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Current Affairs with Carol Castiel

Current Affairs with Carol Castiel Carol Castiel is the Director of Current Affairs Programming and the host of Encounter and Press Con Press Conference USA: 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. Carol and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues. Encounter: Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, public policy, or academia discuss and debate a critical issue in the news, bringing

politics, foreign policy, global health, science and culture. Carol and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues. Encounter: Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, public policy, or academia discuss and debate a critical issue in the news, bringing

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In honor of #BlackHistory month, Host Carol Castiel and Issues in the News host, Kim Lewis, talk with Kay C. James, Secr...
02/28/2022
Black History Month, Part II

In honor of #BlackHistory month, Host Carol Castiel and Issues in the News host, Kim Lewis, talk with Kay C. James, Secretary of the Commonwealth of #Virginia, and previous president of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation. James shares her views on the state and future of the #Republican Party, the significance of nominating a Black woman to the US Supreme Court and how her personal upbringing in the segregated south led her to become an icon of the conservative movement in America. Listen to PCUSA:

In honor of Black History Month, host Carol Castiel and Issues in the News host, Kim Lewis, talk with Kay C. James, currently the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, previously president of the Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank based in Washington. James shares her view...

On the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to #Beijing, #China experts Bonnie Glaser,...
02/28/2022
The Ukraine Crisis: The Moscow/Beijing Alliance

On the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to #Beijing, #China experts Bonnie Glaser, Director Asia program at the The German Marshall Fund of the United States and Zack Cooper, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute talk with host Carol Castiel about the evolution of U.S. China relations. They also analyze the relationship through the lens of #Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine and the growing geostrategic rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing. Listen to Encounter: https://www.voanews.com/a/6449299.html#

On the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to Beijing, China experts Bonnie Glaser, Director Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Zack Cooper, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute talk with host Carol Castiel about the e...

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and columnist for News...
02/28/2022
Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and columnist for Newsday, Dan Raviv, about the top stories of the week, including world reaction and the ramifications of #Russia's military invasion of #Ukraine. Listen to Issues in the News:

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and columnist for Newsday, Dan Raviv, on world reaction and the ramifications of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine and the Supreme Court's decision that ends former President Donald Trump's legal efforts to block lawm...

In honor of Black History Month, host Carol Castiel talks with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, the son of Haitian immigrants...
02/21/2022
A Conversation with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard

In honor of Black History Month, host Carol Castiel talks with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, the son of Haitian immigrants who sought refuge in Kinshasa during the Duvalier regime. Gaspard, who grew up in New York City, is a former high-ranking Obama administration official who served in numerous posts including U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. He is now president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. He discusses a range of domestic and international issues from the spike in domestic terrorism in the United States and challenges for #Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections, to the importance of nominating a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court and supporting democracy in #Africa. Listen to the conversation:

In honor of Black History Month, Carol Castiel talks with H.E. Patrick Gaspard, former Ambassador to South Africa, now President and CEO of the Center for American Progress about range of domestic and international issues.

Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center and Elizabeth Threlkeld, senior fellow and direct...
02/21/2022
Afghanistan After Six months of Taliban Rule

Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center and Elizabeth Threlkeld, senior fellow and director of the South Asia Program at The Stimson Center, discuss with host Carol Castiel the political, economic and humanitarian state of play in #Afghanistan on the six-month anniversary of the #Taliban takeover of Kabul. Listen to the show:

Michael Kugelman, from the Wilson Center and Elizabeth Threlkeld, from the Stimson Center joins Carol Castiel to discuss the political, economic, and humanitarian state of play in Afghanistan six months the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer...
02/21/2022
Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer Steve Redisch about escalating tensions on the #Russian-Ukrainian border as Russia increases its troop build-up, President Joe Biden's efforts to promote his bipartisan infrastructure law in US cities as #Republicans work to regain seats in the House of Representatives in November's mid-term elections. Listen to the conversation: https://www.voanews.com/a/6438216.html?withmediaplayer=1

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Kim Lewis talks with VOA's Cindy Saine and Steve Redisch about escalating tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border, President Joe Biden's continued efforts to promote his bipartisan infrastructure law and other Issues in the News

Making sure you see part of my PCUSA audio newsmaker interview with Congresswoman Elaine Luria on 美国之音中文网 who translated...
02/17/2022
美国会议员呼吁改变美国对台湾的模糊政策

Making sure you see part of my PCUSA audio newsmaker interview with Congresswoman Elaine Luria on 美国之音中文网 who translated into Mandarin her forceful posture on US policy toward #taiwan saying she advocates that the United States remove the ambiguity and state overtly that Washington would come to the defense of #taiwan should #China attack our island ally. House Homeland Security Committee and House Armed Services Committee Democrats

“如果中国试图以武力夺取台湾,美国将做出反应, 保护台湾“,美国国会民主党众议员、众院军事委员会副主席卢里亚( Rep. Elaine Luria )接受美国之音专访时呼吁美国改变对台湾的模糊政策。她强调美国国家安全的首要议题....

