFaul is the former U.S. ambassador to Russia and author of the book "From Cold War to Hot Peace," which chronicles U.S.-Russia relations …

Ep. 244 - Steve Israel

May 21st, 2018

1:00:56

Former congressman and novelist Steve Israel joins the show to discuss his new book on the gun lobby, the future of gun reform, the Democratic Party's chances of retaking the House, and more.

Ep. 243 - Jose Andres

May 17th, 2018

1:00:09

Renowned chef and humanitarian Jose Andres joins David to talk about his love of cooking, the political situation in Catalonia, his disaster relief …

Ep. 242 - Tom Price

May 14th, 2018

1:05:14

Former HHS Secretary Tom Price on his path to politics and healthcare in America.

Ep. 241 - Jeffrey Toobin

May 10th, 2018

1:03:44

Staff writer for the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin joins David to talk about working as a prosector in the Oliver North trial, covering the O.J. trial as a journalist, the Mueller investigation, and more.

Ep. 240 - Vladimir Kara-Murza

May 7th, 2018

1:06:45

Journalist and Russian Pro-Democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza discusses Putin’s Russia, the Magnitsky Act, hope for a democratic Russia, and more..

Ep. 239 - Kelly Ayotte

May 3rd, 2018

1:04:55

Former Senator from New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte discusses her decision not to endorse Donald Trump, her early career as a prosecutor, counseling Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation process, and more.

Ep. 238 - Michael Avenatti

April 30th, 2018

1:03:55

Michael Avenatti, the high-profile attorney representing Stormy Daniels, joins David to chat about how the loss of his father’s job when he was a teenager fueled his own ambitions, his passion for racecar driving, the …

Ep. 237 - Tom Perriello

April 26th, 2018

1:09:44

Former Congressman Tom Perriello joins David for a conversation on the direction of the Democratic Party, big ideas for 2021 and beyond, lessons he learned in Sierra Leone, and more.

Ep. 236 - Mark Murray

April 23rd, 2018

1:02:00

Senior Political Editor at NBC News Mark Murray joins David to discuss the nationalization of politics, Paul Ryan's departure from Congress, what's …

Ep. 235 - Gov. John Hickenlooper

April 19th, 2018

1:08:36

Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado joins David to discuss the hardships of governing under a Republican administration, the legalization of …

Ep. 234 - Zalmay Khalilzad

April 16th, 2018

1:04:38

Former U.N. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad joins David to discuss his childhood in Afghanistan, what went wrong after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the future of conflict in the Middle East, and more.

Ep. 233 - Ed Miliband

April 12th, 2018

1:08:00

Labour MP and former party leader Ed Miliband joins David to discuss the political climate in Britain, his ongoing battle with Rupert Murdoch, …

Ep. 232 - Stephanie Schriock

April 9th, 2018

1:02:32

President of Emily's List Stephanie Schriock joins David to discuss how growing up in a mining community influenced her politics, her groundbreaking …

Ep. 231 - Major Garrett

April 5th, 2018

1:03:59

Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News, chats with David about the most important story he ever covered, his time at Fox News, the sources of friction in Trump's White House, and more.

Ep. 230 - Charles Barkley

April 1st, 2018

1:02:32

NBA Hall of Famer and TV analyst Charles Barkley joins David to talk about his journey from the segregated South to the NBA, why Trump-era politics …

Ep. 229 - Andrea Mitchell

March 29th, 2018

1:04:15

Andrea Mitchell, anchor and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, joins David for a conversation about upheaval in Trump's State …

Ep. 228 - Michael Phelps

March 26th, 2018

1:00:13

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps joins David to talk about what it took to become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, his battles …

Ep. 227 - Chris Cuomo

March 22nd, 2018

1:01:05

CNN television host Chris Cuomo joins David for a wide-ranging conversation on his decision to go into journalism, how his family name held him back, his father's legacy, and more.

Ep. 226 - Peter Wehner

March 19th, 2018

50:43

Pete Wehner, author and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, joins David to discuss Trump's relationship with the Evangelical movement and the …

Ep. 225 - Ana Marie Cox

March 15th, 2018

1:03:54

Ana Marie Cox, host of the podcast "With Friends Like These," joins David at South By Southwest to discuss her career in journalism from Wonkette to MTV and how an attempted suicide seven years ago in Texas changed her …

Ep. 224 - Jon Favreau (Live)

March 12th, 2018

56:42

Pod Save America host Jon Favreau joins David for a live show in Austin to discuss his time as a speechwriter for Barack Obama, looking ahead to …

Ep. 223 - Jay Roach

March 8th, 2018

1:05:57

Film director and producer Jay Roach joins David to talk about his transition from directing comedies to political films, #TimesUp in Hollywood, …

Ep. 222 - Sen. Jeff Flake

March 4th, 2018

1:20:57

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss what drove him out of the Senate, how his Mormonism informs his views on the Muslim ban, whether he thinks Trump will face a primary challenge, …

Ep. 221 - Jay Carney

March 1st, 2018

1:07:49

Former White House spokesman Jay Carney joins David to talk about covering an attempted coup in Russia, how the job of press secretary has changed …

Ep. 220 - Michael Gerson

February 26th, 2018

1:06:54

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson joins the show to talk about his battle with cancer, a wake-up call for the GOP, his work on PEPFAR, and …

Ep. 219 - Mayor Marty Walsh

February 22nd, 2018

1:04:59

Boston mayor Marty Walsh joins the show to talk about his past struggles with addiction, labor unions in the 21st century, his commitment to DACA …

Ep. 218 - Lawrence O'Donnell

February 19th, 2018

1:06:49

Lawrence O'Donnell, journalist and host of MSNBC's The Last Word, joins David to discuss his rough encounter with the Boston Police Department, the …

Ep. 217 - Jake Tapper

February 15th, 2018

1:05:09

Journalist and CNN anchor Jake Tapper joins the show to talk about cartooning at Dartmouth, his date with Monica Lewinsky that helped launch his journalism career, moderating the second Republican primary debate, his …

Ep. 216 - Anthony Scaramucci

February 12th, 2018

1:07:10

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci joins David to talk about is upbringing on Long Island, how the economy has impacted communities like his home town, what went wrong during his tenure in the …

Ep. 215 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

February 8th, 2018

1:07:29

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins David at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics' fifth anniversary celebration for a …

Ep. 214 - Whoopi Goldberg

February 4th, 2018

1:05:29

Award-winning actress, activist, and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to talk about her personal history with …

Ep. 213 - Sen. Mark Warner

February 2nd, 2018

1:06:56

Virginia Senator Mark Warner reacts to the State of the Union address, discusses the latest developments in the Russia investigation, and shares his thoughts on the economic challenges that will define our future.

