The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod
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 interesting players in politics.

362 — Heather McGhee
Dec 30, 2019 • 15 min
Heather McGhee is the former president of Demos, a non-profit progressive think tank devoted to racial justice. She joins David to talk about her upbringing in the South Side of Chicago, the evolution of race relations in the United States, the…
361 — Sarah Hurwitz
Dec 23, 2019 • 57 min
Sarah Hurwitz, former head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, joins David to discuss her early career in politics, the art of speechwriting, and the spiritual journey that culminated in her new…
360 – Richard Stengel
Dec 16, 2019 • 22 min
Richard Stengel is the former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and former managing editor of Time. He joins David to talk about his collaboration with Nelson Mandela on Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom; his…
359 – Andrew Yang
Dec 5, 2019 • 65 min
Entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins David for a live edition of The Axe Files to discuss why he abandoned a career in law to build his own business, how rapid technological growth is shaping our society both socially and…
358 – Gary Cohn
Dec 2, 2019 • 62 min
Gary Cohn served as the Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic advisor to President Trump. He joins David to talk about how an early dyslexia diagnosis shaped his drive to succeed; his tenure at Goldman Sachs, particularly as an…
357 – Amb. Dennis Ross
Nov 25, 2019 • 20 min
Dennis Ross is a diplomat and author with over four decades of experience in Middle East policy. He joins David to talk about his service under six presidential administrations, how the political climate in the Middle East has evolved, and the status of…
356 – Samantha Power
Nov 18, 2019 • 72 min
Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, joins David to talk about the journey from her childhood in Ireland to the halls of the U.N. — and the trials she faced along the way. She shares the experiences that compelled her to become a…
355 – Cindy McCain (TV)
Nov 9, 2019 • 81 min
Cindy McCain joins David for a special televised edition of the Axe Files on CNN to discuss President Trump and the state of the Republican party, her advocacy on human trafficking issues, the toll living a public life took on her and her family, and her…
354 – Dikembe Mutombo
Nov 4, 2019 • 61 min
NBA Hall of Famer and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo joins David for a conversation about his upbringing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, how an international science competition ultimately steered him to the Georgetown Hoyas’ basketball team, his…
352 – Admiral Michael Mullen
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
Admiral Mike Mullen, formerly the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joins David to discuss President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, the state of our alliances today, his historic testimony in support of repealing Don’t Ask…
351 – Harry Reid (TV)
Oct 14, 2019 • 64 min
Harry Reid, former U.S. Senator from Nevada and Senate Majority Leader, sits down with David in Las Vegas, NV for a special televised edition of The Axe Files. In this extended version of the conversation, they talk about his tenure as Senate Majority…
350 – Gov. Gina Raimondo
Oct 7, 2019 • 25 min
Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island and Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, joins David to talk about how her father’s early job loss moved her to enter public service, what Democrats running in 2020 can learn from the governors who ran…
349 – Admiral William McRaven
Sep 30, 2019 • 62 min
Admiral William McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served as the commander of U.S. Special Operations from 2011 to 2014. He joins David to talk about his foray into military service, his disagreements with Donald Trump, and his most memorable…
George Will on Democrats’ Impeachment Efforts
Sep 23, 2019 • 25 min
In this clip from Episode 348 of the Axe Files, conservative commentator and columnist George Will discusses how Trump has dismantled political norms and whether a return to civility is possible. He answers whether the Democrats and Speaker Pelosi should…
347 – Eric Holder (TV)
Sep 14, 2019 • 65 min
Former Attorney General Eric Holder joins David on the CNN edition of the Axe Files to discuss potential impeachment proceedings, his advice for 2020 candidates, the long-term implications of Trump’s attacks on our institutions, and the arc of his…
The Axe Files goes to Iowa
Aug 24, 2019 • 56 min
For this month’s episode of the Axe Files on CNN, we took the show on the road and traveled across Iowa during a whirlwind week of campaigning at the state fair and beyond. We spoke with candidates, organizers, and voters, whose first-in-the nation votes…
Rep. Will Hurd on Trump’s Racist Tweets
Jul 29, 2019 • 16 min
In this clip from Episode 342 of the Axe Files, Republican Congressman Will Hurd talks about his own experiences with racism and discrimination and the consequences of sowing racial division for Republicans. To hear the full conversation, sign up for…
Pete Buttigieg (TV)
Jul 13, 2019 • 77 min
Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, joins David for a televised edition of The Axe Files on CNN. He makes the case for why his executive experience as mayor prepares him for the presidency, talks racial…
338 - David Remnick
Jul 1, 2019 • 58 min
David Remnick is a journalist, author, and editor of The New Yorker magazine. He joins the show to talk about the New Yorker’s feature on Hunter Biden, covering Russia as a young reporter for the Washington Post, his philosophy as an editor, and the life…
Hacks on Tap – Double-Whammy in Miami: Dem Debate Preview
Jun 25, 2019 • 54 min
Hacks on Tap is the latest podcast from David Axelrod, giving listeners weekly insight into the 2020 presidential race. This week the hacks talk Biden and Buttigieg’s tough week with race relations, escalating tensions with Iran, and preview this week’s…
Robert Gates (TV)
Jun 8, 2019 • 70 min
Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates joins David for the Axe Files on CNN to discuss his long career serving eight presidents, his thoughts on global tensions and America’s standing in the world today, and his experience with 2020…
Bonus: Fiasco, from Leon Neyfakh
May 30, 2019 • 51 min
In this debut episode of Fiasco: how the largely forgotten race between Al Gore and George W. Bush roiled Florida long before anyone had ever heard of a hanging chad. For more from “Fiasco”, go to
327 – Janet Napolitano
May 16, 2019 • 61 min
Janet Napolitano is the former Secretary of Homeland Security and two-term Governor of Arizona. She joins the show to talk about her long career in both law and politics, including her role in Anita Hill trial, how she addressed immigration issues as the…
326 - Sen. Cory Booker (TV)
May 11, 2019 • 79 min
The New Jersey Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate joins David for The Axe Files on CNN in this extended conversation about his career in politics and the issues driving his run for the presidency.
325 - Bill Burns
May 9, 2019 • 62 min
Bill Burns is the former Ambassador to the Russian Federation under President Obama and currently serves as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He joins David to talk about his three-decade career as a foreign service officer…
Bonus: Deep Background with Noah Feldman
May 8, 2019 • 43 min
Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent and the former dean of admissions at Yale Law School, gives us a unique perspective on the college admissions scandal.
