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Shortwave – PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

The podcast about the world that's actually about you. Wherever you live, whatever you do, global events affect your life-often in ways you'd never expect. That's what we explore on ShortWave.

0:00 | Apr 1st, 2016

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.

09:42 | Mar 12th, 2016

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 to End Slavery and T...Show More
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11:20 | Feb 12th, 2016

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.

0:00 | Jan 29th, 2016

The multi-billion dollar private surveillance industry does some of the US government’s most critical electronic snooping.

0:00 | Jan 15th, 2016

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?

10:30 | Dec 31st, 2015

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.

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2015

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 stopped from ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2015

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.

0:00 | Nov 19th, 2015

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 at ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 5th, 2015

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 righ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 29th, 2015

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 of this weapon ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Mexican border residents and members of the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) march on a road towards a detention center for migrants at the border between the U.S and Mexico in El Paso, Texas, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez In the ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 1st, 2015

Qatar Airways is among the Persian Gulf carriers that three major U.S. airlines allege has received unfair subsidies from its government. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images) Bart Jansen, who covers aviation for USA Today calls it “the single bigg...Show More

0:00 | Sep 23rd, 2015

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.

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2015

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.