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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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Jan 25, 2019

It’s been a historic week in Venezuela, as opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó claimed the title of Interim President and said Nicolás Maduro had usurped power and was illegitimate in the eyes of the Venezuelan constitution.

Venezuela is on edge – Maduro has okayed violence against protesters, Guaido is in hiding,...

Jan 20, 2019

President Trump says the U.S. is facing a crisis at its southern border as tens of thousands of migrants wait to lodge asylum claims or attempt to pass into the U.S. illegally.

But the real crisis driving that migration is thousands of miles south in the 'Northern Triangle' region encompassing Honduras, Guatemala and El...

Jan 12, 2019

President Trump wants out of Syria and his aides say the U.S. is keen to reassert itself as a liberating, not an occupying military force.

Amid a push to wind down prolonged conflicts, should we expect an end to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan?

Helping us answer that question are this week's guests:

  • Vanda Felbab-Brown,...

Jan 5, 2019

We’re living in an age of migration. The U.N. reports more than 25 million people are seeking shelter from conflict worldwide, as millions more uproot their lives in search of opportunities that don’t exist in their home countries.

Many of us would do the same if put in their shoes. And yet, countries are...