The Bulwark Podcast

The Bulwark Podcast

Tim Miller and guests discuss the latest political news for the flagship podcast of the Never Trump movement and the reality-based community. Every weekday we provide insightful analysis, political hot-takes, an unabashed defense of liberal democracy and long-form interviews that cut through the "both-sides" BS. Plus a few laughs to help you wash down the crazy. Bulwark+ members can get a totally ad-free version of the show delivered right to their favorite podcast player.

  • 47 minutes 44 seconds
    S.E. Cupp: Grieving the Insanity
    Republicans wanted a 'do no harm' convention, but it was too corporate and lacked any joie de vivre. And then they ended the affair with grievance, fasci Tucker, and 96 minutes of weird incoherence from Trump. Meanwhile, AOC gives a peak behind the scenes of what's going on with Democrats trying to push Biden out. S.E. Cupp joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Savannah Chrisley talking about her imprisoned parents at the RNC
    Tim's playlist 

    19 July 2024, 6:01 pm
  • 35 minutes 56 seconds
    Adam Kinzinger: Everything Is on the Line
    Republicans are tamping down the crazy and the weird at the convention—like no election fraud, no abortion ban talk, and no vaccines—to present their dangerous agenda in a non-threatening way. Meanwhile, why can a 20-year-old buy 50 rounds of ammunition, but not a White Claw or a pack of cigarettes? Plus, we introduce a new Kamala-themed segment: The Coconut Meter. Adam Kinzinger joins Tim Miller.

    show notes
    NY Times analysis of Saturday's shooting

    18 July 2024, 6:47 pm
  • 49 minutes 57 seconds
    Jeff Sharlet and Joe Perticone: The Confidence of a Bully
    Trump's shark/electrocution anecdote was not a sign of deterioration. Trump is actually getting better at communicating a solid message in a carnivalesque atmosphere—and he's reaching people outside of MAGA. Plus, when Republicans talk about a message of unity, they are referring to the party, not the country. Jeff Sharlet joins Tim Miller from New Hampshire, while Joe Perticone checks in from Milwaukee.

    show notes:

    The Andy Kroll piece about J.D. Vance that Jeff mentioned
    Joe's Press Pass dispatch from the convention on Tuesday

    We’re heading to Dallas on September 5 for An Evening with The Bulwark. For more information and tickets go to

    17 July 2024, 6:03 pm
  • 46 minutes 41 seconds
    Alyssa Farah Griffin: National Unity Is Not Where the GOP Is
    J.D. Vance is an incredibly polarizing figure, and his addition to the ticket signals a complete realignment of the Republican Party. Plus, he gave the single-worst response to the assassination attempt on Trump. Meanwhile, democracy is a team sport, and Democrats are playing a dangerous game. Alyssa Farah Griffin joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    Full speech from Mark Robinson, GOP gubernatorial candidate in North Carolina

    16 July 2024, 7:43 pm
  • 45 minutes 49 seconds
    Bill Kristol: Not Resigned to a Trump Presidency
    We begin with a rejection of the fatalist rhetoric from the left. It may be an uphill battle, but the pro-democracy forces have to keep our morale up and be creative. Also the debate around political rhetoric after the assassination attempt is way out ahead of the facts and needs some context. Plus, the Republican convention, Aileen Cannon’s ludicrous dismissal, Axios’ credulous report on Trump’s new tone, and the VP pick. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    The 2019 piece Tim referenced

    15 July 2024, 5:26 pm
  • 38 minutes 8 seconds
    Sam Stein: Violence Is Not the Answer
    In this bonus episode following the assassination attempt on Trump, The Bulwark's managing editor Sam Stein joins Tim Miller to discuss the precarious moment we are in, how to dial back the temperature, and how both parties should respond to the violence.

    show notes:

    Bill Maher on the shooting
    Rep. Andy Kim's response to the shooting

    14 July 2024, 5:05 pm
  • 55 minutes 32 seconds
    Amanda Carpenter: A Life or Death Bet
    Not having dementia is not enough to change the dynamic. Biden needs a proactive message against Trump. Meanwhile, you don't have to play 'Connect the Dots' to see the overlap between Project 2025 and Trump—and members of the media claiming he has a 'new tone' are like frogs in boiling water. Plus, more from the mailbag. Amanda Carpenter is back with Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Tim's playlist
    The Authoritarian Playbook for 2025

    12 July 2024, 8:04 pm
  • 57 minutes 22 seconds
    David French: Trump Tries To Run Away from the Christian Nationalists
    Inviting "populist slut hero" Amber Rose to speak at the Republican convention and adjusting the platform on abortion—Trump is trying to distance himself from MAGA's Christian fundamentalist ranks. Meanwhile, the Christian Nationalist project to turn the constitutional clock back 70 years continues apace. Plus, the effort to get Biden to leave the ticket is not a conspiracy—but the sign of a working party. David French joins Tim Miller.

    show notes
    David's recent column on the Supreme Court

    11 July 2024, 8:05 pm
  • 59 minutes 36 seconds
    Ezra Klein: A Path to Defeat
    Top Democrats say they don't see a way for Biden to win, and some are resigning themselves to being the resistance against Trump, despite the threat he poses to our democracy. Batten down the hatches—this interview is a tough listen. Ezra Klein joins Tim Miller.

    show notes
    Ezra's piece from February 
    Ezra's book recommendation, "Health and Safety: A Breakdown"

    10 July 2024, 6:22 pm
  • 51 minutes 26 seconds
    Bakari Sellers and Elaina Plott Calabro: The Case for Riding with Biden
    This is not a moment for a politician's origin story or soaring oratory. Some think that means dancing with the one that brung ya. But maybe it’s a moment for someone who could prosecute the case against Donald Trump—making it a perfect time to reintroduce Kamala Harris to voters. Elaina Plott Calabro and Bakari Sellers join Tim Miller.

    show notes
    Elaina's story, "The White House’s Kamala Harris Blunder"
    9 July 2024, 7:05 pm
  • 49 minutes 28 seconds
    Bill Kristol: The Joe Biden Survival Plan
    It would have been nice if Biden had gone on Morning Joe the day after the debate instead of waiting 11 days. But he still is not providing a forward-looking message or explaining why he's the one to beat Trump. Meanwhile, Kamala is showing what an aggressive, proactive campaign looks like. Plus, Project 2025 moves into the spotlight, and the good news for democracy coming from overseas.
    8 July 2024, 7:14 pm
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