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 Jolly on Donald and the DMZ

    July 1st, 2019  |  40 mins 27 secs
    busing, dnc, donald trump, ivanka trump, kim jong un, north korea

    David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the first round of DNC debates, the President's trip to Japan and North Korea, and Ivanka Trump the diplomat.

  • Will Saletan on Thursday Fight Night

    June 28th, 2019  |  57 mins 52 secs
    2020, debates, democrats, dnc, will saletan

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Slate's Will Saletan joins host Charlie Sykes to break down last night's blockbuster debate.

  • The 2020 Circus Begins

    June 27th, 2019  |  46 mins 22 secs
    2020, debates, democrats, dnc, rick wilson

    Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Part 1 of the last night's DNC debates.

  • Wednesday Megacast

    June 26th, 2019  |  41 mins 6 secs
    big tech, border, boycotts, dnc, falwell, free speech, google, gop, maria bartiromo, nra, ted cruz, trump, wayfair

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's twitter tirade, his rant on Fox Business, the coming Democratic debates, the chaos at the NRA, the GOP and big tech, the Fallwell / Moore feud, and the Wayfair boycott.

  • Kevin Kruse on Revisionist History

    June 25th, 2019  |  39 mins 31 secs
    2020 democratic primary, dinesh d'souza, donald trump, joe biden, kevin kruse, kevin williamson, nikki haley, pete buttigieg, rape allegation, revisionist history, slavery

    Kevin M. Kruse joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the revisionist history on the right, the rape allegations against President Trump and how quickly we've pivoted to Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg's problematics, plus why floating Nikki Haley as VP is a warning sign for the GOP.

  • Adam White on Trump and the Administrative State

    June 24th, 2019  |  27 mins 50 secs
    acting agency heads, administrative state, appointments, census, donald trump, gundy decision, iran strike, non-delegation doctrine, white house

    Adam White joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the importance of Gundy v. United States, an update on President Trump's administrative state, as well as the non-Iran strike and the latest on the non-delegation doctrine's future.

  • Friday Megacast

    June 21st, 2019  |  34 mins 6 secs
    alabama, charles krauthammer, elizabeth warren, iran, joe biden

    Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's aborted attack on Iran, the latest in the Alabama Senate race, the anti-Biden pile on, and Elizabeth Warren's plan for everything.

  • Senator Hawley's New Fairness Doctrine

    June 20th, 2019  |  46 mins 2 secs
    free speech, gop, internet, jerry falwell, joe biden, josh hawley, kyle kashuv, sec. 230, wisconsin

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Missouri Senator Josh Hawley's war on big tech and Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • Noah Rothman on Trump's 2020 Kick Off

    June 19th, 2019  |  40 mins 16 secs
    2020, alexandria ocasio-cortez, donald trump, elections, iran, kyle kashuv, socialism, swing voters

    Noah Rothman joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's 2020 re-election kickoff speech, how socialism will play with swing voters, AOC's concentration camps gaffe, and the latest with Iran.

  • Alexander Nazaryan on "The Best People" in Trump's Cabinet

    June 18th, 2019  |  41 mins 22 secs
    ben carson, cabinet, chris christie, steve bannon, trump, wilbur ross

    Alexander Nazaryan joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his newly published book: "The Best People: Trump's Cabinet and the Siege on Washington."

  • A.B. Stoddard on the Polls and Pence

    June 17th, 2019  |  38 mins 8 secs
    a.b. stoddard, congressional republicans, george stephanopoulos, mike pence, north korea, performative wokeness, polls, russia, shutdown

    A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the potential for a government shutdown, the Stephanopoulos interview, Mike Pence's future in 2020, and why President Trump suddenly doesn't believe polls anymore.

  • David French on 'David Frenchism'

    June 14th, 2019  |  45 mins 27 secs
    conservatism, david french, illiberalism, liberalism

    David French from National Review joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about "David Frenchism." What is the future of the conservatism when it comes to classical liberalism or illiberalism? Also, what is "performative wokeness?"

  • George Will on the Conservative Sensibility

    June 13th, 2019  |  36 mins
    conservatism, george f. will

    George F. Will joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "The Conservative Sensibility."

  • Jonathan Allen on Iowa Barnstorming

    June 12th, 2019  |  35 mins 58 secs
    2020, abortion, debt limit, donald trump, elizabeth warren, foreign policy, government shutdown, impeachment, iowa, joe biden, justin amash, kirsten gillibrand, policy, tariffs, wealth tax

    Jonathan Allen joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the lessons of 2016 for Democrats, a look at how the Biden / Trump shadowboxing, what Justin Amash's future may be, and the potential for a government shutdown over the debt limit.

  • Brad Thor on Writing in a Thrilling Age

    June 11th, 2019  |  41 mins 38 secs
    books, brad thor, middle east, novels, politics, thrillers, writing

    Brad Thor joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss what it's like writing political thrillers in a thrilling age. He talks about his experience seeing what his characters do in the real world, why he's not going to primary Trump, and the current state of tribalism in conservative politics.

  • Trump's Tariff Threat Addiction

    June 10th, 2019  |  42 mins 12 secs
    abortion, big tech, hyde amendment, joe biden, josh hawley, mexico, steve bannon, tariffs, trade, trump

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to talk about Joe Biden's Hyde amendment struggles, President Trump's tariff threat addiction, and why Sen. Josh Hawley is over the age of Pelagius.