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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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Wake aims to maintain a a 50/50 male-to-female gender ratio among on-air guests.

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Jun 1, 2017

There’s the Catholic Church, and then there’s the Holy See. A nation with diplomats in 183 countries — and they’re not sitting on their hands. From starting up talks between the U.S. and Cuba to trying to mediate the crisis in Venezuela, the Vatican diplomatic corps is as active as ever.

What role can Vatican diplomacy play in the world? Could the Church’s diplomatic contributions be more useful now than ever?

Helping us consider those questions are:

  • Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
  • Father Drew Christiansen, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Human Development at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
  • Dr. Jodok Troy, visiting scholar, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University's Europe Center.

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Recorded May 31, 2017. 

Hosted by Luke Vargas.

Distributed by Talk Media News.