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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  • Rosie Gray on the Growth of the Alt-Right

    May 7th, 2019  |  38 mins 42 secs
    alt-right, breitbart, daily caller, katie mchugh

    Rosie Gray joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent feature story about the strange journey of Katie McHugh.

  • A.B. Stoddard on What's Stressing Democrats

    May 6th, 2019  |  49 mins 10 secs
    2020, bernie, beto, court packing, democrats, hillary, norms, pete buttigieg, stephen moore

    A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the implosion of Steve Moore, why Democratic women presidential candidates aren't performing very well, and what's stressing the Democrats.

  • David Jolly: The Democrats Have Already Blown It

    May 3rd, 2019  |  41 mins 13 secs
    barr, congress, democrats, impeachment, mueller, mueller report

    David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss how Congressional Democrats have handled the Mueller Report and AG Barr testimony, plus a look at the ever-growing 2020 Democratic field.

  • Olivier Knox on the State of Journalism

    May 2nd, 2019  |  43 mins 30 secs
    barr, cheese, economics, exports, journalism, mueller, nafta, nerd prom, olivier knox, usmca, whca, whcd

    Olivier Knox, who serves as President of the White House Correspondents' Association, joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of journalism, and why he decided to push the reset button on #NerdProm.

  • Joe Walsh: The Kids are Not Alright

    May 1st, 2019  |  35 mins 54 secs
    2020 elections, charlie kirk, debt, deficits, gop, jacob wohl, joe biden, joe walsh, pete buttigieg

    Joe Walsh joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the recent hijinx of Jacob Wohl, the trouble with Turning Point USA, the 2020 elections, and why Republicans have stopped caring about debt and deficits.

  • Kyle Kondik on How Trump Can Win Re-Election

    April 30th, 2019  |  37 mins 37 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections

    Kyle Kondik joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Washington Post column about how President Trump could be re-elected in 2020.

  • David Priess on What Mueller Got Right

    April 29th, 2019  |  34 mins 51 secs
    doj, mueller report, robert mueller

    David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent Lawfare story about what Robert Mueller Got Right in his report. Plus, a look at what happens next: investigative hearings, impeachment, or... nothing?

  • Julian Zelizer on the Coming Subpoena Showdown

    April 26th, 2019  |  38 mins 12 secs
    2020, biden, congressional democrats, executive privilege, oversight, subpoenas, trump

    Julian Zelizer joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the coming showdown between Congress and President Trump over testifying before Congress. Will it lead to a Constitutional crisis? Plus, an analysis of Biden's opening salvo in the crowded 2020 field.

  • Wilson: What Happens if the Dems Pick Bernie

    April 25th, 2019  |  45 mins 40 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, bill weld, donald trump, impeachment, joe biden

    Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the possibility of impeachment, the 2020 elections, what happens if the Dems pick Bernie, and the entrance of Bill Weld in the GOP primary. Will others join him?

  • Natasha Bertrand on What the Mueller Report Didn't Address

    April 24th, 2019  |  35 mins 1 sec
    mueller report

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Politico's Natasha Bertrand joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the range of storylines that didn't make it into the Mueller Report.

  • Jonah Goldberg on Politics as Entertainment

    April 23rd, 2019  |  55 mins 5 secs
    christianity, donald trump, entertainment, mueller report, politics

    Jonah Goldberg joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Game of Thrones, Veep, and politics as a form of entertainment. Plus, the Mueller report, how dissenting is viewed by tribalists, and about his new venture with Steve Hayes.

  • A Reading Diary of the Mueller Report

    April 22nd, 2019  |  44 mins 43 secs
    benjamin wittes, lawfare, mueller report

    Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his reading diary of the Mueller Report.

  • Kristol on Mueller

    April 19th, 2019  |  32 mins 5 secs
    mueller report

    William Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to reflect on the release and reaction to the Mueller report.

  • The Mueller Report First Read

    April 18th, 2019  |  29 mins 4 secs
    mueller report

    Kim Wehle and host Charlie Sykes give their first read of the Mueller Report.

  • The Mueller Report and Deja Vu

    April 17th, 2019  |  43 mins 58 secs
    2020, bill weld, donald trump, mueller report, notre dame, pete buttigieg

    Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the burning of Notre Dame, the forthcoming Mueller Report, and how Bill Weld factors into the 2020 elections.

  • Can Bernie Beat Trump?

    April 16th, 2019  |  49 mins 40 secs
    2020, bernie sanders, democrats, donald trump, primaries

    Sarah Longwell and Jonathan V. Last join Charlie Sykes to discuss their recent stories about Bernie Sanders and the 2020 Democratic field. Can he actually win it all?