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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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Jun 29, 2017

The Pentagon is said to be readying plans to send 4,000 new U.S. troops to Afghanistan, scaling up U.S. involvement there 16 years after the Afghan war began. But where is the public discourse about why the troops are needed? It’s even hard to tell what President Trump thinks – he’s told his generals they’re in...

Jun 22, 2017

Earlier this year, an expert panel of the World Health Organization updated the Essential Medicines List, a collection of the most effective medicines used to treat the most prevalent health conditions. To save lives, extend life expectancies and raise billions out of poverty, these essential medicines need to be made...

Jun 16, 2017

Part two of a two-part look at the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement sent a strong signal about his administration’s priorities; if climate change is occurring, it’s not urgent enough for the U.S. to get...

Jun 9, 2017

Part one of a two-part look at the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The scientific consensus is that climate change will wreak havoc on the planet if unchecked. That’s why more than 190 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement. President Trump’s pullout from Paris is...

Jun 1, 2017

There’s the Catholic Church, and then there’s the Holy See. A nation with diplomats in 183 countries — and they’re not sitting on their hands. From starting up talks between the U.S. and Cuba to trying to mediate the crisis in Venezuela, the Vatican diplomatic corps is as active as ever.

What role can Vatican...