Ep. 212 - McKay Coppins

January 29th, 2018

1:00:19

McKay Coppins, author and staff writer for The Atlantic, joins David to talk about his bizarre journey with candidate Donald Trump, Mitt Romney's Mormonism, his recent profile of Mike Pence, and more.

Ep. 211 - David Gregory

January 25th, 2018

1:01:30

Journalist and CNN political analyst David Gregory joins the show to discuss his interview with Joe Biden, covering the Bush administration, his …

Ep. 210 - Ross Douthat

January 22nd, 2018

1:05:29

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joins David to discuss his faith, why Trump loves the New York Times, Trump's brand of racism, and much more.

Ep. 209 - Norm Ornstein

January 18th, 2018

1:02:26

Author and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Norm Ornstein joins David to discuss the impact of mental illness in his life, the …

Ep. 208 - Condoleezza Rice

January 14th, 2018

1:05:59

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins the Axe Files on CNN to discuss her tenure in the Bush administration, foreign policy under the …

Ep. 207 - John Bouman

January 11th, 2018

1:01:11

John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, joins David to discuss fighting poverty through the court system, the prospect of welfare reform under President Trump, the Affordable Care …

Ep. 206 - Rep. Cheri Bustos

January 8th, 2018

1:06:29

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joins David to talk about representing a district that voted for Trump, how Democrats can reach out to rural white voters, why pushing for impeachment is a mistake, the state of …

Ep. 205 - Jake Sullivan

January 4th, 2018

1:07:34

Jake Sullivan, senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election campaign, chats with David about his role in negotiating the Iran nuclear …

Ep. 204 - Adam Nagourney

January 1st, 2018

59:01

Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times Adam Nagourney joins David to talk about his lifelong love of politics, journalism in New York City, …

Ep. 203 - Card. Blase Cupich

December 21st, 2017

1:07:40

Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, joins David to talk about his journey to the highest levels of the Catholic church, …

Ep. 202 - Laura Haim

December 18th, 2017

1:04:40

Laura Haim, journalist and former communications strategist for Emmanuel Macron, joins David to talk about the state of democracy in Europe, covering conflicts around the globe, what she saw in Donald Trump before the …

Ep. 201 - Rick Santorum

December 14th, 2017

1:18:11

Former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum joins David to talk about his years in both the House and Senate, his path to his Catholic faith, his …

Ep. 200 - Ed Gillespie

December 11th, 2017

1:22:33

Former Chair of the RNC Ed Gillespie joins the Axe Files to talk about his failed bid for Governor of Virginia, the controversial ads he ran during that race, the candidacy of Roy Moore and the state of the Republican …

Ep. 199 - Eric Garcetti

December 7th, 2017

1:04:01

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti joins David to talk about the potential impact of the tax bill on his city, the way forward for the Democratic …

Ep. 198 - Preet Bharara

December 4th, 2017

1:04:27

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara joins David to discuss the latest in the Russia investigation, Michael Flynn's decision to plead guilty to lying to the FBI, controversial appointments the federal judiciary by the …

Ep. 197 - Tom Hanks

December 3rd, 2017

1:18:44

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks joins David to talk about how his career began, films as a part of historical record, the sexual harassment scandals in …

Ep. 196 - Pete Souza

November 30th, 2017

1:04:29

Former Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza chats with David about serving under two presidents, his first encounter with Barack Obama, working as a photojournalist during the war in Afghanistan, and more.

Ep. 195 - David Sanger

November 27th, 2017

1:02:47

Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times David Sanger joins the show to talk about how we arrived at the crisis point with North Korea, the new frontier of cyber warfare, and the state of journalism, and …

Ep. 194 - Steve Kerr

November 26th, 2017

1:07:37

Head coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr rejoins David for the Axe Files on CNN to talk about his life, his struggles with chronic pain, …

Ep. 193 - Kathleen Sebelius

November 22nd, 2017

1:08:16

Former HHS Secretary and two term Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius discusses her family's legacy in politics, sexual harassment in America, and …

Ep. 192 - Donna Brazile

November 20th, 2017

1:07:59

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile sit down with David to discuss her early work with Rev. Jesse Jackson, moving up through the ranks of the Democratic Party, systemic issues in the DNC, the accusations in her new …

Ep. 191 - Tony Blair

November 16th, 2017

58:54

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joins David in London to talk about the implications of Brexit, the Trump/Brexit connection, his dealings …

Ep. 190 - Christiane Amanpour

November 13th, 2017

59:30

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour joins David in London to discuss growing up in Iran during the revolution, her experience …

Ep. 189 - Fred Hochberg

November 9th, 2017

58:31

Former Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg chats with David about the evolution of gay and transgender rights issues, his replacement at EXIM, …

Ep. 188 - Susan E. Rice

November 6th, 2017

1:17:45

Ambassador Susan E. Rice joins David to talk about lessons learned from Rwanda to Syria, the threat from North Korea, the need for American leadership in the world, the Tuskegee Airmen, and much more.

