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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  • Why We Quit RedState

    February 1st, 2019  |  36 mins 47 secs, salem, trump

    Andrea Ruth and Kimberly Ross join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their resignation from

  • My Big Fat Chris Christie Book

    January 31st, 2019  |  32 mins 55 secs
    a.b. stoddard, chris christie, shut down, trump, wall

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard and Jonathan V. Last join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Chris Christie's new book, the wall, and the potential for a second government shutdown.

  • Can there Be a Party of Reality in 2020?

    January 30th, 2019  |  37 mins 44 secs
    2020, conservatism, democrats, gop, trump

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss whether or not there can be a party of reality in the 2020 elections.

  • The "Vote Against, Not For" Election?

    January 29th, 2019  |  28 mins 15 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, howard schultz, kamala harris

    Caleb Howe and Ben Howe join host Charlie Sykes to discuss why the 2020 election season might be one where people are more inclined to vote against, rather than for.

  • David Jolly Takes Howard Schultz Seriously

    January 28th, 2019  |  39 mins 4 secs
    2020, donald trump, elections, howard schultz

    Former Congressman David Jolly, now a commentator, joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his path out of the GOP, the failure of Republican messaging during the shutdown, and why he is taking Howard Schultz seriously as an independent candidate for President.

  • Is America Still Exceptional?

    January 25th, 2019  |  31 mins 43 secs
    2020, conservative media, donald trump, primaries

    Michael Medved joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss divine providence, America's role in the world, how 1968 might influence 2020, and the state of conservative media.

  • Does Everything Trump Touches Die?

    January 24th, 2019  |  37 mins 20 secs
    conservatism, gop, trump

    Author Molly Jong Fast and political consultant and author Rick Wilson join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of Trumpism and the Republican Party.

  • A Crisis of Faith

    January 23rd, 2019  |  30 mins 54 secs
    faith, politics, social media

    Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the intersection of faith and politics on the internet.

  • Tim Miller on 2020

    January 22nd, 2019  |  43 mins 41 secs

    Political consultant Tim Miller joins guest hosts Jonathan V. Last and Sarah Longwell to preview the 2020 race.

  • Is Liberal Democracy in Retreat?

    January 21st, 2019  |  36 mins 49 secs
    bill barr, executive power, liberal democracy, norms and traditions Executive Director Ian Bassin joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of liberal democracy in America and around the world.

  • Why is Trump Afraid of Putin?

    January 18th, 2019  |  33 mins 58 secs
    donald trump, robert mueller, russia

    Professor Tom Nichols, author of 'The Death of Expertise' joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest about the Mueller investigation, how folks on the right are reacting, and what they tell themselves to make the pain go away.

  • The 1970s Roots of Trumpism

    January 17th, 2019  |  38 mins 41 secs
    1970s, conservatism, trump, trumpism

    Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse join Charlie Sykes to discuss their new book 'Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974."

  • Daniel Krauthammer on 'The Point of It All'

    January 16th, 2019  |  22 mins 30 secs
    books, charles krauthammer, conservatism, daniel krauthammer, the point of it all

    Daniel Krauthammer is here to talk about his late father, and his father's last book, which he edited, 'The Point of It All.'

  • Confessions of a Recovering Libertarian

    January 15th, 2019  |  37 mins 53 secs
    democrats, gop, ideology, libertarianism, partisanship, pluralism, politics

    Charlie Sykes hosts Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center to discuss his confessions as a recovering libertarian, how the decline of broad political knowledge is fueling excessive partisanship, and the future of moderation in our hyper-partisan times.

  • Tucker Carlson is Wrong

    January 14th, 2019  |  29 mins 43 secs
    donald trump, populism, tucker carlson

    On today's Daily Bulwark podcast, National Review's David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Tucker Carlson's "victimhood populism" and its recent popularity on the right, and what he gets wrong.

  • Who's Up For A Purge?

    January 11th, 2019  |  43 mins 13 secs
    beards, beto o'rourke, bigotry, donald trump, mitt romney, shutdown, steve king, ted cruz, texas

    Matt Lewis joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Steve King's harm toward the GOP, why we need to purge bigots, how Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are crossing streams, the shutdown, and what Mitt Romney's Senate career will yield.