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Best podcasts of the week: perfect, soapy escapism from Dolly Parton

The country singer’s new novel and accompanying album have been fused into Spotify’s ‘first Bookcast’. Plus: John Legend calls for prisoners to get voting rights

Run, Rose, Run
A podcast touched by the hand of Dolly Parton is a beautiful thing. What Spotify are calling their “first Bookcast” features audio excerpts of the novel the singer has co-authored with writer James Patterson, weaving in songs from the accompanying album she’s written to go with it. Parton also takes one of the voice acting parts – a young country singer who has “big dreams and faded jeans” – delivering her role with delight. Each episode runs between four and 14 minutes; a perfect daily serving of soapy escapism. Hannah Verdier

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