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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

    DEREK CHOLLET / Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin, talk with Derek Chollet, about his new book, “The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World.” A former senior State Department, White House and Pentagon official, Chollet argues that President Obama has altered the course of American foreign policy for the better and positioned the United States to lead in the future.


    April 15, 2016

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    GENERAL WILLIAM "KIP" WARD Host Carol Castiel and Middle East Reporter in VOA’s English Division Mohamed Elshinnawi talk with General William “Kip” Ward, former Commander of the U.S. – Africa Command (AFRICOM), about the growing threat from violent extremism in Africa, including AQIM, Boko Haram and Al- Shabab, and how to best combat it.


    April 08, 2016

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    SCIENCE EDITION The U. S. Department of State’s GIST Tech-I is an annual competition that offers scientists and entrepreneurs from nations with emerging economies to win training, mentoring and seed money to help launch a successful science or tech business. On the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, host Rick Pantaleo talks with a competition organizer as well as past winners and a current finalist about this international challenge.


    April 01, 2016

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    DEBORAH TANNEN Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of several books including Talking from 9 to 5, Women and Men at Work, discuss with host Carol Castiel and VOA’s Sara Giska, the “double bind” that often traps powerful women in America as they seek to make inroads in politics or in the boardroom. Tannen tells VOA that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic frontrunner in the race for the White House, is subject to two demands which are seen as mutually exclusive: Be a good woman! Be a good leader!


    March 25, 2016

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    GENERAL MICHAEL HAYDEN Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin, talk with General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency about his recently published book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.” General Hayden comments on the recent terror attacks in Brussels and discusses the central question of our time: In a post-9-11 world, how can democracies balance the need for privacy and liberty against the imperative of national security? Listen this Saturday and Sunday on Press Conference USA on the Voice of America!


    March 18, 2016

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    HON. JEFF FORTENBERRY, R, NEBRASKA Host Carol Castiel and VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine, talk with Hon. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican congressman from the Midwestern state of Nebraska, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is also co-chair of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus. In light of systemic atrocities perpetrated against religious and ethnic minorities such as Yazidis, Kurds and Christians by the so-called Islamic State or ISIS, Fortenberry co-sponsored a resolution, which passed unanimously in the House of Representatives, designating such atrocities by ISIS as “acts of genocide.” He discusses the significance and implications of this resolution, US policy towards Iran, US-Cuba relations in light of US President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the island nation, and other domestic policy issues in this critical election year.


    March 11, 2016

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    AMBASSADOR ARUN K.SINGH Host Carol Castiel sits down with H.E. Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States, to discuss US-India relations, India’s growing relationship with sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan and Israel. Throughout the past several decades, the United States and India have fortified their diplomatic and economic alliances, with US President Barack Obama calling the bilateral relationship “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.”


    March 04, 2016

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    SCIENCE EDITION / ZIKA VIRUS The current outbreak of the Zika virus has sparked fear, especially among pregnant women, due to reports of microcephaly, a serious birth defect, in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus. Host Rick Pantaleo talks with physicians, medical researchers and infectious disease specialists to learn more about what the World Health Organization calls a global health emergency.

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    Broadcast Schedule
    Press Conference USA is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also listen to us via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information.
    • Saturdays: 0430 1130 1230 1730 1930 2130 UTC
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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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