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.

  • 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
  • 59 minutes 9 seconds
    Will Saletan and McKay Coppins: Fear and Loathing
    Trump and MAGA, with all their banana republic claims, are not being America First—they're being anti-American, and renouncing the country they live in. Meanwhile, the WSJ goes dog bites man on Biden, Europeans are fixated on our election and terrified Trump will win, and the GOP's new Hunter-inspired concern about enforcing gun laws. Plus, will Mitt endorse Joe? McKay Coppins and Will Saletan join Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    McKay's piece, "What Europe Fears"
    JVL's response to Romney
    Clip from Seinfeld's first Izzy Mandelbaum episode

    5 June 2024, 6:51 pm
  • 53 minutes 1 second
    Ritchie Torres and Ben Smith: Pride and Priors
    Rep. Ritchie Torres joins Tim Miller to discuss how to win working-class voters, his Dickensian upbringing, and Israel under the microscope of 24-hour news. Plus, mental health, Pride, and Trump as the GOP's new lord and savior. Then, Ben Smith talks about Americans fragmenting the media universe, and the Epoch Times grift.

    show notes:

    Torres talking about being a Zionist after being heckled
    New Yorker piece on Guo Wengui that Ben mentioned 
    4 June 2024, 7:36 pm
  • 43 minutes 38 seconds
    Bill Kristol: Rally Around the Flag
    This is a good moment for Biden to proudly raise the flag right-side up, and share his love of America—even as his Justice Department's prosecution of Hunter gets underway. Meanwhile, the extremism from the country-in-distress crowd continues to be over-the-top, including Felon 45 emboldening vigilante groups to act on his behalf. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    ABC News video of WWII vets arriving in France
    Other footage of US vets at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport
    Vets arriving in Normandy
    James Carville on Bill Kristol's pod

    3 June 2024, 6:11 pm
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    Ben Wittes and Ron Filipkowski: Guilty!
    Donald Trump collaborated with a slimy crew to break the law, and it may have swung the 2016 election. Russia's election interference was troubling—and so is the National Enquirer's. And the deranged response from MAGA goons to his conviction only shows how much Trumpworld operates like an organized crime syndicate. Ben Wittes and Ron Filipkowski join Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:
    Tim's interview with Ron on The Next Level
    Tim's playlist
    Tim's special GUILTY! playlist
    31 May 2024, 6:46 pm
  • 53 minutes 12 seconds
    Derek Thompson: Negativity Bias
    America is currently stuck in a negativity vibe, and it's shaping the media we consume, impacting how we look at the economy, and contributing to the anxiety of our teens. Can we fairly blame it all on Donald Trump? Plus, the brilliance of Victor Wembanyama and the age of the do-it-all center in the NBA. Derek Thompson joins Tim Miller.

    Show Notes:

    https://blueprint2024.com/analysis/optimism-pessism-youth-poll/

    30 May 2024, 6:20 pm
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