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Host Carol Castiel and other panelists interview best-selling authors, analysts, politicians, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues facing the U.S. and the world.

Host Carol Castiel and other panelists interview best-selling authors, analysts, politicians, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues facing the U.S. and the world.
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Washington, DC

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VOA

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Host Carol Castiel and other panelists interview best-selling authors, analysts, politicians, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues facing the U.S. and the world.

Language:

English


Episodes

Antibiotic Resistance, a Growing Global Health Crisis - April 20, 2018

4/20/2018
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Antibiotics are powerful medical tools. But, misuse has led to the spread of so-called superbugs that can’t be stopped by today’s antibiotics. Hosts Rick Pantaleo and VOA Health Reporter, Carol Pearson talk with Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, MD - Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about what has become a serious global health crisis.

Duration:00:29:59

Middle East Update with Ellen Laipson - April 13, 2018

4/13/2018
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Host Carol Castiel talks with Middle East analyst Ellen Laipson, Director of the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University, former CEO of the Stimson Center, about the state of play in Syria after the chemical weapons attack; Iraq, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal and increasing tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis exacerbated by violent protests in Gaza.

Duration:00:29:59

Plastic Debris and Other Dangers to the World's Oceans - April 06, 2018

4/6/2018
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Hosts Rebecca Ward and Rick Pantaleo speak with George Leonard, Chief Scientist of the Ocean Conservancy. He tells VOA's Press Conference USA that the ocean is in distress due to three major factors, plastics and other debris, acidification and climate change. Listen Saturday and Sunday on the Voice of America.

Duration:00:29:59

Russia Hacking and Disinformation - March 30, 2018

3/30/2018
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Host Carol Castiel and Tatiana Vorozhko, senior editor in VOA’s Ukrainian Service, discuss Russia’s ongoing political warfare with the West and the United States in particular with Alina Polyakova, senior fellow for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Polyakova tells VOA that Russia’s ability to hack critical infrastructures including energy, nuclear and commercial facilities, along with its insidious disinformation campaigns on social media, poses a serious threat to US national...

Duration:00:29:59

The Life and Legacy of Stephen Hawking - March 23, 2018

3/23/2018
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The late Stephen Hawking, the brilliant and respected theoretical physicist, cosmologist, teacher and author, helped us better understand the origins and workings our universe. Host Rick Pantaleo talks about the life and legacy of the legendary professor with a former colleague and friend. We'll also learn about ALS; the crippling disease he was diagnosed with back in 1963.

Duration:00:29:59

Obroni and the Chocolate Factory - March 16, 2018

3/16/2018
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Fine chocolate is often associated with Switzerland, Belgium or France, even though some of the best cocoa is grown in West Africa. On this edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and VOA TV producer Phillip Alexiou, talk with Steven Wallace, founder and CEO of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company -- the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Ghana. Steven recounts the origins and challenges of this daunting endeavor in his new book Obroni and...

Duration:00:29:59

US Women Veterans Seek Public Office - March 09, 2018

3/9/2018
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In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, host Carol Castiel speaks with Elaine Luria, a retired US Navy commander turned Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District. The seat is currently held by a Republican. Also on the program is Rebecca Burgess, a program analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, who studies veterans running for public office. Carol speaks with both women about why a record number of female combat veterans have decided to...

Duration:00:29:59

Privatization of Space - March 02, 2018

3/2/2018
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Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy at the Planetary Society, talks with host Rick Pantaleo about the private sector’s increasing role in space exploration. Companies such as SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Arianespace have come to the forefront of providing spaceflight services that were once exclusive to only government-run space agencies.

Duration:00:29:59

Elliott Abrams - Promoting Democracy In The Middle East - February 23, 2018

2/23/2018
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Host Carol Castiel speaks with Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about his new book “Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.” Abrams tells VOA that “chaos” is the real enemy of political progress and that a breakdown of law and order is what allows extremist groups like ISIS or al Qaida to move into the vacuum. Abrams says the U.S. should do more to promote democracy not only because it is a better...

