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.

  • 58 minutes 1 second
    Jane Coaston: He's So Not a Badass
    Trump is not drawing support from black voters because of his criminality—that's just MAGA's bigotry of low expectations. Meanwhile, he's now promising a green card to every foreign Harvard grad to please tech bro donors. Plus, the attempt to create a race war over Caitlin Clark, the annoying liberals on the coasts are creating MAGA reactionaries, and more from the mailbag. Jane Coaston joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Reid Hoffman's reply to David Sacks
    Tim interviews Reid Hoffman
    Tim's playlist 

    21 June 2024, 9:16 pm
  • 39 minutes 1 second
    Adam Kinzinger: Bat**** Crazy
    Felon 45 didn't even really like being president and no one is taking his ludicrous tariff plan seriously—but Republicans can't stop tripping over each other to show him their fealty. Plus, Putin's desperate trip to North Korea, Netanyahu shows his ingratitude to Biden, the national debt keeps growing, and Trump's fond memories for his glory days on The Apprentice.
    20 June 2024, 6:05 pm
  • 50 minutes 29 seconds
    George Packer: Phoenix, the Most American City
    Phoenix is a microcosm of the big issues in the election and the country generally, including political extremism, climate change, and the border. But when it comes to the state's water crisis, Arizonians are showing signs of sanity—by accepting facts and downplaying partisanship. Could the city be a guide for America's future? George Packer joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    George's piece on Phoenix
    George's 2019 piece on his son's education

    19 June 2024, 6:24 pm
  • 52 minutes 52 seconds
    Lauren Windsor and Ben Wittes: A Deep Rot
    Justice Alito and his wife seem to have some pretty deep and dark feelings about the people they dislike. Tim Miller also asks Lauren Windsor about the ethics of her undercover recordings. Plus, Ben Wittes shares his predictions for a presidential immunity ruling, his praise for Amy Coney Barrett's handing of the case, and his observations about the criminals Trump unapologetically hangs out with.

    show notes:

    Justice Alito's 2022 Notre Dame speech
    Lawfare's piece on a presidential self-pardon
    18 June 2024, 6:39 pm
  • 47 minutes 10 seconds
    Will Saletan: Nonstop Shamelessness
    Trump visited an African American church in Detroit and the pews were filled with white people; Republicans keep flooding social media with cropped videos to smear Biden; and foreign policy hawks, like Tom Cotton, now say we should be standing up to our allies, not Putin. MAGA land can't quit its shamelessness. Will Saletan joins Tim Miller, who is back from vacation.

    show notes:

    Detroit reporter shared images from Trump's Black church event
    17 June 2024, 6:16 pm
  • 54 minutes 52 seconds
    Jonathan V. Last and Ben Raderstorf: Retribution Agenda
    Republicans had a tête-à-tête with Trump to remind him how, if he wins, he should extend the tax cuts before he gets tied up with punishing all his enemies. Meanwhile, should Biden suggest extending the tax cuts so CEOs can end their flirtation with authoritarianism? Plus, the value of 'agreeing to disagree' in the pro-democracy coalition. JVL and Protect Democracy's Ben Raderstorf join guest host Amanda Carpenter.

    show notes:

    Protect Democracy's "If you can keep it" newsletter
    JVL's newsletter piece on Truth Social
    JVL's newsletter piece on the Epoch Times 
    13 June 2024, 8:02 pm
  • 33 minutes 27 seconds
    Elizabeth Dias and Lisa Lerer: The Inside Story of the Fall of Roe
    A coalition of Christian lawyers, activists, and politicians methodically and secretly took down Roe, and in the process, outsmarted Democrats who believed they had permanently won on the issue of abortion. And the end of Roe v Wade is just the beginning of an effort to roll back the sexual revolution. Lisa Lerer and Elizabeth Dias join guest host A.B. Stoddard today.

    show notes:

    Elizabeth's and Lisa's book, "The Fall of Roe: The Rise of a New America"

    12 June 2024, 6:44 pm
  • 59 minutes 33 seconds
    Jennifer Senior: Secrets and Lies
    Pulitzer-Prize winning Jen Senior joins Tim Miller for a free-form conversation about jail-bound, faux martyr Steve Bannon, the debilitating reality of living with long Covid, unearthing a family trauma, and how Americans with differing political persuasions can find their way to back to each other.

    show notes:

    Jen's story on her Aunt Adele
    Jen's "On Grief," originally published as the Pulitzer-winning, "What Bobby McIlvane Left Behind." 

    11 June 2024, 6:20 pm
  • 49 minutes 53 seconds
    Bill Kristol: Tuberville's Policy Is the Same as Trump's
    Tommy Tuberville's know-nothing appeasement of Putin lines up exactly with where the ex-POTUS is—Biden should be making Trumpworld squirm over that fact. Plus, the antisemitic white nationalists who could be back at the White House next year, the far-right's momentum in Europe, and the curious case of why Trump would be reluctant to release the Epstein file. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller.

    10 June 2024, 6:20 pm
  • 49 minutes 8 seconds
    Mike Madrid: The Latino Century
    Young Latinos are a giant emerging voter bloc with populist leanings—who also favor tougher border security. If Trump was to win reelection, it would ironically be because these voters put him over the top. How can Democrats reach them? Mike Madrid joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod. Plus, in a mega-mailbag segment, Tim gets personal and shares the story of his daughter's adoption.

    show notes:
    Mike's new book, "The Latino Century"
    Tim's playlist
    7 June 2024, 6:54 pm
  • 48 minutes 53 seconds
    Adam Kinzinger: The New Axis Power Alliance
    This D-Day is a good reminder that the growing nationalist movement across the globe aims to undermine the alliance between free and democratic countries. Meanwhile, Trump gets two stooges on the House Intelligence Committee who will have access to top national defense secrets. Plus, his New York conviction is the Big Lie 2.0, and Biden's executive order on immigration. Adam Kinzinger joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    Piece on Jared's anti-NATO memorial
    The Allahpundit piece Tim mentioned
    New Republic story on Tucker and Erik Prince

    6 June 2024, 6:42 pm
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