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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.

March 14, 2015

Press Conference USA

RABBI HERSCHEL GLUCK In the wake of recent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites in Paris and Copenhagen, host Carol Castiel and VOA Europe Correspondent Al Pessin, talk with London-based Rabbi Herschel Gluck, Chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum and Chairman of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, about his successful initiatives at building bridges between these two communities in Britain and how his efforts might be replicated elsewhere.

March 06, 2015

Press Conference USA

MARK LAGON / FREEDOM HOUSE On this edition of Press Conference USA -- a conversation with Ambassador Mark Lagon, the new president of the oldest human rights organization in the United States: Freedom House. Ambassador Lagon talks with host Carol Castiel about the critical role Freedom House plays in documenting human rights violations and curbs on press freedoms around the world and explains the reasons behind the grim findings in the 2015 Freedom House report.

February 27, 2015

Press Conference USA

SAUDI ARABIA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and VOA Corruption Correspondent Jeffrey Young, speak with Janet Breslin-Smith, author of a forthcoming book about Saudi Arabia “Two Sides of Veil: Living in the Mystery of Saudi Arabia” and a former professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College about the struggle to erase Saudi extremism, and the recent change of guard in Saudi Arabia.

February 20, 2015

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SARAH CHAYES / CORRUPTION On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, Digital Managing Editor of VOA’s Afghan Service Akmal Dawi, and VOA Corruption Correspondent Jeffrey Young speak with Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about her new book Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. Find out why Sarah Chayes says that fighting corruption is central to security and stability around the world.

February 13, 2015

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MICHELLE KATZ / OBAMACARE Guest host Rick Pantaleo talks with nurse and health care “sleuth” Michelle Katz about her new book “Healthcare Made Easy: Answers to All Your Healthcare Questions under the Affordable Care Act.” Katz addresses both critics and defenders of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation, affectionately known as “Obamacare,” and explains why medical care in the United States is often so much more expensive than in Canada, Europe and elsewhere.

February 06, 2015

Press Conference USA

HON. ADAM KINZINGER (R-IL) Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent, Cindy Saine, talk with Congressman Adam Kinzinger,about US-led efforts to combat ISIS; the need for a more robust strategy to remove Syrian President Bashar al Assad; Guantanamo Bay detainees; the shift in US policy toward Cuba; the merits of authorizing lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine; Republican legislative priorities;and his impressions of the movie "American Sniper."

January 30, 2015

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MATT DUSS On this edition of the program, a conversation with Mathew Duss, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a non-profit organization created in the wake of the Camp David Peace accords to foster peace and justice between Israelis and Palestinians.Duss tells host Carol Castiel that the need to resolve the longstanding conflict by reaching a two-state solution is as urgent than ever.

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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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