324 – Jason Rezaian
May 6, 2019 • 60 min
Jason Rezaian is an author, CNN contributor, and opinion writer for the Washington Post. In 2014, while working in Iran as the Tehran bureau chief for the Post, he and his wife were detained by the Iranian authorities on espionage charges. He was freed in…
323 - James Carville
May 2, 2019 • 61 min
James Carville is a Democratic political strategist best known for his work as the lead strategist of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. He joins David to talk about how growing up in segregated Carville, Louisiana motivated him to jump into…
322 - Bryan Cranston
Apr 29, 2019 • 60 min
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 inhabiting real-life figures poses a greater challenge…
Bonus: Trevor Noah
Apr 26, 2019 • 43 min
Trevor Noah and David Kibuuka discuss the fire at Notre Dame and the ethics of philanthropy before being joined by Tiger Woods biographer Jeff Benedict to discuss one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. For more from “On Second Thought” go to…
321 - Valerie Jarrett
Apr 23, 2019 • 61 min
Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, sits down with David for a live taping of “The Axe Files” at the University of Chicago. Born in Iran to American parents, she discusses how growing up abroad shaped her world view; her…
The Axe Files
Apr 22, 2019 • 1 min
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320 - Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Apr 18, 2019 • 62 min
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 9th district, a position she’s held since 1999. She joins David to talk about her start in politics as a grassroots organizer, how early activism evolved into a career in public…
319 - Beto O’Rourke (TV)
Apr 13, 2019 • 84 min
Former Texas congressmen Beto O’Rourke joins David on CNN to talk about his vision for the country, growing up as the son of a larger-than-life Texas politician, what the reality of life is like on the US-Mexico border, and more
Special Announcement from The Axe Files
Apr 10, 2019 • 2 min
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318 - Tommy Vietor
Apr 8, 2019 • 60 min
Tommy Vietor is the former National Security Council spokesman under President Obama and current host of Pod Save the World on the Crooked Media network. He joins David to talk about his journey on Team Obama—from driving the press van in Iowa to NSC…
317 - Peter Roskam
Apr 1, 2019 • 61 min
Peter Roskam is a former Republican congressman from Illinois. He joins David to talk about how he was caught up in the 2018 Democratic wave, what initially drew him into politics, the pathway to a more bipartisan Congress and much more.
316 - Alex Kotlowitz
Mar 25, 2019 • 59 min
Journalist and author Alex Kotlowitz joins David to talk about his award-winning book on kids growing up in the Chicago housing projects, the mental toll writing that book took on him personally, the violence in Chicago today, and what he wants to focus…
315 - Jeb Bush (TV)
Mar 16, 2019 • 92 min
Former Governor Jeb Bush joins the Axe Files on CNN to talk about the Bush family legacy of public service, Trump’s impact on the 2016 Republican primary, his personal connection to the issue of immigration, and more.
314 - Alyssa Mastromonaco
Mar 11, 2019 • 65 min
Alyssa Mastromonaco is an author and served as Barack Obama’s deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the White House. She joins David to talk about her early experience interning for Bernie Sanders, working on Obama’s 2008 campaign, transitioning back to…
313 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (TV)
Mar 2, 2019 • 77 min
Elizabeth Warren is the Senator from Massachusetts and a Democratic presidential candidate. She joins David for the Axe Files on CNN in this extended conversation about her life, her candidacy, and much more.
312 - Bill Kurtis
Feb 28, 2019 • 64 min
Legendary broadcast journalist and news anchor Bill Kurtis joins the show to talk about the history he’s witnessed from his many years covering the news, from being threatened by Charles Manson to his investigative work on the effects of Agent Orange on…
311 - Claire McCaskill
Feb 25, 2019 • 56 min
Claire McCaskill, former Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri, joins David to talk about the 2018 midterms race she narrowly lost in a state swept by Donald Trump by nearly 19 points in 2016. She also shares her take on governing and campaigning in a…
310 - Michael Smerconish
Feb 21, 2019 • 60 min
Michael Smerconish, is a journalist and host of the eponymous ‘Smerconish’ on CNN, as well as the host of “The Michael Smerconish Program” on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. He joins David to talk about his early start in talk radio, the impact of the media on…
309 - Lisa Madigan
Feb 18, 2019 • 59 min
Lisa Madigan is the former State Attorney General for Illinois. She joins the show to talk about teaching in South Africa during the rise of the anti-apartheid movement, the Jason Van Dyke case in Chicago, her investigation into abuse in the Catholic…
308 - Kirsten Powers
Feb 14, 2019 • 64 min
Kirsten Powers is an author, columnist for USA Today, and frequent contributor on CNN. She joins David to discuss her far-flung upbringing in Alaska, the personal struggles which she discussed openly in her columns, working for AOL during the dawn of the…
307 - Nate Silver
Feb 11, 2019 • 75 min
Nate Silver, statistician and founder of FiveThirtyEight, joins David to talk about how his early love of sports fused with a passion for statistical modeling, the bridge from sports modeling to predicting political races, the 2008 projections that…
306 - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Feb 7, 2019 • 63 min
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is the head of the House Democratic Caucus. He joins the show to discuss his reaction to the State of the Union address, how Democrats plan to respond, what he’s looking for in a Democratic candidate in 2020, and much…
305 - Josh Shapiro
Feb 4, 2019 • 61 min
Josh Shapiro, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, joins David to discuss the Pennsylvania grand jury report revealing child sex abuse by Catholic priests and the elaborate cover-up scheme—one of the broadest inquiries into church sex abuse in U.S. history.…
304 - John Delaney
Jan 31, 2019 • 65 min
Former Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate John Delaney joins the show to talk about his journey from a blue collar family to the founder of two publicly traded companies, his candidacy, and the issues facing the country.
303 - David Leonhardt
Jan 28, 2019 • 65 min
David Leonhardt, author and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, joins David to discuss the state of the American economy, Democratic hopes in 2020, the prospect of impeachment, and much more.
302 - Stanley McChrystal
Jan 24, 2019 • 64 min
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 Trump’s military policy both abroad and domestic, the…
301 - John Kerry (TV)
Jan 19, 2019 • 94 min
Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins David for a televised version of the Axe Files to discuss the state of American foreign policy under Donald Trump, whether he’s considering a run for the White House in 2020, what he learned from a life of public…
300 - Sherrilyn Ifill
Jan 17, 2019 • 60 min
Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She joins David to talk about how growing up in the heat of the civil rights movement inspired her to practice law, the impact of the present reversing…
299 - Miguel Cervantes
Jan 14, 2019 • 63 min
Miguel Cervantes, star of the blockbuster Hamilton play in Chicago, sits down with David to talk about the years he spent auditioning prior to landing the leading role, the cultural phenomenon the play has become, and his daughter’s unexpected diagnosis…
298 - Ivo Daalder
Jan 10, 2019 • 66 min
Ivo Daalder is the President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the former U.S. ambassador to NATO. He joins David to talk about the decline of American influence abroad and current vacuum in global leadership, the cost of abdicating…
297 - Gov. J.B. Pritzker
Jan 7, 2019 • 66 min
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 meeting, and – despite his family’s…
296 - Rep. Eric Swalwell
Dec 20, 2018 • 64 min
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 incoming Democratic majority in the…
295 - Howard Wolfson
Dec 17, 2018 • 65 min
Howard Wolfson is the former Deputy Mayor of New York City, counselor to former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chief strategist and communications director on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and currently leads the Education division of…
294 - Al Hunt
Dec 13, 2018 • 61 min
Political journalist Al Hunt, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, joins David to discuss his time covering Watergate, similarities and differences between Trump and Nixon in light of potential impeachment, and his own future in journalism.
