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.
About Press Conference USA
Carol Castiel hosts 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.
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Saturdays: 0430 1130 1230 1730 1930 2130 UTC
Sundays: 0330 1430 1800 UTC
About Your Host
Carol Castiel moderates and produces not only Press Conference USA but Encounter as well. 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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Covid-19 Pandemic Update
On the Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Dr. Lisa Maragakis, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, joins Rick Pantaleo for an update on the Covid-19 pandemic. They’ll also talk about the new vaccines that are providing hope for an end to this scourge.
Spotlight on International Religious Freedom
Host Carol Castiel speaks with Anurima Bhargava, Vice Chair at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and commissioner Nury Turkel, about the state of religious freedom around the world, success stories of 2020 and challenges in 2021. Mr. Turkel, a Uyghur-American lawyer, underscores Beijing’s well-documented persecution of the minority Uyghur population in China.
A Conversation with Frances Lee on Political Bipartisanship
Host Carol Castiel and Caroline Haubenstricker speak with Frances E. Lee, professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University about her new book: “The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era.” Lee tells VOA that extensive research shows that divided government, i.e., when one political party holds the executive branch and the other controls one or both chambers of Congress, can produce meaningful bipartisan legislation. Lee reacts to the Democrats’ narrow control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives and what it means for President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
Technology Trends for 2021
Host, Carol Castiel and co-host, Rick Pantaleo speak with author, Amy Webb, CEO and Founder of The Future Today Institute and futurist Marc Palatucci about the latest technological and digital trends for 2021. They will also discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on technology.
The Best of Press Conference USA 2020
On this year-end edition of Press Conference USA, Carol Castiel brings you excerpts from conversations with some of our most distinguished guests from former director of the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden; leading scholar on race in America, Peniel Joseph; Ali Soufan, former FBI agent, CEO of the Soufan Center and author “Black Banners,” and Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Nita Lowey and much more.
Science Edition Encore: The Sun and Space Weather
Earlier this year, some tabloid newspapers caused a bit of a stir when they claimed we were about to go through a mini-ice age due to the Sun’s lack of activity. Scientists say this is unlikely to happen. On this Encore edition, Douglas Biesecker of NOAA’S Space Weather Prediction Center joins Rick Pantaleo to talk about the Sun and space weather on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA.