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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-epi...Show More


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57:12 | Oct 15th, 2019

We begin with a simple question: How did the queen of the boob joke become a feminist icon? Helen Morales, author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood,” gave us a stern directive – look at the lyrics! So we di...Show More
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WHY did it take me so long to listen to this?! I’m in love

41:18 | Nov 5th, 2019

In this episode, we go back up the mountain to visit Dolly’s actual Tennessee mountain home.  But, can you ever go home again?  Dolly tells us stories about her first trips out of the holler, and shar...Show More
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kerningcultures recommended:

Never would have guessed that Dolly Parton’s music would take us back to a village in Lebanon and full us with such warm nostalgia.

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53:30 | Oct 22nd, 2019

Porter Wagoner led the most successful country music television show of its time, and in 1967 he needed a new “girl singer.” He turned to a 21 year old songwriter named Dolly Parton, who’d just record...Show More
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rmmiller364 recommended:

Well, this episode might be one of my new all-time favorites. I cried in like half a dozen ways for about half a dozen reasons listening to ...Show More

44:44 | Nov 12th, 2019

Dolly Parton and politics have always had an interesting relationship. On the one hand, she wrote 9 to 5, the anthem for working women and the theme song for a movie inspired by a new labor union. On ...Show More
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molinos recommended:

This is one of the podcasts of the year but this episode is just a masterpiece. And Jane Fonda is in it.

26:34 | Dec 31st, 2019

As Dolly will tell you, so much of who she is - her creativity, her music, her stance on life - emanates from her faith, but what exactly is that faith? The answer is deeply surprising. In this episod...Show More
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notthefish recommended:

I love Dollys perspective on faith. Her desire to always do right by others is worth imitating.

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