293 - Rahm Emanuel (TV)
Dec 8, 2018 • 80 min
Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, joins David for a televised edition of the Axe Files to discuss how Democrats should take on the Trump administration, the biggest challenges of leading the Windy City, the Emanuel family dynamics that impelled him to the…
292 - Bryan Stevenson
Dec 6, 2018 • 60 min
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 David to talk about his experience…
291 - Jeff Zucker
Dec 3, 2018 • 69 min
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 media executive; his break up with NBC; the health scares that nearly claimed his life; and his unique…
290 - Amanda Carpenter
Nov 29, 2018 • 63 min
Amanda Carpenter is a conservative commentator, author, and former senior communications advisor and speechwriter to Senator Ted Cruz. She sits down with David to discuss the challenges of being raised by a single mother, the sports injury that fatefully…
289 - Chris Dodd
Nov 26, 2018 • 68 min
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 throughout his nearly four decades of…
288 - Barack Obama (Live)
Nov 20, 2018 • 74 min
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 his family made for his political…
287 - Sonia Sotomayor
Nov 17, 2018 • 62 min
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor joins David on the Axe Files on CNN to discuss the shifting dynamics on the bench after Brett Kavanaugh’s bitter confirmation battle, her personal ties to Puerto Rico and whether the response to Hurricane Maria was…
286 - Mark Salter
Nov 15, 2018 • 65 min
Mark Salter is a longtime advisor and speechwriter to Senator John McCain. He joins David to talk about the early literary influences that shaped both his and his late boss’s political philosophies, the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s vice…
285 - Gloria Borger
Nov 12, 2018 • 59 min
Gloria Borger is a political pundit, journalist, and columnist who currently commentates as a chief political analyst for CNN. She sits down with David the day after Tuesday’s midterm elections to share her take on the outcome and why she believes we are…
284 - Jen Psaki
Nov 8, 2018 • 59 min
Jen Psaki is the former White House Communications Director and White House Deputy Press Secretary under President Obama. She joins David after the midterms to discuss the implications of the results and their impact on the political landscape as well as…
283 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nov 3, 2018 • 74 min
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 Austrian village to an American cultural icon and his views on contemporary politics, the #MeToo…
282 - Steve Brill
Nov 1, 2018 • 63 min
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.
281 - Steve Schmidt
Oct 29, 2018 • 70 min
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 appears as a commentator on MSNBC. He…
280 - Jonah Goldberg
Oct 25, 2018 • 64 min
Jonah Goldberg is an author and columnist for the National Review. He joins David to discuss his roots in journalism, how a family tragedy shaped his view on the War on Drugs, and his criticisms of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
279 - Jeff Weaver
Oct 22, 2018 • 59 min
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 of 2020, and more.
278 - Mary Katharine Ham
Oct 18, 2018 • 60 min
Mary Katharine Ham is a journalist and conservative commentator on CNN. She joins David to discuss fake news, Nikki Haley, the cultural issues dividing the country, and the Republican Party’s Faustian bargain with Donald Trump.
277 - Khizr Khan
Oct 15, 2018 • 66 min
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 U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq War. He joins David to discuss what led him from poverty in Pakistan…
276 - Ana Navarro
Oct 11, 2018 • 58 min
Ana Navarro, GOP strategist and political commentator for CNN, joins David to talk about how her Nicaraguan upbringing shapes her view of U.S. immigration policy, the impact of the evolving landscape of the Republican Party and what she dubs the…
275 - Steven Pearlstein
Oct 8, 2018 • 63 min
Steven Pearlstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning business and economics columnist for The Washington Post. He joins David to chat about his beginnings in business writing, how to interpret the country’s record levels of deficit and present state of the…
274 - Chuck Todd
Oct 4, 2018 • 62 min
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 alcoholism and the impact of his premature death; the celebrification of politics and the 21st-century media…
273 - Gov. Steve Bullock
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
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 the opiod epidemic, money in politics, and more.
272 - Roberta Jacobson
Sep 27, 2018 • 65 min
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 relationship with the United Nations, her…
271 - Peter Sagal
Sep 24, 2018 • 58 min
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 Jeopardy as struggling writer in Los…
270 - Bob Shrum
Sep 20, 2018 • 61 min
Bob Shrum is a longtime Democratic campaign strategist and speechwriter. He joins David to discuss his new Institute for the Political Future, volunteering for Citizens for Kennedy as a college student, how to marry a candidate with a message, and much…
269 - Deval Patrick (TV)
Sep 15, 2018 • 76 min
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 Side of Chicago, the significance of…
268 - Susan Glasser
Sep 13, 2018 • 64 min
Susan Glasser is a preeminent political journalist with nearly three decades of reporting experience spanning foreign policy, domestic politics, and war correspondence. She joins David to talk about her experience as co-chief of the Washington Post’s…
267 - Jon Lovett
Sep 10, 2018 • 63 min
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 House, and what the future holds for…
266 - Austan Goolsbee
Sep 3, 2018 • 63 min
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee joins David to discuss the major economic policy decisions under Bush and Obama, the ongoing trade negotiations with Mexico, how the government can effectively intervene in a changing…
265 - Rep. Mike Quigley
Aug 27, 2018 • 64 min
Mike Quigley is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district, serving on the House Intelligence and Appropriations Committees. He joins David to talk about the importance of local politics, the challenges of working in a highly…
264 - Dean Baquet & Marty Baron
Aug 18, 2018 • 90 min
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 unprecedented attacks on the free press, the…
263 - Ace Smith
Aug 13, 2018 • 60 min
Averell “Ace” Smith is a political opposition researcher whose career has spanned campaigns for Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, and the Clintons. He sits down with David to talk about the ways in which political research is an essential craft to get right on…
262 - Judy Woodruff
Aug 6, 2018 • 64 min
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 between Trump and Fox News, and…
261 - Anne Burke
Aug 2, 2018 • 59 min
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 disability undergirded her decision to…
260 - Tim Shriver
Jul 30, 2018 • 60 min
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 Shriver. He sits down with David to…
259 - Mitch Landrieu (TV)
Jul 21, 2018 • 65 min
Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu rejoins the show in this extended version of a conversation from the Axe Files on CNN.
258 - Dan Pfeiffer
Jul 16, 2018 • 64 min
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 in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump. He joins David to discuss his time in the Obama White House, the…
257 - John King Jr.
Jul 9, 2018 • 61 min
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 of the Trump administration’s affirmative action rollback, and how getting booted out of his high school…
256 - Nneka Jones Tapia
Jul 2, 2018 • 58 min
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 was the first mental health professional to run a jail in the US. The Cook County Sheriff calls the jail…
255 - Mike Barnicle
Jun 28, 2018 • 59 min
MSNBC contributor and former columnist Mike Barnicle.
254 - Sen. Marco Rubio
Jun 23, 2018 • 71 min
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 administration’s zero tolerance policy, the Mueller investigation, and Republicans’ relationship with the…
253 - John Farrell
Jun 21, 2018 • 64 min
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 current political climate is a…
252 - Rachel Maddow
Jun 18, 2018 • 69 min
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 from her lifelong battle with…
251 - Ray Mabus
Jun 14, 2018 • 67 min
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 the Civil Rights movement, what Mississippi‘s shifting political landscape portends for 2018 and 2020, and…
250 - Tom Donilon
Jun 11, 2018 • 67 min
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 23-year-old, why he believes the U.S.…
249 - Ronan Farrow
Jun 7, 2018 • 67 min
Ronan Farrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New Yorker, former State Department official under President Barack Obama, and author of the new best-selling book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He joins…
248 - Savannah Guthrie
Jun 4, 2018 • 63 min
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 undergirded her journey from high-school…
247 - James Clapper
May 31, 2018 • 64 min
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 significant national security challenges…
246 - Sally Yates
May 26, 2018 • 61 min
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 General and the legal travails of the…
245 - Michael McFaul
May 24, 2018 • 68 min
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 during the Obama administration. He joins David Axelrod to talk about his path from Montana to Moscow, his…
244 - Steve Israel
May 21, 2018 • 60 min
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.
243 - Jose Andres
May 17, 2018 • 59 min
Renowned chef and humanitarian Jose Andres joins David to talk about his love of cooking, the political situation in Catalonia, his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and much more.
242 - Tom Price
May 14, 2018 • 64 min
Former HHS Secretary Tom Price on his path to politics and healthcare in America.
241 - Jeffrey Toobin
May 10, 2018 • 63 min
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.
240 - Vladimir Kara-Murza
May 7, 2018 • 66 min
Journalist and Russian Pro-Democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza discusses Putin’s Russia, the Magnitsky Act, hope for a democratic Russia, and more..
