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Join host Carol Castiel for this 30-minute weekly newsmaker program that provides listeners around the globe with information and insights on a wide range of topics spanning U.S. politics, foreign policy, global health, science and culture. Carol and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues.

April 24, 2015

Press Conference USA

ERITREA / HORN OF AFRICA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and former Horn of Africa VOA Correspondent, Pete Heinlein, speak with Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council about her recent trip to Eritrea and meeting with President Isaias Afwerky, about prospects for political and economic change in that reclusive regime, which has strained relations with its neighbors, the European Union and the United States.

April 17, 2015

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AHMED ABBADI / EDUCATING IMAMS On March 27, 2015 Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams in the capital, Rabat. On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA Religion Correspondent Jerome Socolovsky speak with Ahmed Abbadi, Secretary-General of Muhammadan League of Scholars about instilling in the new generations of Imams the values of moderate Islam based on the Maliki rite and Sunni Sufism to counter violent extremism.

April 10, 2015

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IRAQ / DAESH / IRAN On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin speak with Nussaibah Younis, Senior Research Associate at the Project on Middle East Democracy who just returned from Iraq, about the obstacles to defeating Daesh/ISIL. Younis tells VOA that notwithstanding US-led air strikes, until political grievances of the marginalized Sunni population are properly addressed, Daesh will not be defeated.

April 03, 2015

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PETER PHAM / NIGERIA ELECTIONS On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, James Butty, talk with J. Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council about the significance and implications of the historic elections in Nigeria in which opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari soundly defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan

March 27, 2015

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Host Carol Castiel and Satarupa Barua, broadcaster in VOA’s Bangla Service, speak with Mary Ellsberg, the Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University about the global epidemic of violence against women, as documented in a recent UN report marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women, and what can be done to combat it.

March 21, 2015

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REP. ALMA ADAMS & TERROR IN TUNIS In this two part Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine talk with Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), about her legislative priorities, and the state of race relations in America. In the second half of the program, North Africa Expert, William Lawrence, analyses the political and economic fallout from the devastating terror attack on a museum in Tunis.

March 14, 2015

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RABBI HERSCHEL GLUCK In the wake of recent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites in Paris and Copenhagen, host Carol Castiel and VOA Europe Correspondent Al Pessin, talk with London-based Rabbi Herschel Gluck, Chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum and Chairman of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, about his successful initiatives at building bridges between these two communities in Britain and how his efforts might be replicated elsewhere.

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Carol Castiel

As Director of Current Affairs Programming in VOA's English Division, Carol Castiel is responsible for producing Press Conference USA, Encounter, and Issues in the News.  Carol moderates and produces Press Conference USA and Encounter. She also oversees the production of Issues in the News, VOA’s roundup of the week’s top stories by distinguished Washington journalists.

Before joining the Voice of America, Carol was a consultant/freelance journalist specializing in the promotion of trade and investment between the United States and Africa. She was also a contributing editor to the London-based West Africa Magazine. Carol is fluent in Portuguese, French, and Spanish. She holds an M.A. degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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