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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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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 in their footsteps.

This week on Wake we’ll consider what Díaz-Canel's presidency means for the future of Cuba, and we’ll step back to survey the state of the US-Cuba relationship and whats likely to change – and not change – in the years ahead.

Helping us do that are this week's guests:

  • Marguerite Rose Jiménez, director for Cuba at the Washington Office on Latin America
  • Amb. Vicki Huddleston, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and author of “Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba”

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Taped: April 30, 2018

Hosted by Luke Vargas.