Headliner of State: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter punched his ticket to Washington by running as an outsider. Could he make people laugh in the ultimate insider town?
Our excellent expert is James Fallows, who worked as Carter's lead speechwriter for two years. (These days, he's an astounding journalist working at The Atlantic.) We talk about Carter's voice, his appeal in the post-Watergate era, and whether he adapted to the rapidly changing "rules" of the modern media era.
Also, there's a story about an exploding gas station. What's not to love?
MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Georgia Cake Walk" by Art Hodes and his Orchestra, "Salt Peanuts" by the Miles Davis Quintet