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Jimmy Carter wins presidency of the United States of America, 1977.
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Jimmy Carter wins presidency of the United States of America, 1977.

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. & Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

This revealing new look at the life of former President Jimmy Carter is guided by the fresh perspectives of family members, journalists, colleagues, biographers and admirers.

While some initially considered his presidency a failure, Carter is now revered as a statesman and man of integrity who fought for — and won — major advances in equal rights, environmental conservation and global peace.

Unlike some Presidents before him, Carter did not end his commitment to public service after leaving the White House. Instead, together with Rosalynn, his wife of 75 years, Carter has lived a distinguished second act as a respected diplomat and humanitarian.

Carter’s journey from poor, rural peanut farmer to the presidency of the United States is an inspiring story of faith and determination.

Interviews include Stuart Eizenstat, Chief Domestic Policy Adviser during the Carter administration and Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Sam Donaldson, ABC Chief White House Correspondent during the Carter administration, and MSNBC’s Brian Williams, a White House intern in 1979 during the hostage crisis, are also featured. Family members, including son Chip and grandson Jason, offer their insights, along with biographer Jonathan Alter. Habitat for Humanity volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood discuss their experiences with the Carters, along with many others.

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A co-venture of Dalaklis Media and Prospero Media, IN THEIR OWN WORDS is produced by Lower Canada Productions Inc., in association with PBS, documentary Channel, Rive Gauche Television and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. Executive Producers are Chuck Dalaklis, Martin Katz, Matt Hanna and Karen Wookey. Bill Margol is executive in charge for PBS. Rive Gauche Television, an Aftershock Media Company, is the international distributor of the series.