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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.


April 10, 2015

Press Conference USA

IRAQ / DAESH / IRAN On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin speak with Nussaibah Younis, Senior Research Associate at the Project on Middle East Democracy who just returned from Iraq, about the obstacles to defeating Daesh/ISIL. Younis tells VOA that notwithstanding US-led air strikes, until political grievances of the marginalized Sunni population are properly addressed, Daesh will not be defeated.


April 03, 2015

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PETER PHAM / NIGERIA ELECTIONS On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, James Butty, talk with J. Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council about the significance and implications of the historic elections in Nigeria in which opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari soundly defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan


March 27, 2015

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Host Carol Castiel and Satarupa Barua, broadcaster in VOA’s Bangla Service, speak with Mary Ellsberg, the Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University about the global epidemic of violence against women, as documented in a recent UN report marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women, and what can be done to combat it.


March 21, 2015

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REP. ALMA ADAMS & TERROR IN TUNIS In this two part Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine talk with Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), about her legislative priorities, and the state of race relations in America. In the second half of the program, North Africa Expert, William Lawrence, analyses the political and economic fallout from the devastating terror attack on a museum in Tunis.


March 14, 2015

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RABBI HERSCHEL GLUCK In the wake of recent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites in Paris and Copenhagen, host Carol Castiel and VOA Europe Correspondent Al Pessin, talk with London-based Rabbi Herschel Gluck, Chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum and Chairman of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, about his successful initiatives at building bridges between these two communities in Britain and how his efforts might be replicated elsewhere.


March 06, 2015

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MARK LAGON / FREEDOM HOUSE On this edition of Press Conference USA -- a conversation with Ambassador Mark Lagon, the new president of the oldest human rights organization in the United States: Freedom House. Ambassador Lagon talks with host Carol Castiel about the critical role Freedom House plays in documenting human rights violations and curbs on press freedoms around the world and explains the reasons behind the grim findings in the 2015 Freedom House report.


February 27, 2015

Press Conference USA

SAUDI ARABIA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel, and VOA Corruption Correspondent Jeffrey Young, speak with Janet Breslin-Smith, author of a forthcoming book about Saudi Arabia “Two Sides of Veil: Living in the Mystery of Saudi Arabia” and a former professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College about the struggle to erase Saudi extremism, and the recent change of guard in Saudi Arabia.

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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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