The Axe Files is moving to Luminary!

The Axe Files team would like to humbly thank our listeners for joining us for over 300 episodes of great conversations. We’re happy to announce that the conversation is continuing on the Luminary podcast network.

Luminary is a new podcast company that is exclusively devoted to podcasts. We will be joining them as a podcast for Premium subscribers, allowing us to deliver ad-free content to you in perpetuity. With a premium subscription you will have access to all of our future shows, ad-free archives, and dozens of other exclusive shows, including ones with hosts like Guy Raz, Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah, Leon Neyfakh the creator of Slow Burn, Hannibal Buress, Celeste Barber, and podcasts from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco and Bill Simmons’ The Ringer. 

Through the free Luminary app, you will be able to access all of your favorite publicly available shows in one place. They’ve invested in technology that makes it simple to search and personalize content with the goal of making it easier to find the podcasts you want to hear.

Go to and sign up before April 22 to get your first three months for free and only $6.99 a month after that for the first year – which is $1 off the monthly subscription fee.

On April 23 you can download the Luminary app for free and listen to the Axe Files there. Then on May 20 our show will only be available on the Luminary app for Premium subscribers. With your monthly subscription, you’ll get a ton of great content. Including this show. In the next few weeks, you’ll hear from guests like Meghan McCain, Kal Penn, Valerie Jarrett, and Aaron Sorkin.

You will continue to receive all of our shows on your device until May 20. The Axe Files web page will disabled temporarily as we continue the transition to Luminary. If you have any questions, please email

We love doing this show for you guys and there are many more great Axe Files conversations coming your way via Luminary.   


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