The Bulwark Podcast

The Bulwark Podcast

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Smart, Conservative, Never Tribal
The Mueller Report and Deja Vu
Apr 17 • 43 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the burning of Notre Dame, the forthcoming Mueller Report, and how Bill Weld factors into the 2020 elections.Special Guest: Tom Nichols.
Can Bernie Beat Trump?
Apr 16 • 49 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Sarah Longwell and Jonathan V. Last join Charlie Sykes to discuss their recent stories about Bernie Sanders and the 2020 Democratic field. Can he actually win it all?
Howard Schultz: If I’m Running
Apr 15 • 34 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his bus tour of the heartland, why he's exploring a run for president, and why he thinks our two-party system is broken.Special Guest: Howard Schultz.
Taegan Goddard on Florida, Medicare For All, and 2020
Apr 12 • 34 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, PoliticalWire.com's Taegan Goddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the recent arrest of Julian Assange, the indictment of Michael Avenatti, how Florida and Medicare for All is going to factor into the 2020 Democratic…
Tim Miller on Joe Biden
Apr 11 • 38 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent story on the Joe Biden kabuki theatre, Episcopalians and the presidency, Bill Barr and the Mueller report, and the rationing of contempt.Special Guest: Tim Miller.
Midweek Expanded Megacast
Apr 10 • 41 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, guest host Jim Swift is joined by Jonathan V. Last, Andrew Egger, and Ben Parker to discuss tax season, Devin Nunes's unserious lawsuits, Candace Owens's House testimony, the forthcoming(?) Mueller report, Twexit, and surreal…
Shooting Straight with Major Garrett
Apr 9 • 34 min
On today's podcast, CBS chief White House correspondent Major Garrett joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book about the Trump presidency (Mr. Trump's Wild Ride), his experience as a journalist, and the the trouble with cable news.Special Guest:…
Linda Chavez on the Ascendency of Stephen Miller
Apr 8 • 32 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Linda Chavez joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen, her legacy at DHS, and a look at some of the potential replacements.Special Guest: Linda Chavez.
JVL’s April Democratic Power Rankings
Apr 5 • 44 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, executive editor Jonathan V. Last joins host Charlie Sykes to break down his April Democratic primary power rankings.Special Guest: Jonathan V. Last.
Steve Kornacki on the Dead Cat Bounce
Apr 4 • 29 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, NBC's Steve Kornacki joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent article on why President Trump got no bounce after the conclusion of the Mueller probe, and where that positions him for 2020.Special Guest: Steve Kornacki.
Trump Unbound
Apr 3 • 37 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Christian Vanderbrouk joins Jim Swift and host Charlie Sykes to discuss what a Trump second term might look like, and the growth of radicalism in the GOP.Special Guest: Christian Vanderbrouk.
Going Broke on Woke
Apr 2 • 34 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Washington Post Data Analyst David Byler and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 election, whether the Democrats will go for broke on being woke, Donald Trump and the Presidency on easy mode, and whether or…
The Matriarch
Apr 1 • 32 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, USA Today's Susan Page joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her brand new book "The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty."Special Guest: Susan Page.
The Cluelessness of Steve Moore
Mar 29 • 37 min
Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the potential nomination of Steven Moore by President Trump to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank.Special Guest: Catherine Rampell.
A Political Nightmare
Mar 28 • 32 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, frequent contributor A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her story about Johnny Isakson's rebuke of President Trump, why Lindsey Graham isn't sticking up for his lifelong friend, A.G. Barr's letter on the Mueller…
Candidate Character Matters
Mar 27 • 33 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, National Journal's Josh Kraushaar joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why the road to 2020 will likely focus more on Trump's behavior than it will on pocketbook issues, why the Democratic hopefuls largely skipped AIPAC, and the…
Kevin Williamson, Heretic
Mar 26 • 39 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, National Review's Kevin D. Williamson joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss online outrage mobs, his brief tenure at 'The Atlantic', his views on President Trump, and what he really said about dying towns. His forthcoming book…
What Now for the Mueller Report?
