The Bulwark Podcast

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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Tim Miller: China, Zucker, Schumer, SCOTUS, Cou...
On our weekend omnibus podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to vent about it all.
50 min
102
Scott MacFarlane: Jan. 6 Committee Is Connectin...
Congressional committee hearings can be a hot mess. But the Jan. 6 committee is moving with strategic steps and a unified message — it fits the moment. CBS News' Scott MacFarlane joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
103
George Packer: Afghanistan Was Biden's Saigon
Biden's empathy didn't extend to Afghan allies — like interpreters — who risked their lives for our troops. When the administration didn't plan for their exit, vets, soldiers, and others came together to save lives. The Atlantic's George Packer joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
104
Dana Milbank: The Right's Snowflakes
As Black History Month gets underway, teachers around the country are afraid to teach about civil rights or reconstruction. Meanwhile, Glenn Youngkin's kids are learning all about CRT at their tony private schools. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
105
Will Saletan: We Are Too Politically Segregated
Don't only talk to people you agree with politically. Break free from the echo chamber, and help cure our tribalism. Will Saletan officially joins The Bulwark — and Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
106
A.B. Stoddard: MAGA in Disarray
Trump's kingmaking keeps hitting bumps in the road, and the GOP is helping to spread Covid as an electoral strategy. Plus, why does Schumer's sloppy leadership get so little notice? A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
107
Matt Bennett: This Is a Paul Revere Moment
The Democratic establishment needs to wake up. The time is now for democracy's allies to unify and stop the Big Lie from becoming the Big Coup. Third Way's Matt Bennett joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
108
David Priess: Beware of Russian Trolls
Parts of Ukraine are physically closer to — and more culturally aligned with — Central and Western Europe than they are to Russia. Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
109
Ruy Teixeira: What Would the Working Class Say?
Increased turnout and more nonwhite voters don't give Democrats the edge. To win, they have to remember the mantra: What Would the Working Class Say? Ruy Teixeira joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
110
Bill Kristol: The Dysfunction Is a Pre-Existing...
Newt Gingrich's recklessness with partisanship was a precursor of where we are today, and now Trump's followers, like Steve Bannon and Ron DeSantis, are trying to one-up Trump. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
111
Mark Bowden & Matt Teague: 2020's Unsung Heroes
The Trump campaign banked on local Republican officials to help steal the election. But ordinary Americans from all walks of life stood up to the lies. Authors Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
38 min
112
Tim Miller: About That Press Conference
Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller take the measure of Biden's press conference and his first year in the office — and come down on different sides. The Bulwark coalition in all its glory, on today's podcast.
54 min
113
Will Saletan: The Coalition of the Sane
America needs a coalition that crosses party and ideological lines — to counter the authoritarian menace inside the Republican Party, and GOP leaders who lie about the election and the virus. Will Saletan tells Charlie Sykes why he's joining the fight at The Bulwark.
45 min
114
Matthew Yglesias: The Center Is There, We Just ...
Why Biden can't have a Kumbaya moment, and tangible things can't get done. Matt Yglesias joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
115
Josh Barro: Obsessing Over Democracy Won't Save It
For the Democrats to win, they need to focus on what normal people think about — which is NOT Jan. 6 and the potential end of democracy. They want Covid shut down and the economy opened. Josh Barro joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
116
David French: Biden’s Divisive Speech
The crisis of democracy is in the counting, not the casting, of votes. The Dispatch's David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
51 min
117
Adam Kinzinger: Jan 6 Primetime Hearings Will B...
The behind-the-scenes evidence presented during the upcoming primetime Jan 6 committee hearings will be "compelling" and "shocking," and will be directed to an audience who's going to go out and vote. Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
118
Tim Alberta: The Fringe Has Merged with the Mai...
With all the manic, hyperbolic nonsense about the election and vaccines, the fringe is no longer visible. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
119
Barbara Walter: Is America at Risk of a 21st Ce...
There have been more than 200 civil wars since WWII — and the conditions that triggered those conflicts are now present here in America. Author Barbara Walter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
120
Tom Nichols: Time for a Grand Coalition
Sure, former Republicans in the democracy coalition bear some responsibility for where we are today — and Democrats do too. But the only thing that matters now is who's on the side of the Constitution, and who isn't. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
52 min
121
Tim Miller: Cruz’s Grovel
Ted Cruz found out what happens when you don't use the language of the MAGA woke orthodoxy. Plus, liberals grousing about Dick Cheney: Do you want a pro- democracy coalition or don’t you? Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
54 min
122
January 6 Was Built on Years of Lies and Propag...
