Podcasts

Episode 144 – Susus Maryosep: TFAL Talks Recent Filipino Representation (Social Distance Series)

In recent weeks, many Filipinos and Filipino Americans have appeared in mainstream U.S. news and entertainment.  Whether it’s the release of the Netflix anime series, TRESE, the long-awaited appearance of a Filipino nurse in Grey’s Anatomy, the recent announcement of a Pinay Captain America, or the heroic acts of Jordan Clarkson after a racist incident befell a Filipino food truck in Utah, Filipinos have been in the mix of American popular culture more than usual.

In this TFAL episode, the crew discusses this recent surge of Filipino visibility in entertainment.  Listen as we discuss all of the latest news in Filipino American life and give our lukewarm takes on each of them.  (We even briefly touch upon the controversial Aswang Project hullabaloo!)

Listen or download through the embedded player on TFAL, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What do you think about these latest developments in popular culture? Let us know by leaving a voicemail (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 143 – Filipino American Community Profile: Data and Statistics with Neil Ruiz (Social Distance Series)

How many Filipinos are in the United States?  Where are Filipinos located throughout the nation?  How well are we doing socio-economically?  What does this data tell us about our community?

Many people have researched answers to these demographic questions using statistical data.  One of these important figures is Neil Ruiz, Associate Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at the Pew Research Center.  Listen as we discuss Neil’s upbringing in a military family, his career as a researcher, and his work in studying the Asian and Filipino American communities.  We also devote a huge part of the show breaking down the latest demographic information of the Filipino American community and its implications for future policy.

Come join us as we learn more about our community profile and how we compare to other communities.  And of course, we start the episode with our goofy selves and discuss our failed attempts at conquering statistics.

Listen or download through the embedded player on TFAL, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What do you think about the demographic data we presented on the show? Let us know by leaving a voicemail (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 142 – The Bakit List 3.0: What Grinds Our Gears Edition (Social Distance Series)

3-2-1 …. 1-2-3. What the heck is bothering me?

It’s been a while since TFAL has asked “Bakit?” “Why o’ why?”  For our latest edition of the Bakit List, the TFAL team shares what grinds their gears. We look at the annoying and ever so problematic topics that affect Filipino Americans.  Some of the discussions include land inheritance, living and perpetuating the lies our parents told us, and dealing with our familial ties back “home.” We also look at how algorithms and data open the door for opportunists to take advantage of Filipino audiences by “Pinoy-Baiting.”

Grind your gears with us, vent a little, ponder the mysteries with us, or help us find some creative solutions to how we deal with things that annoy the hell out of us.

Listen or download through the embedded player on TFAL, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What grinds your gears? Let us know by leaving a voicemail (805) 394-TFAL.

 

Episode 141 – Pinays in Political Organizing: A Conversation with Russellie Bongolan & Lillie Madali (Social Distance Series)

What is something that you thought was politically impossible but happened? This is the question that Elaine, Joe, Producer Mike, and special guest host Kat tackle in this conversation about Pinays in Political Organizing. Community and political organizing is a difficult and important job that allows for the impossible to become a reality in our lifetime. 

How do regular folks get involved in politics? In this episode the TFAL crew talks with Russellie Bongolan and Lillie Madali. Two Filipina Americans who worked on political campaigns in the State of Georgia. Russellie was the Political Director for current Senator Raphael Warnock and was the Deputy Coalitions Director on the Biden presidential campaign. Lillie is a long-time community organizer in Atlanta and was the Eastern Region Chair of Filipino Americans for Biden presidential campaign. Russellie and Lillie share their story and their reasons for why and how they got involved in political organizing.

Given the recent hate crimes that occurred in Atlanta, a part of our conversation revolves around Stop AAPI Hate organizing that is taking place nationally. For more information head to StopAAPIHate.org

Listen or download through the embedded player on TFAL, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Is there a Pinay in your life who has changed your world? Want to give them their flowers? Let us know by leaving a voicemail (805) 394-TFAL.

Episode 140 – The Good (Ha) Place – TFAL Thinks Happy Thoughts (Social Distance Series)

So… there’s a lot going on in the world.  A lot of it not so great.  And while we talk about many of those things on our show and in our social media, we figured we all needed to take a little bit of a break to try and focus on the good things that are happening in our lives, and to think about some of the things that have actually brought smiles to our faces in the past few weeks.  And while those things may seem in short supply these days, there’s never a bad time to just stop for at least a moment to reflect on what we love, who we love, and why we love anything about this world in the first place.

That’s not to say we should ignore all of the bad things or pretend they don’t exist.  A lot of us have spent time these past few weeks processing the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and thinking about what to do about it, and we even hosted a Clubhouse room on the topic not too long ago.  But seeing as how we’ve all spent the better part of the past year just drowning in one seemingly inescapable tragedy or injustice after another, let’s all be kind to ourselves right now and give each other the space to experience at least a little bit of joy.

