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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 25, 2019

It’s been a historic week in Venezuela, as opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó claimed the title of Interim President and said Nicolás Maduro had usurped power and was illegitimate in the eyes of the Venezuelan constitution.

Venezuela is on edge – Maduro has okayed violence against protesters, Guaido is in hiding, American diplomats have been ordered to leave the country as the world takes sides in the presidential crisis.

This week on Wake we'll recap what’s happening in Venezuela and what could come next.

Helping us to do that is this week's guest:

  • Dr. Evan Ellis, research professor of Latin American studies, Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

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Taped: January 25, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.