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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  • 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?

  • Howard Schultz: If I'm Running

    April 15th, 2019  |  34 mins 23 secs
    2020, debt, deficits, democrats, elections, entitlements, howard schultz, means testing, medicare for all, republicans

    Howard Schultz joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his bus tour of the heartland, why he's exploring a run for president, and why he thinks our two-party system is broken.

  • Taegan Goddard on Florida, Medicare For All, and 2020

    April 12th, 2019  |  34 mins 36 secs
    2020, democratic primary, florida, healthcare, julian assange, medicare for all, michael avenatti, politics, taegan goddard

    Taegan Goddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the recent arrest of Julian Assange, the indictment of Michael Avenatti, how Florida and Medicare for All is going to factor into the 2020 Democratic primary, and a look at Goddard's new site:

  • Tim Miller on Joe Biden

    April 11th, 2019  |  38 mins 23 secs
    2020, joe biden, mueller report, pain, william barr

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent story on the Joe Biden kabuki theatre, Episcopalians and the presidency, Bill Barr and the Mueller report, and the rationing of contempt.

  • Midweek Expanded Megacast

    April 10th, 2019  |  41 mins 53 secs
    candace owens, celebrities, house gop, lawsuits, mueller report, republicans, tax reform, tax season, twexit, twitter

    Guest host Jim Swift is joined by Jonathan V. Last, Andrew Egger, and Ben Parker to discuss tax season, Devin Nunes's unserious lawsuits, Candace Owens's House testimony, the forthcoming(?) Mueller report, Twexit, and surreal experiences with celebrities.

  • Shooting Straight with Major Garrett

    April 9th, 2019  |  34 mins 28 secs
    cable news, economics, major garrett, president trump, reporting, white house

    Major Garrett joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book about the Trump presidency (Mr. Trump's Wild Ride), his experience as a journalist, and the the trouble with cable news.

  • Linda Chavez on the Ascendency of Stephen Miller

    April 8th, 2019  |  32 mins 12 secs
    border, dhs, illegal immigration, immigration, kirstjen nielsen, stephen miller

    Linda Chavez joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen, her legacy at DHS, and a look at some of the potential replacements.

  • JVL's April Democratic Power Rankings

    April 5th, 2019  |  44 mins 44 secs
    2020, democratic power rankings, power rankings

    Jonathan V. Last joins host Charlie Sykes to break down his April Democratic primary power rankings.

  • Steve Kornacki on the Dead Cat Bounce

    April 4th, 2019  |  29 mins 9 secs
    2020, democrats, donald trump, elections, mueller probe, polling

    On today's Bulwark podcast, NBC's Steve Kornacki joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent article on why President Trump got no bounce after the conclusion of the Mueller probe, and where that positions him for 2020.

  • Trump Unbound

    April 3rd, 2019  |  37 mins 51 secs
    2020, political violence, radicalism, trump

    Christian Vanderbrouk joins Jim Swift and host Charlie Sykes to discuss what a Trump second term might look like, and the growth of radicalism in the GOP.

  • Going Broke on Woke

    April 2nd, 2019  |  34 mins 7 secs

    David Byler and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 election, whether the Democrats will go for broke on being woke, Donald Trump and the Presidency on easy mode, and whether or not the 2008 Obama magic can ever be recaptured.

  • The Matriarch

    April 1st, 2019  |  32 mins 6 secs
    barbara bush, biography, book, susan page

    Susan Page joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her brand new book "The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty."

  • The Cluelessness of Steve Moore

    March 29th, 2019  |  37 mins 14 secs
    donald trump, federal reserve board, steve moore

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the potential nomination of Steven Moore by President Trump to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank.

  • A Political Nightmare

    March 28th, 2019  |  32 mins 32 secs
    collusion, conspiracy, john mccain, lindsey graham, mueller investigation, obamacare, russia, trump, william barr

    A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her story about Johnny Isakson's rebuke of President Trump, why Lindsey Graham isn't sticking up for his lifelong friend, A.G. Barr's letter on the Mueller Report, the two gifts recently given to Democrats, and why the Trump administration pivoting to Obamacare repeal has become a political nightmare for Republicans.

  • Candidate Character Matters

    March 27th, 2019  |  33 mins 41 secs
    2020, aipac, character, democrats, donald trump, economics, elections, mueller report, personality, pocketbook issues

    Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why the road to 2020 will likely focus more on Trump's behavior than it will on pocketbook issues, why the Democratic hopefuls largely skipped AIPAC, and the future of the Mueller report.

  • Kevin Williamson, Heretic

    March 26th, 2019  |  39 mins 28 secs
    economics, journalism, kevin williamson, outrage mobs, small towns, social media, speech

    Kevin D. Williamson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss online outrage mobs, his brief tenure at 'The Atlantic', his views on President Trump, and what he really said about dying towns.