Mar 25 • 23 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, contributor Kim Wehle joins us to discuss AG Barr's letter to Congress and what's next for the Mueller Report.Special Guest: Kim Wehle.
Two Angry Strategists
Mar 22 • 49 min
Mike Murphy and Stuart Stevens join host Charlie Sykes to discuss the crowded 2020 field, vice presidential picks, whether Joe Biden has a path, and why candidates should run as the best version of themselves.Special Guests: Mike Murphy and Stuart Stevens.
Weld Tests the Waters
Mar 21 • 39 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career in public service, the 2016 election, and why he's testing the waters in 2020. Special Guest: Bill Weld.
The It Factor
Mar 20 • 40 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the Beto Woke Wars, the importance of policy positions in a crowded primary, and the "it factor."Special Guest: Tim Miller.
The Craziest Twitter Weekend Ever
Mar 19 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President's Trump's troubling weekend Twitter frenzy, the importance of presidential rhetoric, the 2020 election, and the bipartisan rebuke of President Trump's national…
Love Your Enemies
Mar 18 • 32 min
Arthur Brooks joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt", how Twitter, television, and the outrage industrial complex inhibits our ability to persuade each…
The Emergency Declaration and the Courts
Mar 15 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Carrie Cordero from Center for a New American Security joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about Congress's termination of the president's national emergency declaration, the status of the Mueller probe, and Paul Manafort and…
Betomania
Mar 14 • 41 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss 2020 and Betomania, why Speaker Pelosi isn't itching to pursue impeachment, the problems caused for Democrats by the renegade band of freshmen members, Paul Ryan's strange…
Why I Left Fox News
Mar 13 • 40 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bernard Goldberg joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career in journalism, cable news, the "strange new respect" phenomenon, and why he left Fox News. Special Guest: Bernard Goldberg.
The Fellowship of the Miserable
Mar 12 • 40 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, National Review's David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss GOP victories pre-Trump, how they botched the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and what the future holds for the Pro-Life movement. Plus, the how the law of…
How Technology Changes Us
Mar 11 • 32 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Christine Rosen from Commentary Magazine joins Jim Swift and Jonathan V. Last to discuss Alex Trebek and the legacy of Jeopardy!, and how the rapid growth of technology is changing society. (And not necessarily for the…
Trump’s Biggest Week, Ever
Mar 8 • 28 min
Linda Chavez joins Charlie Sykes to discuss why the last week of February was the most important week of Trump's Presidency. How his presidency fared regarding Michael Cohen's testimony, the North Korea summit, to the vote to overturn his national…
Thursday Megacast
Mar 7 • 40 min
On today's Bulwark Megacast, Ben Parker, Andrew Egger, and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to talk about Sheriff David Clarke, the Democrats' fumble over condemning anti-Semitism, why Canada doesn't always send us their best, and the tarnished legacy of…
Blue States, Red Governors
Mar 6 • 36 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, R Street's Andy Smarick joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss what the 13 House Republicans who voted against the national emergency have in common, his work for Chris Christie and Larry Hogan and the importance of government…
About Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance
Mar 5 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Jared Kushner's security clearance, the use and abuse of executive power, Congressional oversight, and national emergencies.Special Guest: David Priess.
Confessions of an Oppo Man
Mar 4 • 46 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his career as an oppo man, the rise and fall of the Wisconsin Mafia in the GOP, media bias and protecting the narrative, Fox News and its relationship with the White House, and the…
Alienated America
Mar 1 • 28 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Tim Carney from the Washington Examiner and American Enterprise Institute joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent column "The Holy War Over Trump" and his recently published book, "Alienated America."Special Guest: Tim…
What’s a Libertarian to Do?
