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
World Nov 05Podcast: How the Chinese government gets its messages on America’s airwaves
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.
World Oct 29The inside story of predator drones
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…
World Oct 22When marriage and citizenship don’t go hand in hand
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…
Nation Oct 08The secret Pentagon command that tried to plant a fake bomb in D.C.
» Subscribe in iTunes » Subscribe using RSS The Joint Special Operations Command has become one of the most important cogs in the U.S. war machine.
Politics Oct 07Clinton: We need to ‘push back’ on Russians in NATO airspace
In an interview with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Weds afternoon, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked tough about Russian fighters flying into Turkish Airspace. "(The Russians) are now on notice, if they invade the airspace of a NATO…
World Oct 01U.S. and Persian Gulf airlines clash over $42 billion trade dispute
Bart Jansen, who covers aviation for USA Today calls it “the single biggest trade dispute in history.” The three biggest U.S. airlines – American, United and Delta – have lodged a complaint with the U.S. government, alleging that three…
World Sep 23Is China feeding the U.S.’s deadly synthetic drug habit?
It’s as easy as ordering a pair of shoes from Zappos. Only the product is more dangerous and deadly than a pair of stilettos: synthetic drugs, almost all coming into the country from China.
World Sep 17What it’s like to walk with the refugees and migrants
For this week's Shortwave, we talk to NewsHour correspondent William Brangham, who just returned from a week in Hungary covering the Syrian refugee crisis.
Nation Sep 10They served their country. Now they can’t live in it
Some 65,000 green card holders now serve in the U.S. armed forces. Some of the men who serve never became full citizens, instead remaining legal permanent residents or another designation that allows them to live in the U.S. legally. And…
World Sep 03Should sex work be legal?
Should prostitution be legal? The answer may appear to be clear-cut, until you hear from a sex worker who says she has the right to earn a living as she chooses, and from an activist who says that legalizing sex…