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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  • McKay Coppins on Thursday's Democratic Debate

    September 13th, 2019  |  44 mins 44 secs
    2020, biden, debate, dnc, dynasty, ivanka, trump

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, McKay Coppins from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to breakdown Thursday's Democratic debate, and his recent Atlantic cover story "The Heir" about the fight for the future of the Trump dynasty.

  • Benjamin Wittes on Impeachment Nomenclature

    September 12th, 2019  |  37 mins 17 secs

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry.

  • David French on the Melee at CUA

    September 11th, 2019  |  52 mins 18 secs
    catholicism, cua, david french, illiberalism, integralism, jerry fallwell jr, john bolton, public access

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, National Review's David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the "Melee at CUA" and the problems of conservative illiberalism.

  • James Poniewozik on How TV Created Donald Trump

    September 10th, 2019  |  40 mins 3 secs
    2016, donald trump, reality tv, tv

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, James Poniewozik joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America."

  • Natasha Bertrand on the USAF's Curious Trump Resort Layover

    September 9th, 2019  |  23 mins 16 secs
    camp david, house oversight, layovers, scotland, taliban, trump, turnberry, usaf

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Politico's Natasha Bertrand joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her story about Air Force layovers in Scotland with personnel staying at President Trump's Turnberry resort.

  • Stephen Hayes on Fighting for Fight’s Sake

    September 6th, 2019  |  45 mins 29 secs
    2020, bill weld, david french, donald trump, gnd, green bay packers, green new deal, joe walsh, mark sanford, middle east, mike pompeo, sharpiegate, sohrab ahmari, taliban

    Stephen F. Hayes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Packers, Sharpiegate, the French/Ahmari debate, and Pompeo's concern with the Taliban deal.

  • Tim Miller on Trump’s Doonbegdoggle

    September 5th, 2019  |  51 mins 35 secs
    climate debate, donald trump, grift, ireland, mike pence, sharpiegate, wall

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent story on the Trump & Pence Ireland grift.

  • Tom Nichols on Expertise and Doubling Down

    September 4th, 2019  |  55 mins 1 sec
    2020, bernie sanders, boris johnson, brexit, democrats, donald trump, expertise, jim mattis, joe walsh

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Brexit and Boris Johnson, Jim Mattis and President Trump, the enemy-of-my-enemy principle, and a response to the critical item on him in National Review.

  • The Trade War Goes Over the Edge

    September 3rd, 2019  |  45 mins 22 secs
    2020, democrats, dol, donald trump, golf, gun control, ireland, joe walsh, pence, sarcasm, trade war

    Jim Swift and Andrew Egger look back on some of the big stories of the summer, from President Trump's increasingly scorched-earth trade war tactics to 2020 Democrats' race to the left on gun control to the question of presidential candidate Woke Joe Walsh.

  • Josh Kraushaar on 2020, the Thunderdome

    August 30th, 2019  |  44 mins 56 secs
    2020, debates, democrats, donald trump, jd vance, jim mattis, joe biden, joe walsh, primaries, washington post

    Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 election thunderdome election, the forthcoming debates, Joe Biden's fake story, Joe Walsh, Jim Mattis, and J.D. Vance.

  • Scott Lincicome on the Great Patriotic Trade War

    August 29th, 2019  |  50 mins 39 secs
    china, donald trump, economics, trade war

    Scott Lincicome joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest with President Trump's ongoing trade war.

  • Bill Weld on Trump's Breaking Point

    August 28th, 2019  |  36 mins 25 secs
    2020, bill weld, deficit, donald trump, environment, first 100 days, joe walsh, john kasich

    Bill Weld joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his 2020 bid, the entrance of fellow primary challenger Joe Walsh, who might also join the fray, and his plan for the first 100 days should become President.

  • David Byler on Polling and 2020

    August 27th, 2019  |  41 mins 48 secs
    2020, democrats, donald trump, joe biden, polling, republicans, senate, texas

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Byler from the Washington Post joins host Charlie Sykes to break down the 2020 polling.

  • David Priess on Self-Inflicted National Emergencies

    August 26th, 2019  |  41 mins 15 secs
    2020, 25th amendment, china, cold war, company threats, emergency powers, fear, gaffes, greenland, hurricanes, iceland, legislation, nuclear weapons, tariffs, unplugging

    Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss unplugging from the news for a week and what it's like to plug back in, the history of emergency powers and the Cold War, the 25th Amendment and bad judgement, and a look at the 2020 race, gaffes and flubbing.

  • What Madness Is This?

    August 23rd, 2019  |  45 mins 58 secs
    2020, donald trump, greenland, never trump, trade war

    Sarah Longwell and senior writer Andrew Egger discuss a whirlwind week of news, from Donald Trump's new authoritarian trade war meltdown to the question of whether any of the long-shot GOP types challenging him in 2020 have a prayer, and even manage to sneak in stuff about Greenland!

  • Batya Ungar-Sargon on America's Anti-Semitism Problem

    August 22nd, 2019  |  35 mins 52 secs
    america, anti-semitism, donald trump, israel, the squad

    Batya Ungar-Sargon from The Forward joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's spat with members of "The Squad" over Israel, Anti-Semitism, and America.