Listen or download through the embedded player on TFAL, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Has anything brought you joy lately?  Please let us know by dropping a line on our voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL.  If the new voicemail greeting we have on there doesn’t bring a smile to your face, well… we tried!

 

Episode 139 – Cleaming the Gube: TV Writing with Rene Gube (Social Distance Series)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write a TV or movie? If you had total creative freedom to pitch a show or movie, what would it be about?  Would you center Filipino or Filipino American stories?

In this TFAL episode, we talk TV writing with the one and only Rene Gube, comedian, actor, and writer for such shows like Crazy Ex Girlfriend (he played Father Brah) and Superstore. Listen as he discusses his roots in the Filipino American community, how he got his start in the entertainment industry, and how he navigates a predominantly white industry to push for Filipino storytelling. In the episode, the crew also discusses our story ideas and what it would these shows/movies be like if they came to fruition.  And of course, we talk about how to make a PCN into a TV show (kinda).

Listen or download through the embedded player, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

If you had the chance to create your own TV show or movie, what would it be about?  Let us know by dropping a line on our voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL.

Episode 138 – A Year of COVID 19: A Conversation with Cindy Evangelista (Social Distance Series)

It’s been one year since most of the United States has been under quarantine, significantly changing our lives.  In this TFAL episode, we reflect on a year like no other, how COVID has affected our personal lives and the lives of many of our kababayan, and reminders of what we need to continue to do while we’re still in the pandemic.  Our special guest is Cindy Evangelista, a Filipino community advocate and Physician Assistant.  Listen as she gives us additional tips to prevent the spread of COVID, the importance of waiting your turn to get the vaccine, and what to do if you contract the virus.

Listen or download through the embedded player, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

How have you been coping over the last year of the pandemic? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Cindy added a few extra tips for those who may have contracted COVID-19.  You can listen to that here.

Episode 137 – tFalling in Love: TFAL Talks Valentine’s Day (Social Distance Series)

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

These brown hands

Choo choo choose you!

Hello TFAL listeners, join us as the TFAL Crew reflects on love.  Well…sort of, through the lens of the commercialized and overpriced holiday of Valentine’s day! All joking aside, we can all agree that we need a little more love in this world, and if Valentine’s Day makes us better and kinder people, even for one day, we’ll take it.  Listen to our stories about dating, tips to impress Filipino parents, and Valentine’s day alternatives that highlight friendship and love.  Laugh with us and commiserate with those who have never gotten heart-shaped chocolate boxes. What time is it? Valentime!
P.S.  We know this is late and Valentine’s Day was last week, but we’re Filipino so…

Listen or download through the embedded player, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Any thoughts on Valentine’s Day or Filipino American romance at all? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 136 – A Good Death: A Conversation with Death Doula/Midwife Michelle Mondia (Social Distance Series)

2020 will go down in history as one of the most difficult years for so many of us. At the time of writing, 443,000 people have lost their lives to covid-19. Deaths in 2020 that were not Covid-19 related were still impacted by the virus. In certain situations, they were unable to get care that could save their lives because emergency rooms were turning away ambulances.  Family members of non-Covid-19 patients in the hospital must get extremely special permission to visit dying loved ones or in many cases family do not get the opportunity to say goodbye at all. Moreover, the Filipino American community has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with such high rates of death.

In such a time of massive death, we focus our episode on how we can find some light amidst the darkness.  In this episode, the TFAL crew along with guest host and featured player Kat Carrido Bonds, have a conversation with Michelle Mondia, a certified death doula/midwife. Michelle shares about her experience and what it means to be a death doula/midwife. Additionally, the crew talks about their experience with losing loved ones and the concept of what is “a good death.”

Listen or download through the embedded player, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What practices around death do you follow? How have you handled loss? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 135 – Purge Towards New Beginnings (Social Distance Series)

New Year.

Covid’s still here.

Let’s start purging and clear…

The energy for 2021.

We all know that 2020 was a roller coaster that we were happy to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight, and goodbye to that wretched year. Within the first week of 2021, we faced an attempted coup attempt and more Covid deaths, especially in our community. As the new year gets going it feels like it’s time to purge the emotional and physical weight of 2020.

In this episode, the TFAL crew with special guest/featured player Kat Carrido Bonds talk about the New Year’s tradition of cleaning the house to start the year anew, and the reasons folks hoard and purge around this time of year. The crew shares their experiences growing up with family who have a tendency of keeping everything and the reasons why they cannot let go.

Listen or download through the embedded player, find us on Mixcloud or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. And for folks on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

How do you handle New Year’s cleaning?  Who are you dedicating this year to?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!