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Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.

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 and beyond. From former president Barack Obama and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, to comedian Jon Stewart and NBA coach Steve Kerr, "The Axe Files" brings you the inspiring personal stories that shaped them into not just political figures or partisan forces, but nuanced human beings. It’s a conversation, not a debate.

Host / David Axelrod
Executive Producer / Matt Jaffe
Producers / Pete Jones, Zane Maxwell, Samantha Neal, and Allyson Siegal


For questions or comments about the podcast, please contact Matthew Jaffe, the IOP's communications director, at



You can listen to The Axe Files right here on our site, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and on TuneIn or your preferred podcast app.

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