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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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    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 29, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    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.


    January 22, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    STANLEY GREENBERG In the run-up to US primary elections in Iowa and New Hampshire, host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine, speak with Democratic pollster, Stanley Greenberg, about his recently published book “American Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century.”


    January 15, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    JEFFREY GORSKY Host Carol Castiel talks with Jeffrey Gorsky, US diplomat and author about his recently published book “Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain.” The book recounts the ups and downs of the one-thousand year Jewish history in Spain from about 711 to 1654, first under predominantly Muslim Arab rule and later under Catholic rule.


    January 08, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    WILLIAM LAWRENCE On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Mohamed Elshinnawi, Middle East reporter in VOA’s English Division, talk with William Lawrence, former Director of North Africa and Middle East programs at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), currently Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, about the viability of Libya’s recent power sharing agreement and the danger posed by the growing presence of ISIS, as well as prospects for Tunisia’s fledgling democracy on the fifth anniversary of the uprising which sparked the so-called Arab Spring.


    January 01, 2016

    Press Conference USA

    AMY WEBB, CEO & FOUNDER OF WEBBMEDIA GROUP Host Carol Castiel and Rick Pantaleo, VOA Science reporter in VOA’s English Division, speak with Amy Webb-- futurist, author and CEO and Founder of Webbmedia Group, about upcoming technological and digital trends for 2016 and beyond.


    December 25, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    BEST OF 2015 On this special year-end edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel brings you excerpts from conversations with some of her most distinguished guests in 2015 such as the Ambassadors of Britain and France to the United States, senior Democratic and Republican members of Congress and renowned counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan..


    December 18, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    MICHAEL WEISS Prior to the November 13th terror attacks in Paris and the ISIS-inspired attacks in San Bernardino, California, host Carol Castiel and English Division reporter Iakovos Balassi sat down with journalist Michael Weiss to discuss his recently published book, “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.” Weiss’ insights about the origins and evolution of ISIS provide lessons regarding the most effective ways to defeat the terrorist group, which has captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and which is orchestrating or inspiring attacks well beyond its borders.

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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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