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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  • Tim Miller on The Death Star Coup

    July 16th, 2020  |  50 mins 19 secs
    2020, donald trump, hugh hewitt, joe biden, monmouth, never trump, pennsylvania, polls

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the fall of Brad Parscale, the bad polls for Donald Trump, and the fantasy of secret Trump voters and poll trutherism.

  • Jonathan Allen on the Rose Garden Rally

    July 15th, 2020  |  47 mins 19 secs
    2020, covid-19, donald trump, donner party, fauci, jeff sessions, joe biden, navarro, rose garden, rush limbaugh, schools, senate, stockpile, tommy tuberville, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's Rose Garden Rally, Tuberville's thumping of Sessions, the effect of COVID-19 on the federal stockpile, plus a look at the 2020 Senate landscape, the Veepstakes, and Rush Limbaugh's descent into madness.

  • Elaina Plott on the Wild and Crazy Ride of Jeff Sessions

    July 14th, 2020  |  43 mins 13 secs
    alabama, alsen, jeff sessions, politics, primaries, senate, tommy tuberville, tucker carlson

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Elaina Plott joins Charlie Sykes to discuss today's Alabama Senate primary, and the long, strange career of Jeff Sessions.

  • Benjamin Wittes on the Corrupt Commutation of Roger Stone

    July 13th, 2020  |  54 mins 26 secs
    betsy devos, bill barr, commutation, covid-19, doj, donald trump, felons, financial records, roger stone, school reopenings, schools, scotus, scotus decisions, supreme court, taxes

    On today’s Bulwark Podcast, Benjamin Wittes from Lawfare joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the corrupt commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence, the Supreme Court decisions on President Trump’s financial records, and the Trump administration’s push to reopen schools.

  • Women, Trump, and Biden.

    July 10th, 2020  |  56 mins 9 secs
    2020, alexander vindman, donald trump, joe biden, kanye, mary trump book, never trump, russian bounties, school, schools, veepstakes, women voters

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Sarah Longwell, Jonathan V. Last, and Bill Kristol join Charlie Sykes to discuss women voters and Trump, the resurgence of NeverTrump in 2020, Kanye West, and the Veepstakes, among other topics.

  • Rachel Bitecofer on Negative Partisanship

    July 9th, 2020  |  59 mins 26 secs
    2020, base, elections, lincoln project, negative partisanship, rachel bitecofer, swing voters, turnout

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Rachel Bitecofer joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the theory of negative partisanship, swing voters, electoral turnout differential, and the Lincoln Project strategy.

  • Julian Zelizer on Burning Down the House

    July 8th, 2020  |  35 mins 56 secs
    gop, house, newt gingrich, republican party, tea party

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Julian Zelizer joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Burning Down the House" and the new Republican party.

  • Yascha Mounk on Fighting the Cancel Culture

    July 7th, 2020  |  49 mins 21 secs
    cancel culture, free speech, persuasion, yascha mounk

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Yascha Mounk joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the new publication "Persuasion", and the state of where intellectuals, organizations, and thought leaders are on cancel culture.

  • Josh Kraushaar on Base-First Politics

    July 6th, 2020  |  44 mins
    base-first, coronavirus, covid-19, democrats, donald trump, filibuster, joe biden, mount rushmore, nascar, republicans, senate

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes to discuss base-first politics and the 2020 election, Mt. Rushmore, NASCAR, and the culture wars, plus COVID-19 and the future of the filibuster.

  • A.B. Stoddard: Will the GOP cut bait on Trump?

    July 3rd, 2020  |  51 mins
    2020, 2nd term, agenda, donald trump, elections, gop, joe biden, july 4, senate, tulsa rally

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the unlikely theory of Trump quitting the race, his struggle to offer a second-term agenda, the power of Jared Kushner, and whether the GOP Senate might cut bait on Trump to save as many seats as possible.

  • Mona Charen on Russian Bounties, the Military, and Tribalism

    July 2nd, 2020  |  49 mins 13 secs
    black lives matter, donald trump, fourth of july, military, monuments, pardons, russia, war criminals

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Russian bounty allegations, the debate over monuments, Trump's fetish for pardoning war criminals, tribalism, and the Fourth of July.

  • John Bolton on The Room Where it Happened

    July 1st, 2020  |  29 mins 10 secs
    2020, donald trump, joe biden, john bolton, national security, nsa, nsc

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Ambassador John Bolton joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "The Room Where it Happened."

  • David Priess on Russia and the PDB

    June 30th, 2020  |  51 mins 30 secs
    donald trump, military, president's daily brief, russia, u.s.

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Priess joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's Daily Brief, the reporting about Russian bounties for dead Americas, and the Trump administration.

  • Alexandra Petri on 'Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why'

    June 29th, 2020  |  46 mins 55 secs
    alexandra petri, comedy, donald trump, house of cards, puns, satire, veep

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Alexandra Petri joins Charlie Sykes to discuss her new book "Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why", puns, statues, and whether the Trump administration is more like Veep or House of Cards.

  • Richard Stengel on the Information Wars

    June 26th, 2020  |  53 mins 50 secs
    2020, democrats, disinformation, donald trump, elections, joe biden

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Richard Stengel joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It."

  • Andy Smarick on Experience, Governing, and Baseball

    June 25th, 2020  |  48 mins 50 secs
    2020, baseball, conventions, donald trump, election, government service, joe biden, polls, veepstakes

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Andy Smarick joins Charlie Sykes to discuss what you learn from "going in the arena", the Veepstakes, 2020 and the polls, and the return of baseball.