Emil Amok's Takeout from Emil Guillermo Media

The podcast companion to Emil Guillermo's Amok commentary on race, politics, and society from an Asian American perspective. If it's in the news, Emil has a take. An award winning journalist, columnist, talk-host and humorist, Emil's compilation of essays and columns,"Amok" won an American Book Award. He is a former host of NPR's "All Things Considered," and has reported and commented for radio and TV and newspapers, in Honolulu, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, Dallas, St.Louis, and Washington, D.C. Read his takes on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund website at Emil also writes a column for the U.S. bureau of the Manila-based and on Diversity issues at
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Welcome to "Emil Amok's Takeout," a podcast featuring the takes of award-winning journalist and commentator Emil Guillermo on race, politics, and society from an Asian American perspective.

Beginning with Asian Week, Emil has written a weekly column on Asian America since 1991. It has since migrated to and to his own  His experience includes TV news reporting and anchoring in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.; Hosting "All Things Considered" on NPR; Nationwide newspaper op-eds and columns at SFGate and USA TODAY; Talk-show hosting in Washington,D.C. San Francisco, and Sacramento; And reporting for NBC News Asian America. A collection of his columns and essays won an American Book Award. 

Emil also worked on Capitol Hill as a speechwriter and press secretary for then-Congressman Norman Mineta.

Emil is also a voice-over artist, with videos for PETA registering more than 6 million views on youtube, with tens of millions more views on all platforms.


Currently, Emil writes for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at



Dec 15, 2021

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Little Manila Rising, a community non-profit in Stockton, Calif., is taking an aggressive stand to protect its Filipino American community from environmental racism. Matt Holmes heads up the environmental effort and talks about a new project with UC Merced to make sure the air in Stockton and the valley is monitored. He also talks about the ways the pollution from the freeways and port is being mitigated. The situation is dire, Stockton has one of the worst air pollution profiles in the state, and not coincidentally, the worst asthma rates in California, as well. This is Part 4 of an ongoing look at how Little Manila Rising is evolving to serve its community and to not give up on Stockton.

This is the podcast of Emil Amok's Takeout. See the Daily Livestream at 2p Pacific on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter@emilamok. See replays at


0.58: Little Manila Rising intro

3:30: Crosstown Freeway/Pollution

4:23: Matt Holmes intro

5:20: Interview begins (Starts with Dawn)

6:38: First project NPS

7:56: Launching historical park/Richmond

9:12: Air quality work

12:36: Hired by Little Manila Rising

14:43: Environmental racism

15:29: Environmental violence (Transportation planning)

17:17: Public health outcomes

18:00: Warehouse for the Bay Area/impact of trucks

21:30: Racism and advocacy

22:22: Projects

24:32: Who is responsible?

27:30: Bureaucratic Hurdles 

29:00: Funding  from AG’s office to monitor air pollution

29:32: Seachange in technology

30:09: Regulatory Framework only  intervenes on permitting, not community harm.

31:02: Update on community air monitors

32:14: Pollution causes genetic damage

32:43: Volkswagen Settlement

34:25: Bringing science and medicine to the people with the people

37:00: The tradition of air monitoring (50 km grids, historical data)

37:44: The promise of community monitoring, granular actionable information

39:00: Inland port burns the dirtiest fuel

39:55: We know a lot when it benefits powerful people

41:10: The Port is the most amenable actor to partnering to solve the problem

42:13: CARB - California Air Resources Board

43:18: Healthy communities are designed

44:14: 85% of biomass being burned comes from Vineyards

44:41: Drive for short term profits has led to global climate instability and hyper local public health outcomes

45:27: Global climate instability is especially threatening to low income communities of color

45:44: White environmentalist movement

46:50: The importance of Dawn

49:14: Architects of CA freeways(Environmental Racism)

50:09: Problems of wealth and power

51:49: Dawn program

52:55: Sky Watch

53:25: Transformative climate communities work, Urban greening

56:18: The power of trees and nature based solutions


Dec 7, 2021

"Try Harder" director Debbie Lum talks to Emil Guillermo about Lowell High School and the college admissions process captured in the film's profile of five students of diverse backgrounds.

What are AAPI going through to get to the elite colleges of their choice? And how are their parents dealing with it?

Is it possible that the African American parent wins the "Tiger Mom" competition? 

And what of the white student who knows he has no chance to compete?

Everyone wants to go to an elite college but no one ever asks if it's a right fit. The kids grow up as the film progresses. When it's over, you'll want to know why some got in, and others didn't. 

Emil, a Lowell alum, also compares his experiences with those of the students in the film.

Find out where the film is showing at

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