24 episodes

Why, in a country as prosperous as the United States, are millions of people just trying to get by? What would it take to change that and realize the promise of a healthier and fairer country for all? Join Julián Castro as he reimagines America in conversation with real people all over the country who are struggling, aspiring, and trying to reach their dreams. Drawing on his own experiences -- growing up in a low-income household, becoming Mayor of San Antonio, leading Housing and Urban Development for President Obama, and running for President himself -- Julián brings us hope. Each week, he works toward solutions with community leaders, big thinkers, and cultural icons, exploring how issues like poverty, race, gender, and immigration status intersect to shape our America and its possibilities.

Our America with Julián Castr‪o‬ Lemonada Media

    • Society & Culture

Why, in a country as prosperous as the United States, are millions of people just trying to get by? What would it take to change that and realize the promise of a healthier and fairer country for all? Join Julián Castro as he reimagines America in conversation with real people all over the country who are struggling, aspiring, and trying to reach their dreams. Drawing on his own experiences -- growing up in a low-income household, becoming Mayor of San Antonio, leading Housing and Urban Development for President Obama, and running for President himself -- Julián brings us hope. Each week, he works toward solutions with community leaders, big thinkers, and cultural icons, exploring how issues like poverty, race, gender, and immigration status intersect to shape our America and its possibilities.

    Moms Demand Action

    Moms Demand Action

    After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, many Americans felt a call to action to reform our country’s gun laws. One of these people was Shannon Watts, a mother of five who started a Facebook group that turned into Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Two years later, a mom in Texas joined her local chapter of Moms Demand Action after losing her 20-year-old son to gun violence. Calandrian Simpson-Kemp and Shannon Watts join us to speak about turning grief into action and passing common-sense gun legislation in a country that has a gun homicide rate that’s 25x higher than any other high-income country. 

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Follow Moms Demand Action and Shannon Watts on Twitter
    Get involved in your local Moms Demand Action chapter
    Resources and research on laws mentioned in this episode:
    Stand your ground laws
    Extreme risk, or “red flag,” laws
    The boyfriend loophole
    Violence Against Women Act 
    George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

     

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    • 39 min
    Unions Are Vehicles of Justice (with Mary Kay Henry)

    Unions Are Vehicles of Justice (with Mary Kay Henry)

    For over 40 years, Mary Kay Henry has fought for the rights of workers with the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. With the rise of COVID-19 and an increased reliance on essential workers, these rights have too often been disregarded, leaving many without adequate personal protective equipment or access to fair wages and benefits. This week, Mary Kay joins us to talk about unions as a vehicle of justice for a racially diverse workforce that’s representative of our country.

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:

     
    SEIU resolution in support of Black Lives Matter
    National Employment Law Project on raising the minimum wage to $15

     
    NPR on Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan and his Build Back Better economic plan
    Mobile Workers Alliance
    Gig Workers Rising
    Rideshare Drivers United
    Listen to our episode on immigrant workers benefits, The Luxury of Paid Sick Leave, here

     

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    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/our-america shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 34 min
    Families Ripped Apart

    Families Ripped Apart

    Los Angeles County is home to the largest foster care system in the country, and it’s run in partnership with the police and local Sheriff’s department. So what happens when a system that’s meant to protect our children intersects with law enforcement and ends up criminalizing them instead? How do we get to the root of the system’s domino effect in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities? This week, we’re joined by two women, La Mikia Castillo and Yahniie Bridges, who share their personal experience with the foster care system and how ending police partnerships can help to reimagine child safety.

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Read up on the BLMLA #ReimagineChildSafety campaign petition here
    Follow BLMLA on Twitter
    Missed our first episode on foster care and transition-age youth? Listen to it here

     

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    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/our-america shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 35 min
    Journalists Need To Do Their Damn Jobs (with Dan Rather)

    Journalists Need To Do Their Damn Jobs (with Dan Rather)

    Storied news anchor and journalist Dan Rather has reported on some of the world’s most important events – from Georgia’s church pews at the height of the civil rights movement, to deadly student protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, to the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Dan’s been at the epicenter of American media since the ‘60s, and now, at age 89, he’s found himself a dedicated following on social media as well. He joins us to talk free speech, disinformation, and what a 70-year career in journalism has taught him. 

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Check out Dan’s media production company, News & Guts
    Scroll through years of Dan anchoring the news courtesy of UT Austin’s Briscoe Center
    Read Dan’s newest book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, and its graphic novel equivalent 

     

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    • 34 min
    Making Mental Health Accessible (with Dan Harris)

    Making Mental Health Accessible (with Dan Harris)

    Dan Harris knows all about how to cope with everyday stressors and anxiety. In 2004, he was filling in for a news anchor on Good Morning America when he experienced a panic attack on air. He joins us this week to talk about how his televised panic attack led him to embrace meditation, and how this mental health routine developed into the Ten Percent Happier books and podcast. With a year like 2020 behind us, we could all use some tips on how to take a breath and practice mindfulness!

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Check out the books Dan has written about his journey
    Tune into his podcast, Ten Percent Happier
    Read up on meditation research from Harvard’s Lazar Lab and UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center
    Additional meditation resources:
    Headspace
    Calm
    Mindful
    Insight Timer

     

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    • 37 min
    Why I'm F*cking Mad (with Jonathan Van Ness)

    Why I'm F*cking Mad (with Jonathan Van Ness)

    With the launch of the hit Netflix show, “Queer Eye,” Jonathan Van Ness became a personal grooming guru for unkempt Americans across the country. But JVN has engaged audiences in so much more than better hygiene practices – a year after the show launched, JVN wrote a memoir that helped to demystify living with HIV and what “undetectable equals untransmittable” (or U=U) actually means. 

     

    JVN joins us this week to talk about living with HIV, overcoming addiction, and the steps that he hopes the Biden/Harris administration will take to overcome the stigma that he and so many other folks, particularly LGBTQ-identifying, face after coming out as HIV-positive. Tune in, henny.

     

    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX. 

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Tune into JVN’s podcast, Getting Curious
    Read JVN’s memoir, “Over The Top”
    Search for your local Planned Parenthood 
    Locate additional HIV testing by zip code 
    Find a PrEP provider by zip code
    Read up on U=U

     

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    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/our-america shortly after the air date.

     

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    • 29 min

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