Awards and Press

Long Distance has been featured on NBC News, Variety, Yes! Magazine, CBC Podcast Playlist’s Best Indie Podcasts, KQED’s The California Report, KCRW’s Good Food, Rappler, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Bello Collective, Hot Pod, Fast Company, Radio New Zealand’s The Podcast Hour, Annenberg Magazine, Scout, Adobo Magazine, Black Enterprise, and more.

Below are a list of things people have said or written about Long Distance. Click on the links to read the full pieces.

If you would like to feature Long Distance in your blog, podcast, or outlet, or if you would like to contact Paola Mardo for hosting, workshop, or partnership opportunities, send an email to hello (at) longdistanceradio (dot) com. See the press kit for more information about the show.


Google Podcasts creator program 2019
Selected as 1 of 6 inaugural teams out of 6,000+ applications from over 100+ countries

Bello Collective 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018
Selected in the Narrative Nonfiction category


“When I first came across Long Distance, I was elated. The stories explored on this pod provide an inside look into the complexities of the Filipino diaspora. It's a gentle reminder that while the Filipino experience is different for each person, those experiences are indeed valid. From un-highlighted histories to personal accounts, host Paola Mardo is honest and thoughtful in showcasing these stories – stories I wish I'd seen more of in the media growing up.”
— CBC Podcast Playlist producer Kelsey Cueva

“Once dominated by white hosts, now is an 'exciting time' for Asian American podcasts.”
— NBC News

“The show’s host and producer Paola Mardo is an exceptional talent who’s telling important stories about the Filipino diaspora.”
— KCRW Good Food Producer Nick Liao on Hot Pod Newsletter

“Having grown up in Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and San Francisco, Mardo explores her own place in the larger narrative through the stories she tells.”
— Bello Collective

“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

“Timely, personal, and evocative, this Filipino-American’s podcast delves into seldom told stories about the Pinoy diaspora.”
— Manila Bulletin feature

“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.”
— Colorlines

Long Distance Radio explores what it means to be Filipino outside of the Philippines — if you lived there and left, or if you’ve never been there.”
— Yes! Magazine

“Filipino American Paola Mardo uses the podcast platform to share the Pinoy diaspora’s forgotten histories.”
— Speed Magazine

“Through accounts of loss and history, the show set out to move beyond ‘typical immigrant narratives.’”
— Manila Bulletin interview

“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

“The podcast I’ve been waiting for all my life.”
— Apple Podcasts Reviewer

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