Conspiracy theories are at the core of Donald Trump, and the Republican Party still took him in. The surprise is that we are surprised. The New Yorker's Susan Glasser and Princeton's Julian Zelizer join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
36 min
123
Olivia Nuzzi: The Ambition of Dr. Oz
GOP operatives are none too pleased that Dr. Oz wants to be the next Republican senator from Pennsylvania. Democrats — who remember when the guy from The Apprentice was underestimated — are worried. Olivia Nuzzi joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
51 min
124
Evan Osnos: Hardening the Hard Core
What's sustaining the belief that the election was stolen from Trump? It's rage-makers like Dan Bongino, who feed existential conflict to millions of Americans daily — in between ads for gun holsters and survivalist food rations. The New Yorker's Evan Osnos joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
125
Bill Kristol: New Year, New Chance for Democrat...
Democrats say they're the party of government. Why not make it run more effectively — so the FDA isn't so ham-fisted and the CDC isn't so slow? Also, one year after Jan.6, how have our electoral guardrails still not been fixed? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
45 min
126
We're Not All Crying Karens
A panel of Bulwark favorites share their predictions (AKA warnings) for 2022. They also take time to give a shout-out to the people who aren't shouting — the people on the ground helping others and working to save democracy. Bill Kristol, Tim Miller, Sarah Longwell, and JVL join guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
54 min
127
The State of Black Lives Matter Now
BLM signs have come down, and tough conversions now are about what racial equity looks like. For instance, is getting rid of the SAT the best solution? Plus, The Washington Post's Perry Bacon and guest host Tim Miller get personal on the struggle to find a diverse school for their kids.
87 min
128
When the Main Point of Politics Is Vengeance
The Republican Party is now about knife fights and justifying just about anything -- like Peter Navarro laying out a clear description of the attempted Trump coup. Still, there are 2021 bright spots. Peter Wehner joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
41 min
129
China's Breaking up with Hollywood
Hollywood shared its magic with China. Now some of 2021's biggest box office draws were Chinese films. With fewer American movies being shown there, Hollywood's confronting what creative freedoms it gave up to play in China. Author Chris Fenton joins guest host Sonny Bunch on today's episode.
39 min
130
Trump's Dereliction of Duty on Covid
The Trump administration's malfeasance in responding to Covid demands a 9/11 commission-style investigation. Plus, Biden's 2020 victory was more Dunkirk, and less D-Day. Churchill fan Bill Kristol joins guest host JVL on today's episode.
43 min
131
The Republicans' Dangerous Vigilante Messaging ...
From lionizing Kyle Rittenhouse, to stopping abortion in Texas, and threatening to take over America's election apparatus, Republicans are sending a dangerous message: Take matters into your own hands. Real Clear Politics' A.B. Stoddard joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
45 min
132
Democrats Need a Plan to Save Democracy in 2024
The ultimate survival of American democracy is going to come down to the Democrats figuring out how to defeat the party that wants to overturn it. Plus, it's Joe Manchin's way or the highway. New York magazine's Ed Kilgore joins guest host JVL on today's episode.
58 min
133
Manchin Puts Coal in the Democrats' Stockings
Democrats are furious with Manchin, but they still need him to pass a voting rights bill. Plus, while Biden readies for his big Covid speech, the man who brought us "lock her up" sounds nervous about the Jan. 6 committee. Mona Charen joins guest host Sarah Longwell on today's episode.
39 min
134
Covid Should Be the Democrats' Culture War
With Gen Z really not that into Biden, and median voters tuning out politics, Biden definitely needs a new message: Blame the GOP for Covid dragging on. Snapchat's Peter Hamby joins guest host Tim Miller on today's episode.
78 min
135
The Next Level Takeover!
Sarah, Tim, and JVL sit in for Charlie. Trump knows his supporters better than anyone around him. He knew they'd be fine with an insurrection.
55 min
136
Amanda Carpenter: Jan. 6 Committee Is Bringing It
Trump aggressively shut down protesters for his Bible photo-op, but let the insurrection run on for more than three hours. We've passed 'what did they know, and when did they know it?' We're now at 'when did they start planning it?' Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
44 min
137
Charlie Warzel: Out of Office
The way we work isn't working — fewer, more focused hours on the job can actually be more productive. And just because tech makes it possible to work at any time doesn't mean we should. Will the Great Resignation change our workaholic ways? Charlie Warzel joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
138
Damon Linker: Can Journalists Save American Dem...
