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.

The Bulwark Podcast on social media


  • Kim Wehle on the Degradation of Congress

    May 22nd, 2019  |  41 mins 30 secs
    congress, donald trump, executive authority, impeachment, oversight, treasury

    Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the court battles over the power of the congressional subpoena.

  • Tim Miller on Justin Amash and Courage

    May 21st, 2019  |  30 mins 52 secs
    donald trump, fox news, impeachment, joe biden, justin amash, mitt romney, pete buttigieg

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Rep. Justin Amash's bold statement on impeachment, Mitt Romney's cautious approach, how Biden is shining, and Pete Buttigieg's Fox News moment.

  • John Gans on The White House's Warriors

    May 20th, 2019  |  25 mins 6 secs
    books, john bolton, michael flynn, national security council, obama, steve bannon, trump, war, white house

    John Gans joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War"

  • Weekend Megacast

    May 18th, 2019  |  26 mins 12 secs
    iran, megacast, middle east, parties, war crimes

    A special weekend Megacast with Charlie Sykes, Bill Kristol, and Sarah Longwell with a review of the first months of The Bulwark. Bill analyzes the current U.S. posture towards Iran, do Bolton and Pompeo have a strategy? Plus, a discussion about "jabronis."

  • Mona Charen on Trump and War Crimes

    May 17th, 2019  |  45 mins 14 secs
    2020, abortion, donald trump, rape, torture, war crimes

    Mona Charen and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to talk about President Trump's record on war crimes, and the efforts of state-level Republicans to change the debate on abortion.

  • James Hohmann on Post-Trump Populism

    May 16th, 2019  |  38 mins 41 secs
    2020, democrats, elections, gop, josh hawley, litmus tests, marco rubio, populism, primary, republicans

    James Hohmann joins Charlie Sykes to talk about how Senators Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley are positioning themselves for a post-Trump populist GOP, plus a look at the constantly changing litmus tests facing the ever-growing 2020 Democratic primary field.

  • Max Boot on Republican Hypocrisy

    May 15th, 2019  |  38 mins 44 secs
    conservatism, franklin graham, hypocrisy, liberalism, lindsey graham, max boot

    Max Boot joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about hypocrisy in the GOP, from Senator Lindsey Graham to Rev. Franklin Graham.

  • Christopher Scalia on the Faith of His Father

    May 14th, 2019  |  36 mins 27 secs
    antonin scalia, catholicism, donald trump, faith, thomas more

    Christopher J. Scalia joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the new book "On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer" written largely by his father, which he co-edited.

  • The Great Patriotic Agriculture War

    May 13th, 2019  |  30 mins 31 secs
    agriculture, china, democratic primary, donald trump, economy, soy beans, trade wars

    Ben White and Andrew Egger join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the growing trade war with China, what that means for the economy, and what it might mean in the 2020 Democratic primaries.

  • Michael Strain on the Economy and 2020

    May 10th, 2019  |  37 mins 52 secs
    2020, democrats, economics, federal reserve, herman cain, monetary policy, steve moore, trade war

    Michael Strain joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the failed candidacies of Steve Moore and Herman Cain to join the board of of the Fed, how the president's trade war is impacting the economy, and how pocketbook issues could play into the 2020 campaign.

  • Quinta Jurecic on the Triumph of Misinformation

    May 9th, 2019  |  39 mins 47 secs
    bill barr, conservative media, executive privilege, misinformation, mueller report, tax returns, trump

    Quinta Jurecic joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the cycle of disinformation in conservative media, the reaction to the publication of President Trump's tax information, and the use of executive privilege regarding the Mueller Report and how it factors into Bill Barr being held in contempt by Congress.

  • The Legal Showdown Over Congressional Subpoenas

    May 8th, 2019  |  40 mins 38 secs
    congress, don mcgahn, donald trump, executive privilege, mueller investigation, robert mueller, subpoenas

    Kim Wehle and Rachael Bade join host Charlie Sykes to talk about the GOP's attempt to move on from the Mueller report, executive privilege, and the coming legal challenge over Congressional subpoenas.

  • Rosie Gray on the Growth of the Alt-Right

    May 7th, 2019  |  38 mins 42 secs
    alt-right, breitbart, daily caller, katie mchugh

    Rosie Gray joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent feature story about the strange journey of Katie McHugh.

  • A.B. Stoddard on What's Stressing Democrats

    May 6th, 2019  |  49 mins 10 secs
    2020, bernie, beto, court packing, democrats, hillary, norms, pete buttigieg, stephen moore

    A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the implosion of Steve Moore, why Democratic women presidential candidates aren't performing very well, and what's stressing the Democrats.

  • David Jolly: The Democrats Have Already Blown It

    May 3rd, 2019  |  41 mins 13 secs
    barr, congress, democrats, impeachment, mueller, mueller report

    David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how Congressional Democrats have handled the Mueller Report and AG Barr testimony, plus a look at the ever-growing 2020 Democratic field.

  • Olivier Knox on the State of Journalism

    May 2nd, 2019  |  43 mins 30 secs
    barr, cheese, economics, exports, journalism, mueller, nafta, nerd prom, olivier knox, usmca, whca, whcd

    Olivier Knox, who serves as President of the White House Correspondents' Association, joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of journalism, and why he decided to push the reset button on #NerdProm.