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

  • David Frum on Trumpocalypse Now

    June 1st, 2020  |  45 mins 59 secs
    2020, autocracy, coronavirus, donald trump, elections, george floyd, joe biden, protests, riots

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Frum joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy", the protests over the death of George Floyd, and how the Coronavirus response will factor into the 2020 elections.

  • Conor Friedersdorf on Trump's Social Media War

    May 29th, 2020  |  47 mins 13 secs
    donald trump, rush limbaugh, sec. 230, social media, twitter

    On today's Bulwark Podcast Conor Friedersdorf joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's executive order on social media, the decline of Rush Limbaugh, and Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • A.B. Stoddard on the 2020 Senate Trumpian Albatross

    May 28th, 2020  |  46 mins 57 secs
    2020, conspiracy theories, covid-19, economics, jobs, joe scarborough, minnesota, police brutality, rush limbaugh, senate, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent piece about the 2020 Senate races, Rush Limbaugh's endorsement of Trump promoting conspiracies, and the veepstakes.

  • David Jolly on Trump's Playground Bully Behavior

    May 27th, 2020  |  39 mins 38 secs
    2020, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, joe biden, joe scarborough, masks, twitter, vote by mail

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's priorities during a pandemic, the performative refusal to wear masks, the 2020 elections, and the politics of voter suppression and the fight over vote by mail.

  • Tom Nichols on the Unmanliness of Donald Trump

    May 26th, 2020  |  53 mins 34 secs
    ann coulter, donald trump, joe biden, joe scarborough, manliness, tom nichols

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent article on the unmanliness of Donald Trump, President Trump's sick Joe Scarborough obsession, and Ann Coulter's latest Trumpian blues.

  • 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.