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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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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.Special Guest: Bill Kristol.


3 Dec 2021

Rank #1

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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. Special Guest: Tom Nichols.


2 Dec 2021

Rank #2

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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.Special Guest: Amy Walter.


1 Dec 2021

Rank #3

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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.Special Guest: Jonathan Karl.


30 Nov 2021

Rank #4

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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.Special Guest: Tim Miller.


29 Nov 2021

Rank #5

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Thanksgiving Special: The Bulwark Takes Time Out for Gratitude

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. Special Guests: Amanda Carpenter, Charlie Sykes, and Mona Charen.


25 Nov 2021

Rank #6

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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.Special Guest: Kristin Du Mez.


24 Nov 2021

Rank #7

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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.Special Guest: Donald Cohen.


23 Nov 2021

Rank #8

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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.Special Guest: Bill Kristol.


22 Nov 2021

Rank #9

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Greg Lukianoff: We Are Creating a Culture of Student Fragility

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.Special Guest: Greg Lukianoff.


19 Nov 2021

Rank #10