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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.
441 Episodes
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the death of RBG, the 2020 elections, and what can be done as President Trump drags us closer to crisis. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.
On today’s Bulwark Podcast, Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes to discuss pandemic and political panic, why President Trump thrives on chaos, and what the SCOTUS vacancy might mean for Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden. Plus, a discussion on presidential debate noise. Special Guest: Josh Kraushaar.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation (" Special Guest: David French.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the death of RBG, Mitt Romney's SCOTUS announcement, grievance and 2020 voters, and how the tyranny of the minority impacts our politics. Special Guest: Tim Miller.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her item ( on why Mitch McConnell will hold a vote on a replacement before the election. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.
On a special edition of The Bulwark Podcast, JVL, Sarah, and Jim join host Charlie Sykes to discuss how the Supreme Court vacancy will impact the 2020 election.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jonathan V. Last joins Charlie Sykes to discuss Joe Biden's CNN town hall, how Team Trump sets the Biden bar too low, and what you need to know about Bulwark+.
On today’s Bulwark Podcast, Robert Tracinski joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent items on the Anti-Flight 93 Election, and the Campus Surveillance State, and what the future of the right might be after Trump. Special Guest: Robert Tracinski.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, TIME's Charlotte Alter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her recent item on how conspiracies are shaping the election, how social media is fueling "the waterslide to hell" and why chaos is impossible to predict. Special Guest: Charlotte Alter.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Jack Goldsmith and Bob Bauer join host Charlie Sykes to discuss their new book: After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency. ( Special Guests: Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, S.V. Dáte joins Charlie Sykes to discuss President Trump's Nevada rally, his response to the Atlantic story about his alleged comments on American war dead, his relationship with the military, the polls, and the 2020 election. Special Guest: S.V. Dáte.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the anniversary of 9/11, Trump's bizarre comparison to Churchill, the 2020 election, and the fate of conservatism. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller and former Gov. Tom Ridge join Charlie Sykes to discuss the Bob Woodward tapes, the 2020 election, and what our elected officials can do to prepare for an influx of voting by mail. Special Guests: Governor Tom Ridge and Tim Miller.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, P.J. O'Rourke joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land. ( Special Guest: P.J. O'Rourke.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Brian Stelter joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth ( Special Guest: Brian Stelter.
On today's Bulwark podcast, Elizabeth Neumann joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss her tenure in President Trump's Department of Homeland Security, and how he often fuels the fire of far right extremism, why she left DHS, and 2020. Special Guest: Elizabeth Neumann.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes to discuss why Russia's role in the upcoming election is so important, and why Trump's history on Russia dealings matters. Plus, a discussion about debates, the polls, and Trump and Biden's messaging. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the President's bizarre soup rant, the 2020 polls and the red mirage, Kenosha, and how the DNI is changing how it briefs Congress and what that means. Special Guest: David Priess.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the unrest in Kenosha, Joe Biden's response, and how President Trump is mishandling COVID-19. Special Guest: Tim Miller.
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Sarah Blaskey and Nicholas Nehamas join Charlie Sykes to discuss their new book: The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency. ( Special Guests: Nicholas Nehamas and Sarah Blaskey.
Comments (52)

Mrrrrr Chicago

"I'm an Ayn Rand guy" ... bleh.

Sep 17th

Richard Thornton

Charlie, did you learn your multiplication tables in 2nd grade? Yesterday, 9/15, you said that “we had 48 days till the election”. Really? 7x7=48? Today, 9/16, you say 47 days till the election. I really don’t enjoy the countdown, but if you’re going to do one, at least get the arithmetic right!!

Sep 16th

Richard Thornton

Trump will win because americans are dumbasses.

Sep 15th

Fred Taylor

don't know if anyone at bulwark or lp will read comments, but I think an equal if not greater fear than trump winning a second term, is biden winning, we get complacent, and jr/ivanka/Jared gets the 2024 nomination. I hope your work carries on through a biden presidency.

Aug 28th


Tim is always a great guest. His insights into the modern Republican Party are second to none.

Aug 25th

Kyle Simmons

trump can't do much with a house that literally refuses to push anything but their own irrational agenda.

Aug 25th
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Enjoyed your podcast guys! I think Tim Miller would have liked the entire podcast about gross ass Bannon! I'll agree... he should have had more time! Listening to beginning of A.B. & Jonathan (obviously out of podcast order) I see you'd already covered Bannon! 🇺🇲 🇺🇲

Aug 24th

susan williams

Charlie, Thanks for another interesting podcast. I have been a Democrat since I was teenager ( during Vietnam) and have been adverse to many Republican views. However to be honest, I love intelligent discourse as you demonstrate on your show. To hear the "how and why" of why people believe as they do is fascinating and furthers understanding, in my opinion. My biggest hope is that after the Trump fiasco, we will continue the discourse and can bring about a more unified way of being Americans. Thank you for being you.

Aug 18th
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Gia Kitty

Thank you Charlie for the sanity I so appreciate it

Aug 15th

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
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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
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