P. J. Tobia
P.J. Tobia is a Foreign Affairs Producer at PBS NewsHour, covering the Middle East and North Africa. He is also the host and producer of the foreign affairs podcast "Shortwave." Prior to this Tobia spent two years in Afghanistan covering Afghan politics, life and the U.S.-led war.
P. J.'s Most Recent Stories
November 19, 2015
Women make up 10 to 15 percent of foreigners that have traveled to the so-called Islamic State. And these women play a critical role in building the state.
For this week’s Shortwave podcast, P.J. Tobia interviews Audrey Alexander, a researcher at George Washington University, who tracks the movements and behaviors of women who relocate to the Islamic State. Continue reading →
November 5, 2015
This week, a Reuters investigation uncovered what it calls a “covert radio network” of “China-friendly news” engineered by the Chinese government. China watchers say the effort is part of a government strategy to combat global criticism of human rights abuses.
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October 29, 2015
The predator drone, with it’s distinctive oblong head and inverted V-shaped tail, has in some ways become the mascot for the U.S. global war on terror. But that wasn’t always the case. P.J. Tobia dives into the history and controversy of this weapon for this week’s Shortwave podcast. Continue reading →
October 22, 2015
In the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card, an American girl played by Andie MacDowell marries French guy Gérard Depardieu. It’s a win-win. He gets citizenship. She gets to put “married” on an application for a fabulous Manhattan apartment that weirdly … Continue reading →
October 8, 2015
The Joint Special Operations Command has become one of the most important cogs in the U.S. war machine. Known as JSOC, it is part of the Department of Defense. It oversees the army’s elite Delta Force fighters, the Navy Seals … Continue reading →