239 - Kelly Ayotte
May 3, 2018 • 64 min
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.
238 - Michael Avenatti
Apr 30, 2018 • 63 min
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 slew of hard-hitting legal cases he’s…
237 - Tom Perriello
Apr 26, 2018 • 69 min
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.
236 - Mark Murray
Apr 23, 2018 • 61 min
Senior Political Editor at NBC News Mark Murray joins David to discuss the nationalization of politics, Paul Ryan’s departure from Congress, what’s in store for Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections, and more.
235 - Gov. John Hickenlooper
Apr 19, 2018 • 68 min
Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado joins David to discuss the hardships of governing under a Republican administration, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, his bipartisan blueprint to fix health care, and much more.
234 - Zalmay Khalilzad
Apr 16, 2018 • 64 min
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.
233 - Ed Miliband
Apr 12, 2018 • 67 min
Labour MP and former party leader Ed Miliband joins David to discuss the political climate in Britain, his ongoing battle with Rupert Murdoch, lessons from his 2015 defeat, and more.
232 - Stephanie Schriock
Apr 9, 2018 • 62 min
President of Emily’s List Stephanie Schriock joins David to discuss how growing up in a mining community influenced her politics, her groundbreaking work on the Howard Dean campaign in 2004, and the wave of women running for office in 2018.
231 - Major Garrett
Apr 5, 2018 • 63 min
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.
230 - Charles Barkley
Mar 31, 2018 • 62 min
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 “disgust” him, and whether NCAA athletes should get paid.
229 - Andrea Mitchell
Mar 29, 2018 • 63 min
Andrea Mitchell, anchor and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, joins David for a conversation about upheaval in Trump’s State Department and the new dynamics that will govern Trump’s foreign policy moving forward, looking ahead to a…
228 - Michael Phelps
Mar 26, 2018 • 59 min
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 with depression, and more.
227 - Chris Cuomo
Mar 22, 2018 • 60 min
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.
226 - Peter Wehner
Mar 19, 2018 • 50 min
Pete Wehner, author and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, joins David to discuss Trump’s relationship with the Evangelical movement and the weaponization of faith in politics.
225 - Ana Marie Cox
Mar 15, 2018 • 63 min
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 life and led her to turn to faith.
224 - Jon Favreau (Live)
Mar 12, 2018 • 56 min
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 2020, the future of progressive politics, and more.
223 - Jay Roach
Mar 8, 2018 • 65 min
Film director and producer Jay Roach joins David to talk about his transition from directing comedies to political films, #TimesUp in Hollywood, converting to Judaism, and more.
222 - Sen. Jeff Flake
Mar 3, 2018 • 80 min
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, and more.
221 - Jay Carney
Mar 1, 2018 • 67 min
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 under Trump, his current role at Amazon, and much more.
220 - Michael Gerson
Feb 26, 2018 • 66 min
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 much more.
219 - Mayor Marty Walsh
Feb 22, 2018 • 64 min
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 recipients, gun control, and more.
218 - Lawrence O’Donnell
Feb 19, 2018 • 66 min
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 car accident that changed his life, his work on The West Wing, his new book, and much more.
217 - Jake Tapper
Feb 15, 2018 • 64 min
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 new novel, and more.
216 - Anthony Scaramucci
Feb 12, 2018 • 66 min
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 White House, the Rob Porter…
215 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Feb 7, 2018 • 66 min
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins David at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ fifth anniversary celebration for a conversation on growing up as the son of a prime minister, the tragic death of his younger brother, his mother’s…
214 - Whoopi Goldberg
Feb 3, 2018 • 64 min
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 President Trump, her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, her film career, and the Hollywood friendships that…
213 - Sen. Mark Warner
Feb 2, 2018 • 66 min
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.
212 - McKay Coppins
Jan 29, 2018 • 59 min
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.
211 - David Gregory
Jan 25, 2018 • 61 min
Journalist and CNN political analyst David Gregory joins the show to discuss his interview with Joe Biden, covering the Bush administration, his career after Meet the Press, the OJ trial, and more.
210 - Ross Douthat
Jan 22, 2018 • 64 min
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.
209 - Norm Ornstein
Jan 18, 2018 • 61 min
Author and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Norm Ornstein joins David to discuss the impact of mental illness in his life, the prospect of political reform post-Trump, the loss of Congressional norms, and more.
208 - Condoleezza Rice
Jan 13, 2018 • 65 min
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins the Axe Files on CNN to discuss her tenure in the Bush administration, foreign policy under the Trump administration, her advice for Oprah, and much more.
207 - John Bouman
Jan 11, 2018 • 60 min
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 Act, and more.
206 - Rep. Cheri Bustos
Jan 8, 2018 • 65 min
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 Democratic leadership, and much more.
205 - Jake Sullivan
Jan 4, 2018 • 67 min
Jake Sullivan, senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign, chats with David about his role in negotiating the Iran nuclear agreement, the Steele dossier, deconstructing the Clinton campaign, and more.
204 - Adam Nagourney
Jan 1, 2018 • 58 min
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, Trump’s relationship with the New York Times, and more.
203 - Card. Blase Cupich
Dec 21, 2017 • 67 min
Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, joins David to talk about his journey to the highest levels of the Catholic church, visiting Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the impact of the recent tax bill, gun violence in…
202 - Laura Haim
Dec 18, 2017 • 64 min
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 Republican primary, and more.
201 - Rick Santorum
Dec 14, 2017 • 77 min
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 views on President Trump, and the consequences of Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama.
200 - Ed Gillespie
Dec 11, 2017 • 82 min
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 party.
199 - Eric Garcetti
Dec 7, 2017 • 63 min
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 party, his own political future, and much more.
198 - Preet Bharara
Dec 4, 2017 • 63 min
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 Trump administration, his career as a…
197 - Tom Hanks
Dec 2, 2017 • 78 min
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 Hollywood, his views on the Trump presidency, and more.
196 - Pete Souza
Nov 30, 2017 • 63 min
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.
195 - David Sanger
Nov 27, 2017 • 62 min
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 more.
194 - Steve Kerr
Nov 25, 2017 • 67 min
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, and his political activism following the election of Donald Trump.
193 - Kathleen Sebelius
Nov 22, 2017 • 67 min
Former HHS Secretary and two term Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius discusses her family’s legacy in politics, sexual harassment in America, and the future of Obamacare under the Trump administration.
192 - Donna Brazile
Nov 20, 2017 • 67 min
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 book, and more.
191 - Tony Blair
Nov 16, 2017 • 58 min
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joins David in London to talk about the implications of Brexit, the Trump/Brexit connection, his dealings since stepping away from British politics, and more.
190 - Christiane Amanpour
Nov 13, 2017 • 59 min
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour joins David in London to discuss growing up in Iran during the revolution, her experience covering the first Gulf War, her relationship with John F. Kennedy Jr., the refugee crisis, and much more.
189 - Fred Hochberg
Nov 9, 2017 • 58 min
Former Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg chats with David about the evolution of gay and transgender rights issues, his replacement at EXIM, trade issues in the United States, and more.
188 - Susan E. Rice
Nov 6, 2017 • 77 min
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.
187 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe
Nov 2, 2017 • 61 min
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joins David to talk about the races in Virginia, his winning formula in a Southern state, what Democrats need to focus on in 2018, the Mueller investigation, and more.
186 - Bakari Sellers
Oct 30, 2017 • 62 min
Former South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers joins the show to talk about his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the Orangeburg Massacre, politics in the South, voting rights, and more.
