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Long Distance

24 EpisodesProduced by Paola MardoWebsite

A podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora hosted by Paola Mardo. 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. Visit to le… read more

24 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Calls from the Frontlines

April 23rd, 2020


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 …

Racism in the Time of Coronavirus

March 25th, 2020


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 …

Myrla, Part 2: The Safe House

March 10th, 2020


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 …

Myrla, Part 1: The Underground

February 25th, 2020


Myrla Baldonado is just a college student when protests and violent clashes between students and police break out during the First Quarter Storm of …

Larry Itliong and the Great Delano Grape Strike

February 13th, 2020


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.

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Dante Basco

January 16th, 2020


Growing up in Hollywood with Dante Basco, an actor, filmmaker, writer, and poet best known for starring as the cult character Rufio in Steven …

Long Distance Radio Hour

December 17th, 2019


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 …

Long Distance Calls Vol. 1

December 3rd, 2019


Stories, anecdotes, thoughts, and experiences about being Filipino in the world today. Delivered through voicemail messages from Long Distance listeners.

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Jaime's Story

November 19th, 2019


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 …


November 5th, 2019


Against the backdrop of martial law in the Philippines, activists Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan open a trailblazing Filipino restaurant in New York City — long before Filipino food is #trending.

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LD Off-Season: The Talk We Were Supposed to Have

August 27th, 2019


On this edition of Long Distance Off-Season: Gabe has always felt distant from his parents. But things change when he moves back home to Allentown, Pennsylvania to work at a Filipino festival and to donate a kidney to …

LD Off-Season: Loving Lynn

July 22nd, 2019


On the first installment of Long Distance Off-Season: An update on the upcoming season and a story about an OFW in Lebanon who finds love in a country where she's treated as an outsider.

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Filipino Tiki Bar

May 21st, 2019


A deep dive on Tiki bar history, cultural appropriation, and LA's Filipino Tiki bartenders. Plus: Help us build the future of Long Distance and join …

Give Us a Call!

April 18th, 2019


We want to hear from you. Call 213-293-6024 and leave a voicemail message with your name, where you're from, and your Long Distance story or what it's like being Filipino in your part of the diaspora.

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Long Distance Love Story

March 15th, 2019


Ex-high school sweethearts turned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reconnect almost forty years later.

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January 24th, 2019


What happens when you’re caught between two worlds -- your homeland and your new home country? A 1.5 generation story set in Cerritos, California. Plus: Growing up in LA's Historic Filipinotown.

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A Very Special Announcement

January 15th, 2019


Long Distance host, producer, and creator Paola Mardo has some big news about the show. And then some.

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Hella Filipino

December 15th, 2018


Stories about art, commerce and being unapologetically Filipino American. Featuring Ruby Ibarra, Genever bar in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown, …

Little Manila (Part Two)

November 15th, 2018


Two friends, three buildings, and the future of Stockton's Little Manila. Plus: What happened to the manongs?

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Little Manila (Part One)

October 15th, 2018


An alleged hate crime. An American dream. El Dorado. A visit to Stockton, California reveals the deep, dark history of Filipinos in America. Plus, …

Long Distance Trailer

September 24th, 2018


Long Distance is an independent narrative podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora. Written, mixed, hosted, and produced by Paola Mardo. The …

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