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Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.
408 Episodes
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jim Sciutto joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest in Belarus, how President Trump has politicized the intelligence community, and his new book The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World ( Special Guest: Jim Sciutto.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, AEI's Adam J. White joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the recent spate of executive orders by President Trump, the politics of tax deferral and brinksmanship, and how they're at odds with Constitutional order. Special Guest: Adam J. White.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's new religious case against Joe Biden, the President's threats to use Obama-esque Executive Orders to circumvent Congress on the COVID-19 response, and Trump and his future in the GOP. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the bizarre Jerry Falwell, Jr. interview, the 2020 election and debates, Kanye, and the spinelessness of Tennessee's Bill Hagerty. Special Guest: Tim Miller.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Rick Wilson joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his forthcoming book, Running Against the Devil (, the Lincoln Project's plan to attack the Trumpian death star, and the politics of pain as a teacher. Special Guest: Rick Wilson.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the 2020 election, the 2024 election, as well as the "burn it all down" debate within the GOP. Special Guest: Tom Nichols.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Stuart Stevens joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the "burn it down" mentality of Never Trump, his book, "It Was All a Lie (," 2020, 2024, whether the party wants to change, and if character is destiny. Special Guest: Stuart Stevens.
Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes to talk about how Trump is gaslighting the election, the doom loop between Trump and his enablers, and the passing of Herman Cain. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Norman Eisen joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book A Case for the American People: The United States v. Donald J. Trump ( and what it was like behind the scenes during impeachment. Special Guest: Norman Eisen.
On today's Bulwark Podcast David Priess joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Bill Barr's visit to Capitol Hill, Trump's answer on Russian bounties, his bizarre defense of the Demon Sperm doctor, and discussions about COVID-19 relief and the Veepstakes. Special Guest: David Priess.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Matt Lewis joins Charlie Sykes to discuss whether Trump skeptics should make downballot Republicans pay for Trumpism. Plus, a chat over COVID-19 and Democratic governors and mobs. Special Guest: Matt Lewis.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Rick Tyler joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Still Right: An Immigrant-Loving, Hybrid-Driving, Composting American Makes the Case for Conservatism (" and a discussion on the future of conservatism and Trumpism and whether the two can coincide. Special Guest: Rick Tyler.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the conventions, the debate on policy vs. punishment for Trumpism, Ghislaine Maxwell, and the latest debates about a stimulus bill. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Kim Wehle joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's strange obsession with a cognitive test, the DHS descending on Portland, and the 2020 election. Special Guest: Kim Wehle.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jake Tapper joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss "The Outpost" a movie based on his book, and the latest about the 2020 election. Special Guest: Jake Tapper.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Claire McCaskill joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest happenings in Missouri, Portland, the politics of Trumpian reality TV, and the future of the Senate. Special Guest: Senator Claire McCaskill.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Daniel Drezner joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's disastrous interview with Chris Wallace, the last six months until the inauguration, and the "prospect theory" and President Trump's high risk moves. Special Guest: Daniel Drezner.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest 2020 polls, and why we should expect a recount in 2020. Plus, a discussion about the end of the careers of Justin Amash and Jeff Sessions. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the fall of Brad Parscale, the bad polls for Donald Trump, and the fantasy of secret Trump voters and poll trutherism. Special Guest: Tim Miller.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's Rose Garden Rally, Tuberville's thumping of Sessions, the effect of COVID-19 on the federal stockpile, plus a look at the 2020 Senate landscape, the Veepstakes, and Rush Limbaugh's descent into madness. Special Guest: Jonathan Allen.
Comments (38)

Michael Bogin

great episode

Aug 5th

Dore Sutton

The Bulwarks is my favorite podcast. Never miss a episode.

Jul 23rd

Bob Daye

This podcast is a rant against Trump like all the MSM.

Jul 19th

Mike Brennan

Staying home, wearing a mask and maintaining distance are about balancing risk, not absolute instruction. if you are in a burning building, forget mask and distance and get outside. For some Americans, police violence against blacks is a burning building.

Jun 30th

Mike Brennan

re: Covid19 vs blm demonstration: public health warnings are a combination of medical science, sociology, Politics and psychology. Don't wear masks, save them for providers, then wear masks to protect others. Stay home , avoid crowds: but that doesn't mean stay in the house if the house is on fire. blm demonstrators are disregarding the stay home order because their house is on fire.

Jun 18th

Darryll Dennis

Good afternoon, Charlie. We Blacks know defunding & dismantling of police will result only in more victimization for us. We want equitable & just policing. not an absence of policing. The loud minority is getting the press. Please, stay focused.

Jun 9th

Jennie Breuninger

Always love hearing from A.B. Stoddard. Another interesting conversation. Never miss listening to the daily podcast. The newsletters are great reading too!

May 28th

Mrrrrr Chicago

I really appreciate the humility in this episode. Looking at the past errors is something we're not usually so good at. Too, the acknowledgement of the birthers in this administration is huge. I'm so glad that you guys arent willing to overlook these gross people.

