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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  • Brad Thor on Leadership in Times of Crisis

    March 31st, 2020  |  43 mins 2 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, leadership

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, NYT Best Selling Author Brad Thor joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about leadership, or lack thereof, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the President's trouble with truth, and why he likely won't be able to tweet his way out of it.

  • Adam White on Trump vs. the Governors

    March 30th, 2020  |  43 mins 6 secs
    congress, coronavirus, covid-19, governors, president trump

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Bulwark item "Trump vs. the Governors?", constructive roles Congress should play during the Coronavirus response, and the forthcoming ugly debate looking back on the pandemic.

  • Bulwark Staff Lightning Round

    March 27th, 2020  |  51 mins 56 secs
    china, coronavirus, covid-19, thomas massie

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last, Sarah Longwell, and Benjamin Parker join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest about the coronavirus pandemic: Who had the worst response to the outbreak? What’s going to happen to Dr. Fauci? Are we supposed to believe China, or not? Why are pro-lifers making nice with the Grim Reaper? And is it too early to ask how COVID-19 will change the presidential race?

  • Bill Kristol on Our Extraordinary Moment

    March 26th, 2020  |  46 mins 14 secs
    2020, congress, covid-19, democrats, donald trump, joe biden

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Congress's response to COVID-19, how President Trump is handling the pandemic, and the coming recession.

  • Amanda Carpenter on Trump’s Easter Surprise

    March 25th, 2020  |  42 mins 9 secs
    2020, congress, donald trump, elections, joe biden

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's response to COVID-19, how it may impact the 2020 election, and what Congress might do to ease voters fears.

  • Kim Wehle: Will We Have An Election?

    March 24th, 2020  |  42 mins 59 secs
    2020, covid-19, economy, election, kim wehle, stimulus

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's response to COVID-19, and how it will impact the 2020 election.

  • Benjamin Wittes on Trump’s Next Move

    March 23rd, 2020  |  46 mins 55 secs
    2020, absentee voting, congress, donald trump, economics, elections, joe biden, mitch mcconnell, nancy pelosi, richard burr, vote by mail, voting

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's COVID-19 response, how Congress will react, the 2020 election, and why we are all Keynesians now.

  • David Jolly on the Truth, Death, and Consequences

    March 20th, 2020  |  46 mins 59 secs
    2020, bigotry, china, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, elections, insider trading, loans, oan, politics, richard burr, unemployment

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, former Congressman David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's response to COVID-19, the future of Congressional bailouts, and the problem of elected officials allegedly trading on insider information about the pandemic.

  • A.B. Stoddard on the Congressional COVID-19 Panic

    March 19th, 2020  |  48 mins 23 secs
    2020, bailouts, bernie sanders, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, election reform, elections, joe biden, mitch mcconnell, president trump, richard burr, stimulus, vp picks

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the political, cultural, and economic changes coming from Coronavirus, and how Congress is responding to it, and how voters will respond to Congress.

  • Jonathan Allen on the Politics of a COVID-19 Stimulus

    March 18th, 2020  |  45 mins 1 sec
    2020, bernie sanders, coronavirus, covid-19, democratic primary, donald trump, ideology, joe biden, sick pay, stimulus, taxes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, NBC's Jonathan Allen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Tuesday's primary elections and the future of a Sanders candidacy, and the politics of a forthcoming Coronavirus stimulus package and what that might mean for the 2020 elections.

  • David Shaywitz on Being Better During COVID-19

    March 17th, 2020  |  46 mins 48 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, drugs, optimism, pharma, president trump, san francisco

    On today's Bulwark Podcast Dr. David Shaywitz joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent items in the Bulwark on what we can do to be better during COVID-19, and why the biopharmaceutical industry isn't the villain some make it out to be.

  • COVID-19 Megacast

    March 16th, 2020  |  45 mins 18 secs
    bernie sanders, cnn, coronavirus, covid-19, democratic debate, joe biden, president trump

    On today's 300th episode of the Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller, Ben Parker, and Jim Swift join guest host Jonathan V. Last to break down Sunday's Democratic debate, and discuss the latest with Coronavirus and the government's response.

  • David Priess on the Coronavirus Shutdown

    March 13th, 2020  |  43 mins 24 secs
    2020, coronavirus, donald trump, economics, elections, federal reserve, joe biden, politics

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Priess from Lawfare joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's response to the Coronavirus, Joe Biden's response, what the Federal Reserve might do, and how the pandemic might change the American economy.

  • George Packer: Honesty in the Age of Trump

    March 12th, 2020  |  46 mins 11 secs
    america first, coronavirus, culture war, donald trump, election, internet

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, George Packer from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Coronavirus, President Trump's America First response, the President's war on institutions, and when the culture war comes for kids.

  • Tim Alberta on Inside Biden's Michigan Romp

    March 11th, 2020  |  50 mins 9 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, democratic primary, donald trump, joe biden, michigan

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Politico's Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes to break down the Biden victory in Michigan.

  • E.J. Dionne on a Progressive / Moderate Truce?

    March 10th, 2020  |  51 mins 55 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, democratic party, donald trump, elections, joe biden, moderates, primaries, progressives

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 Democratic primary election and his new book: "Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country."