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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  • Weld Tests the Waters

    March 21st, 2019  |  39 mins 39 secs
    2016, 2020, bill weld, elections

    Bill Weld joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career in public service, the 2016 election, and why he's testing the waters in 2020.

  • The It Factor

    March 20th, 2019  |  40 mins 2 secs

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the Beto Woke Wars, the importance of policy positions in a crowded primary, and the "it factor."

  • The Craziest Twitter Weekend Ever

    March 19th, 2019  |  31 mins 28 secs
    2020 elections, donald trump, gop primary, jeanine pirro, john mccain, national emergency, tucker carlson, twitter

    Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President's Trump's troubling weekend Twitter frenzy, the importance of presidential rhetoric, the 2020 election, and the bipartisan rebuke of President Trump's national emergency abuse.

  • Love Your Enemies

    March 18th, 2019  |  32 mins 53 secs
    argument, arthur brooks, debate, persuasion

    On today's Bulwark podcast, outgoing AEI President Arthur Brooks joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt", how Twitter, television, and the outrage industrial complex inhibits our ability to persuade each other.

  • The Emergency Declaration and the Courts

    March 15th, 2019  |  31 mins 47 secs
    courts, justice, manafort, mueller, national emergency, trump

    Carrie Cordero from Center for a New American Security joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about Congress's termination of the president's national emergency declaration, the status of the Mueller probe, and Paul Manafort and justice.

  • Betomania

    March 14th, 2019  |  41 mins 31 secs
    2020, beto o'rourke, betomania, impeachment, national emergency, paul ryan, pelosi

    A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss 2020 and Betomania, why Speaker Pelosi isn't itching to pursue impeachment, the problems caused for Democrats by the renegade band of freshmen members, Paul Ryan's strange re-emergence, the Senate's national emergency vote, and why President Trump doesn't make deals, rather, he makes fights.

  • Why I Left Fox News

    March 13th, 2019  |  40 mins 35 secs
    bernard goldberg, cable, cbs, fox news, journalism, media bias, news

    Bernard Goldberg joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career in journalism, cable news, the "strange new respect" phenomenon, and why he left Fox News.

  • The Fellowship of the Miserable

    March 12th, 2019  |  40 mins 10 secs
    abortion, conservatism, democrats, gop, ilhan omar, policy, trump, tucker carlson, twitter

    David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss GOP victories pre-Trump, how they botched the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and what the future holds for the Pro-Life movement. Plus, the how the law of group polarization is taking effect in the wake of the Rep. Ilhan Omar, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and others.

  • How Technology Changes Us

    March 11th, 2019  |  32 mins 14 secs
    alex trebek, culture, facebook, internet, technology, twitter

    Christine Rosen from Commentary Magazine joins Jim Swift and Jonathan V. Last to discuss Alex Trebek and the legacy of Jeopardy!, and how the rapid growth of technology is changing society. (And not necessarily for the good.)

  • Trump's Biggest Week, Ever

    March 8th, 2019  |  28 mins 21 secs
    foreign policy, kim jong-un, michael cohen, north korea, president trump

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Linda Chavez joins Charlie Sykes to discuss why the last week of February was the most important week of Trump's Presidency. How his presidency fared regarding Michael Cohen's testimony, the North Korea summit, to the vote to overturn his national emergency declaration on the southern border.

  • Thursday Megacast

    March 7th, 2019  |  40 mins 2 secs
    canada, david clarke, grifters, ilhan omar, megacast, podcast, twitter

    Ben Parker, Andrew Egger, and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to talk about Sheriff David Clarke, the Democrats' fumble over condemning anti-Semitism, why Canada doesn't always send us their best, and the tarnished legacy of Michael Jackson.

  • Blue States, Red Governors

    March 6th, 2019  |  36 mins 44 secs
    2020, chris christie, gop, governors, larry hogan, national emergency, republicans

    R Street's Andy Smarick joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss what the 13 House Republicans who voted against the national emergency have in common, his work for Chris Christie and Larry Hogan and the importance of government service for conservatives, and an update on 2020.

  • About Jared Kushner's Security Clearance

    March 5th, 2019  |  31 mins 59 secs
    congress, donald trump, executive power, jared kushner, national emergency, oversight, security clearance

    Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Jared Kushner's security clearance, the use and abuse of executive power, Congressional oversight, and national emergencies.

  • Confessions of an Oppo Man

    March 4th, 2019  |  46 mins 5 secs
    bias, donald trump, fox news, gop, media, michael jackson, wisconsin

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career as an oppo man, the rise and fall of the Wisconsin Mafia in the GOP, media bias and protecting the narrative, Fox News and its relationship with the White House, and the Michael Jackson documentary.

  • Alienated America

    March 1st, 2019  |  28 mins 15 secs
    alienated america, conservatism, midwest, tim carney, trump, voters

    Tim Carney from the Washington Examiner and American Enterprise Institute joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent column "The Holy War Over Trump" and his recently published book, "Alienated America."

  • What's a Libertarian to Do?

    February 28th, 2019  |  47 mins 15 secs
    congress, conservatism, cpac, fusionism, libertarianism, regulation, trump

    Reason magazine's editor-at-large Nick Gillespie joins Jim Swift and Charlie Sykes to discuss CPAC, conservatism, the fate of fusionism, and the future of conservatism and libertarianism in the age of Trump.