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Plum Radio

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Race therapy, but make it a podcast. Also, news and pop culture from an Asian perspective. Join Emmy-winning correspondent Dolly Li and recovering tech worker Joey Yang for therapy on Instagram Live Monday nights at 9pm ET at @listentoplumradio. Full podcast episodes out on Wednesdays wherever you f… read more

31 Episodes | 2020

Ep. 29: Asian America Post-2020 (Final episode of season 2)

November 11th, 2020


Historian and professor, Dr. Ellen Wu, the author of one of Dolly & Joey's favorite books, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins …

Ep. 28: Election Eve Hell

November 3rd, 2020


Dolly and Joey spend the last day before the November 2020 election discussing our anxieties and reading a selection of responses from our beloved …

Ep. 27: Colonizing Animal Crossing for Comedy, ft. Jenny Yang

October 28th, 2020


Comedian, actor, and writer Jenny Yang joins us this week to talk Comedy Crossing, her new standup show inside the game Animal Crossing. Jenny started Comedy Crossing after the pandemic as a way to build community in …

Ep. 26: Can you bring abolition to local politics? ft. Whitney Hu

October 21st, 2020


Whitney Hu is an activist, abolitionist, mutual aid organizer, and candidate for NYC city council District 38. Whitney is one of the organizers of …

Ep. 25: Banning WeChat and Closing the Window into China, ft. Isabelle Niu

October 14th, 2020


Video journalist Isabelle Niu joins us to talk about the pending WeChat ban and her Quartz video “Is WeChat a Problem for Democracies?” With so much talk around banning Chinese apps like WeChat and TikTok and China’s …

Ep. 24: The Splinternet & the New Tech Cold War, ft. JS Tan

October 7th, 2020


The new cold war is here, and the U.S. and China are fighting it online. Writer and former tech worker JS Tan joins us to discuss the growingly more …

Ep. 23: What is Trump’s appeal to Chinese immigrant voters? ft. Yi Chen

September 30th, 2020


Yi Chen, the director of the new documentary film First Vote, joins us to discuss making a film about first-time Asian American voters on both sides …

Ep. 22: Back to School With No Nurses, Ventilation, or Wi-Fi, ft. Annie Tan

September 23rd, 2020


“Remote learning is very hard. Nobody wants to do it. Every single kid in the world is losing out on an education.”

Annie Tan, a New York City public …

Ep. 21: Mulan: The Good, the Bad, and the Propaganda ft. Tony Lin

September 16th, 2020


We watched Mulan this week...and we are spilling some hot hot tea over it 🤠 🍵

Tony Lin, a Chinese American journalist who has written pop culture …

Ep. 20: Is the American Dream More Attainable in China? ft. Ashley Almanzar

September 2nd, 2020


What’s it like to live in China as a Latinx American woman? We sat down this week with Ashley Almanzar, who spent the last five years living in Ningbo, China, working in education and launching her own business, The …

Ep. 19: From Running the Asian Market to Running for Office, ft. Fanny Fang

August 26th, 2020


This week, we’re joined by 25-year old Manhattan, Kansas resident Fanny Fang, who is running for office in her local county commission.

Fanny decided …

Ep. 18: Smokin’ Meats & Surviving in Chinatown ft. Terry Wong

August 19th, 2020


Terry Wong, one of the partners of Blood Bros BBQ, home to the first Vietnamese pitmaster in Texas, joins us to talk about how his restaurant and the food and beverage industry have been struggling through the pandemic. …

Ep. 17: A Political Education In 60 Seconds On TikTok, ft. Young Kim

August 12th, 2020


Korean American viral TikTok creator, Young Kim (@youngqim), joins us this week to talk about the TikTok ban, using viral short videos to stir …

Ep. 16: Do The Mariana Islands Need The U.S. Military? ft. Rachel Ramirez

August 5th, 2020


Season 2 of Plum Radio is here! Rachel Ramirez (@rachelreports), an environmental justice reporter and Saipan native, joins us to talk about her home, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), its history …

[UNLOCKED] Bonus #2: Interview with Dolly Li on Now in Color Podcast

July 29th, 2020

Dolly and Joey are on vacation, so here's a special bonus episode: an interview with Dolly Li from the Now In Color Podcast. This interview was …

