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Office of Secretary Julián Castro

Today, former presidential candidate, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Obama, and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julián Castro, released the first episode of Our America with Julián Castro, a new podcast produced by Lemonada Media

Similar to the leadership of Secretary Castro's 2020 presidential campaign, Our America puts a spotlight on vulnerable communities not often highlighted in politics and invites community organizers, cultural icons, and everyday people to discuss solutions for national challenges like poverty, hunger, housing insecurity, and discrimination. The podcast--which launches as 29 million Americans have filed for unemployment and 37 million Americans face hunger--discusses how we can reclaim the promise of our nation for more people, by taking a humanizing and hopeful look at how drastically the American experience shifts from one person to the next.

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'Our America with Julián Castro' graphic

The podcast's first episode, My America, explores Secretary Castro's family backstory with featured conversations with his twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro, and mother, Rosie Castro, a renowned activist who raised the Castro brothers as a single mother on the West side of San Antonio, Texas. 

“I’m incredibly proud of my family’s journey—from my grandmother’s immigration to the U.S. as a seven-year-old orphan, to me standing on a presidential debate stage. It’s a journey borne of hard work and opportunity,” says Secretary Castro. “Too many people don’t have that opportunity in life. Not even close: they’re struggling just to get by. I’m proud to launch Our America to tell their stories and explore ways we can help more families reach their own dreams.”

“We are beyond excited that Secretary Castro decided to launch his podcast series with Lemonada Media,” says Jessica Cordova Kramer, Lemonada Media's Chief Executive Officer. “Our America taps into Lemonada’s emphasis on authenticity, touching on its hosts’ personal experiences to confront national epidemics. Julián is uniquely positioned to explore, in a nonpartisan way, the torture and joy of the human experience, along with the policies that contribute to inequality.” 

The podcast's full description, from Lemonada's website, can be read below:

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.

About Secretary Julián Castro

Julián Castro served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. In October 2018, Little, Brown published Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. Secretary Castro launched People First Future in May to help elect bold, progressive candidates whose campaigns are focused on improving the lives of all people they hope to represent. 

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About Lemonada Media:

Lemonada is a podcast network founded in 2019 by Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. The company’s podcasts share an unfiltered version of the human experience that, in a time of increasing polarization, is a place where people come together. Lemonada provides a robust advertising platform, one that is nonpartisan and deeply engaging, with uniquely amiable host-read ads. Lemonada is represented by Oren Rosenbaum at UTA.

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