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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  • Kyle Kondik on How Trump Can Win Re-Election

    April 30th, 2019  |  37 mins 37 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections

    Kyle Kondik joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Washington Post column about how President Trump could be re-elected in 2020.

  • David Priess on What Mueller Got Right

    April 29th, 2019  |  34 mins 51 secs
    doj, mueller report, robert mueller

    David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Lawfare story about what Robert Mueller Got Right in his report. Plus, a look at what happens next: investigative hearings, impeachment, or... nothing?

  • Julian Zelizer on the Coming Subpoena Showdown

    April 26th, 2019  |  38 mins 12 secs
    2020, biden, congressional democrats, executive privilege, oversight, subpoenas, trump

    Julian Zelizer joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the coming showdown between Congress and President Trump over testifying before Congress. Will it lead to a Constitutional crisis? Plus, an analysis of Biden's opening salvo in the crowded 2020 field.

  • Wilson: What Happens if the Dems Pick Bernie

    April 25th, 2019  |  45 mins 40 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, bill weld, donald trump, impeachment, joe biden

    Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the possibility of impeachment, the 2020 elections, what happens if the Dems pick Bernie, and the entrance of Bill Weld in the GOP primary. Will others join him?

  • Natasha Bertrand on What the Mueller Report Didn't Address

    April 24th, 2019  |  35 mins 1 sec
    mueller report

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Politico's Natasha Bertrand joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the range of storylines that didn't make it into the Mueller Report.

  • Jonah Goldberg on Politics as Entertainment

    April 23rd, 2019  |  55 mins 5 secs
    christianity, donald trump, entertainment, mueller report, politics

    Jonah Goldberg joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Game of Thrones, Veep, and politics as a form of entertainment. Plus, the Mueller report, how dissenting is viewed by tribalists, and about his new venture with Steve Hayes.

  • A Reading Diary of the Mueller Report

    April 22nd, 2019  |  44 mins 43 secs
    benjamin wittes, lawfare, mueller report

    Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his reading diary of the Mueller Report.

  • Kristol on Mueller

    April 19th, 2019  |  32 mins 5 secs
    mueller report

    William Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to reflect on the release and reaction to the Mueller report.

  • The Mueller Report First Read

    April 18th, 2019  |  29 mins 4 secs
    mueller report

    Kim Wehle and host Charlie Sykes give their first read of the Mueller Report.

  • The Mueller Report and Deja Vu

    April 17th, 2019  |  43 mins 58 secs
    2020, bill weld, donald trump, mueller report, notre dame, pete buttigieg

    Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the burning of Notre Dame, the forthcoming Mueller Report, and how Bill Weld factors into the 2020 elections.

  • Can Bernie Beat Trump?

    April 16th, 2019  |  49 mins 40 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, democrats, donald trump, primaries

    Sarah Longwell and Jonathan V. Last join Charlie Sykes to discuss their recent stories about Bernie Sanders and the 2020 Democratic field. Can he actually win it all?

  • Howard Schultz: If I'm Running

    April 15th, 2019  |  34 mins 23 secs
    2020, debt, deficits, democrats, elections, entitlements, howard schultz, means testing, medicare for all, republicans

    Howard Schultz joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his bus tour of the heartland, why he's exploring a run for president, and why he thinks our two-party system is broken.

  • Taegan Goddard on Florida, Medicare For All, and 2020

    April 12th, 2019  |  34 mins 36 secs
    2020, democratic primary, florida, healthcare, julian assange, medicare for all, michael avenatti, politics, taegan goddard

    Taegan Goddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the recent arrest of Julian Assange, the indictment of Michael Avenatti, how Florida and Medicare for All is going to factor into the 2020 Democratic primary, and a look at Goddard's new site:

  • Tim Miller on Joe Biden

    April 11th, 2019  |  38 mins 23 secs
    2020, joe biden, mueller report, pain, william barr

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent story on the Joe Biden kabuki theatre, Episcopalians and the presidency, Bill Barr and the Mueller report, and the rationing of contempt.

  • Midweek Expanded Megacast

    April 10th, 2019  |  41 mins 53 secs
    candace owens, celebrities, house gop, lawsuits, mueller report, republicans, tax reform, tax season, twexit, twitter

    Guest host Jim Swift is joined by Jonathan V. Last, Andrew Egger, and Ben Parker to discuss tax season, Devin Nunes's unserious lawsuits, Candace Owens's House testimony, the forthcoming(?) Mueller report, Twexit, and surreal experiences with celebrities.

  • Shooting Straight with Major Garrett

    April 9th, 2019  |  34 mins 28 secs
    cable news, economics, major garrett, president trump, reporting, white house

    Major Garrett joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book about the Trump presidency (Mr. Trump's Wild Ride), his experience as a journalist, and the the trouble with cable news.