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Ep. 559 — Sen. Mallory McMorrow
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow at all times needed to design vehicles. While that didn’t fairly pan out—though she did spend a while working for Mattel on Hot Wheels—she has made a reputation for herself as a legislator after a speech she gave on the Michigan Senate flooring rebuking GOP tradition wars went viral in 2022. Sen. McMorrow joined David to speak about her Catholic upbringing rooted in service, her journey from industrial design to politics, the conflict within the Middle East and her disgust over politicization of human struggling, Michigan politics, and why she thinks Democrats have to prioritize good candidates in any respect ranges of presidency.

Nov 30, 2023 61 minutes

Ep. 558 — Walter Massey
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Dr. Walter Massey is a uniquely achieved and interesting American. Raised within the segregated South, Walter turned one in every of solely a handful of Black physicists within the Nineteen Sixties and went on to carry management roles at laboratories, universities, and briefly Bank of America throughout the fallout of the 2008 monetary disaster. He joined David to speak about his work bringing extra minorities into the sciences, his involvement in civil rights as a professor, nuclear vitality and scientific analysis, and Covid-19’s impact on belief within the scientific group.

Nov 23, 2023 59 minutes

Ep. 557 — Amb. David Pressman
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Ambassador David Pressman has spent a long time engaged on human rights, from positions on the White House to years as a human rights lawyer and nonprofit chief. He is continuous to combat for human rights and democracy as the present Ambassador to Hungary, however this time with added significance—he serves as a homosexual man in a rustic enacting more and more anti-LGBT laws. He joined David to speak about supporting LGBT rights in Hungary, how the state-run media has made him a goal, and the specter of Vladimir Putin and Russia to democracy is in Hungary and world wide.

Nov 16, 2023 63 minutes

Ep. 556 — Obama 15-Year Anniversary Special
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
This week, we’re bringing you a particular episode of The Axe Files. In honor of the fifteenth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s historic election, David assembled a gaggle of key gamers who made the 2008 Obama marketing campaign occur. Jon Favreau, Robert Gibbs, Reggie Love, and Alyssa Mastromonaco joined David to speak about their reminiscences of the marketing campaign, share tales from the path, and mirror on the historic nature of Nov. 4, 2008.

Nov 9, 2023 64 minutes

Ep. 555 — McKay Coppins
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Journalist McKay Coppins has been linked to Sen. Mitt Romney since he coated Romney’s 2012 presidential marketing campaign. As a fellow Mormon from Massachusetts, McKay was seen as a “Mormon whisperer” by his fellow reporters on the path. Now, with the assistance of dozens of interviews and entry to Romney’s journals and emails, McKay has written “Romney: A Reckoning.” He joined David to speak about his new e-book, the political evolution of Romney and the Republican Party, the omnipresence of Romney’s father in his life and profession selections, political idealism, Donald Trump, and Romney’s sense of legacy.

Nov 2, 2023 56 minutes

Ep. 554 — Ilana Dayan
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan has anchored “Uvda,” the main investigative information program on Israeli TV, for 30 years. She joined David this week to speak concerning the first 24 hours after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, America’s involvement within the battle, the helplessness felt in Israel, whether or not she believes the conflict will broaden all through the area, the political fallout for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud get together following the assault, and the place the Israeli-Palestinian relationship—in addition to any hope for peace—goes from right here.

Oct 26, 2023 61 minutes

Ep. 553 — Walter Isaacson
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Writer Walter Isaacson grew up in a household filled with engineers and spent his spare time making radios and televisions units. While he turned a journalist and creator as an alternative, his curiosity in know-how and science remained and has knowledgeable his choice of biography topics, from Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs. Walter joined David to speak about his newest biography on Elon Musk and Musk’s “epic hero visions of himself,” his technological genius, how Musk’s father’s therapy of him affected his character, the openness and transparency Musk allowed Isaacson, and criticism Isaacson acquired for getting too near Musk throughout the writing of his e-book, “Elon Musk.”

Oct 19, 2023 63 minutes

Ep. 552 — David French
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
David French has held many roles: religious-liberties legal professional, military officer, author and political commentator, and outspoken critic of Donald Trump. French joined David to speak concerning the dissonance he felt in adhering to his conservative Christian values within the face of a altering GOP, his determination to depart the Republican Party in 2016, the hate and threats he and his household endured for criticizing Trump, his views on same-sex marriage and abortion, his steadfast perception within the First Amendment, and why he’s drastically involved for America as we speak.

Oct 12, 2023 65 minutes

Best of the Axe Files: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
This week, we’re revisiting a 2015 interview with Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Then serving as House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi spoke with David about her childhood in Baltimore, her tenure as Speaker of the House and all of its challenges, the important thing to constructing consensus, and politics and energy.

Oct 5, 2023 35 minutes

Ep. 551 — Lawrence Wright
The Axe Files with David Axelrod
As a toddler, journalist and author Lawrence Wright cherished his summer time visits to the library along with his mom when he would load up cardboard packing containers with books to devour. His love of studying advanced right into a love of writing, and he has since written deeply reported books, novels, performs, and screenplays, in addition to working as a employees author for The New Yorker. Lawrence joined David to speak concerning the Texas of his childhood and what the present state of Texas portends for America; writing about religion, from Islamic extremism to Scientology; his issues over political violence; the kind of Texas he want to see sooner or later; and his latest e-book, “Mr. Texas: A Novel.”

Sep 28, 2023 66 minutes


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