185 - Karen Tumulty
Oct 26, 2017 • 60 min
Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty joins David to talk about growing up in military family, Trump’s controversial call with a military widow, the many changes in the field of journalism, and more.
184 - David Miliband
Oct 23, 2017 • 57 min
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, joins the show to talk about the refugee crisis, the forces shaping European politics, his work at the IRC, and more.
183 - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Oct 19, 2017 • 63 min
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 journalism, race and politics in America, his reflections on the Obama presidency, and much more.
182 - Sen. Michael Bennet
Oct 16, 2017 • 63 min
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet chats with David about securing the future of our democracy, making tough choices as a a school superintendent in Denver, his work on the DREAM Act, and more.
181 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Oct 14, 2017 • 67 min
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 more.
180 - David Rubenstein
Oct 12, 2017 • 58 min
Financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein joins David to talk about his modest beginnings in Baltimore, working in the White House for Jimmy Carter, the importance of civic education, and more. CNNPoliticsAPP
179 - David Litt
Oct 9, 2017 • 65 min
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 lessons learned during his ongoing career in politics as told in his new book, “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey,…
178 - Jason Kander
Oct 5, 2017 • 63 min
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, charting a path forward in the Middle East, fighting voter suppression, and more.
177 - Jeff Roe
Oct 2, 2017 • 62 min
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, the urgency in the White House to notch a policy win, and how Trump impacts Republican candidates in 2018.
176 - Jim Baker
Sep 30, 2017 • 69 min
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 Trump White House, the coarsening of…
175 - Bill Bradley
Sep 28, 2017 • 65 min
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.
174 - Gayle King
Sep 25, 2017 • 59 min
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
Sep 21, 2017 • 79 min
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 journalism, what the election of Donald Trump means for the country, how he feels about the attempted undoing…
173 - Rep. Seth Moulton
Sep 18, 2017 • 62 min
Congressman Seth Moulton sits down with David to talk about his military service, President Trump’s shortcomings as commander-in-chief, the situation in North Korea, helping more veterans get elected to public office, and more.
172 - Sen. Joe Donnelly
Sep 14, 2017 • 63 min
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.
171 - Gov. Jay Inslee
Sep 11, 2017 • 58 min
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.
170 - Sen. Patty Murray
Sep 7, 2017 • 63 min
Washington Senator Patty Murray joins David to discuss President Trump’s brinkmanship in North Korea, the importance of female leadership in Congress, and her path from a mom in tennis shoes to the most powerful woman in the Senate.
169 - Don Rose
Sep 4, 2017 • 61 min
Don Rose, legendary Chicago political consultant and former press secretary to Martin Luther King Jr., joins David to talk about his role in the civil rights movement from a very early age, how he helped organize the 1968 Democratic Convention protests in…
168 - Penny Pritzker
Aug 28, 2017 • 63 min
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker joins David to talk about her family’s humble beginnings, what Trump’s proposed immigration policies could mean for the country, the future of our economy, and more.
167 - Rahm Emanuel
Aug 17, 2017 • 67 min
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacts to Trump’s controversial statements on Charlottesville, discusses the city’s lawsuit over the Trump administration’s immigration policies, shares his advice for the Democratic Party ahead of the 2018 midterms, and more.
166 - Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Aug 14, 2017 • 65 min
Congressman Luis Gutierrez discusses his formative years in Puerto Rico, his political education in Chicago alongside Harold Washington, and his hopes and fears for immigration policy under the Trump administration.
165 - Gary Hart
Aug 7, 2017 • 65 min
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 Jackman in an upcoming movie.
164 - Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Jul 31, 2017 • 60 min
Congressman Adam Kinzinger joins David to discuss his early forays into politics as a college student, Trump’s strained relationship with Congress, the evolving threat in North Korea, and more.
163 - Mitch Landrieu
Jul 24, 2017 • 69 min
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about his family’s deep political roots in the South, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, his decision to remove Confederate monuments from his city, and why Democrats can’t write off another Trump…
162 - Rep. John Lewis
Jul 14, 2017 • 71 min
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 reaction to an audio exhibit at the Center…
161 - George Stephanopoulos
Jul 10, 2017 • 65 min
Chief Anchor for ABC News George Stephanopoulos chats with David about his previous career in politics, the Trump administration’s tense relationship with the press, and what the appointment of a Special Counsel portends for the White House.
160 - Sen. Cory Booker
Jul 3, 2017 • 64 min
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.
159 - Dana Bash
Jun 26, 2017 • 62 min
CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash sits down with David to discuss the Senate health care bill, her experience covering the 9/11 attacks from Capitol Hill, and the roots of political gridlock in Washington.
158 - Bill Daley
Jun 22, 2017 • 61 min
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 NAFTA, the build-up to the Osama…
157 - Steven Greenhouse
Jun 19, 2017 • 60 min
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.
156 - Bob Dold
Jun 15, 2017 • 62 min
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 administration poses for moderate Republicans.
155 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Jun 12, 2017 • 64 min
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.”
154 - Geoffrey Stone
Jun 8, 2017 • 66 min
Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and author, speaks with David Axelrod about his impressions of his former law school student, James Comey; the likelihood that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in President Trump’s term and the…
153 - Sen. Tom Cotton
Jun 5, 2017 • 55 min
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 in Iraq and Afghanistan; his assessment of the evolving relationship between the U.S. and its European…
152 - Alfredo Corchado
Jun 1, 2017 • 60 min
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 while reporting on the Mexican drug…
151 - Brian Deese
May 29, 2017 • 61 min
Brian Deese, former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about the instrumental role Deese played in the 2009 auto bailout, the consequences associated with rolling back financial regulatory reforms, and why he believes the Obama…
150 - Grover Norquist
May 25, 2017 • 65 min
Grover Norquist, political advocate and president of Americans for Tax Reform, talks with David Axelrod about how he envisioned his anti-tax pledge as a young boy, his hopes for tax reform under the Trump administration, and what it was like to win the…
149 - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
May 22, 2017 • 48 min
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 the investigation into ties between…
148 - Tony Blinken
May 18, 2017 • 64 min
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 faced by the Trump administration in…
147 - Gov. Jerry Brown
May 13, 2017 • 87 min
Jerry Brown, the governor of California, talks with David Axelrod about the lessons he’s learned from a remarkable career in American politics, his advice for an embattled President Trump, what the Democratic Party can do to improve its standing in the…
146 - Chelsea Handler
May 11, 2017 • 59 min
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 more politically active, and how a…
145 - Jennifer Granholm
May 8, 2017 • 59 min
Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, talks with David Axelrod about her searing experiences while governing through an economic crisis, why she thinks the Democratic Party needs to develop a comprehensive jobs plan, and how she prepared to play…
144 - Gov. John Kasich
May 4, 2017 • 49 min
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 administration; and what his political future…
143 - Rep. Ro Khanna
May 1, 2017 • 61 min
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 Sanders in last year’s Democratic…
142 - Shailagh Murray
Apr 27, 2017 • 64 min
Shailagh Murray, former senior advisor to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about the decades she spent as a journalist before transitioning into government service, the changing nature of the President’s bully pulpit in the 21st century media…
141 - Dan Shapiro
Apr 24, 2017 • 68 min
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 months of the Trump administration, and…
140 - Rep. Adam Schiff
Apr 20, 2017 • 64 min
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 interfered in the U.S. presidential election…
139 - Lisa Monaco
Apr 17, 2017 • 66 min
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 counterterrorism efforts, and why she…
138 - Jason Benetti
Apr 13, 2017 • 63 min
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 the art of the call.
