Show Notes

Our nation's 39th president, Jimmy Carter, is on the documentary docket this week as we review Mary Wharton's Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, joined by returning guest host Sedika Mojadidi. That film looks at Carter's love of music and how it helped shape both his insurgent 1976 campaign and his time in the White House, revealing the compassionate humanitarian in all his glory. Then, Bart and Chris interview the great Barbara Kopple about her Desert One, which analyzes what went wrong with Carter's attempted rescue of the American hostages held in Iran following its 1979 revolution. Just as much complexity, far less glory (to tragic results). It's a fascinating combination of films, and we hope you enjoy.

Group Review Documentary:


Available on VOD from Greenwich Entertainment.

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

DESERT ONE (Barbara Kopple, 2019)

Available on VOD from Greenwich Entertainment.

Other Films Mentioned:

Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:?


  • 00:42 ? Intro
  • 04:19 ? Group Discussion of JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT
  • 19:16 ? Bart and Chris interview Barbara Kopple of DESERT ONE
  • ??40:39 ? Doc Talk
  • 51:51 ? Closing and End Credits



Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Transitional music by BELLS? (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed