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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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May 19, 2017

Venezuela has descended into chaos. Thousands have been marching in the streets for weeks to protest President Nicolás Maduro, whom them accuse of trampling the constitution, using every means necessary to cling to power. All the while, inflation, unemployment, curfews, rations and violence against protesters are making life in Venezuela miserable and dangerous.

What is driving the crisis in Venezuela? Have we reached a tipping point?

Helping us to consider those questions are:

  • David Smidle, senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, specializing in Venezuela.
  • Juan Nagel, professor of economics at Universidad de Los Andes – Santiago. 
  • Kajsa Norman, journalist and author of 2017 book, “A Hero’s Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela”

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Recorded May 18, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.

Distributed by Talk Media News.