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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 13, 2014

Press Conference USA

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

Press Conference USA

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.

August 30, 2014

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DINAW MENGESTU: "ALL OUR NAMES" On this encore edition of the program, host Carol Castiel talks with award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu, about his most recent novel “All Our Names.” The Ethiopian born Mengestu discusses the characters and themes in this political novel, which creatively explores universal questions of identity, love, race, and revolution against the backdrop of post-colonial Africa and the post-civil rights movement in the United States.

August 23, 2014

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MIRIEM BENSALAH-CHAQROUN Host Carol Castiel and Francis Alonzo, broadcaster and host of VOA’s “Women Rising,” talk with Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, a leading Moroccan businesswoman and president of the Moroccan Confederation of Businesses about her participation in and expectations of the recent US-Africa Leaders’ Summit as well as Morocco’s role in fostering business in sub-Saharan Africa.

August 16, 2014

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AMB. CHAS FREEMAN - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Host Carol Castiel talks with Ambassador Chas Freeman, who served in numerous senior position such as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, about a range of national security issues from the crises in Iraq and Syria, tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine, to differences between the U.S. and China over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.

August 09, 2014

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DR. STEPHEN MORSE - EBOLA On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA health reporter Carol Pearson, talk with Columbia University epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Morse about the factors that led to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as the challenges in trying to contain and prevent it due to increased mobility among countries, West Africa’s weak public health infrastructure and certain cultural practices.

August 02, 2014

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PETER EISNER - IRAQ WAR   On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Kaitlynn Espeleta, assistant producer in VOA’s English Division, talk with author and journalist Peter Eisner about his new book The Italian Letter: The Forgery that Started the Iraq War. Eisner meticulously documents how the George W. Bush administration came to falsely allege that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium from Africa to re-build his nuclear arsenal. Eisner tells VOA that the current chaos in Iraq stems in part from the misguided and mismanaged US-led invasion in 2003.

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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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