radio / Press Conference USA

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 19, 2014

Press Conference USA

H.E. MARINA KALJURAND, AMBASSADOR OF ESTONIA TO THE UNITED STATES On this edition of the program, a wide-ranging conversation with Estonian Ambassador to the U.S., Marina Kaljurand, about Russia's provocative moves in Ukraine – from the annexation of Crimea to its backing of separatists in the East. Estonia is a member of both the European Union and NATO. Ambassador Kaljurand tells host Carol Castiel that Moscow's actions constitute a blatant violation of international and legal norms and she worries about implications for Estonia and other Baltic states, which have sizeable Russian minorities. Ambassador Kaljurand discusses what might be motivating Moscow's behavior and comments on the response to Russia's actions by the United States, the EU and NATO.

April 12, 2014

Press Conference USA

AMBASSADOR PAULA DOBRIANSKY On this edition of the program, a conversation with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. She talks with host Carol Castiel about ramifications of the crisis in Ukraine, US-Russian relations, energy and national security, US climate change policy and the critical role women are playing in Afghanistan in the wake of the first democratic transfer of power. 

April 05, 2014

Press Conference USA

RONALD MARKS / BITCOIN On this edition of the program, a conversation about the pros and cons of digital currency. Ronald Marks, Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute talks with host Carol Castiel and Doug Bernard, producer and reporter in VOA’s English Division, about the origins, purpose and future of Bitcoin, one of the most popular forms of digital currency.

March 29, 2014

Press Conference USA

ROBERT KAPLAN - AUTHOR AND SENIOR FELLOW AT CNAS On this edition of the program, a conversation with best-selling author, analyst and foreign correspondent, Robert Kaplan. He talks with host Carol Castiel and Senior VOA Reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi about his two most recent books:  “The Revenge of Geography” and “Asia’s Cauldron” and their relevance to current trends around the world.

March 22, 2014

Press Conference USA

RUSSIA / CRIMEA - PROTEST MOVEMENTS & SOCIAL MEDIA On this edition of the program, a two-part conversation with Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and a co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation Laboratory. He talks with host Carol Castiel about the possible motivations behind and implications of Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine as well as the growing role and impact that Twitter and Facebook are having on mass protest movements from Ukraine to Turkey.

March 15, 2014

Press Conference USA

TRITA PARSI, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF NIAC On this edition of the program, a conversation with Trita Parsi, Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He talks with host Carol Castiel about the changing geopolitical landscape in the Middle East as a result of the potential nuclear agreement with Iran, the conflict in Syria and the tumultuous aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring. 

March 08, 2014

Press Conference USA

AMBASSADOR ALBERTO FERNANDEZ, COORDINATOR, CSCC A conversation with Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications at the US Department of State (CSCC), about how his office uses social media to combat al Qaida propaganda on the Internet. He tells host Carol Castiel that by using messages in Arabic, Urdu, Somali and other languages, CSCC exposes the gap between al Qaida’s words and actions.

Page doesn't contain any article. Link to latest data by clicking here.

On the go? Subscribe to a Podcast of the show

We Want To Hear From You
Please contact us via email, letter or Twitter! Follow the links below and tell us what you think of guests, our recent shows and who you would like us to interview in the future.
Postal Mail:
Voice of America - PCUSA
Washington, D.C. 20237 USA
And follow our host Carol Castiel on Twitter:
Carol Castiel is also the host of Encounter and co-produces Issues in the News with Ania Zalewski at the Voice of America.
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
  • Sundays:   0330 1430 1800 UTC

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.

Watch Our Featured Video

Other Current Affairs Programs:

Carol Castiel hosts a panel of experts on opposite sides of a controversial issue.
Issues in the news -Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.

Middle East Voices Middle East Voices – a VOA-powered social journalism platform seeking to combine investigative journalism, crowdsourcing, participatory writing and social media technology to redefine how stories in and about the Middle East are told.