Ep. 187 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe

November 2nd, 2017

1:02:22

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joins David to talk about the races in Virginia, his winning formula in a Southern state, what Democrats need to …

Ep. 186 - Bakari Sellers

October 30th, 2017

1:02:31

Former South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers joins the show to talk about his family's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the …

Ep. 185 - Karen Tumulty

October 26th, 2017

1:00:41

Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty joins David to talk about growing up in military family, Trump's controversial call with a …

Ep. 184 - David Miliband

October 23rd, 2017

57:50

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, joins the show to talk about the refugee crisis, the forces shaping European …

Ep. 183 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 19th, 2017

1:03:34

Author and writer for The Atlantic Magazine Ta-Nehisi Coates sits down with David to talk about his upbringing in Baltimore, his early forays into …

Ep. 182 - Sen. Michael Bennet

October 16th, 2017

1:03:36

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet chats with David about securing the future of our democracy, making tough choices as a a school superintendent in …

Ep. 181 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi

October 14th, 2017

1:07:33

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins the Axe Files once again to talk about her negotiations with President Trump on the Dreamers, the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, her hopes for women in public service, and …

Ep. 180 - David Rubenstein

October 12th, 2017

58:44

Financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein joins David to talk about his modest beginnings in Baltimore, working in the White House for Jimmy …

Ep. 179 - David Litt

October 9th, 2017

1:06:05

Former Obama speechwriter David Litt discusses his early days as a field organizer for Obama in 2008, his botched interview with the CIA, and other …

Ep. 178 - Jason Kander

October 5th, 2017

1:04:06

Jason Kander, Missouri politician and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, joins David to discuss gun control in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, …

Ep. 177 - Jeff Roe

October 2nd, 2017

1:03:05

Republican campaign strategist Jeff Roe sits down with David to talk about working his way up in politics, the defeat of Luther Strange in Alabama, …

Ep. 176 - Jim Baker

September 30th, 2017

1:10:19

James A. Baker III, Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan, joins David to talk about decision-making in the aftermath of an assassination attempt on Reagan, the ongoing anthem protests in the NFL, imposing discipline in a …

Ep. 175 - Bill Bradley

September 28th, 2017

1:06:16

Former Senator and Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Bradley talks with David about fighting for a player's union in the NBA, the prospect of tax reform, creating compromise in the Senate, and more.

Ep. 174 - Gayle King

September 25th, 2017

59:41

CBS This Morning host Gayle King sits down with David to discuss her formative years in Turkey, the divisions in America today, her friendship with Oprah, raising two kids as a working mom, and more.

Special Episode - David Axelrod

September 21st, 2017

1:19:50

The tables have turned as David joins hosts Katie Couric and Brian Goldsmith on the Katie Couric podcast to talk about his career in politics and …

Ep. 173 - Rep. Seth Moulton

September 18th, 2017

1:02:33

Congressman Seth Moulton sits down with David to talk about his military service, President Trump's shortcomings as commander-in-chief, the situation …

Ep. 172 - Sen. Joe Donnelly

September 14th, 2017

1:04:17

Senator Joe Donnelly joins David to talk about the challenge of making tough votes in Congress, why he thinks the Dream Act will get to the Senate floor, the opioid crisis, the future of the Democratic party, and more.

Ep. 171 - Gov. Jay Inslee

September 11th, 2017

59:25

Washington Governor Jay Inslee sits down with David to talk about the DACA decision, the importance of electing more Democratic governors, the future of the green economy, climate change, and more.

Ep. 170 - Sen. Patty Murray

September 7th, 2017

1:03:38

Washington Senator Patty Murray joins David to discuss President Trump's brinkmanship in North Korea, the importance of female leadership in …

Ep. 169 - Don Rose

September 4th, 2017

1:02:08

Don Rose, legendary Chicago political consultant and former press secretary to Martin Luther King Jr., joins David to talk about his role in the …

Ep. 168 - Penny Pritzker

August 28th, 2017

1:04:07

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker joins David to talk about her family's humble beginnings, what Trump's proposed immigration policies …

Ep. 167 - Rahm Emanuel

August 17th, 2017

1:08:28

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacts to Trump's controversial statements on Charlottesville, discusses the city's lawsuit over the Trump …

Ep. 166 - Rep. Luis Gutierrez

August 14th, 2017

1:06:13

Congressman Luis Gutierrez discusses his formative years in Puerto Rico, his political education in Chicago alongside Harold Washington, and his …

Ep. 165 - Gary Hart

August 7th, 2017

1:06:02

Former Senator Gary Hart joins David to talk about his rural roots in Kansas, his torpedoed presidential campaign, the implications Russia investigation for the Trump presidency, and how it feels to be portrayed by Hugh …

Ep. 164 - Rep. Adam Kinzinger

July 31st, 2017

1:00:56

Congressman Adam Kinzinger joins David to discuss his early forays into politics as a college student, Trump's strained relationship with Congress, …

Ep. 163 - Mitch Landrieu

July 24th, 2017

1:09:39

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about his family's deep political roots in the South, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, his …

Ep. 162 - Rep. John Lewis

July 15th, 2017

1:12:25

Congressman John Lewis joins David in Atlanta to talk about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, how far America has come on the issue of race, his views on President Donald Trump, and his emotional …

Ep. 161 - George Stephanopoulos

July 10th, 2017

1:06:28

Chief Anchor for ABC News George Stephanopoulos chats with David about his previous career in politics, the Trump administration's tense relationship …

Ep. 160 - Sen. Cory Booker

July 3rd, 2017

1:04:52

Sen. Cory Booker joins David to talk about his humbling experiences in Newark, racism in America, his mindset ahead of the 2020 presidential election, and more.

Ep. 159 - Dana Bash

June 26th, 2017

1:03:02

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash sits down with David to discuss the Senate health care bill, her experience covering the 9/11 attacks …

Ep. 158 - Bill Daley

June 22nd, 2017

1:01:44

Bill Daley, former White House chief of staff to President Obama and Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, chats with David about his father's and his brother's tenures as mayors of Chicago, the consequences of …

Ep. 157 - Steven Greenhouse

June 19th, 2017

1:01:06

Former labor correspondent for The New York Times Steven Greenhouse joins David to discuss the gig economy, the decline of unions, and his message for journalists in the Trump era.

Ep. 156 - Bob Dold

June 15th, 2017

1:03:24

Former Rep. Bob Dold talks with David about being a Republican in a blue district, running a business during the recession, and the problems a Trump …

Ep. 155 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren

June 12th, 2017

1:05:25

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins David to talk about the myriad challenges facing the middle class in the 21st century, her ongoing battles in the Senate, and her new book "This Fight is Our Fight."

