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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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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.

    Who Gets to Vote?

    Who Gets to Vote?

    Stacey Abrams and Angela Lang are no strangers to voter suppression. In their respective states of Georgia and Wisconsin, they have seen communities of color disproportionately silenced time and again by restrictive voting measures. This week we sit down with each of them to talk about knocking on doors, getting out the vote, and what it means to have representation in positions of power, particularly in this moment in history. With less than a week left, we consider how our collective voting power will  determine the fate of the country for the next four years and beyond.

     
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    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 
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    • 46 min
    Separated

    Separated

    In 2018, MSNBC journalist Jacob Soboroff was among the select few to visit Casa Padre, one of the detention centers at the epicenter of the border crisis. What he saw there was cruel, unjust, and part of a long, complicated story. Soboroff joins us this week to talk about reporting at overcrowded facilities, and the families he met who were forcibly separated. Their perspectives shed light on the inhumanity of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, chronicled in Jacob’s book, “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.”

     
    Purchase “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy” online from your local bookstore
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    Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX

     

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    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/ouramerica. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.
    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 

     

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    • 32 min
    Policing the Police

    Policing the Police

    After George Floyd’s death, Americans grappled with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of police brutality caught on tape. Protests erupted across the country as Americans took to the streets to declare “Black Lives Matter.” As a country, we had to reckon, again, with the idea that not all law enforcement believes this slogan to be true. 

     

    Policy analyst and Campaign Zero co-founder Sam Sinyangwe talks to us about the microaggressions of his childhood that inspired his data collection on policing in America. We talk to Sam about why our system of policing is broken, and what organizations like his are doing to reimagine public safety.

     
    Learn more about Campaign Zero, Mapping Police Violence, and #NixThe6  
    Follow Sam Sinyangwe on Twitter

     

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

     

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/ouramerica. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.
    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 

     

    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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    • 32 min
    Not-So-Affordable Housing

    Not-So-Affordable Housing

    This episode brings us to a mobile home park in Waukee, Iowa, where we meet 93-year-old Arletta Swain and her neighbor Matt Chapman. These manufactured housing communities were one of the last remaining affordable housing options in the US - at least they were, until private equity firms came into the picture. Today, we talk to the two neighbors about what grassroots activism looks like when you’re up against a 70% rent hike and, in Arletta’s words, “money-crazy” folks. 
    Learn more about the affordable housing group, MHAction, and follow them on Facebook
    Follow Matt Chapman’s activism on Twitter
    See Arletta with her impressive trees!

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

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/ouramerica. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.
    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 

    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.

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.

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    • 29 min
    Nevertheless, She Persisted

    Nevertheless, She Persisted

    Julián and Elizabeth Warren developed a close friendship this past year - from sharing a debate stage to campaigning alongside each other across the country. This week, we’re joined by the Massachusetts senator, who shares her perspective on humble beginnings and making sacrifices for what you believe in. The Oklahoma native talks hope and persistence in the midst of a year that has dealt severe blows to both. 

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

    Support the show by checking out our sponsors
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/ouramerica. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.
    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 

    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.

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.

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    • 41 min
    The United States of Hunger

    The United States of Hunger

    Back in April, a viral image captured the toll of the coronavirus pandemic on Americans trying to put food on the table. In this episode, we get the story behind that photo from Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. He tells us what it’s like running a food bank in the midst of a national crisis, and what’s changed for essential workers on the frontlines of food distribution.

    Next, we talk to renowned chef and food advocate, José Andrés. In 2010, José and his wife, Patricia, started World Central Kitchen to aid in relief efforts after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. We talk to José about the immigrant farm workers who have sustained us during the pandemic, and the importance of emergency food distribution, from the Navajo Nation to Kentucky polling places. 

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

    Support the show by checking out our sponsor
    You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at havenlife.com/ouramerica. Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.
    The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at caseygrants.org, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. 
    Good Kids is back for Season 2 on September 29. This season, we talk to parents, experts, and kids themselves about everything from climate change and mental health to race and mentoring. Listen to the trailer here.

    Resources from this episode
    Learn more about the San Antonio Food Bank
    Learn more about World Central Kitchen

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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714 Ratings

714 Ratings

ramos1215 ,

Inspiring Episodes

Every episode has been nothing less than excellent.

FrEmDawn ,

Stories that need to be told

This is so heartfelt and insightful. I’ve loved hearing people share personal stories situated within a bigger structural context. Thank you Julián Castro for being so thoughtful in the way you structure these interviews

Reviewer1964198420042015 ,

Nevertheless, she persisted

So uplifting!The end of this episode nearly brought me to joyous tears!

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