For our Mandarin-speaking follwers, sharing 美国之音中文网 VOA China's video clip from our PCUSA newsmaker interview with Congr...
02/17/2022
美国会议员呼吁改变美国对台湾的模糊政策

For our Mandarin-speaking follwers, sharing 美国之音中文网 VOA China's video clip from our PCUSA newsmaker interview with Congresswoman Elaine Luria discussing how the United States should combat #China aggression against #Taiwan. Listen:

“如果中国试图以武力夺取台湾,美国将做出反应, 保护台湾“,美国国会民主党众议员、众院军事委员会副主席卢里亚( Rep. Elaine Luria )接受美国之音专访时呼吁美国改变对台湾的模糊政策。她强调美国国家安全的首要议题....

Host Carol Castiel talks with Congresswoman Elaine Luria a #Democrat from the state of Virginia, who serves on the House...
02/14/2022
Congresswoman Elaine Luria, D, VA

Host Carol Castiel talks with Congresswoman Elaine Luria a #Democrat from the state of Virginia, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee Democrats, House Homeland Security Committee, and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Majority. Luria shares her thoughts on critical domestic and foreign issues facing the nation such as preserving #democracy, combatting #Russian aggression against #Ukraine, and other top global concerns. Congresswoman Elaine Luria is a member of the January 6th Committee to investigate the #insurrection. Listen to the full interview:

Carol Castiel sits down with Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia. They talk about critical domestic and foreign issues such as preserving democracy, combatting Russian aggression against Ukraine, standing up to Beijing and thwarting international and domestic terrorism.

Jennifer Cafarella, Director of Intelligence Planning at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), and Brian Katulis, Vi...
02/14/2022
ISIS Leader Killed in US Raid: Ramifications

Jennifer Cafarella, Director of Intelligence Planning at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), and Brian Katulis, Vice President for Policy at the Middle East Institute discuss with host Carol Castiel, the significance and ramifications of the US raid on #ISIS leader, Hajji Abdullah, which resulted in his death. Listen to Encounter:

Jennifer Cafarella, Director of Intelligence Planning at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), and Brian Katulis, Vice President for Policy at the Middle East Institute discuss the significance and ramifications of the US raid on ISIS leader, Hajji Abdullah.

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA White House correspondent Anita Powell and senior reporter for Mar...
02/14/2022
Russia/Ukraine Tensions

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA White House correspondent Anita Powell and senior reporter for Marketplace Business News, Nancy Marshall-Genzer, about the top stories of the week including, the ongoing diplomatic efforts of the U.S. and its allies to de-escalate tensions regarding #Russian troops along the #Ukrainian border and more. Listen to Issues in the News:

Kim Lewis talks with VOA's Anita Powell and Nancy Marshall-Genzer, of Marketplace, about the ongoing diplomatic efforts of the U.S. and its allies to de-escalate tensions regarding Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and other Issues in the News.

On this Latin American edition, host Carol Castiel discusses with Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Americas Societ...
02/07/2022
LATAM Update: Preview of The Summit of Americas

On this Latin American edition, host Carol Castiel discusses with Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Benjamin Gedan, Deputy Director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center, the significance of the inauguration of the first woman president of #Honduras, challenges facing #Chile’s young, center-left president-elect who recently named a majority female cabinet, and the Summit of the America’s to be hosted by the United States in Los Angeles in June. Listen to the show: https://www.voanews.com/a/6406144.html.

Eric Farnsworth, Council of the Americas and the Americas Society and Benjamin Gedan, Woodrow Wilson Center discuss the significance of the inauguration of the first woman president of Honduras and challenges facing Chile’s young, president-elect who recently named a majority female cabinet.

In part two of "Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defense", VOA's Science Edition host Rick Pantaleo talks about the work...
02/07/2022
Near-Earth Objects/Planetary Defense Part #2

In part two of "Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defense", VOA's Science Edition host Rick Pantaleo talks about the work of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Defense Coordination Office with Dr. Thomas Statler and NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission with Drs. Nancy Chabot and Andrew Rivkin from the Johns Hopkins UniversityApplied Physics Laboratory. Listen to the show:

On this Science Edition, Rick Pantaleo talks about the work of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office with Dr. Thomas Statler and NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission with Drs. Nancy Chabot and Andrew Rivkin from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer, Steve...
02/07/2022
Extra US Troops Head to Europe

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer, Steve Redisch about the latest diplomatic talks and action taken by the U.S. and its allies to reduce tensions caused by #Russia's troop build-up along the #Ukrainian border, and other stories topping the week. Listen to the show:

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer, Steve Redisch about the latest diplomatic talks and action taken by the U.S. and its allies to reduce tensions caused by Russia's troop build-up along the Ukrainian border, and much more.