Ep. 154 - Geoffrey Stone

June 8th, 2017

1:07:22

Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and author, speaks with David Axelrod about his impressions of his former law school student, …

Ep. 153 - Sen. Tom Cotton

June 5th, 2017

55:32

Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican from Arkansas, talks with David Axelrod about why he decided to join the Army and what he learned during his deployments …

Ep. 152 - Alfredo Corchado

June 1st, 2017

1:01:20

Alfredo Corchado, author and journalist at the Dallas Morning News, talks with David Axelrod about the two chance encounters that inspired him to pursue a career in journalism, the dangers he and others have experienced …

Ep. 151 - Brian Deese

May 29th, 2017

1:02:26

Brian Deese, former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about the instrumental role Deese played in the 2009 auto bailout, …

Ep. 150 - Grover Norquist

May 25th, 2017

1:05:39

Grover Norquist, political advocate and president of Americans for Tax Reform, talks with David Axelrod about how he envisioned his anti-tax pledge …

Ep. 149 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

May 22nd, 2017

48:40

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks with David about how her faith helps her forge relationships in Congress, how the Democratic Party can rebuild after the 2016 election, and what she thinks about the latest developments in …

Ep. 148 - Tony Blinken

May 18th, 2017

1:04:50

Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken discusses spending his formative years overseas, how his experiences during the Kosovo War impacts his understanding of the Syrian conflict, and the diplomatic challenges …

Ep. 147 - Gov. Jerry Brown

May 14th, 2017

1:27:36

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, talks with David Axelrod about the lessons he's learned from a remarkable career in American politics, his …

Ep. 146 - Chelsea Handler

May 11th, 2017

59:35

Chelsea Handler, comedian and creator of the Netflix show "Chelsea," sits down with David Axelrod to discuss the work she's doing on behalf of Syrian refugees, why the election of Donald Trump compelled her to become …

Ep. 145 - Jennifer Granholm

May 8th, 2017

1:00:22

Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, talks with David Axelrod about her searing experiences while governing through an economic crisis, …

Ep. 144 - Gov. John Kasich

May 4th, 2017

50:23

John Kasich, the governor of Ohio and former presidential candidate, talks with David Axelrod about his working-class upbringing in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; his assessment of the opening months of the Trump …

Ep. 143 - Rep. Ro Khanna

May 1st, 2017

1:02:12

Rep. Ro Khanna, congressman from California, talks with David Axelrod about the need for the Democratic Party to develop an effective economic message that resonates in every part of the country, why he supported Bernie …

Ep. 142 - Shailagh Murray

April 27th, 2017

1:04:59

Shailagh Murray, former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about the decades she spent as a journalist before transitioning …

Ep. 141 - Dan Shapiro

April 24th, 2017

1:09:11

Dan Shapiro, the former ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for Middle East peace, his assessment of the State Department's performance in the opening …

Ep. 140 - Rep. Adam Schiff

April 20th, 2017

1:05:16

Adam Schiff, congressman from California and leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, talks with David Axelrod about his committee's investigation into possible connections between the Russians who …

Ep. 139 - Lisa Monaco

April 17th, 2017

1:07:25

Lisa Monaco, the former homeland security adviser to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about what she thinks are the greatest threats facing America today, why the Trump administration's travel ban hurts our …

Ep. 138 - Jason Benetti

April 13th, 2017

1:03:37

Jason Benetti, play-by-play man for the Chicago White Sox, joins David to discuss how he overcame the effects of cerebral palsy to become a television broadcaster, his hopes and fears for people with disabilities, and …

Ep. 137 - Jim Sciutto

April 10th, 2017

1:03:23

Jim Sciutto, CNN's chief national security correspondent, talks with David Axelrod about the impact his Jesuit education had on his worldview, the complex nature of the U.S.-China relationship, the key question that …

Ep. 136 - Ben Smith

April 6th, 2017

1:03:46

Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks with David Axelrod about BuzzFeed's approach to journalism and how he responds to the organization's critics, why Donald Trump has reenergized the news media, why …

Ep. 135 - Sen. John McCain

April 2nd, 2017

54:37

Senator John McCain talks with David Axelrod about the threat Russia poses to Western democracies, why he is more worried now about America than he has ever been before, what he misses most about his early days in the …

Ep. 134 - Joe Maddon

March 30th, 2017

1:04:03

Joe Maddon, manager of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, joins David before Opening Day to talk about his working class upbringing in Pennsylvania, his path towards an unconventional leadership style, the Cubs' …

Ep. 133 - Julián Castro

March 27th, 2017

1:02:44

Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, talks with David Axelrod about why Housing and Urban Development programs are …

Ep. 132 - Wendy Sherman

March 23rd, 2017

1:09:10

Wendy Sherman, the former lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal, talks with David Axelrod about how her experience in social work prepared her for …

Ep. 131 - Jackie Calmes

March 20th, 2017

1:06:31

Jackie Calmes, the veteran newspaper reporter, talks with David Axelrod about the pressures journalists face covering President Trump, her concerns for the future of the news business, her experiences covering three …

Ep. 130 - Michael Froman

March 16th, 2017

58:10

Michael Froman, the former U.S. Trade Representative, talks with David Axelrod about why technology and not free trade poses the biggest threat to …

Ep. 129 - Pete Buttigieg

March 13th, 2017

1:02:05

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, talks with David Axelrod about Donald Trump’s appeal in communities like South Bend; how urban economies can thrive amid the challenges posed by globalization; why he …

Ep. 128 - Sen. Kamala Harris

March 9th, 2017

1:02:42

Kamala Harris, the newly-elected senator from California, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for criminal justice reform legislation in Congress, why she believes President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee must …

Ep. 127 - Kasim Reed

March 6th, 2017

56:09

Kasim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta, talks with David Axelrod about why President Trump often criticizes big cities like Atlanta, why Democrats must work through their internal differences and unite as a party, and why he …

