Dolly Parton's America

Reviews For Dolly Parton's America

5/5

What a great podcast learning much about Dolly. Excellent guests. Just a joy….just like Dolly!
I loved listening to Dolly Parton tell stories. I did not enjoy listening to the hosts. It is so special how Dolly is able to have a very diverse audience. The hosts seemed to give a lot of pressure for her to speak up politically. They seemed very closed minded and negative. I think it is honorable that she is able to stay out of politics and bring people together to enjoy her music and have a good time.
Super boring premise. Yes Dolly Parton is obviously amazing but the whole podcast seems like the host is showing off the fact that he’s friends with her The show is annoying because the host can’t stop being amazed by his own soft sense of wonder like he’s a more boring version of Ira Glass. It’s annoying
This podcast pays respect to where Dolly has come from, how she got where she is and why she is the Patron Saint of the State of TN. Well-rounded interesting podcast that doesn’t just say “oh the South.”
After the first few episodes the narrative was guided into a completely different direction and a left-leaning agenda was heavily pushed onto the listener. I just wanted to a podcast about Dolly and nothing else.
Dolly!!!! What an inspirational woman. Loved hearing about her personal journey and songs about women. She’s a very savvy business woman and a great writer. Love her!
Title says enough.
Every time I think it’s winding down there is another thread to pull on! I didn’t know much about Dolly, but now I’m invested! She is fascinating, with much more depth than I ever imagined. Jad is an amazing storyteller and the production is top notch. The overlapping sounds and songs keep everything interesting and help to put you into the scene. I can’t stop telling people about this podcast!
This podcast gave me insights into Dolly that I never have heard of before. Thank you!! Fantastic production and storytelling 💗
I’ve told all my friends to listen. It’s incredibly entertaining. You won’t be disappointed
By the second episode I was hooked I thought I knew a whole lot about Dolly but I guess I was so very wrong I finished the whole show about 10 times and I only new its existence for about a week Dolly has always been my hero but now she is like a legend (porter did not treat her right) ❤️❤️👢
This was my maiden voyage into podcasts. And what a fantastic introduction. I now hold this series as the benchmark against which I judge all other podcasts. Excellent narration and hosting, great interviews, and I love how our American culture is addressed through Dolly’s story.
Jad, you have proven yourself yet again to be a superior storyteller. This series made me a Dolly fan.
I wish I could get everyone to listen to Dolly Parton America. I love it.
I binged all 7 episodes on a cross country road trip. So engaged I blew past my scheduled hotel stop & kept driving until the last episode was over. ( Which left me looking for a hotel in no where Texas at 1am). I thought I knew everything there was to know about Dolly but I clearly did not. Great storytelling!
I concur with brewmaster.ken and millermarlowe’s reviews. This had such potential! I see there are many stellar reviews, so it landed somewhere just not here.
Love her, loved this podcast where I found a more interesting life history of this fascinating and mysterious woman.

5/5

By wdw95
What a fabulous deep dive into the FABULOUS DOLLY PARTON!!!
I am a huge fan of Dolly and her ability to appeal to so many different people around the world. Anytime she was interviewed or when they concentrated on her history, I loved every minute. I was disappointed that some didn’t like her answers, they tried to fit her in their version of Dolly. I loved that Jad was moved by her so many times, that was delightful to hear. The episode about the song Jolene was ridiculous. What about finding that little girl she met and ask her how it feels to be in a famous song? I wish journalists would just listen and let the listener make up their own mind. Dolly doesn’t need you to explain her, she does a great job all by herself.
It was personal yet approachable. Well rounded yet reverential. And it’s DOLLY. Wonderful.
As others have stated, the interviewer and producer use Dolly as little more than a springboard for their own agenda and navel gazing. From an academic stating that Dolly doesn’t call herself a feminist simply because she’s not educated enough, to the ravings of political zealots furious that Parton won’t worship at their altar of activism, the podcast is a waste of a great interview with a genuinely interesting person.
Great podcast. She’s an icon for all of us. And I’m not even a country music fan, just a Dolly Parton fan.
Dolly Parton, as we can know her, is a musical genius and a brand. Dolly Parton the Person is elusive and contradictory. While I appreciate the podcast-makers’ passion for seeing Dolly as an apolitical world healer, she’s a tycoon who will continue to amass fortunes even after death. On that note, the interview in which she discusses the technology for selling her post-mortem “click tracks” is both revelatory and disturbing. Still, the best episodes in this series analyze her comments rather than the host’s own navel-gazing.
Great podcast with a lot of relevant personal insight. Very thorough in bringing up opposing viewpoints and the flow of information is very logical and blends together well.
Possibly my favorite podcast series of all time. A fascinating view into Dolly’s legacy, the South, and the meaning of love & life. It’s inspiring, honest and so well done. Incredible series!
For the most part this is an incredible podcast. Trying to pin Dolly down on her politics was very off putting. There was a level of disrespect there that was uncalled for. Why should she have to speak out for what you think she should say? The Dollitics episode was a dark spot in the series. Everyone knows that Dolly is off limits for politics. There tends to be a lot of patronizing throughout the podcast, especially from the producer. The Tennessee Mountain Home episode was beautiful. As a life long east Tennessean, it spoke to me in a personal way. Thank you for sharing that episode with us.

