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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Episodes

  • Mike Murphy on Magic Potions and Dead Tunas

    May 22nd, 2020  |  46 mins 22 secs
    2020, 2024, biden, debates, fundraising, gaffes, hydroxychloroquine, masks, mike murphy, reopen protests, tribalism, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mike Murphy joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the magic potion of hydroxychloroquine and the performative refusal to wear masks, the Reopen debate and the hobbyist class, as well as a look at Joe Biden and 2020: will gaffes or the debate matter more? Plus, a look at the Veepstakes in 2020, and beyond, to 2024.

  • Julia Azari on Mavericks and the Veepstakes

    May 21st, 2020  |  54 mins 33 secs
    donald trump, joe biden, veepstakes, vp, wisconsin

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Julia Azari joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Wisconsin politics, the much-debated vice presidential pick on the Democratic side in 2020, and how VP picks have or have not made a difference to voters.

  • Benjamin Wittes on Conspiracies as Distraction

    May 20th, 2020  |  52 mins 27 secs
    conspiracy theories, inspectors general, michelle malkin, michigan, obamagate, oberlin, vote by mail

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent item in The Atlantic about how the #Obamagate conspiracy is just President Trump's latest effort at distraction, the firing of inspectors general and why the GOP is shrugging, as well as the President's bizarre attacks on absentee voting.

  • Thomas Patterson: is the GOP Destroying Itself?

    May 19th, 2020  |  50 mins 24 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, gop, hydroxychloroquine, republican party

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Thomas Patterson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Is the Republican Party Destroying Itself?" and lays out the five traps the GOP has set for itself that could have long-term implications for its viability as a national party.

  • Flooding the Zone in an Era of Chaff

    May 18th, 2020  |  54 mins 54 secs
    2020, brad parscale, conspiracies, coronavirus, covid-19, death star, igs, inspectors general, justin amash, lying, memes, microtargeting, mike pompeo, performative behavior, ron johnson, space force, tara reade, trolling

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the GOP's disregard for Inspectors General, Justin Amash, Brad Parscale's death star, conspiracies and policy outcomes, and the performative nature of signalling about COVID-19.

  • Bill Kristol on Whistleblowers, Conspiracies, and Weaponizing Government

    May 15th, 2020  |  47 mins 22 secs
    2020, chris wray, congress, conspiracies, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, dr. bright, gop, n95 masks, obamagate, pandemic, sports, stimulus, weaponizing government, whistleblower

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Dr. Bright's whistleblower testimony, the role of conspiracies like "Obamagate" in Trump's 2020 campaign, COVID-19, Trump's mismanagement of the response, and the latest attempt by Congress to address it.

  • Kim Wehle on Why Mike Flynn Can't Just Walk Away

    May 14th, 2020  |  43 mins 49 secs
    bill barr, courts, covid-19, doj, donald trump, emoluments, guilty, judge sullivan, mike flynn, standing, trump v. vance, wisconsin

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why Mike Flynn can't just walk away from his guilty plea, the importance of the Trump v. Vance case being decided by the Supreme Court, and the legal cases over state-level COVID-19 responses.

  • Caroline Hoxby on Education in the Age of COVID-19

    May 13th, 2020  |  49 mins 12 secs
    cares act, colleges, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, digital learning, donald trump, economics, education, higher education, reading, stimulus

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Stanford Professor Dr. Caroline Hoxby joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how COVID-19 will impact American education, the economy, and how Congress got its CARES Act stimulus wrong. And what might be done to rectify it.

  • James Carville on Why Trumpism Needs to Be Destroyed

    May 12th, 2020  |  35 mins 51 secs
    2020, barack obama, bloomberg, covid-19, donald trump, gop, joe biden, senate races, trumpism

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, James Carville joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 election, why he's confident Biden will win, but uncertain that a win will put an end to Trumpism. Plus, the Veepstakes, telegraphing potential cabinet picks, and the down ballot races.

  • The Front Row at the Trump Show, and MAGA and the Military

    May 11th, 2020  |  52 mins 5 secs
    2020, books, captain crozier, covid-19, donald trump, hurricane, joe biden, jonathan karl, military, navy, sharpiegate, ward carroll

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan Karl joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his book "Front Row at the Trump Show" and Ward Carroll also joins to discuss his recent item "I Like People Who Were Captured. Donald Trump? Not So Much."

  • Tim Miller on the Bad Orange Man

    May 8th, 2020  |  44 mins 59 secs
    2020, conservatism, donald trump, joe biden, kayleigh mcenany, pro-life, tara reade

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent piece on the "Orange Man Bad" conceit, the hackery of Kayleigh McEnany, and the Biden in the Basement Strategy.

  • Bill Kristol on The Trump Death Star

    May 7th, 2020  |  43 mins 12 secs
    #nevertrump, death star, economy, jobs numbers, joe biden, masks, populism, protests, reopen, title ix, trump, usps, vote by mail

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss populism in 2020, President Trump's campaign "death star", the economy and Coronavirus, voting by mail, and the President's attack on the USPS.

  • Jonathan Allen on COVID-19 and the State of the 2020 Race

    May 6th, 2020  |  37 mins 4 secs
    2020, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, economy, elections, fema, hhs, jared kushner, joe biden, ppe, rbg, task force, ticket splitting, vaccine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan Allen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the results of Jared Kushner's COVID-19 work, his new book, and the state of the 2020 race and ticket splitting in down ballot races.

  • Kim Wehle on the Pandemic and Protests

    May 5th, 2020  |  48 mins 30 secs
    2020, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, election, fauci, guns, house, joe biden, lincoln, masks, pandemic, protests, quarantine, senate, tara reade, testimony

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent item on competency and loyalty in Trump's White House, and the debate over masks, guns, protests, and the Constitution.

  • Carly Fiorina: Why I Won't Vote For Trump

    May 4th, 2020  |  45 mins 56 secs
    accountability, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, economics, governors, impeachment, joe biden, leadership, politics, principles, whistleblowers

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Carly Fiorina joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss leadership in the age of Coronavirus. Who is failing, and who is making the grade? Plus, a discussion about 2020, principles, and selling one's soul.

  • Adam White on the COVID-19 Liability Problem

    May 1st, 2020  |  41 mins 55 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, economics, gop, governors, guns, job numbers., joe biden, liability, michigan, protest, tara reade

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent article on why Congress needs to address the COVID-19 liability problem, the armed protests to "reopen" the economy, Joe Biden addressing the Tara Reade allegations, and how the governors have responded to the pandemic.