Ep. 126 - Madeleine Albright

March 2nd, 2017

1:02:45

Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State, speaks with David Axelrod about her experiences as a young political refugee in the 1940s and how …

Ep. 125 - Jeffrey Goldberg

February 27th, 2017

1:05:19

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic magazine, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for Middle East peace during the Trump …

Ep. 124 - Bill Kristol

February 23rd, 2017

1:08:27

Bill Kristol, the neoconservative commentator and founder of The Weekly Standard, talks with David Axelrod about his experiences as Dan Quayle’s …

Ep. 123 - Corey Lewandowski

February 20th, 2017

1:06:44

Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager to Donald Trump throughout the Republican primary, talks with David Axelrod about the career he led prior to …

Ep. 122 - Mike Leavitt

February 16th, 2017

59:32

Mike Leavitt, former governor of Utah, talks with David Axelrod about the Republican path forward on the Affordable Care Act, the health care lessons he learned serving as President Bush’s Health and Human Services …

Ep. 121 - Nancy-Ann DeParle

February 13th, 2017

1:02:33

Nancy-Ann DeParle, one of the lead authors of the Affordable Care Act, talks with David Axelrod about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, the consequences for people and for the health insurance market if the law is …

Ep. 120 - J.D. Vance

February 9th, 2017

1:02:04

J.D. Vance, author of the bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy, talks with David Axelrod about what it was that attracted working class voters to President Trump, why he’s so concerned by the clustering of homogenous …

Ep. 119 - Matt Bai

February 6th, 2017

1:04:21

Matt Bai, the national political columnist for Yahoo! News, talks with David Axelrod about the intersection between politics, media, and celebrity; …

Ep. 118 - Carl Bernstein

February 2nd, 2017

1:09:17

Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein talks with David Axelrod about his memories as a young copy boy at The Washington Star, the details of the landmark reporting he did that exposed the Watergate cover-up and led to …

Ep. 117 - Natalie Jaresko

January 30th, 2017

1:00:59

Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine's former Finance Minister, chats with David Axelrod about her Ukrainian-American upbringing in Chicago, how Russia’s …

Ep. 116 - Cody Keenan

January 26th, 2017

58:05

Cody Keenan, former chief speechwriter to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about his evolution from intern in the speechwriting department …

Ep. 115 - Cecile Richards

January 23rd, 2017

59:51

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, talks with David Axelrod about growing up in deep-red Texas as the daughter of prominent Democratic activists, the gains made in women’s health over the past eight …

Ep. 114 - Thomas Friedman

January 19th, 2017

1:05:20

Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for the Middle East …

Ep. 113 - Theo Epstein

January 16th, 2017

1:12:44

Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, chats with David about growing up in Massachusetts, …

Ep. 112 - Chris Wallace

January 12th, 2017

1:02:08

Chris Wallace, the longtime journalist and host of Fox News Sunday, talks with David Axelrod about why Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign was the best he ever covered; why he thinks the Obama administration …

Ep. 111 - John Brennan

January 9th, 2017

1:02:27

John Brennan, the outgoing CIA Director, talks with David Axelrod about the consequences that could arise from devaluing the intelligence community, …

Ep. 110 - Sean Spicer

January 5th, 2017

50:03

Sean Spicer, incoming White House Press Secretary and Communications Director for Donald Trump, talks with David Axelrod about what he hopes to achieve in his new job, Trump’s skepticism toward the intelligence …

Ep. 109 - Mark Shriver

January 2nd, 2017

55:53

Mark Shriver, the author and children’s rights advocate, talks with David Axelrod about the enduring legacies his parents left on the nation and on the wider world, why losing a Congressional race became a great …

Ep. 108 - President Barack Obama

December 26th, 2016

58:37

President Barack Obama sits down with David Axelrod to discuss their shared history together, how President Obama managed to stay grounded during …

Ep. 107 - Eli Attie

December 22nd, 2016

1:04:14

Eli Attie, writer for The West Wing and former political speechwriter, talks with David Axelrod about how he went from being a speechwriter to …

Ep. 106 - Tammy Duckworth

December 19th, 2016

59:17

Tammy Duckworth, the U.S. Senator-elect from Illinois, talks with David Axelrod about her childhood in Southeast Asia, the harrowing day in Iraq when the helicopter she was co-piloting came under attack, her concerns …

Ep. 105 - Denis McDonough

December 15th, 2016

1:04:43

Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, talks with David Axelrod about how growing up in a house with ten brothers and sisters was good …

Ep. 104 - Alex Castellanos

December 12th, 2016

1:02:52

Alex Castellanos, longtime Republican consultant, talks with David Axelrod about his childhood experiences in Cuba, the importance of storytelling …

Ep. 103 - Sen. Harry Reid

December 8th, 2016

48:42

Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader, sits down with David to talk about the changes he’s seen in Washington during his 34 years there, what he views as the greatest professional joy of his life, and how Democrats …

Ep. 102 - Davis Guggenheim

December 5th, 2016

1:01:05

Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim chats with David about the growing negativity of political media, working with Al Gore on An …

Ep. 101 - Alex Wagner

December 1st, 2016

55:44

Alex Wagner, the journalist and political commentator, talks with David Axelrod about her early exposure to politics as the daughter of a Democratic …

Ep. 100 - Doris Kearns Goodwin

November 28th, 2016

1:03:11

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, talks with David Axelrod about her love of baseball, the power of storytelling in …

Ep. 99 - Steve Kerr

November 23rd, 2016

59:53

Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, sits down with David to discuss his upbringing in the Middle East, his father’s assassination in …

Ep. 98 - Larry Summers

November 21st, 2016

54:31

Larry Summers, U.S. economist and former Treasury Secretary, talks with David Axelrod about growing up in a family of renowned economists, shares his view of what did and did not cause the financial crisis in 2008, and …

Ep. 97 - Douglas Alexander

November 17th, 2016

54:13

Douglas Alexander, former British Labour politician and U.K. Cabinet Minister, chats with David Axelrod about how the closure of a car plant ignited …

Ep. 96 - Michael Morell

November 14th, 2016

1:09:26

Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, reflects on George W. Bush and Barack Obama after serving both presidents for years; shares his harrowing experience of being with President Bush on 9/11, and the …

