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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  • Amanda Carpenter on the Strength of Trump's Lies

    October 24th, 2019  |  45 mins 58 secs
    cnn, disinformation, donald trump, impeachment, mark zuckerberg, republicans, russia, social media, ted cruz

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her book "Gaslighting America", whether Senate Republicans could ever turn on President Trump, and disinformation on social media, its consequences, and the role of Russia.

  • Josh Kraushaar on the Impeachment Inquiry Circus

    October 23rd, 2019  |  42 mins 22 secs
    2020, elections, house of representatives, impeachment, matt gaetz, mitt romney, pete buttigieg

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar from National Journal joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the impeachment inquiry, the House GOP's efforts to stymie it, and the 2020 elections.

  • Tuesday Megacast

    October 22nd, 2019  |  48 mins 4 secs
    202 elections, democrats, doral, gop agenda, hillary clinton, impeachment, impeachment inquiry, marco rubio, mitt romney, pierre delecto, rudy, syria, tulsi gabbard, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Megacast, Jonathan V. Last and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes for a wide ranging discussion about the impeachment inquiry, Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine, Syria, Mitt Romney's liberation, the non-existent GOP legislative agenda, and the 2020 Presidential race.

  • David Fahrenthold on the Doral Flip Flop

    October 21st, 2019  |  37 mins
    david fahrenthold, donald trump, doral, emoluments clause, resort, trump organization

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Fahrenthold from the Washington Post joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's failed plan to bring the G7 to his Doral resort, the latest on emoluments lawsuits, and how President Trump is using his office to benefit the Trump Organization.

  • David Axelrod on 40 Years in Politics

    October 19th, 2019  |  50 mins 33 secs
    2020, biden, journalism, klobuchar, pete buttigieg, trump, warren, white house

    On a special weekend edition of the Bulwark Podcast, David Axelrod joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his 40 year career in politics, the art of podcasting, the 2020 elections, and a discussion about the Democratic hopefuls.

  • Adam White on the Future of the Supreme Court's Legitimacy

    October 18th, 2019  |  33 mins 42 secs
    beto o'rourke, biden, bolton, china, court packing, democrats, hong kong, impeachment inquiry, judicial restraint, lbgt, mcconnell, nba, senate, supreme court, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to recap the big stories of the week, plus a preview of the Supreme Court's fall term, and the future of the court's legitimacy in the political arena.

  • Tom Nichols on Why the Democrats Might Blow It

    October 17th, 2019  |  48 mins 23 secs
    2020, china, debate, democrats, donald trump, hong kong, impeachment inquiry, kurds, lgbt, turkey, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent USA TODAY column on the Democratic LGBT forum and what that means for 2020, the latest with Trump, Biden, and Ukraine, and how the betrayal of the Kurds looks to other U.S. allies, plus a discussion on how Democrats should handle impeachment.

  • A.B. Stoddard on the Democratic Debate

    October 16th, 2019  |  44 mins 56 secs
    2020, amy klobuchar, democrats, elections, elizabeth warren, joe biden, kurds, lindsey graham, mike pence, mike pompeo, vladimir putin

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Tuesday's Democratic debate, the latest with the U.S.-Turkey relationship and how Republicans are reacting.

  • Brian Stelter on the Future of Fox News

    October 15th, 2019  |  36 mins 56 secs
    abc, carpe donktum, cnn, donald trump, fox news, james o'keefe, media, msnbc, oann, ronan farrow, shep smith, syria, video

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, CNN's Brian Stelter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the sudden departure of Shep Smith from Fox News, and what that means for the future of the network, the violent video shown at a pro-Trump conference at a Trump property, the ABC Syria blunder, the NBC / Ronan Farrow dustup, and the curious works of James O'Keefe.

  • Bryan McGrath on Trump and American Exceptionalism

    October 14th, 2019  |  44 mins 2 secs
    american exceptionalism, assad, carpe donktum, congress, foreign policy, generals, isis, jim mattis, maga, sanctions, secdef, syria, transactionalism, trump, turkey, video, waiver, whistleblowers

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bryan McGrath joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss recent developments in Syria with Turkey, the Kurds, and ISIS, the increasingly transactional nature of U.S. foreign policy, Mattis, Trump, and Congress's waiver, plus how American exceptionalism took a turn from the serious to a carnivalesque funhouse mirror version.

  • Bill Kristol on Trump's Crazy Rally

    October 12th, 2019  |  41 mins 25 secs
    2020, giuliani, refugees, settlement, trump, ukraine

    On a special weekend edition of the Bulwark podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to talk about President Trump's crazy rally in Minnesota, his ugly weaponization of refugee resettlement policy, and the latest with Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani and the President.

  • David Priess on Impeachment and the Conventional Wisdom

    October 11th, 2019  |  46 mins 7 secs
    2020, cia, donald trump, gop, impeachment, joe biden, kurds, republicans, senate, whistleblower

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Washington Post item on why the Senate is likelier to remove Trump than you think.

  • Dave Weigel's Tales from the Trail

    October 10th, 2019  |  48 mins 39 secs
    2020, campaigns, dave weigel, democrats, elections, republicans, senate

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, the Washington Post's Dave Weigel joins host Charlie Sykes to share stories and insights from his beat on the 2020 campaign trail.

  • James Hohmann on the Betrayal of the Kurds

    October 9th, 2019  |  38 mins 27 secs
    article ii, captain kangaroo, china, donald trump, executive power, kurds, lindsey graham, mitt romney, nba, syria, trey gowdy, turkey

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, James Hohmann of the Washington Post joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest with the impeachment inquiry, President Trump's curious view of Article II powers, the reemergence of Trey Gowdy, and the latest with Syria, Turkey, and the Kurds.

  • Tim Alberta on Our New Permanent Tribalism

    October 8th, 2019  |  40 mins 55 secs
    campaigning, donald trump, impeachment, kurds, mike lee, mitt romney, mobilization, persuasion, ron johnson, syria, tribalism, turkey, utah

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Politico Magazine's Tim Alberta joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why he thinks permanent tribalism will be the new-normal in a post-Trump political world, the GOP discontent over President Trump's Syria decision, and why he's watching to see how a certain Senator from Utah handles the impeachment inquiry.

  • Matt Lewis on Whether Impeachment is Possible

    October 7th, 2019  |  49 mins 33 secs
    2020, biden, china, donald trump, hong kong, impeachment, kurds, nba, never trump, polls, senate republicans, turkey, ukraine, warren

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Matt Lewis joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss whether the Senate's Republican caucus will ever provide 20 votes to remove Donald Trump from office, and a whole host of other related topics from Ukraine to China and the NBA.