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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
As someone who is half Filipino and has been super disconnected from the culture their whole life, this podcast is amazing. My mom made it a point to keep me separated from it no matter how much I begged, so to finally hear stories and history through this podcast? Beautiful.
Informative pod about Filipinos
I am really enjoying this podcast to learn more about myself and my culture. I appreciate Paola and Patrick’s hard work on this pod and it shows. I enjoy the storytelling layout of the pod bc it really gives me more context about the story. Keep up the good work!
A new favorite!
LDR has A LOT of heart. It’s so well produced that I often get swept up in the story and just flow seamlessly through until the end. As a FilAm that grew up in a predominately white community with a white mom and Filipino dad I always felt like my identity and connection to my culture never really fit into a nice clean box, which sometimes felt very othering. Not quite Filipino enough, but still not presenting white. Hearing the stories of so many different Filipinos on the podcast makes me feel seen and understood and I get to learn about new perspectives and connect more to what being Filipino means to me. LDR is one of my new favorite podcast and I can’t to see how the show grows!