137 - Jim Sciutto
Apr 10, 2017 • 62 min
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 world leaders and diplomats are asking…
136 - Ben Smith
Apr 6, 2017 • 63 min
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 BuzzFeed decided to publish the Trump…
135 - Sen. John McCain
Apr 1, 2017 • 54 min
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 House and Senate, and why Donald…
134 - Joe Maddon
Mar 30, 2017 • 63 min
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’ prospects for a repeat, and more.
133 - Julián Castro
Mar 27, 2017 • 62 min
Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, talks with David Axelrod about why Housing and Urban Development programs are important to rural and urban communities and should be preserved; Donald Trump’s strained relationship with…
132 - Wendy Sherman
Mar 23, 2017 • 68 min
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 a career in politics and international diplomacy; the inner-workings of the Iran nuclear deal; and what…
131 - Jackie Calmes
Mar 20, 2017 • 66 min
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 presidencies and the Gingrich…
130 - Michael Froman
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
Michael Froman, the former U.S. Trade Representative, talks with David Axelrod about why technology and not free trade poses the biggest threat to middle class jobs and wages in America; what the U.S. stands to lose by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific…
129 - Pete Buttigieg
Mar 13, 2017 • 61 min
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 ran for chairman of the Democratic…
128 - Sen. Kamala Harris
Mar 9, 2017 • 62 min
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 be approved with 60 votes, her…
127 - Kasim Reed
Mar 6, 2017 • 55 min
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 believes President Trump plans to…
126 - Madeleine Albright
Mar 2, 2017 • 62 min
Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State, speaks with David Axelrod about her experiences as a young political refugee in the 1940s and how that shapes her view of President Trump’s travel ban; the effect the Trump presidency is having on the…
125 - Jeffrey Goldberg
Feb 27, 2017 • 64 min
Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic magazine, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for Middle East peace during the Trump administration, the demands of leading a news organization in the Trump era, and what Trump’s foreign policy…
124 - Bill Kristol
Feb 23, 2017 • 67 min
Bill Kristol, the neoconservative commentator and founder of The Weekly Standard, talks with David Axelrod about his experiences as Dan Quayle’s chief of staff, the unnerving first month of the Trump administration, and why he believes nation-building and…
123 - Corey Lewandowski
Feb 20, 2017 • 66 min
Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager to Donald Trump throughout the Republican primary, talks with David Axelrod about the career he led prior to becoming a figure in national politics, his response to reports alleging that Trump campaign officials…
122 - Mike Leavitt
Feb 16, 2017 • 59 min
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 Secretary, his views as a former EPA…
121 - Nancy-Ann DeParle
Feb 13, 2017 • 62 min
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 repealed without an adequate…
120 - J.D. Vance
Feb 9, 2017 • 61 min
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 communities in America, and what he thinks…
119 - Matt Bai
Feb 6, 2017 • 63 min
Matt Bai, the national political columnist for Yahoo! News, talks with David Axelrod about the intersection between politics, media, and celebrity; the media’s role in Donald Trump’s political rise; and how news organizations can effectively cover…
118 - Carl Bernstein
Feb 2, 2017 • 68 min
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 President Nixon’s resignation, how he…
117 - Natalie Jaresko
Jan 30, 2017 • 60 min
Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine’s former Finance Minister, chats with David Axelrod about her Ukrainian-American upbringing in Chicago, how Russia’s violation of international norms could portend global upheaval, and the potential costs of a Trump…
116 - Cody Keenan
Jan 26, 2017 • 57 min
Cody Keenan, former chief speechwriter to President Obama, talks with David Axelrod about his evolution from intern in the speechwriting department of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign to becoming the President’s chief speechwriter; how President Obama…
115 - Cecile Richards
Jan 23, 2017 • 59 min
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 years, and in what ways that progress may…
114 - Thomas Friedman
Jan 19, 2017 • 64 min
Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, talks with David Axelrod about the prospects for the Middle East peace process in the Trump era, the rapid changes transforming society which he chronicles in his latest…
113 - Theo Epstein
Jan 16, 2017 • 72 min
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, chats with David about growing up in Massachusetts, becoming general manager of the Boston Red Sox at only 28 years old, how his use of advanced analytics helped…
112 - Chris Wallace
Jan 12, 2017 • 61 min
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 could have done better at outreach to…
111 - John Brennan
Jan 9, 2017 • 61 min
John Brennan, the outgoing CIA Director, talks with David Axelrod about the consequences that could arise from devaluing the intelligence community, the Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee’s computers, the many geopolitical challenges in…
110 - Sean Spicer
Jan 5, 2017 • 49 min
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 community’s assessment of the Russian…
109 - Mark Shriver
Jan 2, 2017 • 55 min
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 personal development for him, what…
108 - President Barack Obama
Dec 26, 2016 • 58 min
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, why the Obama presidency struggled to overcome the…
107 - Eli Attie
Dec 22, 2016 • 63 min
Eli Attie, writer for The West Wing and former political speechwriter, talks with David Axelrod about how he went from being a speechwriter to writing television scripts for one of the most notable shows on American politics, his recollection of being in…
106 - Tammy Duckworth
Dec 19, 2016 • 58 min
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 with Donald Trump’s reliance on the…
105 - Denis McDonough
Dec 15, 2016 • 64 min
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 preparation for life, why he thinks it would prove difficult for the next administration to undo aspects of…
104 - Alex Castellanos
Dec 12, 2016 • 62 min
Alex Castellanos, longtime Republican consultant, talks with David Axelrod about his childhood experiences in Cuba, the importance of storytelling and authenticity in politics, why he thinks Donald Trump could be an effective president, and what he…
103 - Sen. Harry Reid
Dec 8, 2016 • 48 min
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 should approach a Donald Trump…
102 - Davis Guggenheim
Dec 5, 2016 • 60 min
Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim chats with David about the growing negativity of political media, working with Al Gore on An Inconvenient Truth, and the shared pathology between D.C. and Hollywood.
101 - Alex Wagner
Dec 1, 2016 • 55 min
Alex Wagner, the journalist and political commentator, talks with David Axelrod about her early exposure to politics as the daughter of a Democratic field organizer, what lessons the news media and voters should draw from Donald Trump’s election, and her…
100 - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Nov 28, 2016 • 62 min
Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, talks with David Axelrod about her love of baseball, the power of storytelling in politics, why being tested by adversity is an important experience for our leaders, and much more.
99 - Steve Kerr
Nov 23, 2016 • 60 min
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 Beirut, his reaction to President-elect Trump’s victory, his future in coaching, and much more.
98 - Larry Summers
Nov 21, 2016 • 54 min
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 forecasts the economic implications…
97 - Douglas Alexander
Nov 17, 2016 • 53 min
Douglas Alexander, former British Labour politician and U.K. Cabinet Minister, chats with David Axelrod about how the closure of a car plant ignited his interest in politics, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Donald Trump’s victory in the…
96 - Michael Morell
Nov 14, 2016 • 68 min
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 subsequent decisions that he believes…
95 - Van Jones
Nov 10, 2016 • 62 min
Van Jones, political activist and CNN commentator, talks with David about Tuesday’s election results and the cultural chasm that exists in America, his childhood in rural Tennessee and the important relationship he had with his father, and why he won’t be…
94 - John Weaver
Nov 7, 2016 • 53 min
John Weaver, veteran Republican strategist, talks to David about how he sees the election unfolding and what the result will mean for governing in Washington, what he thinks John Kasich will do next, and how a career in politics takes a personal toll on…
93 - DeRay Mckesson
Nov 3, 2016 • 59 min
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 candidacy, his organization’s work to end police violence, the importance of public education, and his…
92 - Carl Hulse
Oct 31, 2016 • 55 min
Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, reflects on how Congress has changed during his years covering the institution, discusses what Paul Ryan’s political future may hold, and provides some insight into how Merrick Garland’s…
91 - Sec. John Kerry
Oct 27, 2016 • 61 min
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 in recent decades.
