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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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May 25, 2018

People power prevailed in Armenia in April, as mass demonstrators dislodged Prime Minister (and former president) Serzh Sargsyan, who changed the county’s constitution in a bid to remain in office.

After a peaceful revolution, Armenia has a new leader and is embarking on a laundry list of complex political and...

May 18, 2018

Years of military efforts to destroy Boko Haram have failed to eradicate the terror group. Boko Haram continues to stage daring attacks, kidnap civilians and fuel a regional refugee crisis that's displaced hundreds of thousands.

This week on Wake we’ll trace the origins of Boko Haram consider how the group fits into...

May 11, 2018

Just the word 'Russia' conjures up a range of loaded associations from Ukraine to collusion, Syria to election meddling, Sergei Skripal to nuclear weapons.

The Cold War is over, but the U.S. continues to push Russia on a range of issues across the far corners of the globe.

This week on Wake we'll ask if the U.S. would...

May 1, 2018

Cuba recently underwent a historic presidential leadership change, turning the page on decades of rule by brothers Fidel and Raúl Castro with the election of Miguel Díaz-Canel.

But far from being a shock to the system, Díaz-Canel is a party stalwart, groomed by the Castros for a leadership role and likely to continue...