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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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Nov 2, 2018

The world witnessed two major leadership shakeups this week in Brazil and Germany, and both seem to signal personality politics are the flavor of the moment.

This week we’ll talk to a Brazilian political scientists about that country’s new far-right president, a biographer of Angela Merkel about the German chancellor’s slow transition out of power and an expert on populism to consider how global political sentiments are changing an age of anxiety.

Our guests are:

  • Cesar Zucco Jr., political scientist at Brazil's Fundação Getúlio Vargas
  • Joyce Marie Mushaben, distinguished professor of comparative politics at the University of Missouri St. Louis, author, "Becoming Madam Chancellor"
  • Benjamin Moffitt, senior lecturer in politics at Australian Catholic University, author, "The Global Rise of Populism"

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Taped: October 30-November 1, 2018.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.