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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  • The Mueller Hangover

    July 26th, 2019  |  54 mins 54 secs
    congress, donald trump, hearings, robert mueller, spending

    Sarah Longwell and Andrew Egger discuss the aftermath of Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress—from disappointed #Resistance elegies to conspiratorial Trumpworld rambles—and break down the week's sundry news, the new hefty spending bill and the next round of Democratic debates.

  • Jonah Goldberg on Tribalism, Tolerance, and Identity Politics

    July 25th, 2019  |  54 mins 47 secs
    2020, gop, identity politics, mueller hearings, paul ryan, race, racism, tribalism

    Jonah Goldberg joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Mueller hearings, dog pictures on Twitter, the balkanization of tribalism on the right, how race, racism, and identity politics will play in 2020, and an update on his new venture.

  • Rick Wilson on the Battle of the Framing

    July 24th, 2019  |  43 mins 44 secs
    2020, aoc, congress, democrats, donald trump, economics, house freedom caucus, mitch mcconnell, republicans, robert mueller, socialism, twitter

    Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the first half of Robert Mueller's day on Capitol Hill, the two disparate audiences Congress is pandering to, why the "five minute rule" is stupid, and how socialism, economics, and racial politics will factor into the 2020 elections.

  • David Priess Previews the Mueller Hearing

    July 23rd, 2019  |  40 mins 58 secs
    congress, david priess, debt, deficit, donald trump, fbi, house of representatives, lawfare, mueller hearing, mueller report, robert mueller, spending

    David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to preview Wednesday's Mueller hearing.

  • David Frum on the New Nationalism

    July 22nd, 2019  |  46 mins 9 secs
    2020, democrats, donald trump, immigration, nationalism

    David Frum from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the "new nationalism" and how it could change the future of the GOP, the 2020 elections, and advice for Democrats (if they'll listen.)

  • David Jolly on The Chant

    July 19th, 2019  |  31 mins 40 secs

    David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's 2020 rally and the "send her back" chant at his recent rally in North Carolina.

  • Tim Alberta on American Carnage

    July 18th, 2019  |  33 mins 43 secs
    2016, 2020, civil war, donald trump, gop, party fighting, paul ryan, republicans

    Tim Alberta joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump."

  • Josh Kraushaar on the Culture Clash

    July 17th, 2019  |  39 mins 20 secs
    beto o'rourke, donald trump, mark sanford, nancy pelosi, racism, the squad, tweets, twitter

    Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the conservative / liberal culture clash playing out between President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, and The Squad.

  • Bill Kristol on Trump's Extreme Rhetoric

    July 16th, 2019  |  32 mins 23 secs
    2020, apollo 11, blue bubble, democrats, donald trump, flight 93, racism, twitter, wimbledon

    Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's racist tweetstorm, the method to the madness of his extreme rhetoric going into 2020, and how the Democrats are responding. Plus, Wimbeldon and Apollo 11.

  • Jane Coaston on the American Right in the Age of Trump

    July 15th, 2019  |  47 mins 28 secs
    conservatism, jane coaston, the right, trump

    Vox's Jane Coaston joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of the American right in the age of Trump.

  • Mona Charen and Gabriel Schoenfeld on Claremont and the New Nationalism

    July 12th, 2019  |  42 mins 14 secs
    claremont institute, jack posobiec, nationalism, paul ryan, robert mueller, social conservatism, social media summit, technology, tucker carlson

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Mona Charen and Gabriel Schoenfeld join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the growth of a new nationalism in the Republican party.

  • Sarah Longwell on "The Breakup"

    July 11th, 2019  |  35 mins 51 secs
    break up, left, megan rapinoe, never trump

    On today's Bulwark podcast, Bulwark publisher Sarah Longwell joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent piece "The Breakup" and the Megan Rapinoe-Trump controversy.

  • Ben Wittes on What Congress Should Ask Mueller

    July 10th, 2019  |  33 mins 14 secs
    ambassador, bill barr, emoluments, kim darroch, mueller, russia, seth rich, united kingdom

    Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the upcoming Mueller hearing, the recent reporting about Russia's involvement promoting the Seth Rich conspiracy, the resignation of Ambassador Kim Darroch, and the future of the emoluments clause.

  • Jim Acosta on Trump, the Press, and 2020.

    July 9th, 2019  |  36 mins 36 secs
    2020, cnn, donald trump, jim acosta, press corps, robert mueller, sarah sanders, the press, white house

    Jim Acosta joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America", the state of the White House press corps, the 2020 elections, and the coming Mueller hearing.

  • Monday Megacast

    July 8th, 2019  |  41 mins 21 secs
    4th of july, donald trump, jeffrey epstein, justin amash, soccer

    Andrew Egger and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Fourth of July fanfare on the mall, Justin Amash going rogue, the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, and the USWNT win.

  • Kim Wehle on How to Read the Constitution

    July 5th, 2019  |  25 mins 7 secs
    books, constitution, history, kim wehle, law

    On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her now book: "How to Read the Constitution—and Why."