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Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, culture, public policy, or academia debate and discuss a critical issue in the news. This program brings depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated and discussed in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.

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Carol Castiel moderates and produces not only Encounter but Press Conference USA 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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Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, culture, public policy, or academia debate and discuss a critical issue in the news. This program brings depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated and discussed in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.

Subscribe to a Podcast of the show

Broadcast Schedule

Encounter is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also listen to us via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information.

Saturdays: 0330 0930 1430 1800 and 2330 UTC
Sundays: 0530 1230 1730 1930 UTC
About Your Host

Carol Castiel moderates and produces not only Encounter but Press Conference USA 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.

Contact:

Email: ​encounter@voanews.com

Facebook: ​CarolCastielVOA

Twitter: ​CarolCastielVOA

Postal Mail:
Voice of America
Encounter
Washington, D.C. 20237 USA

    Returning Lost and Stolen African Art and Antiquities

    Returning Lost and Stolen African Art and Antiquities

    On this edition of Encounter, guest host, VOA-TV Senior Analyst Jeffrey Young discusses the hot issue of the west repatriating Africa’s looted antiquities and artifacts. Western museums are reluctant to give back what colonialists looted centuries ago, but Africans insist that they be given back the works of their ancestors.

    • 25 min
    US-China Tensions

    US-China Tensions

    In the wake of tit for tat consulate closures, Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy and Zachary Hosford, Deputy Director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund, discuss growing tensions between the United States and China and the larger threat that an aggressive Beijing poses to democracies around the world.

    • 25 min
    Africa Update: Covid/Mali Turmoil/GERD

    Africa Update: Covid/Mali Turmoil/GERD

    Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Joshua Meservey, Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and Middle East at the Heritage Foundation, discuss with host Carol Castiel the latest on Covid-19 in Africa, the political crisis in Mali and the status of talks among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). 

    • 25 min
    Pros and Cons of School Re-opening during Covid Pandemic

    Pros and Cons of School Re-opening during Covid Pandemic

    Host Carol Castiel talks with Scott Sargrad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education under the Obama Administration, now Vice President of K-12 Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, and Johnathan Butcher, Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, who spar over whether and how schools should open as the coronavirus pandemic increases in many regions across America. 

    • 25 min
    Latin America Update

    Latin America Update

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 as Brazil trails only the United States in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. On this Latin American edition Encounter, host Carol Castiel talks with Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, and Benjamin Gedan, Deputy Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center about the pandemic’s political, economic and social ramifications on the region.

    • 25 min
    US Politics Update: Russia Bounty/Election 2020

    US Politics Update: Russia Bounty/Election 2020

    Just four months before the 2020 US elections, John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, discuss with host Carol Castiel allegations that Russian intelligence paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan and the significance of US President Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers as the nation sees a resurgence in coronavirus infections in Republican-leaning states.

    • 25 min

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