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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  • Jonathan Allen on COVID-19 and the State of the 2020 Race

    May 6th, 2020  |  37 mins 4 secs
    2020, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, economy, elections, fema, hhs, jared kushner, joe biden, ppe, rbg, task force, ticket splitting, vaccine

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan Allen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the results of Jared Kushner's COVID-19 work, his new book, and the state of the 2020 race and ticket splitting in down ballot races.

  • Kim Wehle on the Pandemic and Protests

    May 5th, 2020  |  48 mins 30 secs
    2020, congress, coronavirus, covid-19, election, fauci, guns, house, joe biden, lincoln, masks, pandemic, protests, quarantine, senate, tara reade, testimony

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent item on competency and loyalty in Trump's White House, and the debate over masks, guns, protests, and the Constitution.

  • Carly Fiorina: Why I Won't Vote For Trump

    May 4th, 2020  |  45 mins 56 secs
    accountability, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, economics, governors, impeachment, joe biden, leadership, politics, principles, whistleblowers

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Carly Fiorina joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss leadership in the age of Coronavirus. Who is failing, and who is making the grade? Plus, a discussion about 2020, principles, and selling one's soul.

  • Adam White on the COVID-19 Liability Problem

    May 1st, 2020  |  41 mins 55 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, economics, gop, governors, guns, job numbers., joe biden, liability, michigan, protest, tara reade

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent article on why Congress needs to address the COVID-19 liability problem, the armed protests to "reopen" the economy, Joe Biden addressing the Tara Reade allegations, and how the governors have responded to the pandemic.

  • Steve Kornacki: Do Third Party Candidates Make A Difference?

    April 30th, 2020  |  48 mins 46 secs
    2020 election, conventions, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, jared kushner, joe biden, justin amash, mail-in-voting, third parties, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, NBC's Steve Kornacki joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the entry of Justin Amash into the 2020 contest, and what role he will play relative to prominent third party challengers of the political past.

  • Crenshaw, Amash, and Our COVID-19 Moment

    April 29th, 2020  |  57 mins 26 secs
    2020 elections, anti-vaxxers, candace owens, covid-19, dan crenshaw, economy, justin amash, keep america great slogan, masks, mike pence, stimulus, vaccines, vietnam

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller and Jonathan V. Last join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their recent stories on Rep. Dan Crenshaw, COVID-19, Vietnam, and the "Keep America Great" slogan, and the news of Rep. Justin Amash pursuing a bid for President.

  • Daniel Drezner on Confusing Masculinity With Immaturity

    April 28th, 2020  |  46 mins 13 secs
    2020, donald trump, presidency

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Daniel Drezner joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency" and how his supporters often confuse masculinity and immaturity.

  • Chris Matthews: Regrets, He's Had a Few

    April 27th, 2020  |  48 mins 9 secs
    bernie sanders, chris matthews, democratic party, donald trump, elizabeth warren, gop, joe biden, liberalism, media culture, msnbc, nbc, tip o'neill

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Chris Matthews joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career and the 2020 elections. Can Joe Biden cut through a political culture largely focused on resentment? Plus, what comes next.

  • A.B. Stoddard on Mitch's Slipping Senate

    April 24th, 2020  |  48 mins 51 secs
    2020, contract tracing, elections, gop, joe biden, kentucky, lindsey graham, mitch mcconnell, new york, senate, seth moulton, stacey abrams, testing, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss very powerful light, how the government has failed veterans during COVID-19, and Mitch McConnell's tenuous grasp on the GOP-controlled Senate.

  • Christian Schneider on Trump’s Enemies List

    April 23rd, 2020  |  48 mins 30 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, governors

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Christian Schneider joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's response to COVID-19, his war against the governors, and why the right is obsessed with hydroxychloroquine.

  • James Wallner on the End of Legislation

    April 22nd, 2020  |  46 mins 19 secs
    congress, coronavirus, covid-19, mitch mcconnell, senate, stimulus

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, R Street's James Wallner joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Congress's response to Coronavirus, Mitch McConnell's control of the Senate, and whether we'll see remote voting.

  • Stuart Stevens on Monetized Stupidity

    April 21st, 2020  |  51 mins 53 secs
    2020, coronavirus, covid-19, dnc, donald trump, elections, federal funding, gop, joe biden, politics

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Stuart Stevens joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's response to Coronavirus, the 2020 elections, his long history in the GOP and the future of the Republican Party.

  • Robert Saldin on the Future of #NeverTrump

    April 20th, 2020  |  54 mins 12 secs
    2020, conservatism, gop, never trump, politics, trumpism

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Robert Saldin joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book with Steven Teles: "Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites."

  • David Priess on the Warnings Trump Ignored

    April 17th, 2020  |  44 mins 32 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, protests, shutdown

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the warnings about COVID-19 President Trump ignored, the Tea Party 2.0 protests resulting from the shutdown, and responsibility and reopening the economy.

  • Tom Nichols on Performative Disobedience

    April 16th, 2020  |  51 mins
    china, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, kayleigh mcenany, michigan, ohio, protests, tom cotton

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Presidential COVID-19 briefings, the Ohio and Michigan stay at home protests, and how China and U.S. politicians are squaring blame.

  • Josh Kraushaar on Ideology and Coronavirus

    April 15th, 2020  |  45 mins 7 secs
    2020, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, economics, elections, joe biden, justin amash, stacey abrams, vice president

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how Coronavirus is impacting the 2020 elections, the importance of competency, the Veepstakes, and the economy.