Dolly Parton's America

Dolly Parton's America

Dolly Parton's America

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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. Produced and reported by Shima Oliaee. Dolly Parton’s America is a production from OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.
  1. October 15, 2019
    57 min
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    Sad Ass Songs
    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 dive into Do…
  2. October 22, 2019
    53 min
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    I Will Always Leave You
    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 recorded her fir…
  3. October 29, 2019
    40 min
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    Tennessee Mountain Trance
    We journey into the Dollyverse dimension: "Tennessee Mountain Home."Like all law abiding Tennesseans, Jad grew up with the song on a loop.  He hadn’t planned to talk with Dolly about it, but much to his surpris…
  4. November 05, 2019
    41 min
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    Neon Moss
    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 shares with us…
  5. November 12, 2019
    44 min
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    Dollitics
    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 the other…
  6. November 19, 2019
    36 min
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    The Only One For Me, Jolene
    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…
  7. November 26, 2019
    30 min
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    Dolly's Wildflowers: live music from the series
    Music performed by: Justin Hiltner (@hiltnerj, http://justinhiltner.com) Esther Konkara (@esther_konkara) Steph Jenkins (@slhjenkins, http://www.stephaniejenkins.info) Stephanie Coleman (@stephiecoleman) Courtn…
  8. December 03, 2019
    40 min
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    Dolly Parton's America
    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 stud…
  9. December 17, 2019
    38 min
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    Dixie Disappearance
    This episode delves into the controversy surrounding Dolly Parton’s Stampede (formerly known as “Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede”)—a dinner theater that presents the Civil War as a friendly competition between ne…
  10. December 24, 2019
    12 min
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    Traveling Creatures: live music from the series
    In this second bonus music episode, we play two live songs we recorded, sung by bluegrass musicians Nora Brown and Amythyst Kiah. You can find Nora on facebook @norabrownbanjo, instagram @little.nb, and her mus…
  11. December 31, 2019
    26 min
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    She's Alive!
    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 episode, Dolly t…
  12. April 06, 2021
    1 min
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    Dolly Parton's America Trailer
    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 Am…
  13. June 28, 2021
    2 min
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    The Vanishing of Harry Pace Trailer from the Creators of Dolly Parton's America
    Hi, Dolly Parton's America fans!We're sharing a new trailer for our new 6-part series The Vanishing of Harry Pace - from the creators of Dolly Parton's America, Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee - now premiering at…
  14. July 06, 2021
    2 min
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    The Vanishing of Harry Pace Trailer from the Creators of Dolly Parton's America
    Hi, Dolly Parton's America fans!We're sharing a new trailer for our new 6-part series The Vanishing of Harry Pace -from the creators of Dolly Parton's America, Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee - now premiering at R…

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