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Long Distance Sister

Denise and Celine are sisters who haven't seen each other in 10 years. Denise lives in Texas. Celine lives in the Philippines. They are recording their phonecalls and sharing them with you for some reason. Note: Episodes are in Tagalog, Taglish, and English. Because of course they are. Anuba.
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Denise and Celine are sisters who haven't seen each other in 10 years. Denise lives in Texas. Celine lives in the Philippines. They are recording their phone calls and sharing them with you for some reason.

Episodes are in Tagalog, Taglish, and English. Because of course they are. Anuba.

Updated every other Tuesday.

NEXT EPISODE: Episode 9 will be out on June 21

WARNING: Explicit. We use a lot of profanity and may refer to things not suitable for children. Striktong patnubay at gabay ng magulang ang kailangan.

You can also get the show via iTunes and Stitcher

Listener reviews:

"It's great. I've never heard of this project before. It may actually go viral." - Mother. Not *a* mother, but our actual mother.

Jun 20, 2016

The sisters are reeling from the mass shooting in Orlando and discuss their feelings.

Also: gay marriage and choice anxiety.

WARNING: This episode contains discussion and brief descriptions of a mass shooting targeting LGBT people. If you still want to listen to this episode, but you want to avoid any the discussion of the shooting, you can start listening at 20 mins. into the episode, where we switch to the topic of gay marriage.

Things Mentioned:
- Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’? https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/06/18/call-the-charleston-church-shooting-what-it-is-terrorism/

- Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook, in One Map: http://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook

- 7 in 10 Filipinos oppose same-sex marriage – survey http://www.rappler.com/nation/97804-same-sex-marriage-survey-philippines


- "The Pew Research Center conducted a survey from 2 March to 1 May 2013 in 39 countries with 37,653 respondents. This survey showed that 73 percent of the Filipino respondents said that homosexuality should be accepted by society" https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1861/2014%20UNDP-USAID%20Philippines%20LGBT%20Country%20Report%20-%20FINAL.pdf

Feb 20, 2016

Ilang taon na ba talaga si Celine and how can she not know her own age? She then asks Denise to explain Beyoncé's "Formation". This leads to Denise sharing stories about racism, as well as her concerns about the issues her son will face as a member of a minority. As usual, napunta na naman ang usapan sa TV at movies. Denise said she doesn't want to hear Celine talk about Buffy again -- but Celine talks about Buffy anyway.

Things Mentioned:

Celine's target paper at the shooting range:

Beyoncé's "Formation" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrCHz1gwzTo

Saturday Night Live "The Day Beyoncé Turned Black" - https://www.facebook.com/snl/videos/10153910062511303/

How segregation lives on in US schools - http://www.vox.com/2016/2/16/10980856/new-york-city-schools-segregation

"Violence Against Students In Class? Teachers Say It Doesn't Add Up" - http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/10/30/452955025/teachers-weigh-in-on-video-of-black-student-dragged-out-of-classroom-by-white-co

Police officer who slammed black girl to the ground at McKinney, Texas, pool party resigns - http://www.vox.com/2015/6/7/8744011/mckinney-texas-police-officer

My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/11/18/my-white-neighbor-thought-i-was-breaking-into-my-own-apartment-nineteen-cops-showed-up/

Orange is the New Black - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372162/

Orange is the New Black, "The Chickening" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2511030/

Jessica Jones - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357547/

What to do when you're not the hero any more - http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2015/12/what-do-when-youre-not-hero-any-more

Joss Whedon - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923736/

Remastered HD Version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Full Of Problems (and Crew Members) - http://www.themarysue.com/remastered-buffy-is-a-butt/

Jan 23, 2016

This is a good one. Denise rants about the US media's obsession with "millennials" (AKA snake people). Both sisters talk about the perils and pleasures of setting your own schedule. Burned out ba sila or tamad lang? As for Celine, she goes on a long (is it boring?) segue about environmental humanities. Clue: Hindi ito tungkol lang sa haikus about flowers. Plus, updates on their 2016 goals.

Pancakes. pancakes. PANCAKES.

Things Mentioned:

"Snake People" browser plugin - http://mashable.com/2015/05/26/millennials-snake-people-chrome-extension/

"Elementary" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2191671/

Environmental Humanities course - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/remaking-nature

The "Noble Savage" Stereotype - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage

"Dances With Wolves" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099348/

"The Revenant" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663202/

"Sushi: The Global Catch" - http://www.sushitheglobalcatch.com/

Jan 5, 2016

Denise wants to be a better writer (parang si Murakami daw?) Celine takes this opportunity to be pedantic (again). They also go into their goals for the coming year. Paano ba nagiging goals ang resolutions? In 2016, Celine wants to limit the TV shows and films she watches so that she could write more. This somehow leads to a long segue about racism and sexism in period shows? Ok. As for Denise, she is going to do comedy. Everyone -- meaning Celine -- is excited for her.

Movies and TV Shows mentioned: The Martian, Fury Road, anime, Never Let Me Go, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, Fight Club. Plus Star Wars talk, including fan edits, despecialized editions, and toys.

Other Things Mentioned:

Ira Glass Talks About "The Gap" - https://vimeo.com/85040589

Dec 21, 2015

Wala sa mood si Denise for Christmas. Celine pretends she has her shit together and is super insistent that Denise try to "calendar" things. Stories about bad ham, "litse plan", and accidental meat. Also, Star Wars. (No spoilers.)

Dec 2, 2015

Celine has questions about the US of A. Denise has (some) answers. We cover it all: Sapatos sa kama, vomiting sa basurahan, racism, mispronounced names, tumbleweed, and answering "Where are you from?"

Things mentioned:

Parks and Recreation, "Where are you from?" van scene from Episode 2 Season 2, "The Stakeout" (screenshots here)

(See also: "What kind of Asian are you?")

Nov 16, 2015

Celine's problem: teenage boys invading her home to steal rambutan. The solution? A trap Denise calls "absolutely crazy". Denise's problem: PMS cravings. They argue about the barter value of chocolate and sanitary napkins in a post-apocalyptic world. And crying. So much hormonal crying.

Nov 9, 2015

Para sa mga hindi makapaghintay, may bonus episode! We'll be uploading bonus mini-episodes (5 to 10 mins long) whenever our time and hosting account quota allows for it.

Recorded in September. Celine does a post-mortem on her birthday -- may giant cake! Also, Denise discovers why, after decades of denial, nagpapakatotoo ang nanay nila about her age.

Nov 2, 2015

On friendship. What happens when all your friends are going abroad? What happens when *you* go abroad and leave your friends behind? Sepanx mode na ito. Celine almost cries. Denise brings up the awkwardness of having privileged friends. Also: High school is a subplot.

Things Mentioned:

Celine reductively misquotes something misattributted to John Steinbeck ("Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck) : https://www.reddit.com/comments/g877k/

Oct 1, 2015

Kapag silent ka ba sa isang issue, does it mean you're part of the problem? We go waaaay over our heads as Denise overcomplicates the process of constructing a Facebook post commemorating her 10-year anniversary in the US.

Things Mentioned:

The "Duck Dynasty" thing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/phil-robertson-jesus-homophobe_n_5767140.html

The "Pastillas" recipe that went viral: http://www.wheninmanila.com/hugot-paano-gumawa-ng-pastillas/

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