Plum Radio

Plum Radio

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Race therapy, but make it a podcast. Also, news and pop culture from an Asian perspective. Join Emmy-winning correspondent Dolly Li and recovering tech worker Joey Yang for therapy on Instagram Live Monday nights at 9pm ET at @listentoplumradio. Full podcast episodes out on Wednesdays wherever you find your podcasts.


26: Can you bring abolition to local politics? ft. Whitney Hu
Oct 21 • 69 min
Whitney Hu is an activist, abolitionist, mutual aid organizer, and candidate for NYC city council District 38. Whitney is one of the organizers of South Brooklyn Mutual Aid and an activist who has fought rezonings that would have continued to gentrify her…
25: Banning WeChat and Closing the Window into China, ft. Isabelle Niu
Oct 14 • 72 min
Video journalist Isabelle Niu joins us to talk about the pending WeChat ban and her Quartz video “Is WeChat a Problem for Democracies?” With so much talk around banning Chinese apps like WeChat and TikTok and China’s recent expulsion of American…
24: The Splinternet & the New Tech Cold War, ft. JS Tan
Oct 7 • 66 min
The new cold war is here, and the U.S. and China are fighting it online. Writer and former tech worker JS Tan joins us to discuss the growingly more divided “splinternet,” Silicon Valley’s facade of freedom for the sake of global dominance, and how the…
23: What is Trump’s appeal to Chinese immigrant voters? ft. Yi Chen
Sep 30 • 63 min
Yi Chen, the director of the new documentary film First Vote, joins us to discuss making a film about first-time Asian American voters on both sides of the political spectrum and digs into why recent Chinese immigrants fear socialism so much that they end…
22: Back to School With No Nurses, Ventilation, or Wi-Fi, ft. Annie Tan
Sep 23 • 76 min
“Remote learning is very hard. Nobody wants to do it. Every single kid in the world is losing out on an education.” Annie Tan, a New York City public school teacher, joins us again on Plum Radio to talk about how teachers and communities are organizing…
21: Mulan: The Good, the Bad, and the Propaganda ft. Tony Lin
Sep 16 • 51 min
We watched Mulan this week…and we are spilling some hot hot tea over it 🤠 🍵 Tony Lin, a Chinese American journalist who has written pop culture analyses for publications on both sides of the firewall, joins us to drag Disney’s 2020 remake across the Silk…
20: Is the American Dream More Attainable in China? ft. Ashley Almanzar
Sep 2 • 61 min
What’s it like to live in China as a Latinx American woman? We sat down this week with Ashley Almanzar, who spent the last five years living in Ningbo, China, working in education and launching her own business, The Ning Box (IG: @theningbox_), which…
19: From Running the Asian Market to Running for Office, ft. Fanny Fang
Aug 26 • 54 min
This week, we’re joined by 25-year old Manhattan, Kansas resident Fanny Fang, who is running for office in her local county commission. Fanny decided to throw her hat in the ring when incumbent commissioner Marvin Rodriguez said that the county wasn’t at…
18: Smokin’ Meats & Surviving in Chinatown ft. Terry Wong
Aug 19 • 40 min
Terry Wong, one of the partners of Blood Bros BBQ, home to the first Vietnamese pitmaster in Texas, joins us to talk about how his restaurant and the food and beverage industry have been struggling through the pandemic. Terry shared that they’re lucky to…
17: A Political Education In 60 Seconds On TikTok, ft. Young Kim
Aug 12 • 52 min
Korean American viral TikTok creator, Young Kim (@youngqim), joins us this week to talk about the TikTok ban, using viral short videos to stir conversations around race and social justice, conservative TikTok holes, and how learning our history helps us…
16: Do The Mariana Islands Need The U.S. Military? ft. Rachel Ramirez
Aug 5 • 49 min
Season 2 of Plum Radio is here! Rachel Ramirez (@rachelreports), an environmental justice reporter and Saipan native, joins us to talk about her home, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), its history of colonization, and how the U.S.…
[UNLOCKED] Bonus #2: Interview with Dolly Li on Now in Color Podcast
Jul 29 • 77 min
Dolly and Joey are on vacation, so here’s a special bonus episode: an interview with Dolly Li from the Now In Color Podcast. This interview was originally recorded on June 22, 2020. Host Sandie Tan talks to Dolly about the recent Asians for Black Lives…
[UNLOCKED] Bonus #1: Spilling Tea on Boba Liberalism ft. Jenny G. Zhang
Jul 22 • 42 min
Dolly and Joey are on vacation for 2 weeks, so here’s a special unlocked episode we released to just our Patreon subscribers last month. This is the *first* episode of Plum Radio ever made. We recorded this way back in February before we launched as an IG…
15: Why Does the Brooklyn Bail Fund Want To Be Out Of Business? ft. Kevin Cheng
Jul 15 • 45 min
