The Axe Files with David Axelrod
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 132 - Wendy Sherman
2 days ago
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 the world must do to stabilize the belligerent regime in North Korea.
Rated 4 out of
I've listened to nearly all of the episodes and I think they're very good. The latest, with Tim Kaine, is especially impressive. While it's clear that David Axelrod is knowledgeable and well prepared, this particular interview is powerful because Kaine does such a fine job of discussing his background and revealing how thoughtful he is. Axelrod is keen to let Kaine talk. Genuinely refreshing. Other interviews are very worthwhile. Father Michael Pleger, Deval Patrick, Newton Minow and Abner Mikva are a handful that stand out as enjoyable/education/thought provoking.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 2 out of
EJ Dionne interview
I listened to three episodes, Jon Stewart, Carolina Kennedy and EJ Dionne and I have to say David Axelrod needs to restrain himself from constantly interrupting his guests when they are in mid-thought about what could be a great story. It's also a bit annoying to have you insert your own experience when you are not the one being interviewed. Let them talk please..I heard EJ say to you, "let me finish..." This could be a very good and engaging podcast if you would take some training as an interviewer or watch Charlie Rose and Diane Rehm, the real pros.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of
I'm come 180 degrees on this guy
I can never stand these "spokespeople," because they come off like used car salesmen. I remember how much I couldn't stand this guy back in 2008 when he was the voice of the Obama campaign. However, I started to like Axelrod during this election cycle when he was a voice of reason on the CNN panel, which often had people that were hard to take seriously.
This show has really impressed me. Axelrod brings a lot of important perspective to every interview, due to his connections and experience but also just his humanity. Despite the occasional interruption, he generally lets the guests shine. The recent discussion with Carl Bernstein was excellent.
I love the jazz intro, too.
(I had a similar change of heart about Dana Perino, George W.'s Bush's Press Secretary.)
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of
Polly in DanvilleCA
Learned a lot!
David is a terrific interviewer, especially with someone who I imagine tries to keep away from interviews (Caroline Kennedy). He allowed us to learn the breadth of her work, which is remarkable. She shared some on why the TPP would be valuable. Why doesn't Obama have a press conference with her on it?
Date published: 2016-09-11