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.
ROAD TO RIO / Host Carol Castiel talks with Sidney Levy, CEO of the 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee, about the array of economic, political, infrastructure and even environmental challenges facing the upcoming games. While he addresses these challenges, Sidney Levy also waxes lyrical about the unique charm of Rio de Janeiro and underscores the importance of the Olympic Games as a unifying force in the world today.
June 24, 2016
RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE / Host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior National Correspondent Jim Malone talk with William Galston, Chair in Governance Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal, about the state of the race for the White House in the run-up to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
June 17, 2016
ROBERT WORTH / A RAGE FOR ORDER Host Carol Castiel talks with Robert Worth, a correspondent for the New York Times, about his recently published book “A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS,” which tracks the tormented legacy of what was once called the Arab Spring.
June 10, 2016
RICK ROSSOW / PM MODI Narendra Modi goes to Washington! Host Carol Castiel and Chidu Rajghatta, Foreign Editor and US Correspondent for The Times of India, speak with Richard Rossow, Senior Fellow in US-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic & International Studies about the significance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, including his address to a joint session of the US Congress.
June 03, 2016
ALEX VATANKA / IRAN & PAKISTAN The governments of Iran and Pakistan pose serious challenges to US interests in the broader Middle East. On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Sarah Zaman, anchor and reporter for VOA’s Urdu Service, talk with Alex Vatanka, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute about the complex relationship between Iran and Pakistan as outlined in his new book, Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy, and American Influence.
May 27, 2016
SCIENCE EDITION On this edition of the program host Rick Pantaleo talks with a physicist, a theoretical physicist, an astrophysicist and a professor of planetary sciences about topics ranging from physics, cosmology, humanity’s relationship with the universe, the discovery of organic compounds in the atmosphere of a comet, to new findings about Earth’s ring current, NASA calls a key part of the space environment around Earth and a phenomena that can affect our satellites.
May 20, 2016
US HEALTHCARE Is the American healthcare system dysfunctional? Doctor Erika Schwartz, author of “Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You: How to Beat Physician Arrogance, Corporate Greed and a Broken System” takes a closer look at the doctor – patient relationship, and the power of the pharmaceutical and insurance industries in the United States in her conversation with host Carol Castiel and VOA assistant producer Sara Giska.
May 13, 2016
THE HONORABLE ADAM SMITH (D-WA) Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson, talk with Congressman Adam Smith, a Democrat from the State of Washington and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, about an array of US foreign policy and national security challenges from the fight against violent extremism worldwide, the war in Syria, and the situation in Afghanistan, to the challenges posed by Russia and Iran.
After calling the Russian president the 'most dangerous man in the world,' the former chess champion and democracy activist sat down with VOA