P. J.'s Recent Stories
World May 31At least 90 killed, hundreds wounded after bomb explodes in Kabul, Afghanistan
“The blast was so huge that it dug a big crater as deep as four meters,” or 13 feet.
Politics May 30‘Why all the cloak-and-dagger secrecy’ on Russia, asks former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
In a wide-ranging interview with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed Trump’s handling of classified information, and he called recent reports that the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had requested a secret back channel to…
Nation Aug 29How a former extremist became a counterterrorism analyst
Federal prosecutors once regarded Jesse Curtis Morton as a threat to national security. Now, he is a terrorism analyst at a George Washington University-based think tank.
World Apr 01How sending aid landed one Libyan family in prison
On his Shortwave podcast this week, P.J. Tobia reports on the story of one Libyan family, how they suffered under Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, and how after he was captured and killed, things got much, much worse.
Nation Mar 12U.S. cracks down on products made by slave labor, but hurdles remain
Last month President Obama signed a bill banning the import of goods made by slave labor. But implementing it may be a challenge. On this week's Shortwave podcast, we talk about what comes next with Melysa Sperber of the Alliance…
World Feb 12Here’s the real story behind your cup of tea
When you wrap your hands around a toasty cup of tea this winter, consider the source. Human rights groups allege tea-pickers worker in dangerous conditions. This week’s Shortwave investigates the claims.
World Jan 28Meet the private companies that sell spy tech to the NSA and Sudan
The multi-billion dollar private surveillance industry does some of the US government’s most critical electronic snooping.
World Jan 15The government’s making a watchlist and checking it twice
Nearly two million names populate U.S. government terrorism watchlists. That’s a big number, and there are a lot of lists. Who are the people on these lists? Are they all potential terrorists?…
World Dec 31Was 2015 the end of America as a superpower?
Year-end shows are usually a yawn. A few big events of the soon-to-be past year are duly noted and analyzed before the view shifts to the year to come. But 2015 has been truly remarkable.
World Dec 24Need a distraction for your holiday road trip?
Hello! I’m P.J. Tobia, host of PBS NewsHour’s Shortwave podcast. This is a reminder that as you hustle cross country to gather with family this holiday season, tune in to Shortwave to learn about connections to your global family.