From a prisoner of the United States government, to one of its most influential leaders, Norman Mineta's path to public service hasn't been traditional. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military sent him and his family — along with 110,000 other Japanese-American citizens — to internment camps around the country.

As an adult, Mineta went on to have a long and successful career in the upper echolons of the same government that had once imprisoned him, becoming a mayor, a member of Congress, and finally a secretary in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. His story of service and sacrifice is the focus of a new documentary, "Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story."

Jim Braude was joined by Secretary Mineta to discuss his journey.