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David Axelrod, the great strategist who masterminded President Barack Obama’s historic election campaigns, sits down with Emmy Award-winning NPR anchor Michel Martin to discuss his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior adviser to the president. From a young journalist in 1970s and 80s Chicago–where he reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines– to his twenty-year friendship with Obama, to serving during two wars and an economic disaster, Axelrod offers a rich account of the man and the mind behind some of the greatest political changes of the last decade.

Ticket Types:
Reserved ($25) Member code: LF20 ($5 discount)
Premier ($75) pre-program author reception, copy of Axelrod’s book, and premier seating. Member code: LF65 ($10 discount)

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Michel Martin

Michel Martin is heard across NPR programs bringing her 25+ years of journalistic experience to coverage of education, families, faith, race and social issues. She also hosts NPR Presents Michel Martin, a national live event series. From 2007- 2014, Martin hosted Tell Me More, a daily news/talk show that dipped into thousands of conversations taking place in corridors of power and around kitchen tables alike.


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