Kevin Cheng, the development manager of Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, joins us to talk about the $1M+ donations they received during the protests after George Floyd’s death, why they stopped taking donations, and how, in a just world, bail funds would…
14: The Politics of K-pop and BLM in Korea, ft. Keda of the Soju Black
Jul 8 • 51 min
Calling Korea on this week of Plum Radio! We discussed the politics of K-pop, BLM protests in Korea, and COVID-19 responses in the U.S vs Asia with Keda of the Soju Black (@thesojublack), a podcast and show created by two Black ex-pats living and working…
13: Performance Politics vs. Performance Art ft. Kristina Wong
Jul 1 • 52 min
Kristina Wong joins us to talk about her career as a performance artist, elected official, and overlord of Auntie Sewing Squad, a mutual aid project sending volunteer-sewn masks and other essential supplies to communities in need, from Los Angeles to the…
12: Where Does Hong Kong Go From Here? ft. Laurel Chor
Jun 24 • 53 min
Happy Juneteenth! This week we’re joined by Laurel Chor, a journalist and photographer from Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s most recent movement began over a year ago in March 2019 with the introduction of a controversial extradition bill that deepened Beijing’s…
11: Cultural Appropriation or Not? ft. Bohan Phoenix & Jachary
Jun 17 • 54 min
Congrats on surviving another week! We’re joined by rapper Bohan Phoenix and his friend and collaborator, Jachary, a Black American singer who has toured China with Bohan. We talk about what Asian rappers owe Black Americans, compare anti-blackness and…
10: How U.S. Media Covers Protests & the Power of American Pop Culture, ft. Sana Saeed
Jun 10 • 51 min
We’re 10 episodes old, send Pokémon cards! Dolly and Joey discuss #BlackOutTuesday, the power of K-Pop fans, and our experiences of attending protests from East to West Coast. Later, journalist Sana Saeed joins us to talk about her AJ+ show, Pop…
9: What Would Make You Smash a Window? & I Will Make You Mine Film, ft. Dr. Kim Tran and Lynn Chen
Jun 3 • 54 min
This week, we demand an end to police violence towards all Black Americans. We were blessed to have two incredible guests on this episode: first, Dr. Kim Tran, who spoke to us about confronting anti-Blackness in our families and effective ways to speak to…
8: Growing & Hoeing Asian Heritage Greens, ft. Scott Chang-Fleeman
May 27 • 50 min
Lucky episode #8! Come hoedown at the farm with us and Scott Chang-Fleeman, farmer and owner of Shao Shan Farm in Bolinas, CA. Scott talks about how Asian farmers were stripped of their land after they dug the fields that became Northern California’s…
7: How to Abolish Silicon Valley, ft. Wendy Liu
May 20 • 52 min
From the star of Silicon Valley to abolishing Silicon Valley—this week, Dolly and Joey welcome Wendy Liu, the author of the new memoir “Abolish Silicon Valley.” Wendy, a software engineer, ex-Googler, and startup founder, takes us through her journey of…
6: Speaking Cantonese & “Good Deal” Comedy Special ft. Jimmy O. Yang
May 13 • 41 min
Happy mother’s day! This episode, we send blessings to all the mothers out there, including Ahmaud Arbery’s, who is spending this mother’s day grieving the loss of her son. Our special guest this week is the star of HBO’s Silicon Valley, Jimmy O. Yang. We…
5: Making “The Half Of It” on Netflix & Queer Asian Films, ft. Alice Wu
May 6 • 56 min
Happy May Day and AAPI month! Dolly and Joey kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Alice Wu, the writer and director the new Netflix film “The Half Of It,” and also the 2004 Asian and queer cult classic, “Saving Face”. Alice and Dolly…
4: Love Letters to Chinatown, ft. Mei Lum
Apr 29 • 44 min
Ramadan mubarak! Mei Lum, owner of Wing On Wo, the oldest shop in Chinatown in New York City (around since 1890!), joins us to talk about the future of Chinatowns in NYC and across North America. Dolly and Mei chat about the shop’s COVID-19 art project…
3: Different Skin, Same Blood, ft. Annie Tan
Apr 21 • 42 min
Dolly and Joey curse the “Hole of the Week” and celebrate the blessings of new music from Yaeji and Rina Sawayama. Our special guest this week, Annie Tan, is a NYC public school teacher and Chinatown native who was inspired to become an activist after…
2: Filipino Nurses and U.S. Colonization ft. Adrian De Leon
Apr 15 • 47 min
On episode 2 of Plum Radio, we discussed the new Netflix movie, Tigertail, with Ty Tran, the creator of the meme page @AsiansNeverDie, how we’re virtually celebrating holidays like Easter, Passover, and Qing Ming, and the history of why the U.S. has so…
1: Masks & NYC’s ERs in COVID-19, ft. Dr. Calvin Sun
Apr 7 • 50 min
Welcome to the first episode of Plum Radio! Today’s discussion is: Mask On / Mask Off? The CDC just announced on Friday, April 3 that we should all be covering our faces in public to help contain the spread of Covid-19, a big shift from their previous…