A podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora. Hosted and produced by Paola Mardo.

Long Distance is a proud member of the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. It has been featured on Apple Podcasts’ New & Noteworthy, Spotify Podcasts, Rappler, Inquirer, Fast Company, and Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018. Learn more about the show here.

Update: Long Distance Wraps First Season, Launches Patreon Membership Platform and Documentary Series Long Distance TV

Long Distance, an independent narrative podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora and member of the inaugural Google Podcasts creator program with PRX, just completed its first season. The show, called “timely, personal, and evocative” by the Manila Bulletin, has launched a Patreon campaign as it heads into production on a second season of the podcast and on the documentary series Long Distance TV. Watch the video above for more information on how to join and why or head to Thanks for your support!



Episode #6 Filipino Tiki Bar

The secret history of LA’s Filipino Tiki bartenders. Plus: Join the Long Distance Radio Club on Patreon.

Give Us a Call!

We want to hear from you. Call and tell us your Long Distance story.

Episode #5 Long Distance Love Story

Ex-high school sweethearts turned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reconnect almost 40 years later.

Episode #4 1.5

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.

A Very Special Announcement

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

Episode #3 Hella Filipino

Stories about art, commerce and being unapologetically Filipino American. Featuring Ruby Ibarra, Genever, and H.P. Mendoza.

Episode #2 Little Manila (Part Two)

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

Episode #1 Little Manila (Part One)

A visit to Stockton, California reveals the deep, dark history of Filipinos in America. Plus, host/producer Paola Mardo tells her long distance story.

Long Distance Trailer

Meet Long Distance, an independent narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora. Hosted and produced by Paola Mardo.

UPDATE: Long Distance is now part of the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX

Paola Mardo (Host/Producer/Creator)

Paola Mardo (Host/Producer/Creator)

Patrick Epino (Co-Producer/Voice Actor)

Patrick Epino (Co-Producer/Voice Actor)

January 10, 2019

Long Distance has been selected as one of the six inaugural shows for the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX!

This is an amazing opportunity to work with some very smart, very talented folks to learn, iterate, improve, and build upon what we’ve been doing thus far. Sustainability and growth are the key.

Here’s what Google has to say about the program:

The Google Podcasts creator program is focused on three main pillars: empowering and training underrepresented voices through an accelerator program, educating a global community with free tools, and showcasing participants’ work as a model for others. PRX, alongside a global advisory committee, will select teams to receive mentorship, seed funding, and an intensive 20-week training. 

And here’s more from PRX’s announcement (which you can read here):

In October, we were thrilled to announce that PRX is leading the Google Podcasts creator program. The program is designed to remove barriers to podcasting, to increase the diversity of voices in the industry and to make sure content is available for all audiences. We put out a call for applications and had a great response; thousands of proposals from over 100 countries are another reminder of the power of stories.

Here’s a description of Long Distance on the PRX announcement: “This reported, narrative podcast uncovers unknown histories and present-day realities about life in the Filipino diaspora.” They also included our spiffy headshots seen here!

What does this all mean?

The show is receiving seed funding and development and production support. We will continue to publish episodes for the first season. Then we will focus on developing and producing our second, most ambitious season yet.

Host, producer, and creator Paola Mardo (that’s me, lol) and co-producer Patrick Epino will participate in the program’s events including a boot camp at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, MA, as well as webinars, mentorship, assignments, and a live launch show later this year.

To follow the show and our adventures in the Google Podcasts creator program, follow us on social media:

Paola’s Twitter
Patrick’s Twitter
Long Distance Instagram
Long Distance Facebook
Long Distance Radio Club Facebook Group

For more about the Google Podcasts creator program, visit:

PRX Announcement: Meet our Six Inaugural Teams for the Google Podcasts creator program

Google Announcement: Promoting inclusive storytelling with the Google Podcasts creator program

Thanks for listening to Long Distance! Subscribe to the show and stay tuned for more updates to come.

— Paola


Long Distance is a podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora.

The show is a collection of Filipino audio stories set a long way from home. 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.

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Video teaser for Long Distance. Video produced in collaboration with National Film Society. Music by C. Light and the Prisms.