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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.

August 30, 2014

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.


August 23, 2014

Press Conference USA

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

Press Conference USA

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

Press Conference USA

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

Press Conference USA

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.


July 26, 2014

Press Conference USA

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN HOWARD "BUCK" MCKEON - CALIFORNIA   On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine talk with Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, a Republican from the state of California and chairman of the influential House Armed Services Committee about a series of international and domestic issues including the civil conflicts raging in Iraq and Syria, the Gaza-Israel war, the downing of Malaysian flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, and the influx of migrant minors from Central America into the United States.


July 19, 2014

Press Conference USA

ALAN ROMBERG - FELLOW AND DIRECTOR, EAST ASIA PROGRAM, STIMSON CENTER   On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and Sarah Williams, co-anchor of VOA's "China Focus", talk to Alan Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center about the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent diplomatic efforts in Asia, and the status of the US-China relations vis-a vis issues ranging from cyber-spying to the disputed territorial waters of South and East China Seas.

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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.

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