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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.

November 15, 2014

Press Conference USA

VIKRAM CHANDRA/"GEEK SUBLIME" Vikram Chandra is a prizewinning novelist and computer programmer. On this edition of Press Conference USA, VOA Reporter Doug Bernard talks with Mr. Chandra about his new book, “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty” in which he examines the surprising connections between the world of art and the world of technology.

November 08, 2014

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YOCHI DREAZEN/ "THE INVISIBLE FRONT"In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, Carol Castiel and Maggie Quinn speak with Yochi Dreazen, managing editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, about his poignant new book, The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War. Through the lens of one military family, Dreazen highlights the institutional shortcomings of the U.S. armed forces, particularly its failure to address and prevent the high rates of suicide among American troops.

November 01, 2014

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AARON DAVID MILLER / "THE END OF GREATNESS" In the run-up to the US midterm elections, host Carol Castiel and VOA White House Correspondent, Aru Pande, speak with Aaron Miller, Distinguished Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center about his new book, The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.

October 25, 2014

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RICHARD BARRETT - THE SOUFAN GROUP Carol Castiel speaks with Richard Barrett, terrorism expert and senior vice president at The Soufan Group, about the turmoil engulfing the Middle East, primarily the rise of ISIL, the presence of other extremist groups such as the Khorasan Group, and how to best combat the ideology behind those groups.

October 18, 2014

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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.

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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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