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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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Sep 21, 2018

The Trump Administration just lowered its refugee admissions ceiling for the next fiscal year to its lowest number in 40 years, and that’s not the only change afoot.

Christian refugees also appear to be getting precedence over Muslims fleeing conflicts in places like Syria, Yemen or Somalia.

This week on Wake we’ll go behind the numbers to see what’s changing in US refugee admissions policy.

Helping us do that are:

  • Kathleen Newland, senior fellow and co-founder of
    the Migration Policy Institute
  • Daniel Schneiderman, deputy U.S. program director at the
    International Crisis Group
  • Carl Bon Tempo, associate professor of history at
    SUNY Albany and author of “Americans at the Gate: The
    United States and Refugees during the Cold War”

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Taped: September 21, 2018.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.