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Dolly Parton's America
In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-episode journey into the Dollyverse. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, creator of Radiolab and More Perfect. Dolly Parton’s America is co-produced by WNYC Studios, home to great podcasts like Snap Judgement, Death, Sex & Money, and Nancy.
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4.6 stars from 11,462 ratings
Love this until...
Man I was really loving this podcast. But episode 6 really turned me off. Persisting down that train of thought even after Dolly explained what Jolene was about was tenuous at best. It was self indulgent and disrespectful to the artists voice. And it keeps getting worse. Episode 7. Tapped out...Read full review »
Sundanze via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/06/19
What makes this podcast interesting is that it starts with Dolly Parton, but goes wider and deeper. I don't understand why people complain it's not enough about Dolly. The title explains it. Also, discussing feminism and LGBT concerns isn't "political," it's just...Read full review »
Ms.Marylyn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/05/19
So wonderful when focused on Dolly - not so much when focused on the hosts - please stop projecting 2019 culture onto songs written 50 years ago! Let them stand by themselves. The Jolene episode is by far the weakest.
royal8326 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/05/19
Recent Episodes
At the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, we drop in on a history class called “Dolly Parton’s America.” (We borrowed the name for our series!) Taught by Dr. Lynn Sacco, the class is filled with college students who grew up in rural Appalachia, many of whom are the first in their families to...
Published 12/03/19
Music performed by:  Justin Hiltner (@hiltnerj, http://justinhiltner.com)Esther Konkara (@esther_konkara) Steph Jenkins (@slhjenkins, http://www.stephaniejenkins.info) Stephanie Coleman (@stephiecoleman) Courtney Hartman (@courthartman, https://www.courtneyhartman.com) Shelley Washington...
Published 11/26/19
One of Dolly’s most iconic and successful songs is “Jolene,” a song that, at first listen, is about a romantic rival trying to steal her man: a prime example of the classic “cheating song.”  But some see it as flipping a popular country music trope on its head. This idea takes shape when Nadine...
Published 11/19/19
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