Beg to Differ with Mona Charen

Mona Charen hosts a roundtable with Linda Chavez, Bill Galston, and Damon Linker discussing the news of the week.

About the show

Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by Host Mona Charen is joined by syndicated columnist Linda Chavez, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.


  • Peaceful Transition?

    September 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    2020 elections, durham report, obstruction, pardon power, power politics, rbg, scotus, supreme court

    Lawfare’s Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book, After Trump. The group then tackles the Supreme Court and Trump’s threat to election integrity.

  • If Trump Loses, Should We Lock Him Up?

    September 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    crimes, criminal justice, donald trump, electoral college, middle east, suburbs

    Politico’s Tim Alberta joins the BTD panel to talk about changing suburbs, the Middle East breakthrough, Electoral College woes, and perp walking ex-presidents.

  • Lordy, There Are Tapes

    September 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    2020, article 2, bill barr, bob woodward, law, lawsuits, military, morality, persuasion, saudi arabia, the atlantic, trump, yascha mounk

    On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Yascha Mounk joins the usual cast to discuss Trump and the military, the Woodward tapes, and Attorney General Barr setting a bad new precedent.

  • Escape from Partisanship

    September 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    covid-19, decency, donald trump, joe biden, kenosha, partisanship

    On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Charlie Sykes joins the usual cast to discuss Biden in Kenosha, Trump and decency, the politicization of COVID-19, and an escape from partisanship.

  • No Platform. Trump All The Way Down

    August 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    conventions, dnc, ideas, kenosha, political platforms, politics, rnc

    On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Bill Galston, Linda Chavez, and Damon Linker discuss the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the RNC and DNC conventions, and what happens when parties abandon ideas.

  • Democrats unite. Republicans? Well

    August 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    convention, dnc, gop, russia, senate intelligence

    On this week's Bulwark Beg to Differ Podcast with Mona Charen, Peter Wehner of the NY Times joins the group to consider the DNC (pre-Biden speech), what the Senate Intel report reveals, and the state of the GOP.

  • Qwazy for QAnon

    August 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    2020 elections, conspiracy theories, donald trump, joe biden, kamala harris, marjorie taylor greene, qanon, september 11th, voting by mail

    On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Kim Wehle and Jonathan Last join the usual crew to discuss QAnon and the GOP, the Biden/Harris ticket and voting by mail.

  • Swan Song

    August 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    axios, beirut, dhs, donald trump, intelligence, jonathan swan, journalism, portland, protests

    On this week’s Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes describes his disturbing experience with DHS. The group also discusses the Swan/Trump interview and the lessons of Beirut.

  • Postpone the Election Edition

    July 31st, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    2020, big tech, congress, covid-19, delaying the election, donald trump, herman cain, joe biden, louie gohmert, mail in voting, veepstakes

    On this week's Beg to Differ, A.B. Stoddard joins the usual crew to discuss mail-in voting in the 2020 election, Trump floating delaying it, Louie Gohmert, Herman Cain, and COVID-19, and a discussion about the Veepstakes and Congress skewering Big Tech.

  • Should Never-Trump Republicans Vote Straight Democrat in November?

    July 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    2020, china, dhs, donald trump, policing, portland, riots

    On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, Bret Stephens joins the usual crew to address the federal invasion of Portland and other cities, Trump's saber-rattling toward China, and how to punish the GOP for its descent into Trumpism.

  • Who's Worse: The Left or the Right?

    July 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    bari weiss, city journal, covid, journalism, manhattan institute, power

    On this week's Bulwark podcast Beg to Differ, Sol Stern joins to discuss the strange transformation of City Journal. The group also tackles the Bari Weiss imbroglio and Joe Biden's policy announcements.

  • The Deep State and Other Lies

    July 10th, 2020  |  56 mins 36 secs
    cancel culture, debate, deep state, discourse, free speech, immigration, schools, scotus, taxes, usmca

    On this week's Beg to Differ with Mona Charen, David Frum joins to discuss his new book "Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy.” The group then analyzes cancel culture, the Harper's letter, and Trump's war on immigrants.