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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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Broadcast Schedule - All Times are UTC

Friday: 23:05

Saturday: 04:05, 06:05, 08:05, 09:05, 12:05, 15:05, 17:05, 22:05

Sunday: 01:05, 03:05, 05:05, 06:05, 11:05, 14:05, 19:05, 22:05

Following Thursday: 17:35, 18:35

Encounter: You can listen to us on VOA shortwave and medium wave frequencies and via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information.

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.


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