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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 OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.

Dolly Parton's America WNYC Studios & OSM Audio

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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 OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8.9K Ratings

8.9K Ratings

Ms.Marylyn ,

It's Dolly's "America," not just Dolly

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 realistic. Jad is exploring how various Americans RECEIVE and INTERPRET Dolly Parton. I was highly amused by the Jolene episode, but some reviewers here have taken it way too seriously. OK, maybe it did go on a bit long on that extra fourth verse, but Dolly responded with laughter, and I did, too. I don't see a "leftist agenda," I just see different interpretations. Like some of the other recviewers, I am using this podcast as a distraction from constant bad news (that is, REALITY). I am a musician myself, so anything about the MUSIC really interests me, especially the part about the song Jolene being in Dorian mode; stuff like that is intriguing. There IS something for everyone here. NOTE: I always thought Dolly was something of a joke until the Ken Burns country music series. Then came this podcast. I am now blown away by Dolly's songwriting energy!

Chrisken F ,

Fascinating!

Love the podcast. So fascinating to view the world in Dolly’s eyes and love all of the other people you are adding to broaden this view. I am surprised that the college kids interviews never mentioned that Dolly herself still has and always had her accent. Glad it came up in the interview with her. Thank you for this!

royal8326 ,

It’s lovely when focused on Dolly

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.

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