90 - Tim Kaine
Oct 24, 2016 • 46 min
Tim Kaine, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee and senator from Virginia, talks to David about his experience doing missionary work in Honduras with the Jesuits and the liberation theology he was exposed to there, why Congress should pass a new…
89 - John Heilemann
Oct 20, 2016 • 68 min
John Heilemann, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling author of Game Change, talks with David about Trump’s electoral end game, his own short but momentous stint as a political aide, and why his personality traits were ultimately…
88 - Ron Brownstein
Oct 17, 2016 • 58 min
Ron Brownstein, columnist at The Atlantic and longtime political journalist, talks to David about working for Ralph Nader in the 1970s, the intersection between Hollywood and Washington, and the demographic realities that will likely determine the…
87 - Maureen Dowd
Oct 13, 2016 • 60 min
Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, talks with David about growing up in Washington, D.C., how newsrooms have changed since she became a journalist in the 1970s, and how she views the presidents and would-be presidents…
86 - Gary Johnson
Oct 10, 2016 • 58 min
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, talks with David about his foreign policy vision, the Johnson administration’s approach to illegal drugs, and his infamous Aleppo moment.
85 - Fareed Zakaria
Oct 6, 2016 • 63 min
Fareed Zakaria talks to David about some of the most intractable problems around the globe—including how America should respond to the social and political upheaval in the Middle East, and to escalating tensions with Russia.
84 - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Oct 3, 2016 • 44 min
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” talks to David about what he learned from meeting Stephen Sondheim in high school, what would surprise the Founders about our politics today, his advocacy for Puerto Rico as Congress…
83 - Tom Brokaw
Sep 29, 2016 • 67 min
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 the Space Shuttle Challenger…
82 - Barney Frank
Sep 26, 2016 • 62 min
Barney Frank, longtime former congressman from Massachusetts, talks with David about his involvement in the civil rights movement, the challenges he faced as a gay man in public life in the 1970s, his work on the landmark Dodd-Frank financial reform…
81 - Michael Steele (Live)
Sep 22, 2016 • 65 min
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks with David about the three years he spent in a Catholic seminary, his first job in politics working for Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, and the challenges he faced as leader…
80 - Karl Rove
Sep 19, 2016 • 63 min
Karl Rove, former White House senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, and the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, sits down with David to discuss his early passion for politics, his assessment of the Bush years, and…
79 - EJ Dionne
Sep 15, 2016 • 58 min
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 journalism, the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton need to do to win the…
78 - Peter Hart
Sep 12, 2016 • 60 min
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 odds of Donald Trump winning in November, what he thinks Hillary Clinton should do to defeat him, the history…
77 - Caroline Kennedy
Sep 8, 2016 • 49 min
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 father’s death, her wide-ranging career from the New York City Dept. of Education to her current role in…
76 - Graham Moore
Sep 6, 2016 • 63 min
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 fiction, his love of science, his new…
75 - Fr. Michael Pfleger
Aug 29, 2016 • 59 min
Father Michael Pfleger, senior pastor at Saint Sabina Church and social activist on Chicago’s South Side, sits down with David to discuss violence and police accountability in Chicago and across the nation, the influence that Martin Luther King Jr. had on…
74 - Robert Gibbs
Aug 22, 2016 • 71 min
Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary for President Obama, sits down with David to discuss his childhood in Alabama, his experience working for Sen. Fritz Hollings, Obama’s 2008 campaign, life in the White House briefing room, and more.
73 - Sec. Tom Vilsack
Aug 15, 2016 • 67 min
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack joins David to talk about his humble beginnings in Iowa, his relationship with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s struggles in rural America, and more.
72 - Deval Patrick
Aug 8, 2016 • 62 min
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins David to discuss his upbringing in Chicago, his experience studying in Darfur, police-community relations, and more.
71 - John Dickerson
Aug 1, 2016 • 61 min
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.
70 - Paul Simon
Jul 28, 2016 • 63 min
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 presidential election, and why he’s not retiring just yet.
69 - SE Cupp
Jul 25, 2016 • 58 min
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 ballet dancer when she was a teenager, her battle with depression and an eating disorder, her views on…
68 - Mark McKinnon
Jul 21, 2016 • 59 min
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 switch from the Democratic to the…
67 - Hugh Hewitt
Jul 18, 2016 • 63 min
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 he went from describing Trump as a “stage-IV cancer” to supporting his candidacy, his thoughts on Hillary…
66 - Jeffrey DeLaurentis
Jul 14, 2016 • 52 min
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 relations between the two countries, and…
65 - Newton Minow
Jul 11, 2016 • 74 min
Newton Minow, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sits down with David to discuss the clandestine role he and his agency played during the Cuban missile crisis, his personal reminiscences of Lyndon Johnson, Adlai Stevenson and…
64 - Maggie Haberman
Jul 7, 2016 • 52 min
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 more.
63 - Paul Begala
Jul 4, 2016 • 63 min
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 of Texas, his years working for President Bill Clinton, his thoughts on the 2016 race, and more.
62 - Sen. Susan Collins
Jun 30, 2016 • 50 min
Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, chats with David about her two decades on Capitol Hill, her relationship with Hillary Clinton, why she is not yet ready to endorse Donald Trump, and more.
61 - Isaac Lee
Jun 27, 2016 • 54 min
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 moving to Colombia, the death threats Lee received as editor in chief of one of Colombia’s leading…
60 - Sen. Al Franken
Jun 23, 2016 • 61 min
Minnesota Senator Al Franken talks with David about his journey from comedian to politician, his work on mental health issues, Congressional dysfunction, the Orlando shooting, and more.
59 - Bill Walton
Jun 20, 2016 • 61 min
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, how his back troubles nearly drove him…
58 - Beth Myers
Jun 13, 2016 • 57 min
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 Massachusetts, the state of the Republican Party…
57 - Tim Phillips
Jun 9, 2016 • 57 min
Tim Philips, president of Americans for Prosperity, chats with David about growing up in South Carolina, his admiration of Ronald Reagan, and leading the conservative advocacy movement.
56 - Tom Harkin
Jun 6, 2016 • 58 min
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.
55 - Jeff Greenfield
Jun 3, 2016 • 56 min
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 F. Kennedy before his assassination in 1968, his views of the current presidential race, and much more.
54 - Eric Holder
May 30, 2016 • 57 min
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 City, his tenure at the Justice Department, his views on Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, and much more.
53 - Ilana Dayan
May 26, 2016 • 61 min
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 solution.
52 - Katie Couric
May 23, 2016 • 65 min
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 the current media landscape, and…
51 - Samantha Power
May 19, 2016 • 55 min
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 at Yale to writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on U.S. foreign policy, and her take on the Obama…
50 - Michael Nutter
May 16, 2016 • 52 min
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 policing, and his take on a possible…
49 - Jon Stewart (Live)
May 10, 2016 • 49 min
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 from lobbying in Washington, what he’s…
48 - Anderson Cooper
May 9, 2016 • 59 min
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.
47 - Frank Bruni
May 5, 2016 • 55 min
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 to Rome, Donald Trump’s odds of winning the general election, gay marriage, and more.
46 - Patrick Kennedy
May 2, 2016 • 49 min
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.
