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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A Conversation on Global Health Security with Mark Lagon
Host Carol Castiel and host of PCUSA’s “Science Edition,” Rick Pantaleo, talk with Mark Lagon, Chief Policy Officer of the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria about his organization’s recommendations for the incoming Biden administration regarding global health security and pandemic preparedness.
A Conversation with Elaine Kamarck about US Election Results
Carol Castiel talks with government expert and Harvard professor, Elaine Kamarck, Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, about the ramifications of the 2020 US presidential and congressional elections. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the projected winner having garnered more than the needed 270 electoral college votes. Kamarck explains why Democrats, who continue to control the House of Representatives, nonetheless lost seats in the lower chamber and did not “flip” as many Senate seats as they had hoped.
Impact of Invasive Species
On this Science Edition of Press Conference USA, Don Weber, a research entomologist with the US Department of Agriculture joins Rick Pantaleo to examine the growing ecological issue of invasive species. They’ll discuss the impact these invading pests have on the global economy and precious ecosystems.
A Conversation with Hon. Nita Lowey, D, NY and Hon. Susan Brooks, R, IN
Host Carol Castiel sits down with two female representatives, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from the state of New York and the Chairwoman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and Congresswoman Susan Brooks, a Republican from the midwestern state of Indiana, to discuss their respective legislative achievements and what is at stake in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.
Report: Modern Slavery Extension of Gender Inequality
Kim Lewis and VOA Television Reporter Hayde Adams Fitzpatrick speak with Dr. Davina P. Durgana, an award winning international human rights statistician and a senior statistician of the Walk Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index. The report explores the need to reframe how we view this human rights violation by viewing modern slavery as an extension of gender inequality that women around the world are subject to every day.
Election 2020: Pennsylvania Newsmakers
Pennsylvania is one of the key “battleground” states that may determine the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election. In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. With less than three weeks before November 3, the final day of voting, Republican activist Richard Flannery and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Lawrence County, Paul Stefano, tell VOA that Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is currently in the lead.