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.
DEREK CHOLLET / Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin, talk with Derek Chollet, about his new book, “The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World.” A former senior State Department, White House and Pentagon official, Chollet argues that President Obama has altered the course of American foreign policy for the better and positioned the United States to lead in the future.
July 22, 2016
AMY HAWTHORNE ON TUNISIA / Host Carol Castiel and senior Middle East reporter in VOA’s English Division Mohamed Elshinnawi, talk with Amy Hawthorne, Deputy Director for Research at the Project on Middle East Democracy about the many political, economic and security challenges facing Tunisia, which, while fragile, is the only positive story to emerge from the Arab Spring democratic uprisings.
July 15, 2016
THE JEWISH JEFFERSON / Host Carol Castiel sits down with Jeffery Rosen, constitutional scholar and author of the new book “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet,” to discuss the life and work of the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice. Rosen calls Brandeis “the Jewish Jefferson,” because like Jefferson, Brandeis decried “the curse of bigness” in business and government. Jeffery Rosen is also President and CEO of the National Constitution Center and a professor of law at George Washington University Law School.
July 08, 2016
SCIENCE EDITION / From finding a newborn exoplanet to signs of the oldest oxygen in the universe, an electric wind on Venus that may have stripped away its oceans to new found clues about mysterious dark matter, astronomers have made some remarkable discoveries recently. Host Rick Pantaleo talks with some of the scientists who helped make these extraordinary findings.
July 01, 2016
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.
After calling the Russian president the 'most dangerous man in the world,' the former chess champion and democracy activist sat down with VOA