About P. J. @PJTobia
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 Recent Stories
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.
World Dec 17Who watches the watch list?
Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interviewed by the FBI in 2011, two years before carrying out the attack. It made us wonder. What does tracking terrorists entail? And how is it that someone on a government watch list wasn’t…
World Dec 03Meet the millionaire who’s spent a fortune rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean
When Christopher Catrambone and his wife Regina set out on a luxury cruise on the Mediterranean, they had no idea that one of the most beautiful places on earth had become a mass grave.
Nation Dec 03Defense Secretary Carter opens all combat jobs to women
A senior defense official has told the Associated Press that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will announce that he is lifting the ban on combat jobs for women.
World Nov 19Podcast: The women of the Islamic State
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…