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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 31, 2015

KENTARO TOYAMA. Doug Bernard talks to Kentaro Toyama, author of a new book: “Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology”. Toyama helps us understand that technology serves its purpose only when it is rightly applied. As one reviewer says: “Finally, we have a book that can help temper our technology addiction with an approach guided by critical thought and practical application.”

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.

May 08, 2015

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YASIR QADHI Host Carol Castiel and senior VOA Middle East reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi speak with Yasir Qadhi, a Muslim cleric and Professor of Religion at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, about the fallout from a recent controversial exhibit in Texas featuring cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad as well as the socio-economic, political and ideological factors that fuel violent extremism around the world.

May 01, 2015

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AMB. ELENA POPTODOROVA On this edition of the program, a conversation with Bulgarian Ambassador to the U.S., Elena Poptodorova, about Russia's provocative moves in Ukraine. Bulgaria is a member of both the EU and NATO. Ambassador Poptodorova tells host Carol Castiel and Ihar Tsikhanenka, TV Reporter and anchor in VOA’s Russian Service that Bulgaria is on the “front lines” regarding Russian aggression to the east or foreign fighters coming via Turkey to the south.

April 24, 2015

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ERITREA / HORN OF AFRICA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and former Horn of Africa VOA Correspondent, Pete Heinlein, speak with Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council about her recent trip to Eritrea and meeting with President Isaias Afwerky, about prospects for political and economic change in that reclusive regime, which has strained relations with its neighbors, the European Union and the United States.

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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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