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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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Feb 15, 2019

President Trump has named his selection to lead the world bank. David Malpass is a veteran of Ronald Reagan’s treasury department and the George H. W. Bush's State Department, but it's his more recent criticisms of the World Bank’s size and multilateralism in general that are turning heads.

With America already pulling back from the United Nations, NATO and other multilateral institutions, is the World Bank next?

This week on Wake we’ll look at the history, present and future of the World Bank and consider how it could change in the Trump era.

Helping us to do that are this week's guests: 

  • Nancy Birdsall, founding president, Center for Global Development
  • Catherine Weaver, professor of public policy, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

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Taped: February 14, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.