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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  • Brad Thor on Writing in a Thrilling Age

    June 11th, 2019  |  41 mins 38 secs
    books, brad thor, middle east, novels, politics, thrillers, writing

    Brad Thor joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss what it's like writing political thrillers in a thrilling age. He talks about his experience seeing what his characters do in the real world, why he's not going to primary Trump, and the current state of tribalism in conservative politics.

  • Trump's Tariff Threat Addiction

    June 10th, 2019  |  42 mins 12 secs
    abortion, big tech, hyde amendment, joe biden, josh hawley, mexico, steve bannon, tariffs, trade, trump

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to talk about Joe Biden's Hyde amendment struggles, President Trump's tariff threat addiction, and why Sen. Josh Hawley is over the age of Pelagius.

  • Tom Nichols's Rules for Flying

    June 7th, 2019  |  35 mins 53 secs
    donald trump, flying, nancy pelosi, normandy, sean hannity, tom nichols

    Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his six rules for flying, Sean Hannity's self-own, and President Trump's Normandy insults.

  • Peter Wehner on How to Heal Our Republic

    June 6th, 2019  |  47 mins 15 secs

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Peter Wehner from the Ethics and Public Policy Center joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book, "The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump."

  • David Priess on Impeachment and Consequences

    June 5th, 2019  |  30 mins 12 secs
    2020, congress, democrats, impeachment, mueller report, nancy pelosi

    David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about how Congress is handling the Mueller Report's release, their investigation, and the potential for impeachment by the House. Will Pelosi pull the trigger?

  • Gideon Resnick on Biden, Buttigieg, and Booing

    June 4th, 2019  |  35 mins 35 secs
    2020, biden, boos, buttigieg, climate, delaney, democrats, hickenlooper, howard schultz, impeachment, primary

    Gideon Resnick from The Daily Beast joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 democratic primary. Whether it's Biden avoiding the boos of California democrats, Mayor Pete offering up a sound byte on Al Franken, or the strategy of impeachment, it has been a busy week. Plus, what the heck happened to Howard Schultz?

  • Weekend Megacast

    June 1st, 2019  |  40 mins 29 secs
    censure, donald trump, hearings, impeachment, justin amash, mueller report, tariffs, townhall, trade war, uss john mccain

    Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to talk about Justin Amash's town hall meeting, how Congress is abdicating its role on trade, the petty sleight of the White House over the U.S.S. John McCain, and whether the House will consider censure, impeachment, or just hold hearings.

  • Mark Sanford on Cautionary Tales

    May 31st, 2019  |  31 mins 19 secs
    conservatism, donald trump, fiscal responsibility, gop, mark sanford

    Mark Sanford joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his break with President Trump, the current state of the GOP and conservatism, and the concern about how pure tribalism is a bad development, even if you don't fear political death.

  • What Congress Should do in a Post-Mueller World

    May 30th, 2019  |  36 mins 42 secs
    bill barr, congress, doj, donald trump, mueller report, obstruction of justice

    Paul Rosenzweig and Jeffrey Harris join host Charlie Sykes to talk about the end of the Mueller investigation and what Congress should do next.

  • Tom Cotton on Sacred Duty

    May 29th, 2019  |  30 mins 56 secs
    arlington, cemetery, global war on terrorism, military, tom cotton, u.s. army

    Senator Tom Cotton joins host Jim Swift to discuss his new book "Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery."

  • Matt Lewis on Racism on the Right

    May 28th, 2019  |  44 mins 42 secs
    conservatism, donald trump, journalism, kim jong un, matt lewis, punditry, racism, seb gorka

    Matt Lewis joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about racism on the right, and what to do about it, Seb Gorka's strange missive, how Trump has taken politics past the water's edge, and shares advice to aspiring pundits.

  • The Marx Brothers Presidency

    May 24th, 2019  |  39 mins 37 secs
    abortion, bill barr, conservatism, deep fakes, donald trump, fake news, feud, pelosi, trumpism, white house

    Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to talk about the abasement of the White House staff, how Trumpism is percolating out into the conservative movement, the coming scourge of deep fakes, and AG Barr's new plenary power.

  • Jerry Taylor on What Changed His Mind on Climate Change

    May 23rd, 2019  |  41 mins 23 secs
    climate change, environment, justin amash, republicans

    Jerry Taylor from the Niskanen Center joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his conversion from climate change skepticism and what Justin Amash's stand might mean for Donald Trump in 2020.

  • Kim Wehle on the Degradation of Congress

    May 22nd, 2019  |  41 mins 30 secs
    congress, donald trump, executive authority, impeachment, oversight, treasury

    Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the court battles over the power of the congressional subpoena.

  • Tim Miller on Justin Amash and Courage

    May 21st, 2019  |  30 mins 52 secs
    donald trump, fox news, impeachment, joe biden, justin amash, mitt romney, pete buttigieg

    Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Rep. Justin Amash's bold statement on impeachment, Mitt Romney's cautious approach, how Biden is shining, and Pete Buttigieg's Fox News moment.

  • John Gans on The White House's Warriors

    May 20th, 2019  |  25 mins 6 secs
    books, john bolton, michael flynn, national security council, obama, steve bannon, trump, war, white house

    John Gans joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War"