The Axe Files - Transcripts

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.

Please see below for transcripts of every episode. To listen to the podcasts, visit iTunes.com/axefiles or podcast.cnn.com.

For questions or comments about the podcast, please contact Matthew Jaffe, the IOP's Communications Director, at mjaffe@uchicago.edu.

2017

Ep. 165: Gary Hart
Released Aug. 7, 2017

Ep. 164: Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Released Jul. 31, 2017

Ep. 163: Mitch Landrieu
Released Jul. 24, 2017

Ep. 162: Rep. John Lewis
Released Jul. 14, 2017

Ep. 161: George Stephanopoulos
Released Jul. 10, 2017

Ep. 160: Sen. Cory Booker
Released Jul. 3, 2017

Ep. 159: Dana Bash
Released Jun. 26, 2017

Ep. 158: Bill Daley
Released Jun. 22, 2017

Ep. 157: Steven Greenhouse
Released Jun. 19, 2017

Ep. 156: Bob Dold
Released Jun. 15, 2017

Ep. 155: Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Released Jun. 12, 2017

Ep. 154: Geoffrey Stone
Released Jun. 8, 2017

Ep. 153: Sen. Tom Cotton
Released Jun. 5, 2017

Ep. 152: Alfredo Corchado
Released Jun. 1, 2017

Ep. 151: Brian Deese
Released May 29, 2017

Ep. 150: Grover Norquist
Released May 25, 2017

Ep. 149: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Released May 22, 2017

Ep. 148: Tony Blinken
Released May 18, 2017

Ep. 147: Gov. Jerry Brown
Released May 13, 2017

Ep. 146: Chelsea Handler
Released May 11, 2017

Ep. 145: Jennifer Granholm
Released May 8, 2017

Ep. 144: Gov. John Kasich
Released May 4, 2017

Ep. 143: Rep. Ro Khanna
Released May 1, 2017

Ep. 142: Shailagh Murray
Released Apr. 27, 2017

Ep. 141: Dan Shapiro
Released Apr. 24, 2017

Ep. 140: Rep. Adam Schiff
Released Apr. 20, 2017

Ep. 139: Lisa Monaco
Released Apr. 17, 2017

Ep. 138: Jason Benetti
Released Apr. 13, 2017

Ep. 137: Jim Sciutto
Released Apr. 10, 2017

Ep. 136: Ben Smith
Released Apr. 6, 2017

Ep. 135: Sen. John McCain
Released Apr. 1, 2017

Ep. 134: Joe Maddon
Released Mar. 30, 2017

Ep. 133: Julián Castro
Released Mar. 27, 2017

Ep. 132: Wendy Sherman
Released Mar. 23, 2017

Ep. 131: Jackie Calmes
Released Mar. 20, 2017

Ep. 130: Michael Froman
Released Mar. 16, 2017

Ep. 129: Pete Buttigieg
Released Mar. 13, 2017

Ep. 128: Sen. Kamala Harris
Released Mar. 9, 2017

Ep. 127: Kasim Reed
Released Mar. 6, 2017

Ep. 126: Madeleine Albright
Released Mar. 3, 2017

Ep. 125: Jeffrey Goldberg
Released Feb. 27, 2017

Ep. 124: Bill Kristol
Released Feb. 23, 2017

Ep. 123: Corey Lewandowski
Released Feb. 20, 2017

Ep. 122: Mike Leavitt
Released Feb. 16, 2017

Ep. 121: Nancy-Ann DeParle
Released Feb. 13, 2017

Ep. 120: J.D. Vance
Released Feb. 9, 2017

Ep. 119: Matt Bai
Released Feb. 6, 2017

Ep. 118: Carl Bernstein
Released Feb. 2, 2017

Ep. 117: Natalie Jaresko
Released Jan. 30, 2017

Ep. 116: Cody Keenan
Released Jan. 26, 2017

Ep. 115: Cecile Richards
Released Jan. 23, 2017

Ep. 114: Thomas Friedman
Released Jan. 19, 2017

Ep. 113: Theo Epstein
Released Jan. 16, 2017

Ep. 112: Chris Wallace
Released Jan. 12, 2017

Ep. 111: John Brennan
Released Jan. 9, 2017

Ep. 110: Sean Spicer
Released Jan. 5, 2017

Ep. 109: Mark Shriver
Released Jan. 2, 2017

 