Ep. 95 - Van Jones

November 10th, 2016

1:02:12

Van Jones, political activist and CNN commentator, talks with David about Tuesday’s election results and the cultural chasm that exists in America, …

Ep. 94 - John Weaver

November 7th, 2016

53:40

John Weaver, veteran Republican strategist, talks to David about how he sees the election unfolding and what the result will mean for governing in …

Ep. 93 - DeRay Mckesson

November 3rd, 2016

1:00:07

DeRay Mckesson, one of the most prominent leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement, talks to David about his decision to endorse Hillary Clinton’s …

Ep. 92 - Carl Hulse

October 31st, 2016

55:57

Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, reflects on how Congress has changed during his years covering the institution, …

Ep. 91 - Sec. John Kerry

October 27th, 2016

1:02:06

Secretary of State John Kerry talks to David about his service in Vietnam, why he chose to concede quickly after losing the 2004 presidential election, and his time in the U.S. Senate and how the institution has changed …

Ep. 90 - Tim Kaine

October 24th, 2016

47:10

Tim Kaine, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee and senator from Virginia, talks to David about his experience doing missionary work in Honduras …

Ep. 89 - John Heilemann

October 20th, 2016

1:08:55

John Heilemann, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling author of Game Change, talks with David about Trump’s electoral end game, …

Ep. 88 - Ron Brownstein

October 17th, 2016

59:26

Ron Brownstein, columnist at The Atlantic and longtime political journalist, talks to David about working for Ralph Nader in the 1970s, the …

Ep. 87 - Maureen Dowd

October 13th, 2016

1:01:15

Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, talks with David about growing up in Washington, D.C., how newsrooms have …

Ep. 86 - Gary Johnson

October 10th, 2016

58:35

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, talks with David about his foreign policy vision, the Johnson administration’s approach …

Ep. 85 - Fareed Zakaria

October 6th, 2016

1:04:17

Fareed Zakaria talks to David about some of the most intractable problems around the globe—including how America should respond to the social and …

Ep. 84 - Lin-Manuel Miranda

October 3rd, 2016

45:11

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," talks to David about what he learned from meeting Stephen Sondheim in high …

Ep. 83 - Tom Brokaw

September 29th, 2016

1:07:57

Tom Brokaw, the legendary NBC News journalist, talks to David about his humble roots in South Dakota, covering the last days of the Nixon White House, the experience of being a news anchor during national tragedies like …

Ep. 82 - Barney Frank

September 26th, 2016

1:03:04

Barney Frank, longtime former congressman from Massachusetts, talks with David about his involvement in the civil rights movement, the challenges he …

Ep. 81 - Michael Steele (Live)

September 22nd, 2016

1:06:19

Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks with David about the three years he spent in a Catholic seminary, his …

Ep. 80 - Karl Rove

September 19th, 2016

1:03:27

Karl Rove, former White House senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, and the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s two presidential …

Ep. 79 - EJ Dionne

September 15th, 2016

58:59

EJ Dionne, long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and author of “Why the Right Went Wrong", chats with David about his start in …

Ep. 78 - Peter Hart

September 12th, 2016

1:00:31

Peter Hart, a veteran U.S. pollster who has helped produce the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll for the last three decades, speaks to David about the …

Ep. 77 - Caroline Kennedy

September 8th, 2016

50:15

Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, sits down with David to discuss her memories of the White House, her mother’s strength in the wake of her …

Ep. 76 - Graham Moore

September 6th, 2016

1:04:16

Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 'The Imitation Game' Graham Moore sits down with David to discuss what motivated him to speak publicly about his struggles with mental illness, why he likes writing historical …

Ep. 75 - Fr. Michael Pfleger

August 29th, 2016

1:00:14

Father Michael Pfleger, senior pastor at Saint Sabina Church and social activist on Chicago's South Side, sits down with David to discuss violence …

Ep. 74 - Robert Gibbs

August 22nd, 2016

1:11:40

Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary for President Obama, sits down with David to discuss his childhood in Alabama, his experience …

Ep. 73 - Sec. Tom Vilsack

August 15th, 2016

1:07:50

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack joins David to talk about his humble beginnings in Iowa, his relationship with Hillary Clinton, the …

Ep. 72 - Deval Patrick

August 8th, 2016

1:02:51

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins David to discuss his upbringing in Chicago, his experience studying in Darfur, police-community …

Ep. 71 - John Dickerson

August 1st, 2016

1:01:31

John Dickerson, host of “Face the Nation,” sits down with David at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to talk about the genesis of the Trump campaign, the death of real news, his new book, and more.

Ep. 70 - Paul Simon

July 28th, 2016

1:04:06

Legendary musician Paul Simon sits down with David at the DNC in Philadelphia to chat about the 1970 breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, this fall's …

Ep. 69 - SE Cupp

July 25th, 2016

59:10

SE Cupp, CNN commentator and conservative columnist, talks to David about why she won’t vote for Donald Trump in November, her time as a professional …

Ep. 68 - Mark McKinnon

July 21st, 2016

1:00:08

Mark McKinnon, a veteran GOP strategist who was chief media advisor for President George W. Bush’s campaigns in 2000 and 2004, sits down with David at the Republican national convention in Cleveland to discuss his …

Ep. 67 - Hugh Hewitt

July 18th, 2016

1:03:31

Hugh Hewitt, columnist and radio host of "The Hugh Hewitt Show," talks to David about his time as a young researcher to President Richard Nixon, how …

Ep. 66 - Jeffrey DeLaurentis

July 14th, 2016

52:55

Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, sits down with David to discuss his career at the State Department, his three posts in Cuba, the Obama administration’s push to normalize …

Ep. 65 - Newton Minow

July 11th, 2016

1:14:42

Newton Minow, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sits down with David to discuss the clandestine role he and his agency played …

Ep. 64 - Maggie Haberman

July 7th, 2016

53:28

Maggie Haberman, presidential campaign correspondent at The New York Times, chats with David about her family’s journalism background, her time on the City Hall beat, what it was like covering 9/11, the 2016 race, and …

