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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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Jul 29, 2017

The Iraqi city of Mosul has been liberated from Islamic State control. Iraq’s Prime Minister walked through the rubble of the city streets and declared victory. But what’s next? Could another terror group spring up in the Islamic State’s place?

Will Iraq’s Kurds be rewarded for their gallantry on...

Jul 20, 2017

This month, 122 nations finished work on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. The goal, to rid the planet of nuclear weapons. The Cold War is over, but states with nuclear weapons remain very attached to their 15,000 warheads.

Is it time to do away with those weapons or at least rethink nuclear weapons policy? Is the...

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...

Jul 8, 2017

After four years of talks, a brand new E.U.-Japan free trade deal is complete. With the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US-EU trade deal on hold, and a protectionist U.S. President, what can we expect on the global free trade horizon?

Is the rest of the world continuing to deal as the U.S. backs away?