podcast 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.Subscribe Ep.465 — Russell Moore Public theologian Russell Moore has long encouraged evangelical Christians to focus on practicing religion rather than engaging in culture wars, something he found increasingly difficult under former President Donald Trump.Moore left his leadership post at the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this year and now works for Christianity Today.
He joined David to talk about how working for a conservative Democratic congressman on Capitol Hill reaffirmed his belief in the possibility of politics, …Show more why his dad didn’t want him joining the ministry, and why he felt compelled to call out issues he saw in the church, even as it led to his departure from the SBC.
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464—Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper is now a well-known CNN anchor, but he got his start in journalism armed with just a camcorder and a fake press pass.Cooper is also part of the storied Vanderbilt family, which he writes about in his latest book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty.He joined David to talk about the corrosive power of money and how its effects can ripple through generations, his mother’s life and her capacity for overcoming trauma, losing his father at 10 years old, and how he ho …Show more pes his book teaches his son Wyatt to feel connected to something beyond himself.
Oct 21, 2021 Ep.463—Evan Osnos When journalist Evan Osnos returned to the US in 2013 after eight years in China, he experienced somewhat of a culture shock.He found the underpinnings of the country shaken, so he set off to find out why.Evan joined David to discuss his journey from small-town newspaper photographer to The New Yorker writer, how technology has made China more autocratic, the power of money in politics, how President Joe Biden defies expectations, and what he learned traversing the country, chronicled in his b …
Show more ook “Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury.” Oct 14, 2021 Ep.462 — Robert Costa Journalist Robert Costa is known for his in-depth reporting on former president Donald Trump and for co-authoring a new book with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, but his first claim to fame was convincing John Mayer to play at his high school prom.Robert joined David to talk about his years covering the Republican Party, the ongoing threats he sees to U.S.democracy, what he learned about reporting from Bob Woodward, and their book, Peril.Oct 7, 2021 Ep.461 — Monica Lewinsky Monica Lewinsky has been many things: White House intern, media punching bag, writer, anti-bullying activist, and now, producer.She talked to David about her upbringing and her parents’ tumultuous divorce, her struggles with mental health following her affair with former President Bill Clinton, the dangers of social media, and how she took back control of her own story, most recently as a producer on “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” Sep 30, 2021 Presenting Total Recall: California’s Political Circus This week we’re bringing you an episode of CNN’s Total Recall: California’s Political Circus.You probably remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.
But do you remember how it all happened? The blackouts, the budget and of course, the car tax! CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash, takes you back to the origins of the 2003 California Recall and talks with Schwarzenegger and the man he beat, Gray Davis to learn why this election became such a circus.Sep 23, 2021 Ep.460 — Ken Burns Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns can pinpoint the exact moment he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.After witnessing his father cry during a film, he understood the power of an impactful story.
That, plus the tragic death of his mother which he calls the defining moment of his life, spurred a passion for storytelling that unearths the past and “wakes the dead.” He joined David to talk about his difficult upbringing, what he loves about history, why it’s impossible to disentangle race from his w …Show more ork, and his latest project exploring the life of boxer Muhammad Ali.
Sep 16, 2021 Ep.459 — Clarissa Ward Twenty years ago, as Clarissa Ward watched the 9/11 attacks unfold on television, she experienced a profound sense of shock and shame that she did not have a better grasp on what was happening in the world.In that moment she felt compelled to pursue journalism in order to bring to life the shared human experience, and since then she has reported from the front lines of conflict zones around the world.Ward, who is CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, joined David to talk about her childhood …Show more in the U.S.
and London, the mental and emotional toll of covering conflict, the withdrawal of U.S.
troops from Afghanistan, and how the events of 9/11 shaped her life, America, and the world.Sep 9, 2021 Ep.458 — Lt.Col.
Alexander Vindman After a behind-the-scenes career in the military that led to the National Security Council, retired Lt.Col.
Alexander Vindman found himself thrust into the spotlight as a key witness in the first impeachment trial of President Trump.He joined David to talk about his family history and childhood as an immigrant in New York, his thoughts on the Afghanistan withdrawal and Afghan refugees coming to America, Trump and his relationship with Russia, and his new memoir, Here, Right Matters.
Sep 2, 2021 Ep.457 — Dr.Leana Wen Dr.Leana Wen has become a leading voice offering straightforward guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic, but her journey to professional prominence was anything but simple.
Her family left China—where her father was frequently jailed as a political dissident—when she was a child, arriving in the US with just $40 in their possession.She joined David to discuss the incredible story of her family’s journey to America and the struggles they faced once in the country, her roles as a physician and health …Show more advocate, what she believes is the last and best hope to get people vaccinated against Covid-19 and her new book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.Aug 26, 2021.