Apr 21st

Mike Brennan

So, Charlie, do you remember when you discovered that you couldn't use 'kabuki' to describe a performative political act, because it was an racist act or cultural appropriation or something? Today you received instruction that you can no longer point out the silliness of pronoun sensitivity without receiving (very gentle) criticism that it demonstrates insensitivity to lgbtq folk. A pastor I know starts every sermon by saying ' I am Emily, my pronouns are she, her and hers'. But it's only an issue for us old folks who are watching the youngsters negotiate this tectonic social change. It's their idea, not ours. So it seems strange and awkward and amusing to us. Which really pisses them off. On the brighter side, it gives us a chance to channel our grandparents, disapproving of the raucous music, ridiculous dances, and silly patois of the youngsters. Dinosaurs mocked the mammals, old Indians mocked young Indians cuz they wanted to use obsidian when flint worked just as hang in there. As you get older, you will run out of fucks to give, and the silliness of the young will seem adorable instead of offensive. Anyway, you are still the best of pundits, celebrate the fact that the Dems migrated away from Sanders and toward Biden as you suggested. Maybe rationality will break out, Covid19 will thin the ranks of Trump's minions, moderate Dems and moderate Reeps will walk together into a golden dawn of fiscal responsibility and social justice.

Mar 11th

Shari Lynn

Agree that progressives need to be less disdainful of faith and religion.

Mar 10th

Shari Lynn

Fascinating discussion. Now do Michigan. I live in moderate MI CD08.

Mar 2nd

Mike Brennan

Ahh, the symphony of nevertrump reeps whining about the poverty of alternatives in the 2020 presidential election. It never gets old. You could stop whining and redirect your energy to generating a third party moderate candidate, recognizing and accepting the catastrophic absence of sane leadership in both parties. It would be a dangerous move, and might sacrifice your place in history, but at least there might be a future in which historians could criticize.

Feb 24th

Mike Brennan

I save the bulwark 'cast for last, planning on the sustained quality and comfort of moderate conservative thinking. You never disappoint... usually. Plain, rational thought and consistency of position... mostly. But occasionally you do a 180 in the middle of a sentence: "Trump is an existential threat to the rule of law and constitutional democracy, but I could not vote for a socialist, it is a bridge too far." I s that because Bernie is also a threat to democracy? Have socialist policies like Medicaid and social security damaged the national fiber? Can Bernie conceivably muster the votes to pass something Medicare for all? of course not. Get over it. Nicole Wallace will vote for Bernie's bus if it is the alternative to Trump, and she is way cuter than you. Not smarter, but cuter. She is smart enough to invite you to join her show, which redeems it immensely. Love you, Charlie.

Feb 19th

Mike Brennan

Charlie, yours is the best of the podcasts, and you are the best of panel guests on the news shows that you do. Thanks for keeping the flame alive. You often suggest that the Dems are going to blow this election, and it certainly seems to be coming true. Why not take it out of their hands, and mount a third party challenge from center right? With you as the presidential candidate, Mike Murphy as Veep...maybe Mona Charon as Veep....or mitt...this is very doable, since Romney established a non-trump conservative caucus in the Senate. Small caucus, too be sure, but a start. Call it the bull moose party, or the golden gophers, or maybe just the scumbags. Work with me, here...

Feb 7th

Mike Brennan

I am pretty sure that Charlie has been telling us for months that the near certain outcome of the impeachment process will be acquittal by a party line vote. Now he and Wehle indicate that the Dems failed us by not pursuing judicial enforcement of subpoenas: if only that criticism had been off the table, they imply that Trumpette senators would realize their duty to history. Probably not. The articles of impeachment were a turd on the Senate table; polishing the turd would not change its nature.

Jan 31st

JK Villahermosa

Enjoyed this a lot except for the guests phone sound - needs the treble noise removed :)

Oct 23rd
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Mike Brennan

Axelrod and Sykes. What a podcast series that would be. Maybe it would help recreate the liberal republican /conservative Democrat pool that served our country so well for so long. Maybe it would cure baldness, flatulence and the common cold. Anyway, it couldn't hoit. s Strong work, gentlemen.

Oct 20th
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A. E. Bedz

There needs to be a Michael Steele G&T hour. that would be awesome. Make it happen.

Sep 23rd

Mike Brennan

Wilson and Sykes are intelligent and insightful pols who articulate all the reasons Beto's gun position is silly. They seem to have lost their humility after confidently predicting Trump's defeat because of his silly ideas. Perhaps the libs are not alone in living in a bubble. Love you, Sykes, but please do not forget how profoundly wrong you got it quite recently. Perhaps a disclaimer before each podcast...

Sep 18th

Mike Brennan

Charlie's performance on the Nicole Wallace show was flawless: he identified the issues with Trump's behavior, with the Dems presidential campaign, preserved the civility of the discussion, and spoke truth to power. Masterful job, sir.

Sep 12th
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