4 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

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    • 3.9 • 650 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.

    Return To Flint

    Return To Flint

    It’s hard to look at the current administration’s decision to downplay the severity of the Coronavirus without thinking about the Flint water crisis. Both stories reflect the devastating impact of misinformation and government inaction. This week, we return to Flint and talk to a dynamic duo: Pastor Ezra Tillman and First Lady Catrina Tillman. We hear about the incredible work they’re doing to support their community and the progress still left to be done. Join Julián for a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from environmental racism, Diana Ross, and the kindness of strangers. 

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

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    • 41 min
    My America

    My America

    In 2012, on the stage of the Democratic National Convention, Julián Castro described the American Dream as a relay. In the first episode of Our America, we dig into the Castro family’s backstory. We follow the baton passing from one generation to the next, starting with Julián’s grandmother immigrating to the US nearly 100 years ago. Julián and his twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, talk about their journey from the segregated West Side of San Antonio to the national stage. We also meet their mom, Rosie, an activist in her own right, who highlights raising her sons with a strong sense of Mexican-American identity and how that helped shape their life’s trajectory.

    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.

    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. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com

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    • 42 min
    Introducing Our America with Julián Castro

    Introducing Our America with Julián Castro

    Launching Thursday, September 10th, this series takes an honest and hopeful look at how drastically the American experience shifts from one person to the next. Join us as we explore why the odds seem stacked against so many, and what we can do to change it.


    What does your America look like? To share your story, email ouramerica@lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 2 min
    Teaser: Our America

    Teaser: Our America

    Coming September 2020, Our America with Julián Castro features voices that are often unheard in spaces that are often unseen. From mobile home parks in small-town America to underground drainage tunnels beneath the towering casinos of Las Vegas, Julián is on a mission to understand how we got here and, more importantly, how we can do better.

     What does your America look like? To share your story, email ouramerica@lemonadamedia.com.

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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
650 Ratings

650 Ratings

SA Horned Frog ,

Flint water crisis

Excellent podcast.
Share your reality. Speak truth to power. Listen and seek to understand. Only when we listen, acknowledge and decide to act to heal those in need, pain and who have been marginalized and forgotten will we truly grow and flourish as a nation.

Lorraine_in_TX ,

Love these first few episodes!

These first few episodes are really high quality; touching; and authentic. It’s a marvelous and deep dive look into Secretary Castro’s life in his own voice and through his eyes. Can’t recommend enough!

CaitT2205 ,

Love it!

I was introduced to this podcast via getting curious with Jonathan van ness and after only two episodes, I’m NOT disappointed. I love hearing people’s stories, especially ones of perseverance and activism. Can’t wait to hear more!

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