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 May 28This week on Shortwave: Guns, roses, elephants and Osama bin Laden
This week on Shortwave, Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, talks about his involvement in the fight against the illegal ivory trade.
World May 21How the Pentagon gets fooled into buying back its own garbage
The U.S. government spends billions of dollars a year on electronics, making it the largest buyer of IT products in the world, according to some estimates. When those electronics break or become obsolete (they always do!) they become e-waste,…
World May 14How Chinese millionaires buy U.S. citizenship
For this week’s Shortwave, PJ Tobia looks at the practice and pitfalls of EB-5 investor visa program, which is due to expire in September.
World May 06How smugglers move black market ivory on Craigslist
Experts say the African elephant could be extinct within a decade. Between 2010 and 2012 alone, 100,000 African elephants were poached -- killed for their tusks. That's a dead elephant every 15 minutes, much faster than the animals can reproduce.
Nation May 01Is organized crime profiting from your Mayweather-Pacquiao wager?
Boxers Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will face each other this weekend in what many are calling the "fight of the century." Hyperbole aside, this match is expected to shatter serious money records -- in pay-per-view sales, ticket…
World Apr 22Teen brides and future jihadis, Syria’s child refugees
This week on Shortwave, we bring you the story of Syria's refugee children. Ten million people. A population the size of London and Paris combined. That's how many Syrians have been forced to leave their homes since 2011. Of these…
World Apr 15What if every working age person in your town disappeared?
Imagine if you woke up one day and all of the working-age men and women in your town were gone. They'd disappeared practically overnight. How would that change your town's culture, its lifestyle -- your life?…
World Apr 08You probably benefited from slave labor today
There are 21 million people worldwide living as slaves. Some of their work ends up in your home and on your plate.
Nation Jun 20No country for lost kids
A record number of children from Central America are crossing the Mexico-U.S. border unaccompanied by a parent. Many of them are fleeing drug violence at home, but here in the United States, they’re faced with a new set of challenges…
World Feb 19Tongue tied in Afghanistan
These Afghans helped the US war effort. Now they've been left behind, in the Taliban's cross-hairs.