5/5

The way it starts of is amazing I just started watching it one minute ago and love it
❤️🤍🍄🥰

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5/5

By 311580
You’re awesome Dolly. I am a 12 year old girl who is having a rough childhood. I have faced racism and sexism. I am trying to pursue o dream of mine to be a biologist, author, and a singer. You have inspired me so much. I sing your song 9 to 5 every morning. Thanks Dolly!
I think anyone who enjoyed this podcast would really like the audiobook Dolly Parton wrote and narrated titled Songteller. There are some similar themes/stories discussed in that book. I liked parts of this podcast, but the hosts inserted themselves into the story a bit too much for my tastes.

5/5

She’s so much more than a mere celebrity, and such a creative and engaging podcast. Kudos!
I had multiple spiritual moments listening to this podcast. I’m so glad it exists.
Everybody loves Dolly Parton and who better to create a podcast about Dolly Parton’s America than Jad Abumrad Shima Oliae? I enjoyed every episode.
Great look into Dolly, her life, and her impact. I appreciate that she wasn’t just the subject, but also a participant in the podcast. I would’ve liked to have seen more exploration into defining her America like the type of content in the episode with the university students. Overall well done. Quite a few ads that were repetitive; kind of tone deaf for the final episode to ask for listener support — haven’t we supported enough by listening through the long ad breaks?
This is absolutely worth every second! Perfectly done! I have shared this with so many people! The hosts are amazing and so real and Dolly is well amazing as you can imagine!!
I cant believe there’s kid prodcast! I really like it and other’s things like that …
I came away with vast admiration for Dolly but also deeply enriched by new perspectives on music and culture. A wondrous podcast!
I wish I could give 10 stars! This is such a great presentation of Dolly!
I grew up in Charleston, Tennessee, about 90 minutes away from Seviervulle I lmoved to San Francisco after college. This was a treasure for me to comb through my own personal nostalgia of the precious Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Thank you for this precious gift. Dolly Parton, is indeed, a goddess! 😘😘😘😘😘
I’ve listened to this podcast too many times to count and Episode 2 makes me cry every time. It’s so week done. This podcast is great!! 🤩
You know… I feel like a lot of people (including myself) see the superficial side of Dolly. She kind, and sweet, and doesn’t mind looking cheap. Although those are true… this podcast shows how much more she is. She’s a brilliant strong female, businesswoman during a time when women were not views as such. She is also extremely empathetic. Even if you don’t like her music, this podcast will make you have respect for her as a human, and show you how true my empathetic she is. She’s a national treasure. I didn’t know that much before this but now I am a huge fan of hers.

5/5

By DraeCam
One of the best podcast series I’ve ever heard. Really a pleasure. Expansive and loving.

5/5

By Kgsdr
Must listen for all Dolly fans
Im just going to leave it at that
This might be the most well done podcast series I’ve ever listened to. And I love the way Dolly is so giving in all ways in terms of making herself and her story available for all of us to hear. Awesome work!! Sad it’s over. Now going to plan my trip to Dollywood!!
This podcast is not about Dolly Parton. They are using the popularity of a beloved icon as a vehicle to discuss various other topics on their personal agenda. The only pleasing part of the podcast is when you actually hear Dolly directly answer questions. Her answers are often met with disappointment to the interviewees. But, they rationalize her out of the answer and keep pushing their agenda.
I really enjoyed this podcast until discussions came up about politics and racism. It’s unfortunate that no one can seem to have a pleasant and cheerful discussion these days without bringing something so negative into the conversation. Dolly deserved more of the focus to be on HER.
I can’t stop telling people about this, even years later. Please bring us more content! Such a gem I need more of her in my life!