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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Whither the GOP?
Host Carol Castiel and Ian Kelly speak with Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer, and Contributing Editor for The Atlantic about the current state and future of the Republican Party. Wehner, who has worked for three Republican administrations, confirms that the GOP has been taken over by former President Donald Trump and suggests ways it can return to its conservative roots and values.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Ever since our ancient ancestors gazed into the night skies to look at stars, and other celestial objects, humans have wondered if we are alone in the cosmos. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute joins Rick Pantaleo on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA to talk about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Truth Decay and Disinformation
Host Carol Castiel speaks with Jennifer Kavanaugh, senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, about the phenomenon of “truth decay” – a diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in American public life as well as the insidious spread of disinformation which threatens to undermine democracy. Kavanaugh explains the causes and consequences of “truth decay” and what can be done to combat this deleterious trend.
The Great Migration of African Americans
On this edition of Press Conference USA, Host Kim Lewis and VOA Senior Television Correspondent Chris Simkins talk with Jesse Holland, author, historian, journalist, T.V. personality, and professor of media and public relations at George Washington University, about the Great Migration of African Americans from 1916-1970, and how it shaped the political, social and cultural landscape of America.
Africa Policies under the Biden Administration
Host Carol Castiel and VOA’s Daybreak Africa host, James Butty, talk with Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about prospects for a more dynamic, multi-dimensional US – Africa policy under the Biden Administration.
Dynamics of Protests from the March on Washington
On this edition of PCUSA, Host Kim Lewis talks with Jesse Holland, historian, journalist, T.V. personality, author and professor of media and public relations at George Washington University, about the dynamics of protests. They discuss the significance of the historic “March on Washington” led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that culminated with his "I Have A Dream," speech; protests and uprisings led by African Americans in the late 1960’s; global protests against racial and social injustice in 2020, and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the recent attack on the U.S Capitol.