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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 February 12, 2016

    DAVID SATTER Host Carol Castiel and Natasha Mozgovaya, host and editor in VOA’s Russian Service, speak with David Satter, author and longtime observer of Russia and the former Soviet Union, currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, about Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic regime and the sustainability of his power. His forthcoming book is “The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin.”

    December 18, 2015

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    MICHAEL WEISS Prior to the November 13th terror attacks in Paris and the ISIS-inspired attacks in San Bernardino, California, host Carol Castiel and English Division reporter Iakovos Balassi sat down with journalist Michael Weiss to discuss his recently published book, “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.” Weiss’ insights about the origins and evolution of ISIS provide lessons regarding the most effective ways to defeat the terrorist group, which has captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and which is orchestrating or inspiring attacks well beyond its borders.

    December 11, 2015

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    SCIENCE EDITION / BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM Astronomers have discovered more than 5,000 planets in star systems outside of our solar system. Some of these extrasolar or exoplanets may even have the potential to develop and support life. Host Rick Pantaleo talks with guests from Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute and Penn State University’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds to talk about the search for alien planets, especially those that may support life.

    December 04, 2015

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    DAVID ROTHKOPF, AUTHOR, EDITOR, CEO Host Carol Castiel speaks with David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of the recently published book National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear about the pressing foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States and the world.

    November 27, 2015

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    SIR PETER WESTMACOTT, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, host Carol Castiel speaks with Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the US, about Britain's role in combating the so-called Islamic State, the need for tighter border controls in Europe despite the Schengen rules, the UK's take on how to deal with European Islamists, especially those who have been further radicalized in Syria, how to reach a political solution to the Syrian civil war (role of Russia and Iran), Britain's upcoming referendum on EU membership, and Climate Change Conference in Paris.

    November 20, 2015

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    HON. ANDRE CARSON & AMB. JAMES JEFFREY Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine, speak with Congressman Andre Carson, a Democrat from the state of Indiana and member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Ambassador James Jeffrey, a Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the US strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, US policy toward Syria, Russia’s intervention in Syria, and response to the heinous attacks on Paris.

    November 13, 2015

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    MICHAEL WEISS Host Carol Castiel, and English Division Reporter Iakovos Balassi speak with Michael Weiss, Senior Editor at The Daily Beast, and Editor in Chief of the Interpreter, an online journal that translates and analyzes Russian media, about his critically-acclaimed and New York Times bestselling book, "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror". DISCLAIMER: This interview was recorded before the terror attacks in Paris.

    November 06, 2015

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    CHARLES TAYLOR Host Carol Castiel speaks with Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill University in Canada and recipient of the prestigious John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity by the Library of Congress, to discuss his work in the field of political philosophy, especially his thoughts about the role of religion in society, climate change, the refugee crisis, and US foreign policy.

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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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