[UNLOCKED] Bonus #1: Spilling Tea on Boba Liberalism ft. Jenny G. Zhang

July 22nd, 2020


Dolly and Joey are on vacation for 2 weeks, so here's a special unlocked episode we released to just our Patreon subscribers last month. This is the …

Ep. 15: Why Does the Brooklyn Bail Fund Want To Be Out Of Business? ft. Kevin Cheng

July 15th, 2020


Kevin Cheng, the development manager of Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, joins us to talk about the $1M+ donations they received during the protests after George Floyd’s death, why they stopped taking donations, and how, …

Ep. 14: The Politics of K-pop and BLM in Korea, ft. Keda of the Soju Black

July 8th, 2020


Calling Korea on this week of Plum Radio! We discussed the politics of K-pop, BLM protests in Korea, and COVID-19 responses in the U.S vs Asia with …

Ep. 13: Performance Politics vs. Performance Art ft. Kristina Wong

July 1st, 2020


Kristina Wong joins us to talk about her career as a performance artist, elected official, and overlord of Auntie Sewing Squad, a mutual aid project …

Ep. 12: Where Does Hong Kong Go From Here? ft. Laurel Chor

June 24th, 2020


Happy Juneteenth! This week we’re joined by Laurel Chor, a journalist and photographer from Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s most recent movement began over a year ago in March 2019 with the introduction of a controversial …

Ep. 11: Cultural Appropriation or Not? ft. Bohan Phoenix & Jachary

June 17th, 2020


Congrats on surviving another week! We’re joined by rapper Bohan Phoenix and his friend and collaborator, Jachary, a Black American singer who has …

Ep. 10: How U.S. Media Covers Protests & the Power of American Pop Culture, ft. Sana Saeed

June 10th, 2020


We’re 10 episodes old, send Pokémon cards! Dolly and Joey discuss #BlackOutTuesday, the power of K-Pop fans, and our experiences of attending …

Ep. 9: What Would Make You Smash a Window? & I Will Make You Mine Film, ft. Dr. Kim Tran and Lynn Chen

June 3rd, 2020


This week, we demand an end to police violence towards all Black Americans. We were blessed to have two incredible guests on this episode: first, Dr. …

Ep. 8: Growing & Hoeing Asian Heritage Greens, ft. Scott Chang-Fleeman

May 27th, 2020


Lucky episode #8! Come hoedown at the farm with us and Scott Chang-Fleeman, farmer and owner of Shao Shan Farm in Bolinas, CA. Scott talks about how …

Ep. 7: How to Abolish Silicon Valley, ft. Wendy Liu

May 20th, 2020


From the star of Silicon Valley to abolishing Silicon Valley--this week, Dolly and Joey welcome Wendy Liu, the author of the new memoir “Abolish …

Ep. 6: Speaking Cantonese & "Good Deal" Comedy Special ft. Jimmy O. Yang

May 13th, 2020


Happy mother’s day! This episode, we send blessings to all the mothers out there, including Ahmaud Arbery’s, who is spending this mother’s day grieving the loss of her son.

Our special guest this week is the star of …

Ep. 5: Making “The Half Of It” on Netflix & Queer Asian Films, ft. Alice Wu

May 6th, 2020


Happy May Day and AAPI month! Dolly and Joey kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Alice Wu, the writer and director the new Netflix …

Ep. 4: Love Letters to Chinatown, ft. Mei Lum

April 29th, 2020


Ramadan mubarak! Mei Lum, owner of Wing On Wo, the oldest shop in Chinatown in New York City (around since 1890!), joins us to talk about the future …

Ep. 3: Different Skin, Same Blood, ft. Annie Tan

April 22nd, 2020


Dolly and Joey curse the “Hole of the Week” and celebrate the blessings of new music from Yaeji and Rina Sawayama.

Our special guest this week, Annie …

Ep. 2: Filipino Nurses and U.S. Colonization ft. Adrian De Leon

April 15th, 2020


On episode 2 of Plum Radio, we discussed the new Netflix movie, Tigertail, with Ty Tran, the creator of the meme page @AsiansNeverDie, how we’re …

Ep. 1: Masks & NYC's ERs in COVID-19, ft. Dr. Calvin Sun

April 8th, 2020


Welcome to the first episode of Plum Radio! 

Today's discussion is: Mask On / Mask Off? The CDC just announced on Friday, April 3 that we should all …

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