Journalism traditionally treats the two parties as equals, but Republicans are fabricating an alternate reality and sabotaging democracy. Can reporters be "partisans for democracy" without rooting for the Democrats? The Week's Damon Linker joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast
48 min
139
Tim Miller: This Is Madness
Republicans are siding with Putin over NATO, top candidates are flocking to Bannon's podcast, and New Yorkers are handing the GOP a Christmas gift by giving noncitizens the right to vote. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
53 min
140
Bart Gellman: Stealing Democracy Right before O...
Trump's official power as president wasn't what got him so close to toppling the 2020 election. It was his ability to convince supporters that black is white, and up is down — and they're preparing for next time. The Atlantic's Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
141
Ben Wittes: You Have to Speak Up, Merrick Garland
If the attorney general wants to restore norms at the Justice Department, he's got to talk about it. He's got to give speeches on democracy, voting rights, and accountability. He has to sell the message. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
49 min
142
Jonathan Allen: Georgia Will be Ground Zero in ...
Stacey Abrams sees good odds in the Georgia's governor's race, while the Republican candidates are stuck in the amber of Trump's Big Lie. Plus: Nunes' job change shows that being on Fox is the new path to power. NBC News' Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
143
David Frum: Big Macs, Russia, and Afghanistan
The build-up of Russian troops on the border is alarming. Afghanistan is facing mass starvation. Meanwhile, Trump country is not only anti-vax, it's pro-obesity. Get fat to own the libs. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
144
Bill Kristol: It's Still the Economy, Stupid
It's not just The Bulwark saying the Democrats have a branding problem — Democrats are saying it too. So, cool it with the culture talk, control inflation, and as Bill Kristol has been telling the White House: Make Covid tests cheap and plentiful. Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today.
44 min
145
Tom Nichols: Grow Up and Act like an Adult
Republicans are blowing off the Jan. 6 investigation, and the Deplorable Squad is normalizing rhetoric that can lead to political violence. Can the pro-democracy coalition quit the name-calling and get down to business? Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
55 min
146
Amy Walter: Our Political Known Unknowns
Just as we thought we were turning the corner on Covid, a new variant is bringing travel restrictions and heightening anxiety about the future. Is Biden in a no-win situation? The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
44 min
147
Jonathan Karl: Trump Loved Jan. 6
Yes, there was a riot at the Capitol, but keep your eye on the ball: Trump tried to destroy American democracy. He literally tried to steal the election. Jonathan Karl joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
45 min
148
Tim Miller: We're All Hostage to the Crazy
Marjorie Taylor Greene is calling the shots and owning Kevin McCarthy, while some Republican governors are paying people NOT to get vaccinated. Bonus content: Taylor v Jake. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
149
Thanksgiving Special: The Bulwark Takes Time Ou...
Sarah Longwell, Charlie Sykes, Amanda Carpenter, and Mona Charen stop by to talk food, the dearth of Thanksgiving movies, and to highlight something in the political world they are most grateful for. Let's just say Liz Cheney got some love.
44 min
150
Kristin Du Mez: Love Thy Neighbor Is for Wimps
Militant hyper-masculinity is the ideal of Christian manhood in the white evangelical world, and it's part and parcel of Trumpism and today's Republican Party. Author Kristen Du Mez joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
50 min
151
Donald Cohen: The Privatization of Everything
Should the government really be run like a business, or just be run really well? Author Donald Cohen debates Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
152
Bill Kristol: Fetishizing Political Violence
We are in a dangerous moment when members of the political class celebrate violence and fetishize guns. Plus, contemplating an America if JFK had not been assassinated. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
47 min
153
Greg Lukianoff: We Are Creating a Culture of St...
People are actually quite resilient, but when young students are told they can be harmed by words, it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Greg Lukianoff from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
52 min
154
Adam Schiff: The GOP Has Created a Monster
"If you persuade people that we cannot rely on our elections to decide who should govern, then what is left but violence?" Rep. Adam Schiff joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
35 min
155
David Priess: It Wasn't a Hoax
The findings of the Mueller report have been overshadowed by the discrediting of the Steele dossier, but the Russia-Trump campaign ties were a real thing. Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min