07/31/2015 02:42 pm ET Updated Dec 29, 2016

President Jimmy Carter's Curiously Full Life (All Together Podcast)

He's one of the most religious presidents of the 20th Century, and one of the most progressive, too.

Jimmy Carter has been a husband, father, farmer, Sunday school teacher, governor, president, Nobel Prize winner, peacemaker and humanitarian.

Now, in his 90th year, President Carter has released a book aptly titled A Full Life, Reflections at 90 that offers an intimate look at the social, emotional and spiritual experiences that make up this extraordinary man.   

On this week's All Together Podcast, I spoke with President Jimmy Carter in a conversation that ranges from the rise of the religious right, his love for his wife, the role of poetry in his life to his understanding of death and the importance of living life fully right now. Towards the end of the our talk, I told the president that I feel his life has been marked by the creative trait of curiosity. He responded:  

I guess that is my training as an engineer.  To learn the reasons for the reasons a situation exists and how it can be improved and how to personally change that situation for the better is a natural pattern for me in my thought process.

I leave you with the closing words from President Carter’s Nobel Lecture:

The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes - and we must. 

Until next week – Be well. 

All Together was produced by Katelyn Boguki and edited by Jorge Corona. Brad Shannon was the audio engineer. You can download All Together on iTunes or Stitcher.   

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