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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  • 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.

  • Christine Rosen on Fragility Feminism

    November 13th, 2019  |  47 mins 48 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, elizabeth warren, feminism, impeachment, john bolton

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Commentary's Christine Rosen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent item on "Fragility Feminism", the impeachment hearings in the House, Donald Trump and postmodern Truth, and the 2020 elections.

  • Tom Nichols on Nikki Haley's Gamble

    November 12th, 2019  |  52 mins 17 secs
    donald trump, donald trump jr, friendship, impeachment, judgmentalism, nikki haley, politics

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Nikki Haley's new book and her potential political future, the latest on impeachment, and the politics of friendship and choosing sides.

  • Kyle Kondik on the Swing State Calculus

    November 11th, 2019  |  38 mins 33 secs
    2020 democratic primary, 2020 elections, billionaires, culture war, donald trump, gop retirements, joe biden, kentucky, michael bloomberg, polling, rahm emanuel, swing states, tom steyer, trade war, virginia

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kyle Kondik joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how Mike Bloomberg could impact the Democratic primaries, Joe Biden's frontrunner status, the recent Virginia and Kentucky elections, plus how political parties are trying to approach the crucial swing states.

  • Molly Jong-Fast on the Roger Stone Trial

    November 8th, 2019  |  56 mins 28 secs
    2020, bloomberg, david clarke, democratic primaries, donald trump, elizabeth warren, jeff sessions

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Molly Jong-Fast joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Roger Stone trial, the Jeff Sessions Senate campaign, the Russia-Ukraine connection, the 2020 Democratic primary, and why Mike Bloomberg is the candidate nobody is asking for.

  • Sarah Longwell on Why Embracing Trump Isn't Working

    November 7th, 2019  |  48 mins 15 secs

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Publisher Sarah Longwell joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why Trump-embracing GOP politicians keep losing, the talk radio delusion of loving Trump all the more, plus a look at the 2020 Democratic primaries and the impeachment inquiry.

  • Mona Charen on the "No Harm, No Foul" Defense

    November 6th, 2019  |  47 mins 2 secs

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her new "Beg to Differ" Podcast, how moderates are faring in the 2020 elections, Tuesday's Virginia and Kentucky elections, and the latest with the Ukraine scandal and the impeachment inquiry.

  • Kevin Williamson on the Madness of Mobs

    November 5th, 2019  |  38 mins 1 sec
    books, democracy, smallest minority, sohrab ahmari, theocracy, twitter, writing

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Kevin Williamson from National Review joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent debate with Sohrab Ahmari, and the future of a conservatism that trusts government to run the trains on time. Plus, a discussion about his new book "The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics."

  • Jonathan Allen on the Spaghetti Defense

    November 4th, 2019  |  40 mins 25 secs
    2020, democrats, elections, impeachment, polling, primaries, republicans, rust belt

    Today on the Bulwark podcast, Jonathan Allen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest with the impeachment inquiry and the GOP defense, the new NYT poll and how the rust belt swing states factor into the 2020 Democratic primary.