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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.

October 18, 2014

Press Conference USA

GARRY KASPAROV On this edition of the program, Carol Castiel, speaks with Garry Kasparov, world-renowned chess champion and pro-democracy activist about Vladimir Putin, a leader Kasparov argues poses more of a threat to international security than any other leading concerns, including ISIL. Kasparov says that Putin's ultimate goal is to undermine NATO and to destroy the institutions that have guaranteed stability in the world since 1945.

October 11, 2014

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LAURIE GARRETT / EBOLA Host Carol Castiel speaks with Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the initial failures of the international community in detecting and stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. She discusses the causes of the slow response, and the various political, cultural, and social factors that may inhibit efforts by the United States, the UN and others to contain the epidemic.

October 04, 2014

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JAN ELIASSON - UNGA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA UN Correspondent Margaret Besheer, speak with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, H. E. Jan Eliasson, on the sidelines of the 69th UNGA, about some of the most pressing global issues that have dominated the UNGA agenda.

September 27, 2014

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KAREN DONFRIED / UKRAINE RUSSIA CRISIS On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel speaks with Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund about the crisis in Ukraine and the prospects of the current truce holding between Kiev and the Moscow backed separatists, as well as the challenges ahead for Ukraine. Also discussed were the current protests in Russia against President Putin's aggressive actions in Ukraine and the effectiveness of the sanctions imposed by the EU and U.S.

September 20, 2014

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WILLIAM MCCANTS- ISIL THREAT On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel talks with William McCants, Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution about the threat posed by ISIL as well as the Obama administration’s proposed strategy to combat it.

September 13, 2014

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WILLIAM LAWRENCE - LIBYA CHAOS On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Mohamed Elshinnawi, VOA Middle East reporter, talk with William Lawrence, North Africa expert and professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, about the current chaos engulfing Libya as power struggles among rival militias threaten to take the country to the brink of civil war.

September 06, 2014

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EBOLA UPDATE-On this encore edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Carol Pearson, VOA Health Reporter, talk with Columbia University epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Morse about the acceleration of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as the disease has proven difficult to thwart due to the lack of substantial public health infrastructure, certain cultural practices, and the increasing movement of the disease across country lines.

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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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