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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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Jul 8, 2017

After four years of talks, a brand new E.U.-Japan free trade deal is complete. With the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US-EU trade deal on hold, and a protectionist U.S. President, what can we expect on the global free trade horizon?

Is the rest of the world continuing to deal as the U.S. backs away?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Iana Dreyer, founder and editor of Borderlex.EU, an online news outlet that focuses on EU trade policy
  • Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics and a former World Bank, IMF and Federal Reserve official
  • Joshua Meltzer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Project and a former Australian trade representative to the U.S.

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Recorded July 7, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.