'Dolly Parton's America' Podcast to Launch This Fall

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Dolly Parton attends the 34th Grand Opening Season with 'Festival of Nations' at Dollywood on March 16, 2019 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

A beloved country icon, actress and philanthropist, Dolly Parton is the subject of a new podcast launching this fall. The nine-part series Dolly Parton’s America will be run by Jad Abumrad, a former Nashville resident and co-host of the Radiolab series.

“She’s been called the ‘Great Unifier’ for her rare ability to bring people together across divides,” Abumrad tweeted. “What does @DollyParton’s story tell us about America? I’ve been going back home to Nashville to figure it out.”

In another tweet, he explained that the term “Great Unifier” was taken from writer Sarah Smarsh’s series on Parton in the quarterly roots music journal No Depression.

The official launch date has not been revealed, but fans can visit the upcoming podcast’s website to learn more.

Parton has been busy herself. She recently surprised those in attendance at the 2019 Newport Folk Fest when she graced the stage with Brandi Carlile and the Highwomen. Additionally, she is set to star in the upcoming Hallmark film Christmas at Dollywood as well as select episodes of Heartstrings, an anthology series coming to Netflix based around her songs.


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