Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy

Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy

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Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, battle-tested operatives will be sitting on bar stools along the trail, sharing war stories and unique, sometimes uproarious cuts on the latest developments. Hacks on Tap is your invitation to join two of the best. Campaign veterans Axelrod and Murphy will take listeners deep inside the top level of American politics. These seasoned pros have seen it all: the peaks and valleys, the pressure-cooker moments, the huge breaks and the horrible calamities no one saw coming. Who better to narrate this momentous race? So pull up a stool and join us!


All’s Fair in Love and Warren
Oct 16 • 36 min
The fourth Democratic presidential debate is behind us and the hacks are here to break it all down. All eyes are on Liz Warren as she gets frontrunner treatment for the very first time: how did she fare? Buttigieg bites back: is this a turning point for…
Great and Unmatched… Wisdom (with John Heilemann)
Oct 8 • 50 min
The Hacks are back from their jaunt to Austin and itching to dig into the latest. Hill Republicans and Democrats alike are in a tizzy over Trump’s call to pull troops out of Syria – but will the move resonate with his voting base? Meanwhile the…
Hacks Live from Austin with Karl Rove
Sep 30 • 65 min
The Hacks reunite LIVE at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX. This time, they’re joined by super-hack Karl Rove — former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush — to break down all the latest on the impeachment inquiry, alleged Trump…
Hard Rain from Ukraine and Boarding the Bus with Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Sep 24 • 51 min
From whistleblowers to whistlestops, Axe and Murphy are chewing over the latest call for impeachment, Rep. Joe Kennedy, and new polling out of Iowa. Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins the show from his Not-the-Straight-Talk-Express bus tour of Iowa to give his…
More Debates and 10,000 Takes with Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sep 16 • 60 min
The Hacks are back after a Democratic debate with no shortage of talking points: Castro put Biden on blast, Betsy from Oklahoma ditched the cap and gown, and Beto brought the passion on guns. Axe and Murphy also touch on the escalating tensions with Iran…
Houston, We Have a Preview
Sep 11 • 27 min
The Hacks are back in the run-up to Thursday’s debate. And the stage in Houston will be packed with TEN candidates—so what does each need to do in order to stand out? In order to keep the cash flowing? In order to maintain top-tier status? In order to…
Hats, Prattle, and a Primary Battle with Mark McKinnon
Sep 3 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Biden flubs the details, but will it ever cross the line with voters? Axe and Murphy also take stock of the rest of the field ahead of the next Democratic debate, what’s next for the candidates who didn’t make the stage, and…
A Hack in Hog Heaven and Trump’s Tempestuous Trip
Aug 27 • 46 min
Axe is back from his stint in the cornfields of Iowa armed with new intel to break down with Murphy. But first – the hacks talk Trump’s erratic behavior at the G7 summit, size up Trump’s new primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, pose a theory…
Mooch Ado About Something
Aug 20 • 59 min
Axe has returned from his secret mission and is reunited with Murphy as they hash through Trump’s latest poll numbers and his frustration with Fox News. The first Biden TV ad has dropped in Iowa, but does he have what it takes to go the distance? And…
Calling All Conspiracies and Let Biden Be Biden
Aug 13 • 49 min
In this week’s episode, Democratic strategist and guest host Paul Begala joins Murphy on the mic to take stock of this week’s news. The hacks talk Jeffrey Epstein’s sudden death and the rise of conspiracy theories in politics, how Biden could benefit from…
Words, Guns, El Paso and Dayton with Rep. Steve Israel
Aug 7 • 43 min
After the country was jolted yet again by mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the hacks huddle up to talk about the how the President responded, what we should expect from a “Consoler in Chief,” and how some Democratic candidates may set themselves…
Showdown in Motown
Aug 1 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, the Hacks huddle in Detroit in the wake of the second round of Democratic debates. Axe and Murphy share their takes on the Biden-Harris rematch, discuss the progressive-moderate party divide, highlight Warren and Booker’s strong…
May the debate stage be ever in your favor, Sen. Michael Bennet joins the show
Jul 23 • 42 min
This week, Axe and Murphy question whether Bob Mueller’s testimony will have any bearing on the race. Then, we’ll preview the Hunger Games, also known as the second round of Democratic debates. It’s do or die for candidates stuck at 1%. And, we’ll talk to…
Trump’s big trap and who ought to wrap
Jul 15 • 43 min
In this week’s episode, Axe and Murphy talk Trump’s strategy behind attacking the progressive freshmen House members, how the latest poll numbers spell potential for Kamala Harris, and whether Pete Buttigieg’s coolheaded approach will help or hurt him in…
Warren’s huge haul and Steyer’s surprise with Jon Favreau
Jul 9 • 45 min
This week, the hacks make sense of the newly announced fundraising numbers, talk Biden’s attempt to relaunch, discuss the political impact of Trump’s flip on the census question, and share their thoughts on Mitch McConnell’s new Senate challenger. Guest…
The post debate pollercoaster and the art of Beto-busting with Julián Castro
Jul 2 • 49 min
This week, the hacks throw on their strategists’ caps and discuss how they would manage the leading campaigns in the wake of the first debates. Axe and Murphy also break down the slew of post-debate polling, talk Trump’s trip to North Korea, and discuss…
Recapping the first Democratic debates
Jun 28 • 33 min
The first round of debates is in the books. Who helped themselves the most and who’s spending their weekend doing damage control? In this bonus episode of Hacks on Tap, Axe and Murphy parse through the winners and losers of the first round of Democratic…
Double-whammy in Miami: First Democratic debate preview
Jun 25 • 53 min
The hacks talk Biden and Buttigieg’s tough week with race relations [2:52], escalating tensions with Iran [14:48], and preview this week’s Democratic debates [20:14]. Guest hack Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s 2012…
Trump purging pollsters, Dems ducking digital
Jun 18 • 41 min
This week the hacks talk about President Trump’s interview on ABC [1:11], Trump’s latest polling prospects [6:20], who was helped and who was hurt by the Democratic debate lottery [14:40], and guest hack David Plouffe joins the show to talk about why…
Biden plays Hyde and go seek, Warren rising in Iowa
Jun 11 • 42 min
In the inaugural episode of Hacks on Tap, the hacks discuss the latest Democratic poll out of Iowa [1:30], the perils of being frontrunner [6:48], Biden’s flip on the Hyde Amendment [10:30], the challenges facing female candidates with guest hack Jennifer…
Introduction to Hacks on Tap with David Axelrod and Mike Murphy
Jun 6 • 1 min
Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, battle-tested operatives will be sitting on bar stools along the trail, sharing war stories and unique, sometimes uproarious cuts on the latest developments. Hacks on Tap is your invitation to join two of the…