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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 May 06, 2016

    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.”

    March 11, 2016

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    AMBASSADOR ARUN K.SINGH Host Carol Castiel sits down with H.E. Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States, to discuss US-India relations, India’s growing relationship with sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan and Israel. Throughout the past several decades, the United States and India have fortified their diplomatic and economic alliances, with US President Barack Obama calling the bilateral relationship “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.”

    March 04, 2016

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    SCIENCE EDITION / ZIKA VIRUS The current outbreak of the Zika virus has sparked fear, especially among pregnant women, due to reports of microcephaly, a serious birth defect, in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus. Host Rick Pantaleo talks with physicians, medical researchers and infectious disease specialists to learn more about what the World Health Organization calls a global health emergency.

    February 26, 2016

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    STANLEY GREENBERG In our encore edition of Press Conference USA, in the run-up to the so-called Super Tuesday, US primary elections in more than a dozen states, host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine, speak with Democratic pollster, Stanley Greenberg, about his recently published book “America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century.”

    February 19, 2016

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    KRISTEN CLARKE In commemoration of Black History month, host Carol Castiel and Kim Lewis, host of VOA’s Africa News Tonight, talk with Kristen Clarke, president & executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) about combating discrimination faced by African Americans and other marginalized communities as well as President Obama’s plans to nominate a new Supreme Justice after Justice Scalia’s sudden death.

    February 12, 2016

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    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.”

    February 05, 2016

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    ASRA NOMANI Host Carol Castiel and Eva Mazrieva, broadcaster in VOA’s Indonesian Service, speak with Asra Nomani, co-author of a provocative opinion editorial in the Washington Post entitled “We actually ask you not to wear a hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity,” and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, a new initiative of Muslims and their allies advocating peace, human rights and secular governance.

    January 29, 2016

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    SCIENCE EDITION: NEW DISCOVERIES From finding a possible giant 9th planet on the edge of the solar system to the brightest and most powerful supernova ever seen to evidence of the existence of a parallel universe or multiple universes, PCUSA Science edition host Rick Pantaleo talks with some of the scientists behind these remarkable astronomical discoveries.

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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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