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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  • 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.

  • Joe Walsh: Trump is Unfit

    August 21st, 2019  |  42 mins 38 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, joe walsh, trade, twitter

    Joe Walsh joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why President Trump is unfit for office, the 2020 elections, our growing debt, and other threats.

  • A.B. Stoddard on Recessionary Signals and 2020

    August 20th, 2019  |  42 mins 54 secs
    2020, china, democrats, donald trump, economics, foreign policy, guns, israel, joe biden, kamala harris, nra, policy, recession, the squad, trade

    On today's Bulwark podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the economy and 2020, the Democratic field, the Squad and Israel.

  • Brian Rosenwald on Talk Radio's America

    August 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    conservatism, donald trump, gop, politics, rush limbaugh, talk radio

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Brian Rosenwald joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his book: "Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States."

  • Ben Howe on the Immoral Majority

    August 16th, 2019  |  36 mins 52 secs
    ben howe, christianity, donald trump, evangelicals

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Ben Howe joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values."

  • Cathy Young on the Moral Outrage Industry

    August 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 54 secs
    china, israel, outrage, racism, yale

    Cathy Young joins Ben Parker and host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent item on the moral outrage industry, the latest with China, and Israel's decision to deny a visit to two members of Congress.

  • Ben Wittes on the Phantom Impeachment

    August 14th, 2019  |  35 mins 42 secs
    china, hong kong, impeachment, trade war

    Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss China, Hong Kong, the easy-to-win trade war, and Rep. Nadler's slow burn impeachment.

  • Matt Lewis on the Whirlpool of Paranoia

    August 13th, 2019  |  38 mins 18 secs
    2020, conspiracy theories, democrats, djtj, donald trump, primary

    Matt Lewis joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump and his penchant for conspiracy theories.

  • Molly Jong-Fast on Trump's Favorite Racist Brit Twit

    August 12th, 2019  |  44 mins 26 secs
    2020, anthony scaramucci, britain, democrats, hugh hewitt, katie hopkins, primaries, racism, twitter, uk

    Molly Jong-Fast joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about her recent item on Katie Hopkins and the paradox of the Brits, the second anniversary of Charlottesville, and a look at the Democratic primaries.

  • Friday Megacast

    August 9th, 2019  |  51 mins 12 secs
    congress, el paso, gun control, guns, immigration, joe biden

    On today's Bulwark podcast, publisher Sarah Longwell and senior writer Andrew Egger discuss President Trump's tone-deaf visit with hospitalized survivors of the El Paso shooting, whether new gun legislation is likely in this Congress, and how much Joe Biden stands to lose for gaffes in the 2020 primary.

  • Quinta Jurecic on the Radicalization Process

    August 8th, 2019  |  43 mins 2 secs
    domestic terrorism, radicalization, terrorism, white nationalism

    Quinta Jurecic joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her work on the radicalization process, and what she's learned about her "countering violent extremism" theory in the years of the Trump presidency.