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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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Feb 26, 2018

Freedom around the world is in retreat as "democracy faces its most serious crisis in decades." 

This week on Wake we’ll try to get to the bottom of these worrying trends overseas and turn the focus on the U.S., to see what’s changing here at home and what if anything, the U.S. can do to set a model for the...

Feb 15, 2018

China’s young generation is large, fiercely competitive and tapped into global education, commerce and tourism. This dynamic cohort is coming of age as China itself reawakens from a 'Century of Humiliation' and increasingly drives the world economy.

This week on Wake we’re looking at China's 'millennials' – what...

Feb 8, 2018

United Nations peacekeeping is at a crossroads. Under threat, over-extended and beset by scandal, perhaps is it's no surprise the Trump Administration made the U.N. peacekeeping budget an early target of funding cuts.

This week on Wake we'll ask if reforms can modernize peacekeeping and whether peacekeeping advances or...