Arts & Culture

American Routes Shortcuts: Dolly Parton

Dec 11, 2020
Dolly Parton
American Routes

Dolly Parton joins us, in this archival interview from 2000, to talk about her musical and family roots in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The legend of Dolly Parton comes from a combination of her music, which has earned her several Grammys and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and her personal style: big hair, makeup, high heels, voluptuous figure. That music and that style developed in a place that’s still precious to her: her childhood home.

Jon Scieszka / Puffin Books

The big bad wolf shows up in many forms in children’s stories--even disguised as grandma--with the intention of teaching children to be wary of the bad guys out there. But is the big bad wolf really all that big and bad, or has he just been given a bad rap? And when we paint the bad guy with so broad a stroke, might we fostering binary thinking? 

Photo courtesy of the Preservation Resource Center

Conversation with Preservation Resource Center executive director Danielle Del Sol.  Six gorgeous homes will be featured in a festive video series highlighting the city’s diverse neighborhoods and architecture, as the PRC’s 45th annual Holiday Home Tour is going virtual this year.

Harry Shearer
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This week on Le Show Harry pays tribute to his friend and collaborator David L. Lander, who passed away this week. We’ll listen to selections of their work together in The Credibility Gap, a satirical comedy team rooted in radio. Plus, we have regular features like News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Godly, Dominion, The Apologies of the Week, original music and more.

On this week's Reading Life, Susan Larson talks with Bryan Washington about his eagerly awaited first novel, “Memorial.”