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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.

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    Matthew Yglesias: The Center Is There, We Just Can't Hear It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 46:08

    Why Biden can't have a Kumbaya moment, and tangible things can't get done. Matt Yglesias joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Matthew Yglesias.

    Josh Barro: Obsessing Over Democracy Won't Save It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 41:41

    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. Special Guest: Josh Barro.

    David French: Biden's Divisive Speech

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 51:03

    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. Special Guest: David French.

    Adam Kinzinger: Jan 6 Primetime Hearings Will Be Must-See TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 40:16

    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. Special Guest: Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

    Tim Alberta: The Fringe Has Merged with the Mainstream

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 40:51

    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. Special Guest: Tim Alberta.

    Barbara Walter: Is America at Risk of a 21st Century Civil War?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 42:59

    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. Special Guest: Barbara Walter.

    Tom Nichols: Time for a Grand Coalition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 52:06

    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. Special Guest: Tom Nichols.

    Tim Miller: Cruz's Grovel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 53:56

    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. Special Guest: Tim Miller.

    January 6 Was Built on Years of Lies and Propaganda

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 36:42

    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. Special Guests: Julian E. Zelizer and Susan Glasser.

    Olivia Nuzzi: The Ambition of Dr. Oz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 51:14

    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. Special Guest: Olivia Nuzzi.

    Evan Osnos: Hardening the Hard Core

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 40:17

    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. Special Guest: Evan Osnos.

    Bill Kristol: New Year, New Chance for Democrats to Lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 45:35

    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. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    We're Not All Crying Karens

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 54:15

    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. Special Guests: Bill Kristol, Jonathan V. Last, Sarah Longwell, and Tim Miller.

    The State of Black Lives Matter Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 87:43

    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. [](https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/courtney-e-martin/learning-in-public/9780316428262 [](https://www.clintsmithiii.com/book-of-nonfiction [](https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-state-must-provide-adam-harris?variant=33007266791458 [](https://heathermcghee.com Special Guest: Perry Bacon, Jr..

    When the Main Point of Politics Is Vengeance

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 41:35

    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. Special Guest: Peter Wehner.

    China's Breaking Up with Hollywood

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 39:36

    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. Special Guest: Chris Fenton.

    Episode 2023: Trump's Dereliction of Duty on Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 43:02

    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. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    The Republicans' Dangerous Vigilante Messaging Campaign

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 45:13

    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. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard.

    Democrats Need a Plan to Save Democracy in 2024

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 58:08

    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. Special Guest: Ed Kilgore.

    Manchin Puts Coal in the Democrats' Stockings

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 39:22

    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. Curious about the Secret Show? Try a Bulwark+ membership, free for the next 30 days and see what the Secret Pod is all about. TheBulwark.com/secret Special Guest: Mona Charen.

    Covid Should Be the Democrats' Culture War

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 78:27

    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. Special Guest: Peter Hamby.

    The Next Level Takeover!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 55:39

    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. Special Guests: Sarah Longwell and Tim Miller.

    Amanda Carpenter: Jan. 6 Committee Is Bringing It

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 44:46

    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. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.

    Charlie Warzel: Out of Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 48:35

    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. Special Guest: Charlie Warzel.

    Damon Linker: Can Journalists Save American Democracy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 48:06

    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 Special Guest: Damon Linker.

    Tim Miller: This Is Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 53:37

    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. Special Guest: Tim Miller.

    Bart Gellman: Stealing Democracy Right before Our Eyes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 41:58

    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. Special Guest: Bart Gelllman.

    Ben Wittes: You Have to Speak Up, Merrick Garland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 49:22

    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. Special Guest: Benjamin Wittes.

    Jonathan Allen: Georgia Will be Ground Zero in the Midterms

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 41:34

    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. Special Guest: Jonathan Allen.

    David Frum: Big Macs, Russia, and Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 46:14

    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. Special Guest: David Frum.

    Bill Kristol: It's Still the Economy, Stupid

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 44:22

    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.

    Tom Nichols: Grow Up and Act like an Adult

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 55:21

    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.

    Amy Walter: Our Political Known Unknowns

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 44:44

    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.

    Jonathan Karl: Trump Loved Jan. 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 45:26

    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.

    Tim Miller: We're All Hostage to the Crazy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 47:53

    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.

    Thanksgiving Special: The Bulwark Takes Time Out for Gratitude

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 44:09

    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.

    Kristin Du Mez: Love Thy Neighbor Is for Wimps

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 50:33

    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.

    Donald Cohen: The Privatization of Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 48:31

    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.

    Bill Kristol: Fetishizing Political Violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 47:14

    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.

    Greg Lukianoff: We Are Creating a Culture of Student Fragility

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 52:11

    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.

    Adam Schiff: The GOP Has Created a Monster

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 35:54

    "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. Special Guest: Adam Schiff.

    David Priess: It Wasn't a Hoax

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 41:23

    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. Special Guest: David Priess.

    Brian Klaas: Why Are So Many Leaders Awful?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 44:59

    Tyrants are good at obtaining power, but bad at wielding it. And no, Mussolini didn't make the trains run on time. Author and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Brian Klaas.

    Tim Mak: Inside the Downfall of the NRA

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 45:06

    After years of pushing fear, the NRA is facing an existential crisis. Government investigations and the billionaire lifestyle of Wayne LaPierre may spell the end for one of the most powerful organizations in America. NPR's Tim Mak joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Mak.

    Tim Miller: Why Chris Christie Triggers Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 45:24

    It's The Bulwark's job to talk about Jan 6, Democrats need to talk about kitchen table issues, and Chris Christie: We remember what you did. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Miller.

    Donald Moynihan: Can We Still Govern?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 51:55

    Members of Congress are being threatened over infrastructure, the banning of books is back with a vengeance, and Americans are still paying the price for Trump's loyal lieutenants. Georgetown's Donald Moynihan joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Donald Moynihan.

    Dana Milbank: McCarthy is All-in

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 43:42

    When the Republican Party is only about enabling the Big Lie and fomenting outrage to get on Fox News, Kevin McCarthy doesn't get a pass for averting his gaze. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Dana Milbank.

    Shannon Freshour: A View From Outside the Beltway

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 43:38

    Republicans are in a purge mood, while Democrats are stumbling in the dark trying to figure out how to talk TO voters, rather than AT them. Former Ohio congressional candidate Shannon Freshour joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Shannon Freshour.

    David Jolly: Funding Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 48:22

    Democrats have to go all in on owning their victory on infrastructure. And Biden's "Yeah, he's not Donald Trump!" honeymoon is over. Former Congressman David Jolly joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David Jolly.

    Episode 2024: Bill Kristol: The Party Gets Defined by the President

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 50:03

    After this week's drubbing at the polls, Democrats have to get some stuff done, improve their messaging, and they need to tell voters, "We hear you." Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    Episode 2023: Adam Kinzinger: What Comes Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 39:35

    The fight for the soul of the GOP may be over, but Rep. Adam Kinzinger sees a political future — maybe even a challenge against TFG. "I'm willing to lose to get the message out." The retiring congressman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

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