45 - Arthur Brooks
Apr 28, 2016 • 55 min
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of “The Conservative Heart,” chats with David about his time living in Europe, the U.S. Immigration debate, how to combat the current political polarization, and more.
44 - Mike Murphy
Apr 25, 2016 • 50 min
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 Republicans, his time on the McCain campaign’s Straight Talk Express in 2000, his assessment of Jeb Bush’s…
43 - David Plouffe
Apr 21, 2016 • 51 min
David Plouffe, former campaign manager for President Obama and currently a top adviser at Uber, chats with David Axelrod about his start in politics working for Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, Obama’s election in 2008, the use of data in campaigns, and his…
42 - Ben Rhodes
Apr 18, 2016 • 61 min
Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting, speaks with David about his road to the White House, the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11, working with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, what…
41 - Ron Fournier
Apr 14, 2016 • 48 min
National Journal Political Columnist Ron Fournier sits down with David to talk about his new book, “Love That Boy,” and the lessons he learned raising an autistic son, as well as his time covering the Clinton White House, his assessment of Hillary, and…
40 - Abner Mikva
Apr 11, 2016 • 61 min
Abner Mikva, a 60-plus year veteran of politics and public service, including stints in the Illinois statehouse, Congress, and the Federal Court of Appeals, joins David to examine his journey through political history, how Congress has changed, the…
39 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Apr 7, 2016 • 54 min
Democratic Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar joins David to talk about her unconventional path to public service, her father’s struggles with alcoholism, the battle over the Supreme Court nomination, and her work to end the trade embargo on Cuba.
38 - Jamie Kalven
Apr 3, 2016 • 57 min
Jamie Kalven, the award–winning journalist who broke the Laquan McDonald story in Chicago, speaks with David about the sexual assault on his wife, the city’s rampant gun violence, and what can be done to improve his hometown’s problems.
37 - Dan Balz
Mar 27, 2016 • 43 min
Dan Balz, political reporter at The Washington Post, sits down with David to discuss his start in journalism at the University of Illinois, his career covering politics, and his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race, including why he thinks the eventual…
36 - Ron Klain
Mar 20, 2016 • 44 min
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 also touches on his work overseeing…
35 - Mark Leibovich
Mar 14, 2016 • 47 min
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 thoughts on Donald Trump’s successes and…
34 - Trent Lott
Mar 6, 2016 • 51 min
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 ongoing Supreme Court confirmation…
33 - Lindsey Graham
Mar 2, 2016 • 39 min
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 thinks the Republican Party is falling apart, and how his parents’ owning a bar in a small South Carolina town…
32 - Erick Erickson
Feb 28, 2016 • 51 min
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson sits down with David to discuss his childhood abroad, his opposition to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, and his stance on the ongoing debate over whether Republicans should confirm a Supreme Court nominee before the…
31 - Gov. Jon Huntsman
Feb 22, 2016 • 54 min
Former Republican presidential nominee Jon Huntsman chats with David about his time as governor of Utah, ambassador of China, and 2012 GOP hopeful, as well as his views on the 2016 race, including why he is intrigued by Donald Trump and what impressed him…
30 - Joe Trippi
Feb 15, 2016 • 54 min
Joe Trippi, Democratic campaign strategist, media consultant, and FOX News contributor, chats with David about his work on the tech-savvy Howard Dean campaign of 2004, his assessment of the 2016 Democratic and Republican primaries, and more.
29 - Joel Benenson
Feb 8, 2016 • 47 min
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 chances in the Feb. 9 primary, the art of…
28 - Jonathan Martin
Feb 4, 2016 • 48 min
New York Times chief political correspondent Jonathan Martin sits down with David in Manchester, New Hampshire, to discuss his journalism career and the upcoming Granite State primary, including Donald Trump’s vulnerability, Bernie Sanders’ appeal, and…
27 - Juliet Macur
Jan 28, 2016 • 51 min
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 camp to New Jersey, her widely acclaimed book on Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall, and hot-button issues such…
26 - Jennifer Jacobs
Jan 27, 2016 • 44 min
Jennifer Jacobs, the chief political reporter for The Des Moines Register, speaks with David about the uniqueness of the Iowa caucus process, how candidates on both sides of the aisle are faring heading into Monday’s voting, and who might be rethinking…
25 - Patti Solis Doyle
Jan 24, 2016 • 47 min
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, the 17 years she spent working for Hillary Clinton both in the White House and on the campaign trail, and…
24 - Sen. Dick Durbin
Jan 18, 2016 • 39 min
Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, speaks with David about his start in politics, his toughest votes in Congress, his support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, and the legacy that President Obama will leave behind.
23 - Stuart Stevens
Jan 14, 2016 • 62 min
Republican political strategist, media consultant, and writer Stuart Stevens, currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, chats with David about his upbringing in Mississippi, his work for Republican presidential…
22 - Arne Duncan
Jan 11, 2016 • 38 min
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 as a member of the president’s cabinet, and the gun violence and education problems facing the city of…
21 - Mary Kay Henry
Jan 7, 2016 • 50 min
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 candidate Donald Trump, the future of…
20 - Aneesh Chopra
Jan 4, 2016 • 46 min
Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, chats with David about his work for the Obama Administration, his run for lieutenant governor of Virginia, the importance of innovation, and more.
19 - Sec. Thomas Perez
Dec 28, 2015 • 54 min
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.
18 - Husain Haqqani
Dec 21, 2015 • 54 min
Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, talks with David about the U.S. foreign policy struggles in Pakistan, his imprisonment at the hands of the Pakistani army, his views on dealing with ISIS, and his take on the 2016 race for…
17 - Joakim Noah
Dec 14, 2015 • 47 min
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 Foundation, helping children through arts and sports.
16 - Sen. Claire McCaskill
Dec 10, 2015 • 52 min
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 presidential candidates.
15 - Reihan Salam
Dec 7, 2015 • 55 min
Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, chats with David about the future of the Republican Party, the debate over immigration reform, and more.
14 - Sheriff Tom Dart
Dec 3, 2015 • 50 min
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 justice system, and more.
13 - Spike Lee
Nov 30, 2015 • 49 min
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 relations in the U.S., and his love of the New York Knicks. Warning: This episode contains some explicit…
12 - David Maraniss
Nov 23, 2015 • 46 min
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 then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton…
11 - Jon Favreau
Nov 16, 2015 • 46 min
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 political speech-making today.
10 - Mark Holden
Nov 9, 2015 • 50 min
Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel at Koch Industries, chats with David about working with the Koch brothers and their push for criminal justice reform.
9 - Jorge Ramos
Nov 2, 2015 • 53 min
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 President Obama not pushing harder for…
8 - Eliot Spitzer
Oct 29, 2015 • 36 min
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.
7 - Jessica Yellin
Oct 26, 2015 • 44 min
Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN and current Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, talks to David about her career in journalism, how covering political news has changed, and her upcoming new book.
6 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Oct 19, 2015 • 33 min
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.
5 - Mitt Romney
Oct 15, 2015 • 62 min
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 much more.
4 - Alastair Campbell
Oct 12, 2015 • 60 min
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 journalist, his alcoholism and nervous breakdown, his work with the Labour party, and his assessment of…
3 - Capt. Mark Kelly
Oct 8, 2015 • 32 min
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 the debate over gun control is…
2 - Matthew Dowd
Oct 5, 2015 • 43 min
Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign and current ABC News political analyst and visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, discusses his time in the White House, the possible rise…
1 - Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sep 28, 2015 • 49 min
Sen. Sanders tells David about his childhood in Brooklyn, his presidential campaign, and his stance on selfies.