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StoryCorps Historias: Kenneth Salazar and John Salazar

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 01:03

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Secretary Kenneth Salazar talks with his brother, Congressman John Salazar.

Salazar_240x240_prx_small In this piece, Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar and his brother, Congressman John Salazar, sat down to interview each other as part of our Historias initiative—an effort to record and celebrate the lives and histories of Latinos.

Here the Salazar brothers talk about growing up in Colorado in a family of eight children and remember life before public office.

Piece Description

In this piece, Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar and his brother, Congressman John Salazar, sat down to interview each other as part of our Historias initiative—an effort to record and celebrate the lives and histories of Latinos.

Here the Salazar brothers talk about growing up in Colorado in a family of eight children and remember life before public office.

Broadcast History

Latino USA 10.30.09

Transcript

KS: I think that one of the best things that's happened since we both came to Washington in 2004 was coming back here with mom for the swearing in ceremony, where you were sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.

Because if you think about how we grew up, as poor as we were — I know that Dad and Mom were always really proud of the fact that all eight of their kids became first generation college graduates. And I think that we grew up so close together — you know we did everything together. We made our own carretas — our —

JS: Toys.

KS: Wheelbarrows, because we couldn't afford to buy toys. And you remember those days — we couldn't afford a bike — and so we spend our time doing whatever we could.

JS: Right. I went to school with one shoe one kind, and one of the other. You remember that? Leroy would wear out his right shoe, and I'd wear out my left shoe, and so I would get Lero...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Time now for StoryCorps Historias, the project that gives Latinos a chance to reflect on their lives and celebrate their past.

This week, you'll hear from politicians remembering life before public office...

First you'll hear from Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar [Salla-Zarr] and his brother, Congressman John Salazar.

Both got their start in Colorado...and here they remember how their success began....

[Tape 1: 1:02]

In/out: "I think one of the best...but I thank God we had to go through stuff like that."

OUTRO:

That's John Salazar with his brother, Ken Salazar in Washington DC.

Additional Credits

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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