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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 28, 2017

As we speak, more than 150,000 troops are positioned in nearly 80 countries. Hundreds of U.S. bases serve as deterrents against adversaries, others as an assurance to allies, and still more as stops along a global military supply chain.

What are the intended and unintended consequences of these deployments? What exactly...

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...

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...