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Interview: Jimmy Carter's call to action

KALW's Hana Baba with Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States

When Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office, the nation was still reeling from Watergate and Vietnam. As president, he created the Departments of Education and of Energy, brokered peace in the Middle East, and installed solar panels on the White House roof. But soaring inflation and a hostage crisis in Iran eroded Carter’s popularity, and many people consider him a failed president.

His legacy extends far beyond his one term in office, however. In the years since his presidency, he’s built houses with Habitat for Humanity. He’s led peace missions in Ethiopia, Sudan, Bosnia, Haiti, and North Korea. He’s turned his presidential library into the Carter Center - where the central missions are ‘Waging Peace’ and ‘Fighting Disease.’  And in 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Right now, President Carter is on a book tour, promoting his newest book, ‘A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.’

KALW’s Hana Baba met up with the former president during his recent stop in San Francisco to talk with him about his book, and the issues facing women around the world.

To listen to the interview, please click the audio player above.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.