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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  • Norman Ornstein on Impeachment and Republican Integrity

    December 6th, 2019  |  49 mins 56 secs
    2020, elections, impeachment, integrity, joe biden, kamala harris, republicans

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Norman J. Ornstein from the American Enterprise Institute joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the impeachment inquiry and the failure of the Kamala Harris campaign.

  • Stuart Stevens on Donald Trump as a Moral Test

    December 5th, 2019  |  48 mins 41 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, gop, stuart stevens

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Stuart Stevens joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his forthcoming book "It Was All a Lie:
    How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump" and how President Trump poses a moral choice for Republicans in 2020.

  • Bret Stephens on Why Ukraine is a Scandal by any Measure

    December 4th, 2019  |  39 mins 54 secs
    american exceptionalism, congress, donald trump, house, impeachment, moral relativism, nato, never trump, russia, senate, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bret Stephens from the New York Times joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the impeachment hearings, President Trump at the NATO summit, and how Republicans have flipped on moral relativism and American exceptionalism to accommodate President Trump.

  • A.B. Stoddard on the Dangers of Partisan Acquittal

    December 3rd, 2019  |  40 mins 14 secs
    appointments, brian kemp, congress, georgia, gop, impeachment, removal, russia, senate, shutdown, ukraine, usmca

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent story on the twelve senate republicans who might vote to remove Trump from office.

  • Monday Megacast

    December 2nd, 2019  |  48 mins 22 secs
    2020, beto o'rourke, charlie kirk, christianity, elections, elizabeth warren, falkirk center, gop, jerry falwell jr., joe biden, moral relativism, pete buttigieg, primaries, putin, senator kennedy, ukraine, untruth

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Elizabeth Warren following the Beto O'Rourke death spiral, the 2020 primaries, the Lisa Page interview, the Lincoln / Trump polling question, and the GOP adoption of Russian propaganda.

  • Kim Wehle on Compassion and Cancel Culture

    November 29th, 2019  |  43 mins 8 secs
    2020, cancel culture, democrats, elections, impeachment, pete buttigieg, rudy giuliani

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss cancel culture and compassion, Thanksgiving, the 2020 elections, Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine, and the impeachment inquiry.

  • John Harwood on the Comic Book Presidency

    November 27th, 2019  |  32 mins 46 secs
    2020, conspiracies, democratic primary, donald trump, impeachment, joe biden, pete buttigieg, polls, rudy giuliani, thanksgiving, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, CNBC's John Harwood joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the imaginary war on Thanksgiving, President Trump and the comic book presidency, the impeachment hearings, and the moderate surge in the 2020 Democratic primaries.

  • Peter Wehner on the Politics of Demonization

    November 26th, 2019  |  40 mins 1 sec
    2020, christianity, demonization, donald trump, elections, evangelical christianity, free will, god, predestination, rick perry

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent item in The Atlantic: "Are Trump’s Critics Demonically Possessed?"

  • David Priess on the Timing of Impeachment

    November 25th, 2019  |  44 mins 40 secs
    2020, democrats, disinformation, gop, hearings, impeachment, navy, navy seals, richard spencer, russia, trident, war crimes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discussing the timing of impeachment, from hearings to potential votes, the role of Russian disinformation and the GOP rebuttal, and the firing of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.

  • David Jolly on Impeachment and Willful Misdirection

    November 22nd, 2019  |  48 mins 21 secs
    2020, donald trump, elise stefanik, healthcare, hong kong, house of representatives, impeachment inquiry, joe biden, lindsey graham, tribalism, veto

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, former congressman David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss this week's impeachment inquiry hearings, what happened to Lindsey Graham and Elise Stefanik, the 2020 election and the Democrats' healthcare quandary, and whether President Trump will veto the Hong Kong human rights bill.

  • Will Saletan on Impeachment and the Democratic Debate

    November 21st, 2019  |  58 mins 22 secs
    congress, democratic debate, devin nunes, fiona hill, impeachment inquiry

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Will Saletan joins host Charlie Sykes to break down Wednesday's Democratic debate, and the latest on the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.

  • Sondland Drops All the Dimes

    November 20th, 2019  |  40 mins 46 secs
    congress, donald trump, gordon sondland, hearings, house, impeachment inquiry

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Ambassador Gordon Sondland's bombshell testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

  • Nancy French on Anti-Frenchism

    November 19th, 2019  |  44 mins 30 secs
    books, chick-fil-a, civility, donald trump, frenchism, ghostwriting, kanye west, morality, political fatigue, politics, popeyes, racism

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Nancy French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the upside down moral universe, Anti-Frenchism, the moral arguments against Trump, racism on the right, Kanye West, the joy of ghostwriting, political fatigue and the chicken wars.

  • Kim Wehle on Why Impeachment Matters

    November 18th, 2019  |  47 mins 26 secs

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss last week's impeachment hearings, how the public is viewing them, and her recent item on "Bill Barr's Constitution."

  • Friday Megacast

    November 15th, 2019  |  49 mins 25 secs
    adam schiff, aid, cleveland browns, deval patrick, impeachment, jeff sessions, roger stone, stephen miller, trump, ukraine, yovanovitch

    On a special Friday Megacast, Jonathan V. Last and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss day two of the impeachment hearings, Stephen Miller's racist emails, and the case for Deval Patrick. Plus, a brief discussion of Myles Garrett and the Browns and Roger Stone's guilty verdict.

  • Eric Edelman on Trump's Erdogan Meeting

    November 14th, 2019  |  50 mins 45 secs
    donald trump, erdogan, hearings, impeachment, syria, turkey, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's Oval Office visit with Turkish President Erdoğan, as well as the first impeachment hearing with Ambassador Bill Taylor and diplomat George Kent.