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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 world.

Our guests this week are:

  • Sarah Repucci, senior director for global publications at Freedom House
  • Thomas Carothers, director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Rosarie Tucci, director of Inclusive Societies at the United States Institute of Peace

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Recorded February 22, 2018. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.