“What does it mean to be a Filipino outside the homeland?”
This question spurred journalist Paola Mardo to launch Long Distance, an audio documentary series, last October. Timely, personal, and evocative, this Filipino-American’s podcast delves into seldom told stories about the Pinoy diaspora.
Mardo, who was born in Los Angeles, is Long Distance‘s creator, host, writer, and producer. Its latest episode, entitled “#2 Little Manila,” was released last November 15.
“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,” Mardo writes on the podcast’s official website.
“The Philippines has one of the largest diaspora populations in the world, and yet these stories are rarely covered in mainstream media. Long Distance is a podcast for the people and stories of this community,” she adds.
The United States of America is home to the largest population of Pinoys outside the Philippines.
In its first two episodes, the podcast takes an investigative turn. Traveling to Stockton, California, Mardo and co-producer Patrick Epino inquire about an alleged 2017 hate crime; unidentified individuals had vandalized a community center. The incident had occurred in October, which is celebrated in the States as Filipino-American History Month.
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Stay tuned for an exclusive profile on Paola Mardo on Overseas Filipino soon.
Read more about Mardo’s work at www.longdistanceradio.com. Long Distance is streamable through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, and Google Podcasts. Paola Mardo is on Instagram at @paolamardo.