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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 November 27, 2015

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.

October 02, 2015

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ALI SOUFAN Host Carol Castiel speaks with Ali Soufan, Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group about Russia’s recent buildup and intervention in Syria, and what it means for the region, the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the Iran deal.

September 25, 2015

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GARRY KASPAROV Host Carol Castiel speaks with Garry Kasparov, world chess champion and global champion of democracy and human rights, about the themes of his forthcoming book “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped,” including Putin’s continued destabilization of Eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s increased military deployments in Syria as well as what Kasparov says are the dangers posed by the recently concluded Iran nuclear deal.

September 18, 2015

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SCIENCE RESEARCH INTEGRITY What happens when a top science journal publishes a research paper, especially one that could greatly benefit humankind, and it turns out to be a fraud or born of scientific misconduct? Host Rick Pantaleo talks with a science journal editor, researchers, and representatives of the Office of Research Integrity at the US Department of Health and Human Services about science studies that had to be retracted by their publishers because of fraud, misconduct or poorly conducted research.

September 11, 2015

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PROFESSOR J.W. WILSON On this encore edition of Press Conference USA, Carol Castiel along with Senior TV correspondent Chris Simkins, talk with Professor William Julius Wilson, a distinguished sociologist, author and Harvard University professor, about his thesis that economic class has gradually become more important than race in determining the future outcomes of African-Americans as well as the ramifications of police brutality in predominantly African-American communities around the United States.

September 04, 2015

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AMBASSADOR HANK COHEN PART 2. Host Carol Castiel and James Butty, Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, talk with Ambassador Herman (Hank) Cohen, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, about his new book “The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures.” In part 2 of this conversation, Ambassador Cohen shares his personal insights and anecdotes about Zaire’s Mobuto Sese Seko, Angola’s Jonas Savimbi, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and many more.

August 28, 2015

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AMBASSADOR HANK COHEN. Host Carol Castiel and James Butty, Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, talk with Ambassador Herman (Hank) Cohen, former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, about his latest book “The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures.” Ambassador Cohen shares his fascinating, personal insights from conversations with an array of leaders from Leopold Senghor to Muammar Gaddafi.

August 21, 2015

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MARY ELLSBERG. In our encore edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and Satarupa Barua, former broadcaster in VOA’s Bangla Service, speak with Mary Ellsberg, the Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, about the global epidemic of violence against women.

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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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