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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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Mar 12, 2018

Tourism is diplomacy. A single tourist may not move markets or drive political change, but tourism responds to the times, rising and falling along with political rhetoric, immigration policy and cultural shifts.

This week on Wake we’re exploring recent trends in global and domestic travel, considering what the U.S. can do to draw more visitors to America’s shores and how Americans tourists can be better ambassadors abroad.

Our guests this week are:

  • Rick Steves, travel guidebook author and TV host
  • Amos Snead, spokesperson, Visit U.S. Coalition

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Hosted by Luke Vargas.