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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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Jul 14, 2017

In Central Africa, East Africa and in war-torn Yemen, tens of millions of people are on the verge of starvation. If you thought modern agriculture and a global economy would prevent famine, think again.

So what are we doing wrong? Why can’t we conquer famine? What can the U.S. and the world do to address the current crisis?

To help us answer those questions are:

  • Deepmala Mahla, South Sudan country director for Mercy Corps
  • Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman, special advisor to the president of the United States Institute for Peace and former U.S. special envoy to South Sudan 
  • Olivier Rubin, associate professor at Roskilde University and author of Contemporary Famine Analysis

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Recorded July 13, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.