2016

Ep. 108: President Barack Obama
Released Dec. 26, 2016

Ep. 107: Eli Attie
Released Dec. 22, 2016

Ep. 106: Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Released Dec. 19, 2016

Ep. 105: Denis McDonough
Released Dec. 15, 2016

Ep. 104: Alex Castellanos
Released Dec. 12, 2016

Ep. 103: Sen. Harry Reid
Released Dec. 8, 2016

Ep. 102: Davis Guggenheim
Released Dec. 5, 2016

Ep. 101: Alex Wagner
Released Dec. 1, 2016

Ep. 100: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Released Nov. 28, 2016

Ep. 99: Steve Kerr
Released Nov. 23, 2016

Ep. 98: Larry Summers
Released Nov. 21, 2016

Ep. 97: Douglas Alexander
Released Nov. 17, 2016

Ep. 96: Michael Morell
Released Nov. 14, 2016

Ep. 95: Van Jones
Released Nov. 10, 2016

Ep. 94: John Weaver
Released Nov. 7, 2016

Ep. 93: DeRay Mckesson
Released Nov. 3, 2016

Ep. 92: Carl Hulse
Released Oct. 31, 2016

Ep. 91: Sec. John Kerry
Released Oct. 27, 2016

Ep. 90: Sen. Tim Kaine
Released Oct. 24, 2016

Ep. 89: John Heilemann
Released Oct. 20, 2016

Ep. 88: Ron Brownstein
Released Oct. 17, 2016

Ep. 87: Maureen Dowd
Released Oct. 13, 2016

Ep. 86: Gary Johnson
Released Oct. 10, 2016

Ep. 85: Fareed Zakaria
Released Oct. 6, 2016

Ep. 84: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Released Oct. 3, 2016

