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Exploring an Icon’s Humanity: Producer Shima Oliaee on Making Dolly Parton’s America
Released Wednesday, 1st July 2020
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Dolly Parton’s America producer Shima Oliaee joins host Skye Pillsbury to reveal what it was like to create a show about iconic singer/songwriter/actress/businesswoman Dolly Parton. The pair discuss:
The moment Shima and Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad realized they had a series on their hands;
How Jad tried to keep the idea “under wraps”;
How much Dolly understood about what she was getting into;
How Shima and Jad got beyond the iconic persona and discovered something deeper;
Whether Dolly has heard the series yet.
Sarah Smarsh’s book
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the…
Aisha Harris’s piece for Slate on Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede,
Springtime for the Confederacy
A New York Times
about Dr. Lynn Sacco’s “Dolly Parton’s America” class.
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Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter
Guest Shima Oliaee on Twitter
Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter
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is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the fabulous people who listen to this show.
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