The Bulwark Podcast

Smart, Conservative, Never Tribal

About the show

Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.

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  • A.B. Stoddard: Will the GOP cut bait on Trump?

    July 3rd, 2020  |  51 mins
    2020, 2nd term, agenda, donald trump, elections, gop, joe biden, july 4, senate, tulsa rally

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the unlikely theory of Trump quitting the race, his struggle to offer a second-term agenda, the power of Jared Kushner, and whether the GOP Senate might cut bait on Trump to save as many seats as possible.

  • Mona Charen on Russian Bounties, the Military, and Tribalism

    July 2nd, 2020  |  49 mins 13 secs
    black lives matter, donald trump, fourth of july, military, monuments, pardons, russia, war criminals

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Russian bounty allegations, the debate over monuments, Trump's fetish for pardoning war criminals, tribalism, and the Fourth of July.

  • John Bolton on The Room Where it Happened

    July 1st, 2020  |  29 mins 10 secs
    2020, donald trump, joe biden, john bolton, national security, nsa, nsc

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Ambassador John Bolton joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "The Room Where it Happened."

  • David Priess on Russia and the PDB

    June 30th, 2020  |  51 mins 30 secs
    donald trump, military, president's daily brief, russia, u.s.

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Priess joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's Daily Brief, the reporting about Russian bounties for dead Americas, and the Trump administration.

  • Alexandra Petri on 'Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why'

    June 29th, 2020  |  46 mins 55 secs
    alexandra petri, comedy, donald trump, house of cards, puns, satire, veep

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Alexandra Petri joins Charlie Sykes to discuss her new book "Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why", puns, statues, and whether the Trump administration is more like Veep or House of Cards.

  • Richard Stengel on the Information Wars

    June 26th, 2020  |  53 mins 50 secs
    2020, democrats, disinformation, donald trump, elections, joe biden

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Richard Stengel joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It."

  • Andy Smarick on Experience, Governing, and Baseball

    June 25th, 2020  |  48 mins 50 secs
    2020, baseball, conventions, donald trump, election, government service, joe biden, polls, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Andy Smarick joins Charlie Sykes to discuss what you learn from "going in the arena", the Veepstakes, 2020 and the polls, and the return of baseball.

  • Jonathan V. Last on BLM, Brad Parscale, and 2020

    June 24th, 2020  |  43 mins 31 secs
    2020, bees, black lives matter, brad parscale, donald trump, george floyd, joe biden, monuments, protests

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the evolution of the Black Lives Matter protests after George Floyd's death, the future of Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, and the 2020 elections.

  • Quinta Jurecic on Barr, Berman and Bolton

    June 23rd, 2020  |  51 mins 38 secs
    2020, bill barr, book, district attorney, donald trump, elections, geoffrey berman, john bolton, rule of law, sdny

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Quinta Jurecic from Lawfare joins Charlie Sykes to discuss why AG Barr and Donald Trump forced out Geoffrey Berman, and the Bolton book revelations and what they could mean for 2020.

  • Tim Miller on Bolton, the Failed Rally, and Botched Massacre

    June 22nd, 2020  |  52 mins 49 secs
    2020, bill barr, donald trump, friday night massacre, jeff sessions, joe biden, john bolton, matt schlapp, sdny, trump rally, tulsa

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the botched Friday Night Massacre, the failed Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, and John Bolton. Plus, a discussion about Jeff Sessions's last stand.

  • Bill Kristol on Bolton, Biden, and Bin Laden

    June 19th, 2020  |  42 mins 1 sec
    2020, australia, bin laden, china, donald trump, joe biden, john bolton, scotus, steve bannon, tulsa rally, voa

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump labeling John Bolton a traitor, the Bin Laden ad, China and Australia, the attack on the Voice of America, and why the Supreme Court isn't the 2020 selling point Trump thought it was.

  • Kim Wehle on Bolton, the Courts, and Voting

    June 18th, 2020  |  51 mins 31 secs
    book, civil rights, daca, john bolton, lbgt, supreme court, vote by mail, voting

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the Bolton bombshells, the latest from the high court, and her new book: "What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why."

  • Kmele Foster on Anti-Racism

    June 17th, 2020  |  52 mins 42 secs
    anti-racism, confederate monuments, george floyd, kmele foster, media, protests, racism

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kmele Foster joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the death of George Floyd, the subsequent protests, racism, and anti-racism, plus a discussion about the media and confederate monuments.

  • David Priess on John Bolton's Secrets

    June 16th, 2020  |  51 mins 12 secs
    book, covid-19, david priess, donald trump, george floyd, john bolton, south korea

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Priess joins Charlie Sykes to discuss John Bolton's new book, the latest with South Korea, COVID-19, and the George Floyd protests.

  • Lucy Caldwell on Unwell Republicans

    June 15th, 2020  |  52 mins 51 secs
    2020, charlie kirk, conservatism, donald trump, elections, gop, joe walsh, maga, republican party, ted cruz

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lucy Caldwell joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the unravelling of the Republican mind, and how a once-serious party seems hell bent on trolling, and tales from the 2020 GOP Primary trail.

  • Andrew Sullivan on Woke Culture

    June 12th, 2020  |  51 mins 7 secs
    cancel culture, conservatism, donald trump, illiberalism, jk rowling, joe biden, left, right

    On Today's Bulwark Podcast, Andrew Sullivan from New York Magazine joins Charlie Sykes to discuss woke culture, the GOP as a conservative force, cancel culture, and illiberalism on the right and left.