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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.


January 04, 2014

Press Conference USA

TIM MACK, PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY

On this annual edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA Science Correspondent Steve Baragona talk with Tim Mack, President of the World Future Society, about the economic, political and technological trends in 2014 and beyond. 


December 28, 2013

Press Conference USA

WESLEY GRANBERG-MICHAELSON – THE CHANGING FACE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE WORLD

On this holiday encore, host Carol Castiel talks with Wesley Granberg-Michaelson about his book, “From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church.” Granberg-Michaelson tells Castiel that one out of every four Christians in the world lives in Africa, and that Brazil has more Catholics and Pentecostals than any other country in the world. He also discusses how the growing number of Christian immigrants living in America and Europe --- from Africa, China and Latin America --- influence the practice of Christianity, which gives rise to what he calls the “non-western church in a post-Christian West.”


December 21, 2013

Press Conference USA

DANIEL MARKEY,  AUTHOR OF NO EXIT FROM PAKISTAN
 
Host Carol Castiel, Sarah Zaman, TV Reporter in VOA’s Urdu Service, and Ira Mellman, Broadcaster in VOA’s English Division, speak with Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, about his recent book “No Exit From Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad.” Markey says Washington and Islamabad are destined to deal with each other and explains the high geostrategic stakes involved in calibrating the future of US-Pakistani relations.


December 14, 2013

Press Conference USA

DANYA GREENFIELD - THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL

Host Carol Castiel and VOA Middle East reporter Carla Babb, speak with Danya Greenfield, acting director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, about the implications of insufficient US and EU efforts to support political transitions in Arab Spring countries as well as the acute economic, political and security challenges facing Yemen.


December 07, 2013

Press Conference USA

ANGELA KOCZE, ROMA RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Host Carol Castiel speaks with Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, this year’s recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ratiu Democracy award, about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe and what steps must be taken to not only combat negative stereotypes but also to remove structural barriers in education, housing and employment, which impede their advancement.


November 30, 2013

Press Conference USA

MICHAEL BARONE, AUTHOR OF SHAPING OUR NATION
 
As the White House and Congress debate immigration reform in the United States, host Carol Castiel and reporter Reuben Sanon speak with historian and political analyst Michael Barone about his new book “Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and its Politics.” Barone explores how dramatic waves of immigration have sculpted the US political, economic and cultural landscape from pre-independence days to the present.


November 23, 2013

Press Conference USA

MBARKA BOUAIDA, MOROCCO'S MINISTER-DELEGATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION

Host Carol Castiel and VOA broadcaster Pamela Dockins speak with Morocco’s minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, about the purpose and significance of the recent meeting in Washington between H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and US President Barack Obama.  Bouaida also discusses Morocco’s economic outreach to sub-Saharan Africa and Rabat’s vital role in countering terrorism and maintaining regional stability in the wake of political turmoil in neighboring Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Mali.

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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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