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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 November 27, 2015

SIR PETER WESTMACOTT, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, host Carol Castiel speaks with Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the US, about Britain's role in combating the so-called Islamic State, the need for tighter border controls in Europe despite the Schengen rules, the UK's take on how to deal with European Islamists, especially those who have been further radicalized in Syria, how to reach a political solution to the Syrian civil war (role of Russia and Iran), Britain's upcoming referendum on EU membership, and Climate Change Conference in Paris.

August 14, 2015

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KRISTEN SOLTIS ANDERSON. Host Carol Castiel, VOA Congressional Correspondent, Cindy Saine, and VOA production assistant, Daniela Leibovici talk with Kristen Soltis Anderson about her recent book, “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)” and its relevance to the 2016 presidential campaign.

August 07, 2015

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HENRI BARKEY. Henri Barkey, Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center Host Carol Castiel and VOA Turkish Service Broadcaster, Alp Esmer, discuss whether or not Ankara’s decision to let Washington use its Incirlik Air Base in the fight against ISIL in Syria is ‘a game-changer’ or does Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have an ulterior political motive? What’s the status of Turkish – US relations? Whither the so-called peace process between the PKK, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, and Ankara? Why does President Erdogan see the Syrian Kurds, who are a major US ally against ISIL, as more of a threat than ISIL? We’ll ask our guest, Henri Barkey, a prominent Middle East and Turkish expert, currently Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

July 31, 2015

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KENTARO TOYAMA. Doug Bernard talks to Kentaro Toyama, author of a new book: “Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology”. Toyama helps us understand that technology serves its purpose only when it is rightly applied. As one reviewer says: “Finally, we have a book that can help temper our technology addiction with an approach guided by critical thought and practical application.”

July 24, 2015

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HISHAM MELHEM. Host Carol Castiel and Mohamed Elshinnawi, Senior VOA Middle East reporter, talk with Hisham Melhem, columnist for Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based satellite channel, about US policy towards the Middle East from the fallout of the so-called Arab Spring, the festering civil war in Syria, the rise of the so-called Islamic State or ISIL in Iraq and Syria and the geopolitical impact of the recently concluded nuclear deal with Iran.

July 17, 2015

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MONDE MUYANGWA. Host Carol Castiel previews US President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit as well as his visit to Ethiopia, the first-ever for a sitting US president, with Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. They also discuss Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s upcoming meeting at the White House, the controversy over elections in Burundi, and President Obama’s legacy in Africa.

July 10, 2015

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ROBERT WEXLER. Host Carol Castiel and VOA senior Middle East reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi talk with Robert Wexler, former Democratic Congressman from the state of Florida, now President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, about prospects for jumpstarting peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians including the merits and drawbacks of a French proposal to introduce a UN Security Council resolution that would set parameters for new negotiations on Palestinian statehood.

July 03, 2015

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AMBASSADOR FRANCIS J. RICCIARDONE. Host Carol Castiel and Alp Esmer, broadcaster in VOA’s Turkish Service, talk with Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, Atlantic Council Vice President and the Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, about the domestic and international implications of recent Turkish elections.

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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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