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
Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with Dana Bash providing updates live from Statuary Hall. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill at 7pm, followed by a special AC360. The Republican response, delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will follow.
CNN’s Politics team including Brianna Keilar, Jeff Zeleny, Sara Murray and Manu Raju will be deployed across the country and Jim Acosta will be live from the White House. Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, Michael Smerconish and David Axelrod, along with the network’s political contributors Paul Begala, Amanda Carpenter, Van Jones and Mike Rogers.
CNN will also incorporate a Microsoft Pulse National Focus Group into its coverage, with Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.
CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response live to more than 300 million households around the world. In addition, Juan Carlos López and Fernando del Rincón will anchor CNN en Español’s special live coverage of the Presidential address and the Republican response.
A CNN/ORC International poll will also be released during the 11pm hour on President Obama’s proposed policies and impressions of the speech.
CNN Digital’s CNNPolitics.com, the number one online political news destination, will host incisive enterprise analysis, original digital video and live news coverage of the evening, enhancing every viewing experience across platforms. A social stream and live blog will feature commentary and social videos that will build on Twitter and Facebook chats with CNN’s top political anchors and correspondents throughout the week. Join in on the conversation using #SOTU.
CNN’s live expert coverage and analysis can also be viewed on CNNgo, which is available at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, iPad, AppleTV and Roku devices.
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CNN and NextVR will make history on October 13th by hosting the first-ever live stream of a news event in virtual reality, giving viewers a front-row seat to CNN’s 2016 election debates.
The network is partnering with virtual reality technology platform NextVR to stream the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate live, in full 3D immersive virtual reality, from Las Vegas, NV.
The live stream follows CNN and NextVR’s first virtual reality experience at the CNN Ronald Reagan Debate, where it quietly filmed the highest rated event in CNN history in virtual reality to make it available to users on demand. This experience is now available to users who have a Samsung GearVR virtual reality headset by visiting the NextVR portal in the Oculus Store. Once downloaded, the debate can be seen from the perspective of an audience member at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
From radio broadcasting to televising to today, virtual reality allows viewers the opportunity to experience these historic political events through their own lens. Users are able to hold a gaze on a particular candidate, catch off-screen interactions and more. Each and every viewer has a seat in the room and a new perspective on presidential debates.