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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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Aug 17, 2018

On the heels of meetings with the leaders of Russia and North Korea, President Trump says he’s open to talking with Iran’s leaders without precondition. Curiously, that offer of face-to-face dialogue came just days after Trump threatened Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani.

Several months after the American exit from the Iran deal, we’re looking today at where the deal stands, how Iran is faring with the deal in limbo, and trying to discern where US policy is heading.

Helping us do that are:

  • Daryl Kimball, executive director, Arms Control Association
  • Shampa Biswas, Paul Garrett Professor of Political Science at Whitman College, author, “Nuclear Desire”
  • Naysan Rafati, Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group

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Taped: August 2, 2018

Hosted by Luke Vargas.