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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  • Bill Kristol on the Sanders vs. Trump Nightmare

    February 24th, 2020  |  32 mins 14 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, bloomberg, deep state, democrats, donald trump, elections, primaries

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent open letter to anti-Sanders Democrats and the bizarre "deep state" purge operation being run by far-right conservative activists.

  • The Bernie / Trump Death March

    February 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    2020, bernie sanders, cpac, democratic debate, matt gaetz, michelle malkin, pardons, tim miller

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Sarah Longwell and Jonathan V. Last join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Nevada Democratic Debate, Matt Gaetz's love of monarchy, Tim Miller's advice on how Democrats could stop Bernie, socialism, and CPAC.

  • Will Saletan on the Nevada Democratic Debate

    February 20th, 2020  |  41 mins 48 secs
    2020, debate, democrats, nevada

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Will Saletan from Slate joins host Charlie Sykes to break down Wednesday's Nevada debate, and the state of the Democratic primary.

  • Donald Ayer on Why Bill Barr Must Resign

    February 19th, 2020  |  47 mins 59 secs
    bill barr, democracy, department of justice, donald ayer, executive power, mueller report, roger stone, unitary executive

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Donald Ayer from Checks and Balances joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Atlantic column: "Bill Barr Must Resign."

  • Sarah Quinlan on What Donald Trump Taught Her

    February 18th, 2020  |  39 mins 26 secs

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Sarah Quinlan from Arc Digital joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent column "Donald Trump Taught Me A Lot (Though Not On Purpose)."

  • Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng on Sinking in the Swamp.

    February 17th, 2020  |  48 mins 15 secs
    book, cabinet, donald trump, gop, republicans, swamp

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay from the Daily Beast join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their new book: "Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington."

  • McKay Coppins on the Disinformation Wars

    February 14th, 2020  |  32 mins 5 secs
    2020, disinformation, donald trump, elections, impeachment, mitt romney, social media

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, McKay Coppins from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his interview with Senator Mitt Romney on impeachment, and his feature on how the 2020 election will be a war of disinformation.

  • Quinta Jurecic on Impeachment, Acquittal, and Despair

    February 13th, 2020  |  46 mins 30 secs
    bill barr, doj, donald trump, impeachment, john kelly, never trump, roger stone, rush limbaugh

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's Quinta Jurecic joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss post-impeachment Trump, how his DOJ is working to protect his friends, John Kelly's regrets, and how Rush Limbaugh hasn't changed.

  • Tim Miller on New Hampshire's Biggest Losers

    February 12th, 2020  |  48 mins 38 secs
    2020, democrats, doj, elections, new hampshire, politics, vindman

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, and why we should focus less on the winners, and more on the big losers. Plus, a discussion of the Tuesday DOJ massacre and the Vindman perp walks.

  • Geoffrey Skelley on the New Hampshire Primaries

    February 11th, 2020  |  42 mins 21 secs
    2020, democrats, elections, new hampshire, politics

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Geoffrey Skelley from 538 joins host Charlie Sykes from New Hampshire to talk about today's Democratic primary, and what to expect from a game of expectations.

  • Yuval Levin on Institutions and the American Dream

    February 10th, 2020  |  37 mins 45 secs
    conservatism, freedom, institutions, transparency, trust

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Yuval Levin from the American Enterprise Institute joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream."

  • Amanda Carpenter on What Happens to Mitt Romney

    February 6th, 2020  |  45 mins 33 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, elections, impeachment, joe biden, mitt romney, never trump, pete buttigieg

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how the GOP will react to Sen. Romney's vote to convict, the quiet significance of Never Trump, and the 2020 Democratic primaries.

  • Jeffrey Tulis on Impeachment and the State of Our Union.

    February 5th, 2020  |  51 mins 36 secs
    democrats, donald trump, impeachment, republicans, sotu

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, frequent contributor Jeffrey Tulis joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the impeachment of Donald Trump, and the State of the Union address.

  • Robert Tracinski on the Iowa Caucuses and Complexity

    February 4th, 2020  |  49 mins 57 secs
    amy klobuchar, caucuses, donald trump, iowa, mark bauerlein, pete buttigieg, populism, the federalist

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Robert Tracinski joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the disastrous Iowa caucuses, why ideas have consequences, the Indiana Jones Rule, and The Closing of the American mind, revisited.

  • Josh Kraushaar on the Iowa Caucuses

    February 3rd, 2020  |  47 mins 9 secs
    2020, amy klobuchar, club for growth, democrats, donald trump, elizabeth warren, impeachment, iowa caucuses, joe biden, joni ernst, pete buttigieg, sotu

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes from Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss the Iowa caucuses, what the polls are saying, and how the results will shape New Hampshire and Super Tuesday.

  • Kim Wehle on the End of Impeachment

    January 31st, 2020  |  42 mins 3 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, impeachment, lamar alexander, state of the union, superbowl, witnesses

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the impeachment trial of President Trump, what the Democrats and Republicans got right and wrong, the debate over witnesses, Lamar Alexander's stance, plus what we might expect if President Trump is acquitted.