Long Distance
Long Distance
Paola Mardo
What does it mean to be Filipino outside of the homeland? Long Distance is a podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora. Each episode moves beyond typical immigrant narratives to share thoughtful tales of love, loss, history, and humor through audio documentaries and creative approaches to storytelling with sound. Hosted and produced by Paola Mardo. Visit LongDistanceRadio.com to learn more.
Some News and Resources
Black Lives Matter. Remembering my grandfather. An update about the podcast and me.
Jun 8
10 min
Calls from the Frontlines
Conversations with healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and a call with The Park's Finest co-owners Christine Araquel and Johneric Concordia about the Feed the Frontliners Project. It’s the final episode of the second season of Long Distance so Paola and Patrick have a chat and we hear from you, our listeners, on how you’re doing at this time.
Apr 22
49 min
Racism in the Time of Coronavirus
Hey. Paola here. In this episode, I share my experience with COVID-19 racism and conversations with Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man) and Devin Cabanilla (Filipino American National Historical Society, Seattle) about the disturbing rise of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.
Mar 25
40 min
Myrla, Part 2: The Safe House
The story continues as Myrla Baldonado works as an underground activist during the Marcos dictatorship. In 1983, while organizing students near the U.S. Naval Base in Subic Bay, she is arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.
Mar 10
30 min
Myrla, Part 1: The Underground
Myrla Baldonado is just a college student when protests and violent clashes between students and police break out during the First Quarter Storm of 1970 in the Philippines. When she learns about the dark truths of her country and its ties to U.S. imperialism, she risks everything to join the fight against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
Feb 25
28 min
Larry Itliong and the Great Delano Grape Strike
At 15, Larry Itliong came to America with a dream. His plans changed when he learned the truth about his new home. In 1965, he led Filipino farmworkers in a historic fight for their rights.
Feb 13
43 min
Dante Basco
Growing up in Hollywood with Dante Basco, an actor, filmmaker, writer, and poet best known for starring as the cult character Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Jan 16
28 min
Long Distance Radio Hour
Stories, music, and more from the Filipino diaspora. Featuring Bambu, Prometheus Brown feat. Sendai Era, Travis Atreo, C. Light and the Prisms, Pam Reyes, Aurora Almendral, Suzie Racho, Denise Guerra, Isa Fabro, Saeng Douangdara, Copper and Heat podcast, and more.
Dec 17, 2019
1 hr
Long Distance Calls Vol. 1
Stories, anecdotes, thoughts, and experiences about being Filipino in the world today. Delivered through voicemail messages from Long Distance listeners.
Dec 3, 2019
26 min
Jaime's Story
In 1981, Jaime Geaga moved to San Francisco to start a new chapter in his life. Then he tested positive for HIV. When he learned Filipinos were some of the most affected by HIV and AIDS in the city, he set out to do something for them and for himself — coming to terms with his own life and death in the process.
Nov 19, 2019
34 min
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