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 Aug 26Immigrant women allege abuse, poor care at U.S. detention centers
Thousands of the child migrants and refugees that came to the U.S. from Central America last year are still in long-term holding facilities. Now, 1,400 immigrant mothers and their children are being held in three facilities, two in Texas, near…
Nation Aug 14Why young, western Muslim women are choosing the full face veil
This week’s Shortwave explores the cultural and religious motivations of veiling, as well as the difficulty of eating french fries with one’s face completely covered.
World Jul 29The worst humanitarian crisis since World War II
The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. And we think people should know more about it.
World Jul 23U.S. outsources its migrant problem … to Mexico
Since last summer the number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has decreased. By a lot. So, problem solved? Not so fast.
World Jul 15Are remittances sent from the U.S. ending up in terrorist hands?
For the economies of many poor countries, remittances from the U.S. -- cash that immigrants send back home -- are a lifeline. In some countries, this money is critical to keeping the economy going. But could these money transfers be…
World Jul 08You can’t understand the Islamic State until you know its past
For this week's Shortwave, host PJ Tobia chats with Cole Bunzel, one of the world's foremost experts on the Islamic State and a postdoctoral candidate at Princeton University, has translated hundreds of pages of Islamic State's founding documents from the…
Nation Jun 25What you might not know about your spicy tuna roll
What you probably don’t know about the spicy tuna is that its main ingredient is called “tuna scrape.” Scrape is the meat left behind on the tuna’s skeleton after the fillet has been removed. It’s separated (or “scraped”) from the…
World Jun 18Last year’s child migrant crisis is this year’s immigration court backlog
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/app/uploads/2015/06/Last-years-child-migrant-crisis-is-this-years-immigration-court-backlog.mp3 This time last year, we reported on the surge of unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S. from Central America. We took a close look at why the kids are coming and what happens to them once they…
Science Jun 10What my Ebola scare taught me
Miles O’brien has given NewsHour viewers a look into the heart of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, digging deep into the science, medicine and cutting edge research unfolding along with the crisis. But behind the science are human beings. Doctors and…
Science Jun 03What scientists still don’t know about Ebola might surprise you
Ebola has taken the lives of 11,000 people and sickened another 26,000. But scientists know less than you might think about the origins of the virus or how it made its leap to humans.