Podcasts

Episode 15 – Lab and Basketball: Hoops from a Filipino American Perspective

Basketball has a special place in the hearts of many Filipinos and Filipino Americans alike. One cannot visit the Philippines and not notice Filipinos playing on the millions of makeshift basketball hoops, barangay courts, and gymnasiums throughout the country. Likewise, one would be hard-pressed to know a Filipino American (particularly male) who does not follow…

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Bonus Episode – “About Tita” by Lauren Lola

In the photo: the great aunt and father of Lauren Lola. Hey TFALers!  Here’s a bonus episode brought to you by TFAL superfan, Lauren Lola, about her great aunt, Justita.  We are collecting any stories that is out there in the Filipino American community.  If you have any audio stories to share, please email us…

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Episode 14.5 – #TFALheartsOPM

Cheats performing in Los Angeles in 2017 OPM, or Original Pilipino Music, is a term that once referred primarily to the ballads and love songs popular in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s.  A modern take on the harana traditions, these songs were sung mostly in Tagalog and were often tied to equally emotive…

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Episode 14 – On TFAL’s Wings: Thoughts on Filipino Catholicism with Father Radmar Jao

Take me to Church! As Filipino Americans, most of us were raised Catholic.  With over 80% of the people in the Philippines identifying as Catholic, it’s no surprise that those of us in the TFAL crew grew up going to church every weekend, observing religious holidays, and some even going to Catholic school. On this…

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Episode 13.5 – The Manny Pacquiao Era

For about a decade, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao captured the hearts of millions of Americans and people throughout the world. He became a household name for even the casual American boxing fan because of his electrifying punches, religious humility, and off-tune singing. Even fans of his opponents loved the guy for his rags-to-riches story. Manny Pacquiao…

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Episode 13 – Filipinos and Gentrification

Apparently, cities are back. People are moving back into the inner core of cities. Coffee shops, bars, and artisanal eateries are thriving in certain neighborhoods. Millennials are ditching their cars for public transportation. Politicians are touting the brand new economy of “hipster-dom” that is reviving cities nationwide. But what do these changes mean for families…

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Bonus Episode – “The Filipino and the Drunkard”

In this short bonus episode, TFAL presents a retelling of the short story, “The Filipino and the Drunkard.”  Written in 1935 by William Saroyan, this short story tells the tale of a young Filipino who is aboard a ferry boat in 1930s San Francisco.  While waiting to go across the Bay to visit his brother,…

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Episode 12.5 – Reflections on “My Family’s Slave” and Katulong Culture

Most of us have read “My Family’s Slave” on the Atlantic, written by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon.  The article saddened us, angered us, and confused us.  What’s to make of the story of Eudocia Pulido, aka Lola, who toiled her whole life against her will and without pay for a family that wasn’t…

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Episode 12 – Chef’s Choice: A conversation with Chef Dale Talde

  If you’ve been listening to the show you’ll know that we love food at This Filipino American Life.  We love talking about it in our personal life, with strangers, and on the podcast.  TFAL resident reality checker Gerlie and graphic designer Vince join us for a bit as we share our favorite Filipino restaurants….

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Bonus Episode – Flip The Record with TFAL

On this bonus episode of TFAL Elaine and Producer Mike talk to director Marie Jamora, producer Jason McLagan, and actor Michael Rosete from the short film Flip the Record. The one line synopsis is: In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism. However…

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