The University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN today announced a new partnership of the popular, critically acclaimed podcast “The Axe Files.”
Axelrod, a senior political commentator for CNN, launched the podcast in September 2015 at the Institute of Politics, a non-partisan extracurricular organization he founded three years ago at his alma mater.
The podcast, a series of revealing conversations with key players in the political world, has featured guests such as Bernie Sanders, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, and Spike Lee. To date the podcast has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times and praised by The A.V. Club as “an intimate and engaging discussion podcast.”
“When we started this podcast, I envisioned it as a chance to provide rare insights into some of the smartest people in politics, a way to give listeners a richer sense of who these people are and what they do,” said Axelrod. “With its growing podcast network, CNN is a perfect fit for this program, especially in this fascinating election year.”
Listen to the first episode on CNN.com/Podcast
The Democratic presidential hopefuls faced plenty of questions at the CNN Iowa Democratic Candidates Town Hall, including a special one exclusively for the CNN Snapchat Discover channel:
Now live on Snapchat Discover, you can also read each of the candidate’s answers below and on CNNPolitics.com, to be credited to CNN:
Sec. Hillary Clinton
“I’m going to do everything I can to get more young people involved. Not only in politics but also seeing roles for them in the government. Seeing them as young entrepreneurs. Getting more small businesses that they can start. Providing more opportunities for education to make it affordable to go to college and get the student debt down. I have a whole young persons agenda and I’m really focused on this because after all, you know that’s the future and we’re supposed to be trying to do our best to make the future work for those coming after."
Gov. Martin O'Malley
“I’m going to speak to the goodness that’s within our country that I hear articulated all the time whenever I talk to young people under 30. We are moving to a much more connected, compassionate and generous place. We need to square our shoulders to the big challenges of our times like climate change and the changing nature of conflict, and realize that in this world of ours there is really one yearning – the whole world over – and that is the yearning for a job. To be able to give our kids a better future. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what we do best as Americans. And that’s what we need to do again in this generation."
Sen. Bernie Sanders
“What we’re going to do is end the absurdity of having a rigged economy and a corrupt campaign finance system. We’re going to revitalize American democracy and make our government work for all people rather than a handful of billionaires. We’re going to make public colleges and universities tuition free, because everybody in this country should have the right to a college education regardless of the income of their families."
CNN will offer a live stream of the Republican Presidential Primary Debate on Tuesday, December 15, from 5p to 11p ET. All users will be able to watch live CNN TV on CNN.com’s Home Page and on their mobile devices without logging in. This live event will give viewers access to the debate across all platforms to showcase the value of TV Everywhere. FULL POST
Today CNN announced that they are rolling out ‘Giving Birth in America,’ a three-part film series executive-produced by global maternal health advocate and founder of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington Burns. The series examines some of the contributing factors that have made the U.S. the only industrialized country with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate. The films will publish across CNN’s digital platforms today.
Available at www.cnn.com/mothers, each short film follows pregnant women and their healthcare providers in Florida, Montana and New York in the days leading up to delivery. Together, they navigate challenges of race, poverty, chronic illness, overuse of medical interventions and other inequalities that impact maternal health outcomes in America.
“We are thrilled that CNN recognizes the urgency of this issue and grateful for the opportunity to reach new audiences and inspire others to take action through their platform,” said Turlington Burns. “Most maternal deaths in the U.S. are preventable. Together, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.”
CNN announced today the availability of CNNgo on Roku® players and Roku TV™ models, bringing CNN content to millions of Roku customers in the U.S. As part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative, available in 86 million homes, CNNgo is expanding its footprint to customers of participating Pay-TV providers and bringing CNNgo to the Roku streaming platform.
The CNNgo channel includes live CNN U.S television and on-demand feature programs and clips for Pay-TV subscribers. These viewers can log in with their cable or satellite user name and password to access CNN’s streaming video, past and future show segments and related videos and photo galleries. In addition, all U.S. Roku customers will be able to access hundreds of video clips and collections through the CNNgo channel.
“With the release of CNNgo on Roku streaming devices, CNN is continuing to give viewers control over their news experience on the platform of their choice," said Rajin Persaud, VP of Digital Video and TVE Products. “We’re excited to bring CNNgo’s industry-leading capabilities – like contextualizing live television and syncing video with complementary content in real time 24-7 – to Roku customers.”
CNN Digital has been awarded with two Eppy's, given out annually by Editor and Publisher. Honoring the best in digital media, the Eppy awards are now in their 20th year and are bestowed across 31 diverse categories.
The winning entries were:
All winners will receive an engraved award.
Last night, the Missouri School of Journalism awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism to CNN Digital.
The prestigious award has been given out annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world.
Previous recipients include CNN’ers Bernard Shaw (1992), Judy Woodruff (1993), Christiane Amanpour (1999) and Ted Turner won on behalf of CNN in 1987. These former recipients join others like Tom Brokaw, Sir Winston Churchill and Gloria Steinem.
Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital, Meredith Artley (alumna, BJ 1995), accepted the award on behalf of CNN Digital.