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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Wake aims to maintain a a 50/50 male-to-female gender ratio among on-air guests.

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Apr 14, 2017

When Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Trump earlier this month, US strikes in Syria overshadowed their encounter. But there's far too much at stake for US-China relations to stay quiet for long, from the possibility of a trade war, to the simmering question of North Korea, controversy in the South China Sea and competing global visions. 

Helping us break it all down are:

  • Elizabeth Wishnick, Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia.
  • Ann Lee, author of the book, "What the U.S. Can Learn from China" and an adjunct professor at New York University.

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Recorded April 13, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.

Distributed by Talk Media News.