Jimmy Carter is an American politician and humanitarian who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic Party, he also served as the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975, and as a Georgia state senator from 1963 to 1967. Carter made numerous visits to Minnesota over his career. He selected Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Walter Mondale as his vice-presidential pick when running for the presidency in 1976 & 1980.
Beyond politics, Carter is well known for his work with Habitat for Humanity and establishing the Carter Center to promote/expand human rights, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Carter was born October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia.
January 19, 2017 - This MPR News with Tom Weber feature takes a look back to January 20th, 1977, when Minnesota’s Walter Mondale was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. Segment includes interview excerpts, descriptions of Inauguration Day, and audio of the complete swearing in of Mondale.
February 4, 2014 - MPR’s Tom Crann interviews former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about Joan Mondale, who passed away on February 3rd, 2014. Carter reflects on Mondale’s legacy in advocacy for the fine arts.
October 7, 2010 - MPR’s Jess Mador reports on former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to East St. Paul, where he emphasized the need for the government to assist communities devastated by foreclosure. The 86-year-old former president spent a day building homes in north Minneapolis with Habitat for Humanity, followed by next day where he helped repair homes in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of East St. Paul.
February 23, 2004 - Midday presents former President Jimmy Carter speaking at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Carter gives the keynote address and says Americans aren't doing enough to help people in developing countries.
November 1, 2003 - The American RadioWorks documentary “Whose Vote Counts” looks at voting issues in the United States. Reports include various viewpoints on the problems and potential solutions.
May 6, 2002 - MPR’s Dan Olson provides a report on how the vice presidency changed under the Carter administration. Report includes various speaking excerpts of Jimmy Carter, Stuart Eizenstadt, Walter Mondale, and Maxine Issacs.
May 17, 2001 - MPR’s Elizabeth Stawicki reports on dedication of Mondale Hall at University of Minnesota Law School, which naked its building complex after its most acclaimed alumnus, Walter Mondale. Former President Jimmy Carter spoke at the dedication and praised Mondale as a man of integrity.
July 15, 1999 - MPR’s Brent Wolfe reports on Minnesota's Habitat for Humanity chapters dedicating their 500th house…this one in Winona. The non-profit group uses volunteer labor and donated materials to build homes for low income families.
November 10, 1995 - Midday presents a Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Starbuck, Minnesota. Host Mark Steil looks back at the farm crisis of the 1980s. Program includes a chronology of the crisis, commentary from an economist, and various interviews of farmers and officials on the experience.
January 12, 1994 - MPR’s John Rabe interviews former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on various current affairs (including former Yugoslavia, Mexico elections, cigarettes) and his book "Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age."