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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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Jun 22, 2018

Seated across from Kim Jong Un at a negotiating table in Singapore last week, President Donald Trump said he showed the notorious dictator a video of what a brighter North Korea could look like. The message of that video: there’s a prosperous economy awaiting Kim if he only shelves his nukes and plays nice.

This week we’re putting aside the nuclear element of that offer and focusing on North Korea’s economy and what it could possible become, under the status quo or in an era of new North Korean relations.

Our guests this week:

  • Nicholas Eberstadt, political economist, American Enterprise Institute (4:12)
  • Eunjung Lim, professor international relations, Ritsumeikan University (15:10)
  • Ian Bennett, associate program manager, Choson Exchange (29:48)

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Taped: June 17, 2018

Hosted by Luke Vargas.