Feb 28 • 47 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Reason magazine's editor-at-large Nick Gillespie joins Jim Swift and Charlie Sykes to discuss CPAC, conservatism, the fate of fusionism, and the future of conservatism and libertarianism in the age of Trump.Special Guest: Nick…
Why the GOP is Afraid of Trump
Feb 27 • 25 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, former Congressman Joe Walsh joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his changing views on President Trump, why Republicans in Congress are so afraid of President Trump, why they're running interference for him at the Cohen…
Russia, If You’re Listening…
Feb 26 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Priess from Lawfare joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Mueller Investigation, what we know the Russians did, and how they did it, Michael Cohen's Tuesday hill testimony, the vote to terminate President Trump's…
Monday Megacast
Feb 25 • 36 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast join Jim Swift and Jonathan V. Last to talk about CPAC, President Trump's jaunt to Asia, Q Anon, the Oscars and Bill Maher.Special Guests: Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson.
David Frum and the Long View
Feb 22 • 33 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, David Frum from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his path from presidential speechwriter to party pariah, where the GOP has dropped the ball on everything from financial crisis to Obamacare, and what the…
Will We See the Mueller Report?
Feb 21 • 33 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, frequent contributor and legal expert Kim Wehle joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the apparent beginning of the end of the Mueller Investigation. Will we see the report? She also discusses the revelations in Andrew…
The McCabe Show
Feb 20 • 39 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the rollout of Andrew McCabe's new book, a look at his tenure at the FBI, and an update on the Mueller Investigation and President Trump's transparent…
Congress in a Cul-de-sac
Feb 19 • 33 min
Today on the Bulwark Podcast, Adam J. White from the Antonin Scalia School of Law joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's declared national emergency, congressional gridlock, and how the growth of unilateral regulatory action might cause…
Why I Am Staying in the GOP
Feb 18 • 30 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss why he's remaining a Republican, the current state of the RNC and Trumpism, his relationship with Reince Priebus, President Trump's so-called National…
First One In
Feb 15 • 46 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Democratic Presidential Candidate John Delaney joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his campaign (he's been running since July of 2017), where he stands on the issues, and where he thinks Americans can find common ground.…
Catering to the Edges
Feb 14 • 34 min
On today's wide-ranging (NSFW) podcast, political strategist Rick Wilson and writer Molly Jong-Fast join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Valentine's Day, the Democrats and their strange obsession with political death, why Reps. Ilhan Omar and AOC are…
Could the Democrats Blow it in 2020?
Feb 13 • 37 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, National Journal's Josh Kraushaar joins Jim Swift and host Charlie Sykes to talk about whether things like the "Green New Deal" and socialized medicine and their role in moving the Democratic party lefteward will doom the…
The Show Must Go On
Feb 12 • 29 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mark McKinnon from Showtime's "The Circus" joins guest host Jonathan V. Last and Jim Swift to discuss how he makes his weekly show, why he's done with campaigns, a handicap of the Democratic 2020 race, and the importance of…
What is Trumpian Foreign Policy?
Feb 11 • 36 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake joins host Charlie Sykes to examine the first two years of President Trump's foreign policy.Special Guest: Eli Lake.
A Dose of Factual Feminism
Feb 8 • 25 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Christina Hoff Sommers from the American Enterprise Institute joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest about Virginia's political scandal and Twitter mobs and Twitter justice.Special Guest: Christina Hoff Sommers.
The Bulwark SOTU Megacast
Feb 6 • 38 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, host Charlie Sykes is joined by executive editor Jonathan V. Last, senior editor Jim Swift, and senior writer Andrew Egger to discuss Andy Cohen's baby gender reveal, the ongoing controversy in Virginia, and Tuesday's State of…
Removing a President
Feb 5 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his two books: "The President's Book of Secrets" and "How to Get Rid of a President."Special Guest: David Priess.
Social Justice in America
Feb 4 • 34 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Commentary Magazine Associate Editor Noah Rothman joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America."Special Guest: Noah Rothman.
Make Congress Great Again
Feb 2 • 25 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, George Mason University Law School's Adam J. White joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the growth of executive power, and what precedent President Trump might set if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the…
Why We Quit RedState
Feb 1 • 36 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Andrea Ruth and Kimberly Ross join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their resignation from Redstate.comSpecial Guests: Andrea Ruth and Kimberly Ross.