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson and #White_House bureau chief, Patsy Wid...
01/31/2022
US-Russia

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson and #White_House bureau chief, Patsy Widakuswara, about the top stories of the week including President Joe Biden's latest warning to #Russian_President #Vladimir_Putin should he invade #Ukraine. Listen to Issues in the News:

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson and VOA White House bureau chief, Patsy Widakuswara, about President Joe Biden's latest warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin should he invade Ukraine, the path forward for Democrats as they re-work their social sp...

Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow, a...
01/31/2022
Combating Russia’s Aggression

Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow, and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, CNAS, discuss with host Carol Castiel the latest developments regarding #Russia's #troop_build-up on the #Ukrainian_border, including the placement of 8,500 #US_military personnel on “high alert." Listen to Encounter:

Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow, and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) discuss with host Carol Castiel the latest developments, including the placement....

Host Carol Castiel talks with #voting_rights expert, author and president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, ...
01/31/2022
Michael Waldman Talks About Voting Rights

Host Carol Castiel talks with #voting_rights expert, author and president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Michael Waldman, about the factors that led to the failure of federal #voting_rights_legislation in the #Senate, dealing a blow to a key facet of President Joe Biden's agenda. Listen to Press Conference USA.

Host Carol Castiel talks with voting rights expert, author and president of the Brennan Center for Justice, Michael Waldman, about the factors that led to the failure of federal voting rights legislation in the Senate, dealing a blow to a key facet of President Joe Biden’s agenda. Waldman tells Ca...

On this periodic Africa update, Ambassador Rama Yade, Senior Director of the Africa Center Atlantic Council, and Mvemba ...
01/24/2022
Africa Update: Ethiopia, Sudan, and Sahel

On this periodic Africa update, Ambassador Rama Yade, Senior Director of the Africa Center Atlantic Council, and Mvemba Dizolele, Director of the Africa Program at the CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies, discuss the perils and promises to ending the civil war in #Ethiopia, reversing the military coup in #Sudan, and addressing the threat posed by violent extremists in the @Sahel region and more. Listen to the show:

Ambassador Rama Yade, Senior Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, and Mvemba Dizolele, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), discuss with host Carol Castiel African efforts and prospects for ending the civil war in Ethiopia, re...

NASA Solar System Exploration says there are some 28,000 comets and asteroids in our planet’s neighborhood, with more be...
01/24/2022
Near-Earth Objects/Planetary Defense

NASA Solar System Exploration says there are some 28,000 comets and asteroids in our planet’s neighborhood, with more being discovered every day. Fortunately, the space agency also says the probability of a major collision is quite small. Host Rick Pantaleo interviews Dr. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, on the Science Edition of Press Conference USA to talk about asteroids and other near-Earth objects. Listen to the conversation:

NASA says there are some 28,000 comets and asteroids in our planet’s neighborhood, with more being discovered every day. Fortunately, the space agency also says the probability of a major collision is quite small. Dr. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, joins Ric...

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer...
01/24/2022
President Biden's First Press Conference of 2022

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with Voice of America - VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and executive producer Steve Redisch about US President Joe Biden's first year in office. In a wide-ranging press conference, he acknowledged great progress such as the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Covid relief, but also setbacks on #voting rights legislation and his #BuildBackBetter agenda. He vowed to travel the country more and speak directly to the American people about the legislative challenges in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections. Check out the conversation:

Moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and VOA executive producer Steve Redisch about highlights of President Joe Biden's first press conference of 2022 such as his pledge to promote his Build Back Better agenda on the campaign trail, determination to pass som...

Host Carol Castiel talks with former US Ambassador to #Ukraine, Bill Taylor, now V.P. at the United States Institute of ...
01/17/2022
Ambassador Bill Taylor on Russia - Ukraine Tensions

Host Carol Castiel talks with former US Ambassador to #Ukraine, Bill Taylor, now V.P. at the United States Institute of Peace, about the Russian troop buildup along Ukraine's borders and why it poses a serious threat not only to the sovereignty of Kyiv, but also to European and NATO security. Amb. Taylor affirms that the western alliance is united as never before and prepared to impose punishing sanctions should Russian President Vladimir Putin attack Ukraine, whether directly or via false flag operations. Listen to the conversation:

Host Carol Castiel talks with Ambassador William (Bill) Taylor, V.P. at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), formerly Ambassador to Ukraine, about Moscow’s designs on Ukraine given the ominous Russian troop buildup along the Ukrainian border. Taylor assesses whether the series of high-level meeting...

John Fortier, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Kessler, executive vice president for polic...
01/17/2022
US Politics Update: The Politics of Voting Rights

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 last-minute push for #voting rights legislation. They tell host Carol Castiel that the substantive and procedural obstacles to passing it are daunting. Listen here:

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 parliamen...

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