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Covering ACC Football and beyond. We talk Atlantic Coast Conference football and NCAA news. Weekly recaps on the games, and predictions for the coming week are standard, and we branch out into conference realignment, players of the week, and award and draft chatter as they come up. Boston College Eagles, Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, North Carolina Tarheels, Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Clemons Tigers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jac ...
 
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 cult ...
 
C. Hope Clark adores mystery, and now she's known for her two mystery series, set in rural South Carolina, the most well known being the award-winning Carolina Slade books. Her Edisto Beach mystery series debuts Fall 2014. But Hope is also a motivator and mentor, editor of FundsforWriters.com. Her website and newsletters reach 40K+ readers weekly, and she's a frequent speaker at conferences and events across the United States. Writer's Digest has selected FundsforWriters for its 101 Best Web ...
 
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First-term Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace from the state of South Carolina shares her thoughts with host Carol Castiel about US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. She expresses disappointment in his massive infrastructure package but sees possible common ground on immigration, gun safety and police reform legislation. She is in fa…
 
During a week when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscored the importance of religious freedom as a pillar of US foreign policy, host Carol Castiel speaks with Anurima Bhargava, Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, about the key findings of the organization’s 2021 annual report. Bhargava says that China and Burma …
 
Host Carol Castiel and Ian Kelly talk with former senior Homeland Security official Elizabeth Neumann, who resigned her post in April 2020 because she could no longer tolerate then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize the growing and real threat posed by domestic terrorism. She tells VOA that she is dismayed with the Republican Party’s cur…
 
April 22nd was the 51st celebration of Earth Day. Kathleen Rogers, from Earthday.org, Tim Christophersen, of the UN Environment Program and Benjamin Cook, from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies joins Rick Pantaleo for the Science Edition of Press Conference USA. Rick and his guests will discuss important environmental concerns like clima…
 
Host Carol Castiel speaks with H.E. Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States. They discuss a variety of topics important to both Washington and Paris such as the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s malign activities, troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, and France’s interests in and role in sub-Saharan Africa, both in the Sahel and in Ang…
 
Host Carol Castiel and VOA national security correspondent Jeff Seldin talk with retired US Army General David Petraeus, who also served as Director of the CIA. General Petraeus, whose distinguished 37 year military career included leading US Central Command, the surge in Iraq and coalition forces in Afghanistan, shared views regarding the Biden ad…
 
Host Carol Castiel and VOA National Affairs Correspondent Chris Simkins talk with author, analyst, and political activist Heather McGhee about her new book “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” McGhee tells VOA that while the scourge of racism has the most direct impact on African-Americans, all Americans, reg…
 
On this edition of PCUSA, Host Kim Lewis and VOA Senior White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara speak with Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former US Ambassador to Malta about achieving gender parity and gender equality in a COVID-19 world and how the Biden Administration can set the example. Abercrombie-Winstanley's assignments have included elect…
 
Host Carol Castiel sits down with Congresswoman Karen Bass, a Democrat from California, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. She is also Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. Bass shares her thoughts with Host Carol Castiel about the recently passed American Rescue Plan, US-Africa …
 
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 t…
 
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.…
 
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 o…
 
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 poli…
 
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 hi…
 
Host Carol Castiel speaks with Anurima Bhargava, Vice Chair at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and commissioner Nury Turkel, about the state of religious freedom around the world, success stories of 2020 and challenges in 2021. Mr. Turkel, a Uyghur-American lawyer, underscores Beijing’s well-documented persecution of the minor…
 
Host Carol Castiel and Caroline Haubenstricker speak with Frances E. Lee, professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University about her new book: “The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era.” Lee tells VOA that extensive research shows that divided government, i.e., when one political party holds the executive branc…
 
On this year-end edition of Press Conference USA, Carol Castiel brings you excerpts from conversations with some of our most distinguished guests from former director of the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden; leading scholar on race in America, Peniel Joseph; Ali Soufan, former FBI agent, CEO of the Soufan Center and …
 
Earlier this year, some tabloid newspapers caused a bit of a stir when they claimed we were about to go through a mini-ice age due to the Sun’s lack of activity. Scientists say this is unlikely to happen. On this Encore edition, Douglas Biesecker of NOAA’S Space Weather Prediction Center joins Rick Pantaleo to talk about the Sun and space weather o…
 
The FBI says that 2019 was the “deadliest year on record for hate crimes in America.” Host Carol Castiel talks with Becky Monroe, director of the Fighting Hate and Bias programs at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to discuss the factors contributing to these statistics and what can be done to combat the trend.…
 
Host Carol Castiel and host and managing editor of Daybreak Africa, James Butty, talk with the legendary Amb. Herman (Hank) Cohen, former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs under the George H.W. Bush administration about his latest book: “U.S. Policy Toward Africa: Eight Decades of Realpolitik.” Ambassador Cohen offers keen insights o…
 
PCUSA guest host Kim Lewis and VOA Reporter Ayen Bior examine the factors that continue to promote the practice of female genital mutilation/circumcision and efforts to end it, with Justine Coulson, acting Regional Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in East and Southern Africa. A recently released report from UNFPA finds that …
 
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.…
 
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 elect…
 
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 i…
 
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 extensi…
 
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 Lawr…
 
Host Carol Castiel sits down with former FBI supervisory agent and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan, CEO of the Soufan Group, to discuss key national security issues in the run-up to the US presidential elections, including the threat from white supremacist extremists. He also discusses the significance of the recently released declassified versi…
 
Host Carol Castiel talks with journalist Emily Tamkin, US editor for The New Statesman, about “The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power and the Struggle for an Open Society,” her new book which dispels the myths surrounding Hungarian-born financier and founder of Open Society, George Soros, and describes how and why conspiracy theorists and some wor…
 
Kim Lewis speaks with Virginia Buckingham, head of Boston's Logan Airport at the time of the 9/11 terrorists' attacks and author of the new book, "On My Watch A Memoir." As the world honored those who lost their lives during 9/11, Virginia Buckingham lost life as she knew it and was forced to find resiliency and rebuild. The inspirational lessons s…
 
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