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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  • All the King's Men

    January 10th, 2019  |  20 mins 20 secs
    congress, elections, gop, immigration, iowa, steve king

    Jonathan V. Last, Jim Swift, and Adam Rubenstein discuss the first primary challenge of 2020: Iowa’s Steve King.

  • The 1990s Roots of Trumpism

    January 9th, 2019  |  23 mins 52 secs
    1990s, donald trump, newt gingrich, trumpism

    NBC's Steve Kornacki joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the politics of the 1990s and how it gave way to Trumpism.

  • What is Trump About to Do?

    January 8th, 2019  |  31 mins 57 secs
    border wall, doj, matthew whitaker, mueller investigation, national emergency, president donald trump, william barr

    Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's address to the nation, what might happen if he declares a national emergency to build a border wall, the latest in the DOJ and the Mueller investigation.

  • Is Trumpism Crumbling Already?

    January 7th, 2019  |  19 mins 59 secs
    2020 election, donald trump, jonathan last, politics, primaries, the bulwark, trumpism

    In the first official Bulwark podcast, editor-at-large Bill Kristol and executive editor Jonathan V. Last join host and editor-in-chief Charlie Sykes to discuss the future of conservatism, the fate of Trumpism, the weird political moment, and how The Bulwark fits into it all.

  • Romney Causes Panic in Trumpland

    January 3rd, 2019  |  20 mins 34 secs
    bill kristol, bulwark podcast, charlie sykes, conservatism, donald trump, mitt romney

    Charlie Sykes is joined by Bill Kristol to discuss how Senator Mitt Romney's Washington Post op-ed has Trumpland in a panic.

  • Episode 1: Welcome to the Bulwark Podcast

    December 21st, 2018  |  33 mins 47 secs

    The conservative movement is in full-fledged civil war, the wheels appear to be coming off the Trump Train, and Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol couldn't be more excited for the holidays.