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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 21, 2017

For decades, the U.S. led a fierce campaign against the cultivation, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. In some states, and a select few countries, attitudes and policies have begun to change. But under a new U.S. administration, the war on drugs could be poised for a comeback. How will policies across the hemisphere impact the Trump Administration’s crackdown on drugs?

Helping us to consider that question are:

  • Kasia Malinowska, Director of the Global Drug Policy Program at Open Society Foundations.
  • John Walsh, Senior Associate for Drug Policy at the Washington Office on Latin America.

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Recorded April 20, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.

Distributed by Talk Media News.