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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

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    • 4.1 • 840 Ratings

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.

    Listen to This: New Day

    Listen to This: New Day

    Every week on New Day, we’ll find one new way to make life a little better. So many of us are suffering in silence. Maybe you're successful but miserable at work. Perhaps you have the perfect family on Instagram, but you're at each other's throats IRL. Maybe you can’t even put your finger on what feels weird - but you know you deserve more. Whatever it is, you’re not alone. On New Day, therapist, author, and grief expert, Claire Bidwell Smith shares easy actions you can try to keep moving forward. From waking up with more energy, to redefining balance, and making time for hobbies again, Claire and her incredible guests won't shy away from helping you answer the big question we're all asking: How can I lead a more fulfilling life?

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    • 21 min
    WTF is Happening in TX? (with Cecile Richards)

    WTF is Happening in TX? (with Cecile Richards)

    Just days after the state implemented a draconian anti-abortion measure that effectively invalidates Roe v. Wade, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed voter suppression legislation into law this week. With COVID numbers also spiking there, Julián and his longtime staffer Sawyer Hackett hop on the mic for a special episode to dissect the latest (and not greatest) in Texas politics and welcome reproductive rights activist and fellow Texan, Cecile Richards, to better understand SB8. 

     

    If you’d like to support efforts to combat SB8 in Texas, visit the following resources: 
    The National Network of Abortion Funds
    ActBlue Charities
    Planned Parenthood

     

    Find Cecile on Twitter and Instagram at @CecileRichards. Keep up with Julián on Twitter at  @JulianCastro and Instagram at @JulianCastroTX. Sawyer can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @SawyerHackett. And stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

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    • 56 min
    Safety Doesn’t Mean More Guns (with John Legend)

    Safety Doesn’t Mean More Guns (with John Legend)

    Season Finale! We’re ending on a high note with Grammy-award winning musician and social justice advocate, John Legend, who joins us to talk about using his platform to fight for racial equity, and his personal connection to reforming the criminal justice system and upholding the voting rights of formerly incarcerated folks.

     

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

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Learn more about changing the conversation on incarceration through the FreeAmerica initiative.
    Check out the FreeAmerica + New Profit partnership, Unlocked Futures, that funds social entrepreneurs with a connection to the criminal justice system.

     

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    • 28 min
    The Filibuster’s Racist Roots (with Adam Jentleson)

    The Filibuster’s Racist Roots (with Adam Jentleson)

    When you hear the word ‘filibuster,’ you might think of an idealistic Jimmy Stewart delivering an impassioned speech against corruption on the Senate floor in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But the reality of the filibuster of today – and how we got here – is anything but justice-seeking. Senate insider and author Adam Jentleson walks us through the filibuster’s racist history, its impact on if and how legislation gets passed, and what’s at stake if it isn’t eliminated or reformed, at the very least.

     

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

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Adam Jentleson’s Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy
    Learn more about the filibuster through Adam’s appearances on Fresh Air, The Ezra Klein Show, and KALW’s Your Call 

     

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    • 42 min
    A Seat At The Table For Native And Indigenous People

    A Seat At The Table For Native And Indigenous People

    After a year of disproportionately high rates of COVID-19, the major losses within Native and Inidigenous communities have underlined just how deep-seated historical discrimination still is – evident in an overwhelming lack of access to water, electricity, and health care services on reservations. We’re joined by Áshįįhí Clan member President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation and climate activist and journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat of the Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen to talk about reopening Navajo land, the Biden/Harris American Rescue Plan’s investment in tribal lands, and what Secretary Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation to the Department of the Interior means for the health and environmental justice of Native and Indigenous communities.

     

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

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Follow Julian Brave NoiseCat’s journalism
    The Indigenous Green New Deal, by the NDN Collective
    Navajo Nation Department of Health COVID data and resources
    Mapping Indigenous lands, by Native Land Digital
    The Navajo Water Project
    Color of Coronavirus project, by APM Research Lab
    An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

     

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    • 38 min
    A Reckoning in Texas

    A Reckoning in Texas

    In February, Texas faced the startling reality of a changing climate with single-digit temperatures that led to widespread power outages, flooded homes and lives lost. But why was Texas hit with one of the worst blackouts in our country’s history? And why was its energy grid unprepared to handle it? This week, senior energy analyst Julie McNamara of the Union of Concerned Scientists helps us answer these questions, and Lori Landry, a longtime friend of Sec. Castro, shares her family’s experience of having to evacuate their impacted North Texas home. 

     

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

     

    Resources from the episode:
    Julie on The Takeaway - The American Power System Is Unprepared For Climate Change
    6 things to know about supply, demand, and our electricity future - The Union of Concerned Scientists
    Read Julie's latest blog post on what happened in Texas here
    Tracking the Texas power outages with PowerOutage.US
    Power outage terms explained - KUT
    Mutual aid for people affected by the outages - Vox
    How to prepare for power outages - CDC

     

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    • 38 min

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