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Long Distance Wraps First Season, Launches Patreon Membership Campaign and Documentary Series Long Distance TV

May 21, 2019

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.

“Filipinos make up one of the largest diaspora populations in the world, but our stories are rarely covered in mainstream media. We have a rich tradition of narrative storytelling and radio, but we don't always see or hear stories that accurately reflect our transnational, multicultural, and complex experiences,” says Long Distance host, creator, and producer Paola Mardo. “I made Long Distance to help tell stories about our community. It's a podcast for us, by us.”

In other words, Long Distance is “F.U.B.U.,” says producer Patrick Epino.

Read more in the press release here.

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 (Producer/Voice Actor)

Patrick Epino (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 and PRX have to say about the program.

What does this all mean?

The show is receiving seed funding and training to help us further develop Long Distance and to begin production on a second season. 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 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.

Follow our journey and adventures in the Google Podcasts creator program on social media.

Subscribe to the show to stay tuned for more updates to come.

Thanks for listening!

— PM