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.
US Politics Update: The Politics of Voting Rights - January 14, 2022
John Fortier, resident scholar at The American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at Third Way, spar over the merits and politics of US President Joe Biden’s forceful push for voting rights legislation as well as a modification of the filibuster, a parliamentary procedure requiring 60 of the 100 senators to agree to advance most legislation. Given united Republican opposition to the voting rights bills and to changing filibuster rules, analysts say the chances of passing the legislation are very slim.
Foreign Policy Preview 2022 - January 07, 2022
On this annual edition of Encounter, Kori Schake, senior fellow and the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Brian Katulis, Vice President for Policy at the Middle East Institute talk with host Carol Castiel about the most pressing national security and foreign policy challenges that face the second year of the Biden Administration as midterm elections loom.
Top Stories of 2021 - December 31, 2021
From the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and constant Covid-19 challenges to military coups in Myanmar and Sudan, host Carol Castiel reviews the stories that dominated the 2021 headlines with Linda Feldmann, Washington Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor and Michael Williams, Washington correspondent for Project 10 TV Australia.
The Best of Encounter 2021 - December 24, 2021
On this year-end edition of Encounter, host Carol Castiel presents excerpts from our most memorable programs in 2021. From the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America to the ongoing struggle with the coronavirus pandemic and much more, we present key domestic and international highlights from 2021.
US Politics Yearend Update - December 17, 2021
John Fortier, resident scholar at The American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at Third Way, take stock of US President Joe Biden’s first year in office. Despite his major accomplishments, including the Covid-19 relief bill and bipartisan infrastructure legislation, a couple of conservative Democrats in the evenly split Senate have thus far stymied Biden’s hopes for passing voting rights and “Build Back Better” legislation before the end of 2021.
Pros and Cons of Reparations for Slavery - December 10, 2021
A bill to create a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination in the United States has been stalled in the House of Representatives for more than seven months. In this encore edition of Encounter, host Carol Castiel talks with Jennifer Oast, professor and chair of the Department of History at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and Noah Millman, political columnist for “The Week,” about the merits and drawbacks of reparations for descendants of slaves and why the debate has been revived in recent days. Listen to Encounter on the Voice of America!