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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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Dec 23, 2017

At every stop along President Trump’s state visit to Asia in November, he said the U.S. and its allies were stepping up pressure on North Korea. But months on, it seems not much has changed.

In conversation with Cheon Seong-Whun this week we’re taking a step back to consider if we’re looking at North Korea all...

Nov 5, 2017

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has just returned from a big trip to Africa. She visited refugee camps South Sudan, famine victims in Ethiopia, and in Congo, she insisted that long-postponed elections finally be held. Upon her return to New York, she announced $60 million in US funding to create an anti-terror fighting...

Oct 19, 2017

U.S. stock market keep on hitting record highs. New technology promises to make us more connected, as medical breakthroughs raise hopes of better, longer lives.

And yet by most accounts global wealth is as concentrated as ever. the psychological downsides of technology get more press than their benefits and expensive...

Oct 12, 2017

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.N. General Assembly last month he said Israel’s global standing has never been higher:

“After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world.”

Netanyahu said relations with the US are at new highs, and that in the past year he’d...

Oct 5, 2017

Earlier this month, Facebook said it was handing over information about suspicious advertising purchases made on its network by Russian companies and individuals. The disclosure raises questions about whether the world’s largest social networks were used to influence the 2016 election.

This week on “Wake” we’re...