Duration:00:29:59

Elliott Abrams - Promoting Democracy In The Middle East - February 23, 2018

2/23/2018
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Host Carol Castiel speaks with Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about his new book “Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.” Abrams tells VOA that “chaos” is the real enemy of political progress and that a breakdown of law and order is what allows extremist groups like ISIS or al Qaida to move into the vacuum. Abrams says the U.S. should do more to promote democracy not only because it is a better...

Duration:00:29:59

Plight of Refugees - February 16, 2018

2/16/2018
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Host Carol Castiel sits down with Eric Schwartz, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration under the Obama Administration, currently President of Refugees International, an independent humanitarian organization that advocates on behalf of displaced and stateless people. He discusses the plight of refugees worldwide with a focus on the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar; the impact of US refugee policy under the Trump administration and the...

Duration:00:29:59

U.S. Representative William Hurd (R/TX) - February 09, 2018

2/9/2018
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Host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson talk with Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from the state of Texas who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Topics include national security issues from immigration reform, the Russia probe, the nuclear threat from North Korea, to international trade, especially talks on renegotiating the NAFTA agreement, which has a direct impact on Hurd’s home...

Duration:00:29:59

Amy Hawthorne on Tunisia/Egypt - February 02, 2018

2/2/2018
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On the 7th anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, host Carol Castiel and senior Middle East reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi, talk with Amy Hawthorne, Deputy Director for Research at the Project on Middle East Democracy, about the significance and implications of the current unrest in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, as well as the upcoming elections in Egypt, which are set to be a sham.

Duration:00:29:59

Future of The Internet - The Deep, Dark, Black Web - January 26, 2018

1/26/2018
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The internet is an invaluable information and communication resource and has become an important part of our everyday lives. Join host Rick Pantaleo and his guests as they look into what the internet of the future might be like and examine the mysterious segment of cyberspace known as the deep or dark web.

Duration:00:29:59

US/Pakistan Relations - January 19, 2018

1/19/2018
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Host Carol Castiel and Sarah Zaman, host of VOA Urdu’s TV show “View 360,” talk with Michael Kugelman, South Asian analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about US policy toward Pakistan in light of a recent US freeze on security assistance to Islamabad and the degree to which Washington’s and Islamabad’s interests converge or diverge in Afghanistan and India.

Duration:00:29:59

Ten Hot Spots to Watch Around the World in 2018 - January 12, 2018

1/12/2018
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Press Conference USA host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin discuss ten major conflicts to watch in 2018 with Rob Malley, CEO of the International Crisis Group. Malley previously worked as a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, and talks about Afghanistan, Syria and the DRC among other major hot spots around the world.

Duration:00:29:59

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - the Inspiration Behind New Book - January 05, 2018

1/5/2018
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Author and lobbyist Riva Levinson discusses her new book “Choosing the Hero" with VOA's Carol Castiel and Kim Lewis on Press Conference USA. The book recounts Riva’s behind-the-scenes lobbying for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected to lead an African nation. Listen for Press Conference USA Saturday and Sunday on the Voice of America.

Duration:00:29:59

Future Tech Trends - December 29, 2017

12/29/2017
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Host Carol Castiel and VOA’s Rick Pantaleo speak with futurist Amy Webb, CEO and Founder of Future Today Institute, about the latest technological and digital trends for 2018 as well as the positive and negative aspects of social media.

Duration:00:29:59

Best of Press Conference USA 2017 - December 22, 2017

12/22/2017
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On this special year-end edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel brings you excerpts from conversations with some of her most distinguished guests in 2017, including Republican and Democratic members of Congress Charlie Dent and Thomas Suozzi, Ambassador James Jeffrey and the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.

Duration:00:29:59

US Tax System Overhaul - December 15, 2017

12/15/2017
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On this edition of Press Conference USA, Host Carol Castiel and VOA Economics editor Jim Randle interview Steven Rosenthal, Senior Fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute about the politics and substance of Republican-led efforts to overhaul the US tax code, which if successful, would be the first piece of significant legislation under the Trump administration.

Duration:00:29:59

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