May 2019 — For Immediate Release: Long Distance Wraps First Season, Launches Patreon Membership Campaign 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.
About the Show
What does it mean to be Filipino outside of the homeland?
Long Distance is a podcast about stories in the Filipino diaspora.
Filipinos make up one of the largest diaspora populations in the world but their complex, transnational experiences are rarely covered in mainstream media. Long Distance is a podcast for the people and stories of this community. 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.
The first season launched in October 2018 with secret histories and true tales of Filipinos in America, home to the largest population of Filipinos outside of the homeland. The stories included a hate crime in Stockton, California and the deep, dark history of Filipinos there; a Filipina American rapper’s immigrant journey; and an undocumented couple's love story with chapters in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Los Angeles.
Long Distance has been featured on Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy, Spotify Podcasts, and Bello Collective’s 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018. In January 2019, Long Distance was selected as 1 of 6 teams out of over 6,000 applications from more than 100 countries to be part of the inaugural Google Podcasts creator program with PRX. The show received seed funding and training to further develop the show and begin production on a second season launching in the fall of 2019.
Season 1 just wrapped. Season 2 production begins summer 2019.
Assets are available for download at longdistanceradio.com/press-kit
The show is available to subscribe and listen to on all podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts (see links below). It is also available on the website longdistanceradio.com.
Twitter Accounts: @paolamardo @patrickepino
Facebook Page: facebook.com/longdistanceradio
Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/longdistanceradio
Download press kit and media assets here. Media assets include main cover art, wide version of cover art, and a photo of host/creator Paola Mardo during an interview in LA’s Historic Filipinotown (photo credit: Patrick Epino).
The Production Team
Paola Mardo is the Host, Writer, Producer, and Creator.
Patrick Epino is the Producer and Voice Actor. He is a filmmaker and actor whose credits include Bitter Melon, Awesome Asian Bad Guys, and the National Film Society YouTube Channel.
Theme song is “Comin’ Along” by C. Light and the Prisms.
Cover art is by Celina Calma.
Title design and episode art is by Paola Mardo.
More about the team here.
About the Creator/Producer
Long Distance is created, written, edited, mixed, hosted, and produced by Paola Mardo, an independent audio producer based in Los Angeles. Her work has aired on KCRW’s Good Food, Offshore, PRI’s The World, and KPCC’s The Frame. She has written stories for Buzzfeed, PRI, and (the old) LA Weekly, and has provided podcast production services for clients including Hulu, Slate, Vox, Wondery, and Western Sound.
Paola began her adventures in podcasting as host and producer of F This Weekly. She was a member of the inaugural Third Coast Radio Residency and is an alum of the Transom Workshop. Previously, she was a producer on Democracy in Color podcast and produced interviews and features at KPCC’s The Frame. Before all that, she worked in the film industry at Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures.
More about Paola Mardo and her work at paolamardo.com.
In 2016, I began working on an audio project about Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. After extensive interviews and research, and through my work as a journalist, I saw a great need to tell thoughtful, well-reported audio stories about my community.
That’s how Long Distance got started.
Recently, Filipino stories have made headlines through food and politics. But there are also more complex narratives about the Filipino experience unfolding beneath mainstream culture – a wave of Filipinos making their mark in art and entrepreneurship, young Filipinos redefining their identities online, and a gap in awareness of the deep history of Filipinos abroad.
Long Distance is a place for all of these stories and more.
I was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a child of the diaspora, I’ve always been interested in stories about people in new places and finding “home,” wherever that may be. Through Long Distance, I hope to capture the sounds of this international community and to tell our stories through creative audio documentaries that open minds and maybe even tickle ears and imaginations.
What People are Saying...
“The podcast is a gem – it creeps up on us, not lecturing, not judging, but still shakes us from the stupor of our secret colonial mentality.” - Rappler
“The history of the United States cannot be properly told without including the stories of Filipino and Filipino American people. Paola Mardo's podcast presents a vital resource in telling that story.”
— The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project
“The United States’ imperialist relationship with the Philippines fueled waves of immigration that now makes Filipino Americans the third-largest Asian American community. Filipina American journalist Paola Mardo explores the diaspora’s history in Long Distance.”
“The first episode of Long Distance, a show about Filipinos who live outside of the Philippines, wonderfully weaves together the history of Filipino Americans with a present-day story of vandalism at a Filipino American community center. It was a great history lesson for me, and it's a great example of how to tell a story of how the past impacts the present and how the present draws from the past.”
— Bello Collective
“I learned things I was never taught in school (both in the homeland and the US). I didn’t realize I was starved for stories like my own until this.”
— Apple Podcasts Reviewer
“An insightful and thoughtful podcast about the Filipino diasporic experience. Paola Mardo is incredible at her craft — the consummate storyteller. She’s bringing Filipino history to light in a way that we really need right now.”
— Apple Podcasts Reviewer