On Tuesday, Wnyc Studios and Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad
launched the first episode of Dolly Parton
’s America, a new podcast examining the life, art, and cultural influence of one of country music’s most beloved figures. Beginning with a look into the East Tennessee native’s music, or “Sad Ass Songs,” as this episode is titled, the nine-part weekly series delves into what the “Jolene
” singer’s life says about America.
Abumrad, who was raised in Nashville, grew up with an awareness of Parton but listened to what he calls “an amalgam of opera,