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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  • 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.

  • Tim Miller on Populism and 2020

    November 1st, 2019  |  53 mins 18 secs
    2020, donald trump, elizabeth warren, halloween, impeachment, ncaa, populism, richard burr, student athletes, taxes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about Halloween, the impeachment vote, Katie Hill's resignation, student athletes, the NCAA, and taxation, as well as populism in the 2020 elections and whether Elizabeth Warren can outflank Donald Trump.

  • Daniel Drezner on the Toddler in Chief

    October 31st, 2019  |  38 mins 34 secs
    al baghdadi, baseball, donald trump, economic statecraft, foreign policy, global trade, kurds, manslaughter, nationals, sanctions, syria, uk

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Daniel Drezner joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's foreign policy blunders, time in the era of Trump, how the hardline economic sanction strategy is failing, and his forthcoming book.

  • Wednesday Megacast

    October 30th, 2019  |  45 mins 42 secs
    baseball, djtj, donald trump, economy, gdp, house of representatives, impeachment, katie hill, sean duffy, shimkus, ukraine, world series

    On a special Wednesday Megacast, Sarah Longwell and Jonathan V. Last join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the World Series, the Impeachment Inquiry and GOP interference efforts, the slowing economy, and the 2020 elections.

  • Julian Zelizer on the Smear of Alexander Vindman

    October 29th, 2019  |  41 mins 24 secs
    al baghdadi, alexander vindman, anti-semitism, boogate, congress, dual loyalty, impeachment inquiry, john yoo, mccarthyism, newt gingrich, nsc, quid pro quo, sean duffy, trump, ukraine, washington nationals

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Julian Zelizer joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Trumpworld smears of Alexander Vindman, the latest on the impeachment inquiry and Congress's fact gathering on the Ukraine quid pro quo, plus, a preview of Zelizer's new book on Newt Gingrich, Boo-gate, and the death of Al Baghdadi.

  • Andy Smarick on the Post-Trump GOP

    October 28th, 2019  |  44 mins 1 sec
    2020, congress, conservatism, conservative movement, donald trump, elections, gop, grifters, trolls, trumpism

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, R Street's Andy Smarick joins guest host Jim Swift to talk about his item on a post-Trump GOP, whenever that happens, and how the underlying principles of the movement might be upheld by future generations. Also, a discussion about how the pipeline of future leaders might survive Trumpism, and how a dedication to government service might ameliorate bumper sticker conservatism.

  • Bill Weld on the Case for Impeachment

    October 25th, 2019  |  39 mins 41 secs
    2020 gop primaries, bill weld, donald trump, impeachment, impeachment inquiry

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Gov. Bill Weld joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his bid for the Presidency, why he believes it is the duty of the Congress to impeach and remove President Trump from office, and the future of the GOP.

  • Amanda Carpenter on the Strength of Trump's Lies

    October 24th, 2019  |  45 mins 58 secs
    cnn, disinformation, donald trump, impeachment, mark zuckerberg, republicans, russia, social media, ted cruz

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her book "Gaslighting America", whether Senate Republicans could ever turn on President Trump, and disinformation on social media, its consequences, and the role of Russia.

  • Josh Kraushaar on the Impeachment Inquiry Circus

    October 23rd, 2019  |  42 mins 22 secs
    2020, elections, house of representatives, impeachment, matt gaetz, mitt romney, pete buttigieg

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar from National Journal joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the impeachment inquiry, the House GOP's efforts to stymie it, and the 2020 elections.

  • Tuesday Megacast

    October 22nd, 2019  |  48 mins 4 secs
    202 elections, democrats, doral, gop agenda, hillary clinton, impeachment, impeachment inquiry, marco rubio, mitt romney, pierre delecto, rudy, syria, tulsi gabbard, ukraine

    On today's Bulwark Megacast, Jonathan V. Last and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes for a wide ranging discussion about the impeachment inquiry, Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine, Syria, Mitt Romney's liberation, the non-existent GOP legislative agenda, and the 2020 Presidential race.