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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  • Mona Charen and Gabriel Schoenfeld on Claremont and the New Nationalism

    July 12th, 2019  |  42 mins 14 secs
    claremont institute, jack posobiec, nationalism, paul ryan, robert mueller, social conservatism, social media summit, technology, tucker carlson

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Mona Charen and Gabriel Schoenfeld join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the growth of a new nationalism in the Republican party.

  • Sarah Longwell on "The Breakup"

    July 11th, 2019  |  35 mins 51 secs
    break up, left, megan rapinoe, never trump

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Bulwark publisher Sarah Longwell joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent piece "The Breakup" and the Megan Rapinoe-Trump controversy.

  • Ben Wittes on What Congress Should Ask Mueller

    July 10th, 2019  |  33 mins 14 secs
    ambassador, bill barr, emoluments, kim darroch, mueller, russia, seth rich, united kingdom

    Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the upcoming Mueller hearing, the recent reporting about Russia's involvement promoting the Seth Rich conspiracy, the resignation of Ambassador Kim Darroch, and the future of the emoluments clause.

  • Jim Acosta on Trump, the Press, and 2020.

    July 9th, 2019  |  36 mins 36 secs
    2020, cnn, donald trump, jim acosta, press corps, robert mueller, sarah sanders, the press, white house

    Jim Acosta joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America", the state of the White House press corps, the 2020 elections, and the coming Mueller hearing.

  • Monday Megacast

    July 8th, 2019  |  41 mins 21 secs
    4th of july, donald trump, jeffrey epstein, justin amash, soccer

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Fourth of July fanfare on the mall, Justin Amash going rogue, the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, and the USWNT win.

  • Kim Wehle on How to Read the Constitution

    July 5th, 2019  |  25 mins 7 secs
    books, constitution, history, kim wehle, law

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her now book: "How to Read the Constitution—and Why."

  • Mark Salter on Win at All Costs Politics

    July 3rd, 2019  |  32 mins 50 secs

    Mark Salter joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his late boss John McCain, President Trump's strange obsession with him, the 2020 Democratic primaries so far, whether or not "win at all politics" is here to stay, and a look back at what the heck happened to Sarah Palin.

  • Fourth of July Megacast

    July 2nd, 2019  |  50 mins 16 secs
    busing, colin kaepernick, democratic debates, democrats, doug ducey, fireworks, ivanka, joe biden, july 4, medicare for all, megacast, never trump, nike, obamacare, outrages, parade, soccer, trump, twitter

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes for a megacast to discuss a wide variety of topics.

  • David Jolly on Donald and the DMZ

    July 1st, 2019  |  40 mins 27 secs
    busing, dnc, donald trump, ivanka trump, kim jong un, north korea

    David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the first round of DNC debates, the President's trip to Japan and North Korea, and Ivanka Trump the diplomat.

  • Will Saletan on Thursday Fight Night

    June 28th, 2019  |  57 mins 52 secs
    2020, debates, democrats, dnc, will saletan

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Slate's Will Saletan joins host Charlie Sykes to break down last night's blockbuster debate.

  • The 2020 Circus Begins

    June 27th, 2019  |  46 mins 22 secs
    2020, debates, democrats, dnc, rick wilson

    Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Part 1 of the last night's DNC debates.

  • Wednesday Megacast

    June 26th, 2019  |  41 mins 6 secs
    big tech, border, boycotts, dnc, falwell, free speech, google, gop, maria bartiromo, nra, ted cruz, trump, wayfair

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's twitter tirade, his rant on Fox Business, the coming Democratic debates, the chaos at the NRA, the GOP and big tech, the Fallwell / Moore feud, and the Wayfair boycott.

  • Kevin Kruse on Revisionist History

    June 25th, 2019  |  39 mins 31 secs
    2020 democratic primary, dinesh d'souza, donald trump, joe biden, kevin kruse, kevin williamson, nikki haley, pete buttigieg, rape allegation, revisionist history, slavery

    Kevin M. Kruse joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the revisionist history on the right, the rape allegations against President Trump and how quickly we've pivoted to Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg's problematics, plus why floating Nikki Haley as VP is a warning sign for the GOP.

  • Adam White on Trump and the Administrative State

    June 24th, 2019  |  27 mins 50 secs
    acting agency heads, administrative state, appointments, census, donald trump, gundy decision, iran strike, non-delegation doctrine, white house

    Adam White joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the importance of Gundy v. United States, an update on President Trump's administrative state, as well as the non-Iran strike and the latest on the non-delegation doctrine's future.

  • Friday Megacast

    June 21st, 2019  |  34 mins 6 secs
    alabama, charles krauthammer, elizabeth warren, iran, joe biden

    Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's aborted attack on Iran, the latest in the Alabama Senate race, the anti-Biden pile on, and Elizabeth Warren's plan for everything.

  • Senator Hawley's New Fairness Doctrine

    June 20th, 2019  |  46 mins 2 secs
    free speech, gop, internet, jerry falwell, joe biden, josh hawley, kyle kashuv, sec. 230, wisconsin

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Missouri Senator Josh Hawley's war on big tech and Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act.