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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 February 12, 2016

    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.”

    October 30, 2015

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    SCIENCE EDITION: EXPLORATION OF MARS Humankind has long been fascinated by the planet Mars. Discoveries made by the various probes, orbiters and rovers that have been exploring the Red Planet over the years have made many of us quite excited about the possibility of someday sending humans to visit our neighbor in the Solar System. On this Science Edition of Press Conference USA, host Rick Pantaleo talks with guests from NASA and the Mars Society about the past, present and future of the exploration of Mars.

    October 23, 2015

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    GARRY KASPAROV & NICKOLAY MLADENOV World chess champion and human rights advocate Garry Kasparov previews his forthcoming book “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped,” which is to be released on October 27th. Also joining host Carol Castiel on this two-part program is Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, previously UN Special Representative for Iraq, who discusses challenges facing Iraq and Syria and the need for immediate action toward a two-state solution before the escalating tensions in Jerusalem spiral out of control.

    October 16, 2015

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    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS From the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly, Host Carol Castiel speaks with senior UN official Nikhil Chandavarkar about the recently approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to eradicate poverty and control climate change by the year 2030. Chandavarkar tells VOA how and why the SDG’s are more ambitious in scope and magnitude than their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals.

    October 09, 2015

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    NICKOLAY MLADENOV From the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York, host Carol Castiel speaks with Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, about prospects for renewing bilateral and regional talks. Mladenov, a Bulgarian diplomat who served as Bulgaria’s Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs, calls Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent assertion that Palestinians are no longer bound by the 1995 Oslo Peace Accords, an “alarm bell,” and should, along with the uptick in violence in Jerusalem and the rise of radicalism emanating from conflicts in Syria and Iraq, be an incentive for bold initiatives to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and create a two-state solution.

    October 02, 2015

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    ALI SOUFAN Host Carol Castiel speaks with Ali Soufan, Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group about Russia’s recent buildup and intervention in Syria, and what it means for the region, the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the Iran deal.

    September 25, 2015

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    GARRY KASPAROV Host Carol Castiel speaks with Garry Kasparov, world chess champion and global champion of democracy and human rights, about the themes of his forthcoming book “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped,” including Putin’s continued destabilization of Eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s increased military deployments in Syria as well as what Kasparov says are the dangers posed by the recently concluded Iran nuclear deal.

    September 18, 2015

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    SCIENCE RESEARCH INTEGRITY What happens when a top science journal publishes a research paper, especially one that could greatly benefit humankind, and it turns out to be a fraud or born of scientific misconduct? Host Rick Pantaleo talks with a science journal editor, researchers, and representatives of the Office of Research Integrity at the US Department of Health and Human Services about science studies that had to be retracted by their publishers because of fraud, misconduct or poorly conducted research.

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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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