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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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Jan 20, 2019

President Trump says the U.S. is facing a crisis at its southern border as tens of thousands of migrants wait to lodge asylum claims or attempt to pass into the U.S. illegally.

But the real crisis driving that migration is thousands of miles south in the 'Northern Triangle' region encompassing Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

This week on 'Wake' we'll explore the breakdown in governance in those countries that's fueling waves of migration.

Helping us do that are this week's guests:

  • Douglas Farah, senior visiting fellow, National Defense University
  • Sarah Bermeo, associate professor of political science, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Eric L. Olson, director, Seattle International Foundation’s Central America-DC Platform

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Taped: January 18, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.