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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.


    September 18, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    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.


    September 11, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    PROFESSOR J.W. WILSON On this encore edition of Press Conference USA, Carol Castiel along with Senior TV correspondent Chris Simkins, talk with Professor William Julius Wilson, a distinguished sociologist, author and Harvard University professor, about his thesis that economic class has gradually become more important than race in determining the future outcomes of African-Americans as well as the ramifications of police brutality in predominantly African-American communities around the United States.


    September 04, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    AMBASSADOR HANK COHEN PART 2. Host Carol Castiel and James Butty, Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, talk with Ambassador Herman (Hank) Cohen, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, about his new book “The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures.” In part 2 of this conversation, Ambassador Cohen shares his personal insights and anecdotes about Zaire’s Mobuto Sese Seko, Angola’s Jonas Savimbi, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and many more.


    August 28, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    AMBASSADOR HANK COHEN. Host Carol Castiel and James Butty, Managing Editor and host of Daybreak Africa, talk with Ambassador Herman (Hank) Cohen, former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, about his latest book “The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures.” Ambassador Cohen shares his fascinating, personal insights from conversations with an array of leaders from Leopold Senghor to Muammar Gaddafi.


    August 21, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    MARY ELLSBERG. In our encore edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and Satarupa Barua, former 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.


    August 14, 2015

    Press Conference USA

    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

    Press Conference USA

    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.

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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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