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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  • 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.

  • 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.