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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 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 be better off ignoring Russia, and we'll learn several reasons why we absolutely can't.

Helping us to demystify Russia are:

  • Amb. Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, author, "From Cold War to Hot Peace"
  • Sarah Henderson, associate professor of political science, Oregon State University

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Taped: May 8, 2018

Hosted by Luke Vargas.