Ep. 83: Tom Brokaw
Released Sept. 29, 2016

Ep. 82: Barney Frank
Released Sept. 26, 2016

Ep. 81: Michael Steele (Live)
Released Sept. 22, 2016

Ep. 80: Karl Rove
Released Sept. 19, 2016

Ep. 79: EJ Dionne
Released Sept. 15, 2016

Ep. 78: Peter Hart
Released Sept. 12, 2016

Ep. 77: Caroline Kennedy
Released Sept. 8, 2016

Ep. 76: Graham Moore
Released Sept. 6, 2016

Ep. 75: Fr. Michael Pfleger
Released Aug. 28, 2016

Ep. 74: Robert Gibbs
Released Aug. 22, 2016

Ep. 73: Sec. Tom Vilsack
Released Aug. 15, 2016

Ep. 72: Deval Patrick
Released Aug. 8, 2016

Ep. 71: John Dickerson
Released Aug. 1, 2016

Ep. 70: Paul Simon
Released Jul. 28, 2016

Ep. 69: SE Cupp
Released Jul. 25, 2016

Ep. 68: Mark McKinnon
Released Jul. 21, 2016

Ep. 67: Hugh Hewitt
Released Jul. 18, 2016

Ep. 66: Jeffrey DeLaurentis
Released Jul. 14, 2016

Ep. 65: Newton Minow
Released Jul. 11, 2016

Ep. 64: Maggie Haberman
Released Jul. 7, 2016

Ep. 63: Paul Begala
Released Jul. 4, 2016

Ep. 62: Sen. Susan Collins
Released Jun. 30, 2016

Ep. 61: Isaac Lee
Released Jun. 27, 2016

Ep. 60: Sen. Al Franken
Released Jun. 23, 2016

Ep. 59: Bill Walton
Released Jun. 20, 2016

Ep. 58: Beth Myers
Released Jun. 13, 2016

Ep. 57: Tim Phillips
Released Jun. 9, 2016

Ep. 56: Tom Harkin
Released Jun. 6, 2016

Ep. 55: Jeff Greenfield
Released Jun. 3, 2016

Ep. 54: Eric Holder
Released May 30, 2016

Ep. 53: Ilana Dayan
Released May 26, 2016

Ep. 52: Katie Couric
Released May 23, 2016

Ep. 51: Samantha Power
Released May 19, 2016

Ep. 50: Michael Nutter
Released May 16, 2016

Ep. 49: Jon Steward (Live)
Released May 10, 2016

Ep. 48: Anderson Cooper
Released May 9, 2016

Ep. 47: Frank Bruni
Released May 5, 2016

Ep. 46: Patrick Kennedy
Released May 2, 2016

Ep. 45: Arthur Brooks
Released Apr. 28, 2016

Ep. 44: Mike Murphy
Released Apr. 25, 2016

Ep. 43: David Plouffe
Released Apr. 21, 2016

Ep. 42: Ben Rhodes
Released Apr. 18, 2016

Ep. 41: Ron Fournier
Released Apr. 14, 2016

Ep. 40: Abner Mikva
Released Apr. 11, 2016

Ep. 39: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Released Apr. 7, 2016

Ep. 38: Jamie Kalven
Released Apr. 3, 2016

Ep. 37: Dan Balz
Released Mar. 27, 2016

Ep. 36: Ron Klain
Released Mar. 20, 2016

Ep. 35: Mark Leibovich
Released Mar. 13, 2016

Ep. 34: Trent Lott
Released Mar. 6, 2016

Ep. 33: Sen. Lindsey Graham
Released Mar. 2, 2016

Ep. 32: Erick Erickson
Released Feb. 28, 2016

Ep. 31: Gov. Jon Huntsman
Released Feb. 22, 2016

Ep. 30: Joe Trippi
Released Feb. 15, 2016

Ep. 29: Joel Benenson
Released Feb. 8, 2016

Ep. 28: Jonathan Martin
Released Feb. 4, 2016

Ep. 27: Juliet Macur
Released Jan. 28, 2016

Ep. 26: Jennifer Jacobs
Released Jan. 27, 2016

Ep. 25: Patti Solis Doyle
Released Jan. 24, 2016

Ep. 24: Sen. Dick Durbin
Released Jan. 18, 2016

Ep. 23: Stuart Stevens
Released Jan. 14, 2016

Ep. 22: Arne Duncan
Released Jan. 11, 2016

Ep. 21: Mary Kay Henry
Released Jan. 7, 2016

Ep. 20: Aneesh Chopra
Released Jan. 5, 2016

2015

Ep. 19: Sec. Tom Perez
Released Dec. 28, 2015

Ep. 18: Husain Haqqani
Released Dec. 21, 2015

Ep. 17: Joakim Noah
Released Dec. 14, 2015

Ep. 16: Sen. Claire McCaskill
Released Dec. 10, 2015

Ep. 15: Reihan Salam
Released Dec. 7, 2015

Ep. 14: Sheriff Tom Dart
Released Dec. 3, 2015

Ep. 13: Spike Lee
Released Nov. 30, 2015

Ep. 12: David Maraniss
Released Nov. 23, 2015

Ep. 11: Jon Favreau
Released Nov. 16, 2015

Ep. 10: Mark Holden
Released Nov. 9, 2015

Ep. 9: Jorge Ramos
Released Nov. 2, 2015

Ep. 8: Eliot Spitzer
Released Oct. 29, 2015

Ep. 7: Jessica Yellin
Released Oct. 26, 2015

Ep. 6: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Released Oct. 19, 2015

Ep. 5: Mitt Romney
Released Oct. 15, 2015

Ep. 4: Alastair Campbell
Released Oct. 12, 2015

Ep. 3: Capt. Mark Kelly
Released Oct. 8, 2015

Ep. 2: Matthew Dowd
Released Oct. 5, 2015

Ep. 1: Sen. Bernie Sanders
Released Sept. 28, 2015