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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.

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Friday July 03, 2015

AMBASSADOR FRANCIS J. RICCIARDONE. Host Carol Castiel and Alp Esmer, broadcaster in VOA’s Turkish Service, talk with Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, Atlantic Council Vice President and the Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, about the domestic and international implications of recent Turkish elections.

June 26, 2015

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OBAMACARE The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a key component of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement---the Affordable Care Act. The decision upholds the law’s provision to grant subsidies to states to help people buy health care. On the occasion of this landmark ruling, host Carol Castiel speaks with Michelle Katz, nurse and author of the recently published book “Healthcare Made Easy: Answers to all of Your Healthcare Questions under the Affordable Care Act.”

June 19, 2015

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LAZIZA DALIL MIMOUNA ASSOCIATION. Host Carol Castiel and Jerome Socolovsky, VOA Religion Correspondent talk to Laziza Dalil, Executive Vice President of the Mimouna Association, a group of Moroccan Muslim students striving to preserve and promote the history of Morocco’s ancient Jewish community.

June 12, 2015

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CONGRESSMAN ED ROYCE Host Carol Castiel speaks with Congressman Ed Royce, a Republican from the state of California and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about his views on the US strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, US policy toward Syria, the P-5 + 1 nuclear negotiations with Iran; Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and his expectations regarding US-Nigerian relations in the wake of recent elections, which catapulted Muhammadu Buhari to power.

June 05, 2015

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WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON Host Carol Castiel along with Senior TV correspondent Chris Simkins sit down with Professor William Julius Wilson, a distinguished sociologist, author and Harvard University professor to discuss his thesis that economic class has gradually become more important than race in determining the future outcomes of African-Americans.

May 29, 2015

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YOCHI DREAZEN Host Carol Castiel talks with Yochi Dreazen, distinguished military correspondent and Managing Editor of Foreign Policy, about his book “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War.” Through the lens of one military family, Dreazen highlights the institutional shortcomings of the U.S. armed forces, particularity its failure to address and respond to the high rates of suicide among U.S. troops.

May 22, 2015

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H.E. GERARD ARAUD Host Carol Castiel speaks with H.E. Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the US, about a range of issues of mutual concern between Washington and Paris such as a strategy for combating ISIL/Daesh in Iraq and Syria, nuclear talks with Iran, the crisis in Eastern Ukraine, migrants flocking to European shores, the aftermath of the UN sanctioned strikes in Libya under the “Responsibility to Protect, and a UN resolution on parameters for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May 15, 2015

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HON. JAMES CLYBURN Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine discuss with Congressman James Clyburn, Democrat from South Carolina, an array of questions on domestic and foreign policy issues from police brutality and need for reforms, violations of the Voting Rights Act, NSA surveillance/USA Freedom Act, to the Iran nuclear deal, Fast Track Authority, the Trans Pacific Partnership, the US opening with Cuba, US politics and the 2016 presidential race.

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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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