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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.

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    Friday July 29, 2016

    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.

    June 03, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    ALEX VATANKA / IRAN & PAKISTAN The governments of Iran and Pakistan pose serious challenges to US interests in the broader Middle East. On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Sarah Zaman, anchor and reporter for VOA’s Urdu Service, talk with Alex Vatanka, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute about the complex relationship between Iran and Pakistan as outlined in his new book, Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy, and American Influence.

    May 27, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    SCIENCE EDITION On this edition of the program host Rick Pantaleo talks with a physicist, a theoretical physicist, an astrophysicist and a professor of planetary sciences about topics ranging from physics, cosmology, humanity’s relationship with the universe, the discovery of organic compounds in the atmosphere of a comet, to new findings about Earth’s ring current, NASA calls a key part of the space environment around Earth and a phenomena that can affect our satellites.

    May 20, 2016

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    US HEALTHCARE Is the American healthcare system dysfunctional? Doctor Erika Schwartz, author of “Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You: How to Beat Physician Arrogance, Corporate Greed and a Broken System” takes a closer look at the doctor – patient relationship, and the power of the pharmaceutical and insurance industries in the United States in her conversation with host Carol Castiel and VOA assistant producer Sara Giska.

    May 13, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    THE HONORABLE ADAM SMITH (D-WA) Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson, talk with Congressman Adam Smith, a Democrat from the State of Washington and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, about an array of US foreign policy and national security challenges from the fight against violent extremism worldwide, the war in Syria, and the situation in Afghanistan, to the challenges posed by Russia and Iran.

    May 06, 2016

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    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.”

    April 29, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    ANASTASIA KIRILENKO Host Carol Castiel and former Senior Editor from VOA’s Russian Service Inna Dubinsky talk with Anastasia Kirilenko, a Russian investigative journalist whose large body of work includes recent film, Who Is Mr. Putin? The documentary explores the meteoric rise of former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, and the cloud of corruption allegations that have surrounded his inner circle.

    April 22, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    DASCHLE AND LOTT Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine talk with former Senate Majority Leaders--Democrat Tom Daschle, and Republican Trent Lott about their recently coauthored book, “Crisis Point- Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.” They lament the lack of compromise and comity which, along with perpetual campaigning, the 24/7 news cycle and money in politics, fuel hyper-partisanship in US politics. Drawing on their vast experience from opposite sides of the aisle, they outline a series of recommendations that could bridge the current divide.

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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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