My Big Fat Chris Christie Book
Jan 31 • 32 min
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.Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard.
Can there Be a Party of Reality in 2020?
Jan 30 • 37 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen and Jim Swift join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's insults toward the intelligence community, his overtures toward North Korea, and whether or not there can be a party of reality in the 2020 elections.Special…
The “Vote Against, Not For” Election?
Jan 29 • 28 min
On today's Daily Bulwark Podcast, 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, and how the mainstream media has followed right wing…
David Jolly Takes Howard Schultz Seriously
Jan 28 • 39 min
On today's Daily Bulwark Podcast, 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…
Is America Still Exceptional?
Jan 25 • 31 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Michael Medved joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss divine providence, America's role in the world, how 1968 might influence 2020, Michael's career in radio, and the state of conservative media.Special Guest: Michael Medved.
Does Everything Trump Touches Die?
Jan 24 • 37 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, 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. Special Guests: Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson.
A Crisis of Faith
Jan 23 • 30 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Peter Wehner from the Ethics and Public Policy Center joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the intersection of faith and politics on the internet.Special Guest: Peter Wehner.
Tim Miller on 2020
Jan 22 • 43 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Political consultant Tim Miller joins guest hosts Jonathan V. Last and Sarah Longwell to discuss his path in politics and to preview the 2020 presidential race.Special Guest: Tim Miller.
Is Liberal Democracy in Retreat?
Jan 21 • 36 min
On today's Bulwark podcast, ProtectDemocracy.org Executive Director Ian Bassin joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the state of liberal democracy in America and around the world, the nomination of Bill Barr to be Attorney General, and why norms and traditions…
Why is Trump Afraid of Putin?
Jan 18 • 33 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, 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…
The 1970s Roots of Trumpism
Jan 17 • 38 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast Princeton history professors and co-authors Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their new book _Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974. _Special Guests: Julian E. Zelizer and Kevin…
Daniel Krauthammer on ‘The Point of It All’
Jan 16 • 22 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Daniel Krauthammer joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his late father, and his last book, which he edited, 'The Point of It All.'Special Guest: Daniel Krauthammer.
Confessions of a Recovering Libertarian
Jan 15 • 37 min
On today's Daily Bulwark Podcast, Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Jerry's confessions as a recovering libertarian, virtue signalling in the GOP, how the decline of broad political knowledge is fueling excessive…
Tucker Carlson is Wrong
Jan 14 • 29 min
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. Also, why the much-debated potential for President…
Who’s Up For A Purge?
Jan 11 • 43 min
Matt Lewis joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Steve King's harm toward the GOP, the bigoted infighting of the Ft. Worth GOP, how Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are crossing streams, the latest about the shutdown, and what Mitt Romney's Senate career will…
All the King’s Men
Jan 10 • 20 min
On today’s Bulwark podcast, Jonathan V. Last, Jim Swift, and Adam Rubenstein discuss the first primary challenge of 2020: Iowa’s Steve King.Special Guests: Adam Rubenstein and Jim Swift.
The 1990s Roots of Trumpism
Jan 9 • 23 min
On today's Bulwark Podcast NBC's Steve Kornacki joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the politics of the 1990s and how it gave way to Trumpism, and his new book The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political TribalismSpecial Guest: Steve…
What is Trump About to Do?
Jan 8 • 31 min
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 with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and…
Is Trumpism Crumbling Already?
Jan 7 • 19 min
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…
Romney Causes Panic in Trumpland
Jan 3 • 20 min
In this special pre-launch episode of The Bulwark Podcast, Charlie Sykes is joined by Bill Kristol to discuss how Senator Mitt Romney's Washington Post op-ed has Trumpland in a panic. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.
Episode 1: Welcome to the Bulwark Podcast
Dec 21, 2018 • 33 min
Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard, tells host Charlie Sykes that the spirit of the magazine will live on. Plus, Mattis, Syria, the shutdown, and much more.Special Guest: Bill Kristol.