Ep. 63 - Paul Begala

July 4th, 2016

1:04:07

Paul Begala, adviser to the pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC Priorities USA, talks to David about his loss to Hank the Hallucination at the University …

Ep. 62 - Sen. Susan Collins

June 30th, 2016

50:47

Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, chats with David about her two decades on Capitol Hill, her relationship with Hillary Clinton, why she is …

Ep. 61 - Isaac Lee

June 27th, 2016

55:09

Isaac Lee, chief news and digital officer of Univision News and CEO of Fusion, chats with David about his grandfather fighting the Nazis and later …

Ep. 60 - Sen. Al Franken

June 23rd, 2016

1:01:54

Minnesota Senator Al Franken talks with David about his journey from comedian to politician, his work on mental health issues, Congressional …

Ep. 59 - Bill Walton

June 20th, 2016

1:02:29

Bill Walton, one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and former basketball announcer for ABC, ESPN, and NBC, chats with David about the importance of leadership, what he learned playing for John Wooden at UCLA, …

Ep. 58 - Beth Myers

June 13th, 2016

58:24

Beth Myers, who served as senior adviser to Mitt Romney on his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, sits down with David to discuss her wide-ranging career from working with Karl Rove in Texas to Romney in …

Ep. 57 - Tim Phillips

June 9th, 2016

58:05

Tim Philips, president of Americans for Prosperity, chats with David about growing up in South Carolina, his admiration of Ronald Reagan, and leading …

Ep. 56 - Tom Harkin

June 6th, 2016

58:56

Tom Harkin, retired Democratic senator from Iowa, sits down with David to discuss his four decades in Congress, his work on the Americans with Disabilities Act, his take on the 2016 presidential race, and much more.

Ep. 55 - Jeff Greenfield

June 3rd, 2016

57:00

Jeff Greenfield, an award-winning journalist who writes for the Daily Beast and Politico, chats with David about what it was like working for Robert …

Ep. 54 - Eric Holder

May 30th, 2016

57:51

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with David at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics to discuss his childhood in New York …

Ep. 53 - Ilana Dayan

May 26th, 2016

1:02:17

Leading Israeli news anchor Ilana Dayan chats with David about her career as a reporter in Israel, her thoughts on Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, U.S.-Israeli relations, and the prospects for a two-state …

Ep. 52 - Katie Couric

May 23rd, 2016

1:06:18

Katie Couric, global anchor for Yahoo News, sits down with David in her New York apartment to discuss her wide-ranging journalism career from 9/11 to “The Today Show” to her 2008 interview with Sarah Palin, her views on …

Ep. 51 - Samantha Power

May 19th, 2016

55:31

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, chats with David in New York about growing up in Ireland, how she went from a sports reporter …

Ep. 50 - Michael Nutter

May 16th, 2016

53:17

Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, speaks with David about going from nightclub disc jockey to City Council representative to mayor of the country’s fifth-largest city, his views on how to improve community …

Ep. 49 - Jon Stewart (Live)

May 10th, 2016

50:04

Jon Stewart, comedian, author, and former host and executive producer of "The Daily Show," chats with David in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago to talk about Donald Trump and the 2016 election, lessons …

Ep. 48 - Anderson Cooper

May 9th, 2016

59:58

Journalist and host of CNN’s “AC360” Anderson Cooper talks with David about his new book, becoming a self-appointed embed in Burma and Somalia, Donald Trump’s relationship with the media, and more.

Ep. 47 - Frank Bruni

May 5th, 2016

56:00

Frank Bruni, author and columnist for the New York Times, chats with David about his long and diverse career in journalism from New York to Detroit …

Ep. 45 - Arthur Brooks

April 28th, 2016

56:12

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of “The Conservative Heart,” chats with David about his time living in …

Ep. 44 - Mike Murphy

April 25th, 2016

51:06

Republican strategist Mike Murphy sits down with David at the Institute of Politics to discuss his time at Georgetown as a member of the College …

Ep. 43 - David Plouffe

April 21st, 2016

51:53

David Plouffe, former campaign manager for President Obama and currently a top adviser at Uber, chats with David Axelrod about his start in politics …

Ep. 42 - Ben Rhodes

April 18th, 2016

1:01:35

Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting, speaks with David about his road to …

Ep. 41 - Ron Fournier

April 14th, 2016

49:25

National Journal Political Columnist Ron Fournier sits down with David to talk about his new book, "Love That Boy," and the lessons he learned …

Ep. 40 - Abner Mikva

April 11th, 2016

1:01:43

Abner Mikva, a 60-plus year veteran of politics and public service, including stints in the Illinois statehouse, Congress, and the Federal Court of …

Ep. 39 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar

April 7th, 2016

54:49

Democratic Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar joins David to talk about her unconventional path to public service, her father's struggles with …

Ep. 38 - Jamie Kalven

April 4th, 2016

58:23

Jamie Kalven, the award–winning journalist who broke the Laquan McDonald story in Chicago, speaks with David about the sexual assault on his wife, …

Ep. 37 - Dan Balz

March 27th, 2016

44:08

Dan Balz, political reporter at The Washington Post, sits down with David to discuss his start in journalism at the University of Illinois, his …

Ep. 36 - Ron Klain

March 20th, 2016

45:12

The refusal of Senate Republicans to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland until after the 2016 election is an "unprecedented" move, says former Obama Administration official Ron Klain. Klain …

Ep. 35 - Mark Leibovich

March 14th, 2016

48:15

Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and author of "This Town," chats with David about his start in journalism, his nearly two decades living in Washington, D.C., and his …

Ep. 34 - Trent Lott

March 7th, 2016

51:55

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott chats with David about his upbringing in Mississippi, his cheerleading days at Ole Miss, his concerns with the historic gridlock seen today in Congress, and his opinions on the …

Ep. 33 - Lindsey Graham

March 3rd, 2016

39:32

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spends his Super Tuesday talking with David on Capitol Hill about why he opposes GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, why he …

Ep. 32 - Erick Erickson

February 29th, 2016

51:59

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson sits down with David to discuss his childhood abroad, his opposition to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, and his …

