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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

Woody Carter - "Narada's Children" - November 16, 2018

11/16/2018
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Narrative theologian and author Woody Carter discusses his fascinating new novel, Narada’s Children: A Visionary Tale of Two Cities, with host Carol Castiel. The novel is a spiritual tale of two cities that brings together mystical elements from different religious traditions to connect far-flung communities with a common African heritage.

Duration:00:29:59

Gene Therapy - November 09, 2018

11/9/2018
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High hopes of gene therapy come with fears about its cost. On the next edition of Press Conference USA, Janet Lambert, CEO of Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, joins hosts Rebecca Ward and Rick Pantaleo to discuss emerging gene therapies as well as its costs and benefits.

Duration:00:29:59

Science Edition: UN Report on Climate Change - November 02, 2018

11/2/2018
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A recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a rather gloomy picture of planet Earth’s future. Rick Pantaleo and his guest, Peter Frumhoff from the Union of Concerned Scientists, discuss the report and its possible implications on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA.

Duration:00:29:59

Foreign Election Interference with Laura Rosenberger - October 26, 2018

10/26/2018
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As Americans head to the polls to elect a new Congress as well as other state and local officials, Moscow and other malign actors are engaged in ongoing influence campaigns to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections. On this edition of the program, Laura Rosenberger, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks with host Carol Castiel and VOA National Security Correspondent, Jeff Seldin, about strategies to counter...

Duration:00:29:59

GOP Midterm Election Strategy - October 19, 2018

10/19/2018
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On this second of a two part series regarding what’s at stake for Democrats and Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, host Carol Castiel talks with Tim Chapman, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America, about GOP strategy and the prospects of Republicans remaining in control of Congress.

Duration:00:29:59

Outlook For Democrats in 2018 Midterm Election - October 12, 2018

10/12/2018
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Democrats are energized in the run-up to midterm congressional elections, hoping to win enough seats to take back control of the House of Representatives from Republicans. On this first of a two part series regarding what’s at stake for Democrats and Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, host Carol Castiel talks with Democratic strategist Will Marshall, President and Founder of the Progressive Policy Institute.

Duration:00:29:59

US Congressman Tom Garrett (Republican, Virginia) - October 05, 2018

10/5/2018
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Outgoing Republican Congressman Tom Garrett from state of Virginia reflects on a range of domestic and international issues such as trade, the Trump administration’s use of tariffs, US policy toward Iran and China and the need for including an emphasis on human rights in US foreign policy with host Carol Castiel.

Duration:00:30:00

US Immigration Policy Proposals - September 28, 2018

9/28/2018
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What are the motivating factors behind the Trump Administration’s controversial immigration policy proposals? On this edition of the program, Host Carol Castiel and VOA Immigration Reporter Aline Barros talk with Doris Meissner, former Commission of the U.S. and Naturalization Service, now senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, about President Donald Trump’s views on immigration and refugee policy and places them within a historical American context.

Duration:00:29:59

Suicide and Suicide Prevention - September 21, 2018

9/21/2018
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The World Health Organization says nearly 800,000 people take their own lives every year. On the next edition of Press Conference USA, Rick Pantaleo along with VOA Health Reporter, Carol Pearson, talk with Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America about why people take their own lives and what can be done to help someone who is contemplating such a tragic act.

Duration:00:29:59

Brett Kavanaugh/US Supreme Court - September 14, 2018

9/14/2018
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After contentious Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court “swing” Justice Anthony Kennedy, host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior National Correspondent, Jim Malone, speak with former Supreme Court law clerk Jamil Jaffer. Jaffer, who teaches law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, laments the increasing politicization of Supreme Court nominations and hearings. However, unlike some Senate Democrats, he...

Duration:00:29:59

“Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy” - September 07, 2018

9/7/2018
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Jeff Pegues, Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News talks with host Carol Castiel and Tatiana Vorozhko, senior editor in VOA’s Ukrainian Service, about his new book, “Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy.” He tells VOA that the decentralized nature of the US electoral system makes it as vulnerable to Kremlin cyberattacks and social media propaganda in the 2018 midterm elections as it was in 2016.

Duration:00:29:59

Pediatric Cancer Care for Refugees - August 31, 2018

8/31/2018
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Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo and Dr. Sima Jeha with Global Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital speak with host Rebecca Ward and VOA Medical Correspondent Carol Pearson about treating pediatric cancer patients in the most dire of circumstances – as refugees. They tell VOA that they have successfully treated hundreds of patients at the largest refugee camp in the world in Lebanon, and now hope to ramp up their efforts worldwide to provide treatment to other child...

Duration:00:29:59

Newsmaker Encore: William Galston - August 24, 2018

8/24/2018
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On this encore edition of Press Conference USA, William (Bill) Galston, senior fellow in the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution, discusses his recent book “Anti Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy,” with host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior National Correspondent Jim Malone. Galston tells VOA that populists embrace a restricted notion of “the people.” They draw a distinction between the “real people” and “the less real people.” Populists tend to characterize...

Duration:00:29:59

Science Edition Encore - Privatization of Space - August 17, 2018

8/17/2018
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In this encore edition of Press Conference USA, 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

New Pakistan Prime Minister - Imran Khan - August 10, 2018

8/10/2018
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Host Carol Castiel and Nafees Takar, chief of VOA’s Deewa Service broadcasting in Pashto to Northwest Pakistan, talk with Michael Kugelman, South Asian analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about Imran Khan’s stunning electoral victory in Pakistan – what it means for Pakistan’s domestic politics and Islamabad’s relations with the region and the United States.

Duration:00:29:59

Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House - August 03, 2018

8/3/2018
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Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, an international watchdog organization that promotes freedom and democracy around the world, tells host Carol Castiel that attacks on civil liberties and freedom of expression are under assault given the rise of populism and authoritarianism around the globe. He says Vladimir Putin has created an “autocrat’s playbook.” However, Abramowitz also mentions positive trends in Gambia, Armenia, Malaysia and Macedonia.

Duration:00:29:59

Science Edition: Citizen Science - July 27, 2018

7/27/2018
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From counting birds in the wild to discovering planets beyond our solar system, citizen scientists are non-professional, everyday people who play an important role in furthering science research. Host, Rick Pantaleo talks with Samantha Blickhan, the Digital Humanities lead at the citizen science web portal, Zooniverse, to learn more about how people everywhere are making contributions to the scientific community.

Duration:00:29:59

FIFA World Cup 2018 in Review - July 20, 2018

7/20/2018
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Sonny Young, host of VOA’s “Sonny Side of Sports” and Joao Santarita, editor and broadcaster in VOA’s Portuguese-to-Africa Service join host Carol Castiel and co-host and VOA intern and soccer fan Caroline Ring, to look back at the games, politics and other highlights and surprises of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Duration:00:29:59

The State of Religious Freedom Around the World - July 16, 2018

7/16/2018
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A U.S. report on the state of religious freedom around the world paints a dire picture for religious minorities in places like Myanmar, Iraq and Turkey. On Press Conference USA, host Rebecca Ward and VOA Persian Service Editor Michael Lipin speak with Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a Vice Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Duration:00:30:05

The State of Religious Freedom Around the World - July 13, 2018

7/13/2018
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A U.S. report on the state of religious freedom around the world paints a dire picture for religious minorities in places like Myanmar, Iraq and Turkey. On Press Conference USA, host Rebecca Ward and VOA Persian Service Editor Michael Lipin speak with Kristen Arriaga de Bucholz, a Vice Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Duration:00:29:59