April 29th, 2016
Episode 213 of 279 episodes
In 1942, Norman Mineta and his family were forced from their home in San Jose, California and into an internment camp in Wyoming. The Minetas were among tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans subjected to internment in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor Mineta left the camp in 1945 and went on to become the first non-white mayor of San Jose. Then, as a congressman from California, he sponsored legislation that paved the way for reparations for thousands of Japanese-Americans. And as George W. Bush's Secretary of Transport, he oversaw the FAA's response to 9/11 from a bunker under the White House. DecodeDC host Jimmy Williams interviewed Norman Mineta for episode 137: The Supreme Court's Loaded Gun. Enjoy the great stories that didn't make it into that episode.