Ep. 31 - Gov. Jon Huntsman

February 22nd, 2016

55:13

Former Republican presidential nominee Jon Huntsman chats with David about his time as governor of Utah, ambassador of China, and 2012 GOP hopeful, …

Ep. 30 - Joe Trippi

February 15th, 2016

54:55

Joe Trippi, Democratic campaign strategist, media consultant, and FOX News contributor, chats with David about his work on the tech-savvy Howard Dean …

Ep. 29 - Joel Benenson

February 8th, 2016

48:06

Joel Benenson, senior strategist for Hillary Clinton, chats with David in Manchester, New Hampshire, about his journey from working for a beer distributor in New York to being a top campaign strategist, Clinton's …

Ep. 28 - Jonathan Martin

February 4th, 2016

48:41

New York Times chief political correspondent Jonathan Martin sits down with David in Manchester, New Hampshire, to discuss his journalism career and …

Ep. 27 - Juliet Macur

January 28th, 2016

52:09

Juliet Macur, a Sports of the Times columnist at The New York Times, chats with David about her father's amazing journey from a Nazi concentration …

Ep. 26 - Jennifer Jacobs

January 28th, 2016

44:38

Jennifer Jacobs, the chief political reporter for The Des Moines Register, speaks with David about the uniqueness of the Iowa caucus process, how …

Ep. 25 - Patti Solis Doyle

January 24th, 2016

47:57

Patti Solis Doyle, the first Hispanic woman to lead a presidential campaign, chats with David about her family's immigration to the U.S. from Mexico, …

Ep. 24 - Sen. Dick Durbin

January 18th, 2016

40:21

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, speaks with David about his start in politics, his toughest votes in Congress, his support for Hillary …

Ep. 23 - Stuart Stevens

January 14th, 2016

1:03:17

Republican political strategist, media consultant, and writer Stuart Stevens, currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of …

Ep. 22 - Arne Duncan

January 11th, 2016

39:11

Arne Duncan, who stepped down as U.S. Secretary of Education at the start of this year, chats with David about his childhood in Hyde Park, his tenure …

Ep. 21 - Mary Kay Henry

January 7th, 2016

50:32

Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), sits down with David to discuss her leadership of the 2.1 million member union, her concerns about Republican presidential …

Ep. 20 - Aneesh Chopra

January 4th, 2016

47:19

Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, chats with David about his work for the Obama Administration, his run for lieutenant governor of …

Ep. 19 - Sec. Thomas Perez

December 28th, 2015

54:51

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez talks with David about his work with the Obama administration, the Department's efforts to help disabled workers, and more.

Ep. 18 - Husain Haqqani

December 21st, 2015

54:54

Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, talks with David about the U.S. foreign policy struggles in Pakistan, his …

Ep. 17 - Joakim Noah

December 14th, 2015

47:51

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah sits down with David to discuss Chicago's gun violence problems, race relations in America, and his Noah's Arc …

Ep. 16 - Sen. Claire McCaskill

December 10th, 2015

53:11

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, chats with David about her time on Capitol Hill, the Laquan McDonald case in Chicago, and her thoughts on the 2016 …

Ep. 15 - Reihan Salam

December 7th, 2015

56:17

Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, chats with David about the future of the Republican Party, the debate over immigration reform, and more.

Ep. 14 - Sheriff Tom Dart

December 3rd, 2015

51:29

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who oversees the nation's largest single site jail, speaks with David about his path to public service, Chicago's reaction to the Laquan McDonald shooting, the current state of our criminal …

Ep. 13 - Spike Lee

November 30th, 2015

50:13

Spike Lee, one of the leading African-American filmmakers of all time, speaks with David about his new movie on Chicago gun violence CHI-RAQ, race …

Ep. 12 - David Maraniss

November 23rd, 2015

46:38

David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post and author of six best-selling books, sits down with David Axelrod to discuss his acclaimed new book Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, his coverage of …

Ep. 11 - Jon Favreau

November 16th, 2015

46:43

Jon Favreau, former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama, speaks with David about his nerve-racking first meeting with his future boss, what it was like writing speeches in the White House, and the state of …

Ep. 10 - Mark Holden

November 9th, 2015

50:55

Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel at Koch Industries, chats with David about working with the Koch brothers and their push for …

Ep. 9 - Jorge Ramos

November 2nd, 2015

53:42

Jorge Ramos, anchor for Univision and Fusion, talks to David Axelrod about his incident with Donald Trump in Iowa last summer, his assessment of the GOP's chances of winning the Latino vote, and his frustration with …

Ep. 8 - Eliot Spitzer

October 29th, 2015

36:53

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer discusses his work as the Sheriff of Wall Street, his 2008 resignation, and his opinion of 2016 presidential contenders such as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Ep. 7 - Jessica Yellin

October 26th, 2015

45:07

Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN and current Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, talks to David …

Ep. 6 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi

October 19th, 2015

34:18

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi chats with David about her childhood in Baltimore, her tenure as Speaker of the House, and President Obama's legacy.

Ep. 5 - Mitt Romney

October 16th, 2015

1:02:22

2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits down with David Axelrod in San Diego to chat about his childhood in Michigan, his assessment of the 2016 race for the White House, and …

Ep. 4 - Alastair Campbell

October 12th, 2015

1:01:14

Alastair Campbell, former spokesman for Tony Blair and author of the new book Winners and How They Succeed, talks with David about his career as a …

Ep. 3 - Capt. Mark Kelly

October 8th, 2015

32:39

Mark Kelly speaks with David about his reaction to the campus shooting in Roseburg, Ore., the assassination attempt in Tucson, Ariz., that his wife, ex-congresswoman Gabby Giffords, survived in 2011, and where he thinks …

Ep. 2 - Matthew Dowd

October 5th, 2015

43:34

Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign and current ABC News political analyst and visiting Fellow at …

Ep. 1 - Sen. Bernie Sanders

September 28th, 2015

49:37

Sen. Sanders tells David about his childhood in Brooklyn, his presidential campaign, and his stance on selfies.

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