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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

Artemis, NASA’s Program to Send Humans Back to the Moon

9/13/2019
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It’s been nearly 50 years since humans last set foot on the Lunar Surface. With NASA’s new Artemis program, the space agency plans to send astronauts to back to the Moon in 2024. On this Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Marshall Smith, director of NASA’s Lunar Exploration program, talks with host, Rick Pantaleo about the space agency’s plan to return to the Moon.

Duration:00:30:05

Barbara Bush Biography

9/6/2019
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Host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior National Correspondent Jim Malone, talk with Susan Page, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief, about her new book “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.”

Duration:00:30:05

Encore: A Conversation with Oanh Ngo Usadi

8/30/2019
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Controversy over refugee and immigration policies in the Trump Administration continues unabated. On this encore edition of Press Conference USA, we talk with Oanh Ngo Usadi, who fled South Vietnam and arrived in the United States as a refugee. The Vietnamese are among the most vibrant and productive immigrant communities in America. Usadi discusses her heartrending and funny memoir, “Of Monkey Bridges and Bánh Mì Sandwiches: from Saigon to Texas,” with host Carol Castiel and Minh Dao,...

Duration:00:30:05

Encore: Vaccination Resistance Movement

8/23/2019
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On this Encore episode of the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, host Rick Pantaleo talks with medical doctor and vaccinologist, Dr. Peter Hotez, and Christina Hildebrand, founder of an organization that advocates for vaccine and pharmaceutical product choice. They spar over the validity of the so-called vaccination resistance movement and other related issues.

Duration:00:30:05

Encore: "Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest"

8/16/2019
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Moscow is issuing contradictory and incredulous statements to characterize an explosion from a nuclear-powered engine meant to circumvent US missile defenses. The accident killed at least seven employees of Russia’s atomic energy agency and boosted radiation levels. On this encore edition of PCUSA, Angela Stent, professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University, talks with host Carol Castiel and Danila Galperovich, a reporter in VOA’s Russia Service, about her new book,...

Duration:00:30:03

A Conversation with Darrell West - Author, "Divided Politics, Divided Nation"

8/9/2019
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In the United States, politics has become so polarized, exacerbating urban and rural divides and even conflicts within families. What are the root causes of these political divisions? And why have they caused so much tension in America? Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, joins host Carol Castiel, and VOA Senior National Correspondent Jim Malone, for a discussion about his newest book: Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict...

Duration:00:30:10

Global Nuclear Security

8/2/2019
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Although the Cold War ended in 1991, the nuclear threat lives on. In today’s context unstable actors such as North Korea are testing nuclear weapons, and the world is witnessing rising tensions with Iran in the wake of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, joins host Carol Castiel, and VOA broadcaster Ira Mellman, for a discussion on nuclear security from a global perspective.

Duration:00:30:10

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

7/26/2019
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The Science Edition of Press Conference USA celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, considered to be one of the greatest achievements in human history. NASA’s Chief Historian, William Barry joins host Rick Pantaleo to discuss how the space agency was able to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth before the end of the 1960’s.

Duration:00:30:00

Melvin Rogers on Race and Democracy

7/19/2019
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Host Carol Castiel and assistant producers Ashley Obuljen and Jessica Von Zastrow, talk with Brown University political science professor Melvin Rogers, currently a visiting scholar at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center, about his recent book-length project titled “The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African-American Political Thought.

Duration:00:30:10

Conversation with Rosa Brooks, Leadership Council for Women in National Security

7/12/2019
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Host Carol Castiel and VOA assistant producers Jessica Von Zastrow and Ashley Obuljen talk with Rosa Brooks, law professor and co-founder of LCWINS, a new organization which aims to increase the number of women, especially of color, in senior foreign and national security positions. Brooks tells VOA that there is no shortage of qualified women to fill such posts, rather unconscious bias often keeps them from being considered and selected. LCWINS intends to change that dynamic and says...

Duration:00:30:10

“The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” by David Wallace-Wells

7/5/2019
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Author David Wallace-Wells, opens his best-selling book, “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming,” with a grim warning - “It’s worse, much worse than you think”. The author is referring to the potentially devastating impact global warming could have on humanity, if steps aren’t taken now to stop it. David Wallace-Wells discusses his book with host, Rick Pantaleo on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA.

Duration:00:30:10

An Update on Algeria and Libya

6/28/2019
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It has been nearly three months since Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned amidst massive protests. While progress has been made on several fronts, many Algerians still yearn for fundamental systemic change. What will the future of Algeria look like? And what are the impediments to a more stable and prosperous Libya? Thomas Hill, Senior Program Officer for North Africa at USIP joins host Carol Castiel and VOA TV Senior Analyst, Jeffrey Young, for an update on Algeria and Libya.

Duration:00:30:10

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, D, Michigan

6/21/2019
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Host Carol Castiel sits down with freshman Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from the state of Michigan, who serves on the Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees. A former CIA analyst and senior Pentagon official, Slotkin offers her views on a range of foreign policy and national security issues including rising tensions between Iran and the United States, Russia’s ongoing interference and disinformation campaigns to undermine US democracy, the need for election security and...

Duration:00:30:00

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

6/14/2019
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Emerson T. Brooking, defense analyst and Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research lab at the Atlantic Council, discusses his timely new book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” with host Carol Castiel and VOA Assistant Producer Mitch Beiter. The book explores the collision of war, politics and social media. It analyzes how social media can be weaponized to sway political opinions, fuel popular uprisings and even affect the course of military and political campaigns.

Duration:00:30:06

Farah Pandith on Countering Violent Extremism

6/7/2019
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Farah Pandith, a former senior diplomat responsible for combatting violent extremism in both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, talks about her new book “How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat,” with host Carol Castiel and Hasib Alikozai, Managing editor for VOA’s Extremist Watch Desk.

Duration:00:29:59

Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

5/31/2019
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Promoting international religious freedom has been a key component of America’s foreign policy since 1998 when Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act. Host Carol Castiel sits down with Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, whose office monitors religious persecution and discrimination worldwide. Brownback talks about “Countries of Particular Concern” or CPC countries such as China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, which are egregious...

Duration:00:29:59

Are Humans of the Future Destined to Live in Space?

5/24/2019
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Humans living normal lives in outer space settlements has long made for interesting science fiction. But, is this something that could become reality? Coming up this Saturday and Sunday, on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, host Rick Pantaleo discusses the possibilities of life in space with Al Globus and Mark Hopkins of the National Space Society.

Duration:00:29:59

Congressman John Curtis, R, Utah

5/17/2019
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Host Carol Castiel sits down with Congressman John Curtis, a freshman Republican from the state of Utah, to discuss a wide range of foreign and domestic policy issues. Curtis, who sits on the House of Representative's Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources committees, discusses his views on the results of the Special Counsel's Russia probe; tensions between the White House and Congress regarding oversight of the executive branch; immigration reform; climate change; the US-China trade war and...

Duration:00:29:59

A Conversation with Nancy Lindborg

5/10/2019
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Host Carol Castiel interviews Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, to discuss USIP’s mission, research regarding a strategy to prevent the spread of extremism around the world and the vital role of women in successful conflict resolution negotiations.

Duration:00:29:59

World Press Freedom 2019

5/3/2019
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Press Conference USA marks World Press Freedom Day. Sabine Dolan, Interim North America Director for Reporters Without Borders joins host Rick Pantaleo and co-Host Doug Bernard, VOA’s Press Freedom Editor. They’ll talk about her organization’s recent World Press Freedom Index and the state of journalistic freedom around the world.

Duration:00:29:59