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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.

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    Friday 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.

    May 06, 2016

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    ALL ABOUT OMAN The Sultanate of Oman is one of the few “good news” stories to have emerged from the Middle East in recent memory. In addition, Oman served as a key broker between the United States and Iran in the run-up to the Iran nuclear deal. Host Carol Castiel speaks with Linda Pappas Funsch, a specialist in modern Middle East Studies and Islamic history about her recently published book, “Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization.”

    April 29, 2016

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    ANASTASIA KIRILENKO Host Carol Castiel and former Senior Editor from VOA’s Russian Service Inna Dubinsky talk with Anastasia Kirilenko, a Russian investigative journalist whose large body of work includes recent film, Who Is Mr. Putin? The documentary explores the meteoric rise of former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, and the cloud of corruption allegations that have surrounded his inner circle.

    April 22, 2016

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    DASCHLE AND LOTT Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine talk with former Senate Majority Leaders--Democrat Tom Daschle, and Republican Trent Lott about their recently coauthored book, “Crisis Point- Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.” They lament the lack of compromise and comity which, along with perpetual campaigning, the 24/7 news cycle and money in politics, fuel hyper-partisanship in US politics. Drawing on their vast experience from opposite sides of the aisle, they outline a series of recommendations that could bridge the current divide.

    April 15, 2016

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    GENERAL WILLIAM "KIP" WARD Host Carol Castiel and Middle East Reporter in VOA’s English Division Mohamed Elshinnawi talk with General William “Kip” Ward, former Commander of the U.S. – Africa Command (AFRICOM), about the growing threat from violent extremism in Africa, including AQIM, Boko Haram and Al- Shabab, and how to best combat it.

    April 08, 2016

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    SCIENCE EDITION The U. S. Department of State’s GIST Tech-I is an annual competition that offers scientists and entrepreneurs from nations with emerging economies to win training, mentoring and seed money to help launch a successful science or tech business. On the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, host Rick Pantaleo talks with a competition organizer as well as past winners and a current finalist about this international challenge.

    April 01, 2016

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    DEBORAH TANNEN Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of several books including Talking from 9 to 5, Women and Men at Work, discuss with host Carol Castiel and VOA’s Sara Giska, the “double bind” that often traps powerful women in America as they seek to make inroads in politics or in the boardroom. Tannen tells VOA that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic frontrunner in the race for the White House, is subject to two demands which are seen as mutually exclusive: Be a good woman! Be a good leader!

    March 25, 2016

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    GENERAL MICHAEL HAYDEN Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin, talk with General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency about his recently published book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.” General Hayden comments on the recent terror attacks in Brussels and discusses the central question of our time: In a post-9-11 world, how can democracies balance the need for privacy and liberty against the imperative of national security? Listen this Saturday and Sunday on Press Conference USA on the Voice of America!

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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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