The High Low

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

A weekly conversation between writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, that covers highbrow and lowbrow culture.

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It’s here! Expect many tears, intense nostalgia, beautiful letters from our listeners and a big ole dose of DJ CJ to celebrate the last four glorious years of The High Low. Book tickets to the last ever High Low live show, streaming next week and raising money for Blood Cancer UK https://www.fane.co.uk/high-lowRecommendations:Michaela Coel on Grounded with Louis Theroux Billy Crystal on Awards Chatter Pandemic at the disco playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3dW4ddgwOxj4q7XVvbOa7w?si=-xXJ81SkTLS0ZU2w9v-v3gConnect, by School of Life https://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/catalog/product/view/id/27526/s/connect-game/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAk53-BRD0ARIsAJuNhpu_l3AxJ_EvOq7t-mOqmwSdz2UPQc28f8ksuBh7CBf7g5bvn4t7lAAaAjScEALw_wcBBig Ideas for Curious Minds, by School of Life https://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/big-ideas-for-curious-minds/A Promised Land by Barack Obama Tiny Lungs - 28 poems by Joanna Bennett Small Axe by Steve McQueen, on BBC iPlayerMangrove, on BBC iPlayer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

2 hr 14 min

We are so thrilled to have the one and only Graham Norton on today's episode, talking all about his new novel, Home Stretch, his favourite celebrities to interview on his chat show, and the weird wonderfulness that is Eurovision. Graham is The High Low's last ever author special - because the High Low will be coming to a close next week, after 4 joyous, life-changing years for us both. But before we go, we have one last LIVE show for you: the High Low Christmas LIVE will be live streamed on Vimeo at 7pm on December 8th, with all proceeds going to Blood Cancer UK, a charity that is very close to both of our hearts, in memory of Florence Kleiner and Enzo Saunt. We promise a festive extravaganza featuring a VERY special musical performance. Tickets start at £10, please book yourself a ticket at: https://www.fane.co.uk/high-low.With special thanks to Fane Productions, and our sponsor, the eco-friendly brand Method (and their delicious pink grapefruit cleaning spray) for making this live show possibleWe will see you next week for our last ever podcast!E-mail (while the inbox is still open!) thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com where 100% profits go to Fare ShareLinksHome Stretch, by Graham NortonWintering, by Katherine MayLaurence Llewelyn-Bowen inteview by Chris Godfrey for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/23/laurence-llewelyn-bowen-ive-been-trying-to-get-sacked-from-television-for-years  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 19 min

Brace yourself: Emily in Paris is back for a second series. More importantly: the Christmas ads have dropped! We discuss some of them, and why a great Christmas ad doesn't actually.... have to have anything to do with Christmas.Also today, we discuss Maggi Hambling's controversial nude statue of founding feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Rupert Everett's new autobiography, a documentary about Vivienne Westwood and the punk movement, and we deep dive into the Princess Diana content of the last week: the two-parter on ITV, with staggering allegations made against Martin Bashir, and the new series of The Crown, starring the magnificent Emma Corrin as Diana. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits for November go to Fare Share LinksTo The End Of The World, by Rupert EverettThe Crown series 4 now on NetflixThe Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess, on ITV PlayerWhat I've learned from 7 years of being single, by Camille Charriere for Harper's Bazaar https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a34587107/camille-charriere-love-in-your-30s/How long Covid forced me to confront my past and my identity, by Kathryn Bromwich for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/08/how-long-covid-forced-me-to-confront-my-past-and-my-identityVivienne Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist Candice Carty-Williams on The Adam Buxton Podcast, Glenn Close on WTF, Keir Starmer on Desert Island Discs and What Trump Might Do In His Remaining Weeks in Office on Fresh Air   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 11 min

What a week to be alive! We discuss some of the many ridiculous things that have happened, mainly on the television, during this last monumental week, plus the riveting revelating that Dr Fauci of the Coronavirus task force in the US, had a celebrity zoom to help stop the spread of misinformation during the pandemic. Plus, swans in love and what we'd call our pet tortoise. And we talk telly: The Undoing, The Queen's Gambit, Emily in Paris (again) and Been So Long, an ambitious, upifting musical rom-com starring Michaela Coel.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com, 100% of profits for November go to Fare ShareLinksYou're Wrong About podcastBeen So Long on NetflixThe Queens Gambit on NetflixThe Undoing, on SkyMaking Love With The Paint, on BBC iPlayer Octavia Bright on her father being in a care home during lockdown, for The Sunday Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-can-speak-to-dad-but-i-may-never-hold-him-again-gtnq27p5sModern Love in The New York Times Buy There's Something About Wallace: Lockdown Love on Hampstead Heath by Louisa Green: https://www.deemclean.co.uk/swan-story/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

Are you familiar with No Nut November? Move over Movember, there's a slightly queasy new internet challenge in town. Also today, we discuss whether a burger is a sandwich, the concerning omission from the Sean Connery obituaries, and the new YouTube record-breaker. And we have an author special today with Otegha Uwagba, who came on to discuss her new long-form essay, Whites.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com where 100% of profits go to Fare ShareLinksWhites, by Otegha Uwagba, out 12th NovemberSacha Baron Cohen on Fresh Air: https://www.npr.org/2012/05/21/153204627/sacha-baron-cohen-the-fresh-air-interview?t=1604443983616The Undoing, on SkyYou're Wrong About, on all podcast platformsGhosting stories at hardtoforget.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 5 min

From a naturally green puppy called Pistachio, to a charming and surprising memoir by Matthew McConaughey, this week is your usual mixed bag -- including discussion of the government's abhorrent decision to stop funding free school meals for vulnerable children outside of term time (see a petition you can sign and charities you can donate to, below) and some television that has moved us. Also! A book that made Dolly's week, and Pandora's new favourite podcast.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% profits go to charity, 50% to Black Minds Matter and 50% to The Freedom Charity. For November, all profits will be going to Fare ShareLinks ReadingElle Hunt on Matthew McConaughey's memoir, Greenlights, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/26/greenlights-matthew-mcconaugheys-guide-to-life-livin-hollywood-starWhat happened when me and Kim Kardashian both turned 40? By Eva Wiseman, for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/25/what-happened-when-both-me-and-kim-kardashian-turned-40-joint-partyHelp Yourself, by Curtis Sittenfeld Quite, by Claudia WinklemanWatchingEnslaved on BBC iPlayerMaggi Hambling on BBC iPlayerOut Of Her Mind, on BBC iPlayerListeningYou're Wrong About podcastDawn French on Table Manners podcastElvis Costello on The New Yorker Radio Hour podcastTimothy Leary on Fresh Air podcastSign and donate for free school mealsSign Marcus Rashford's petition for free school meals for vulnerable children, here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554276Charities to donate to:Fare Share fareshare.org Feeding Britain feedingbritain.orgKitchen Social mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/kitchen-social/The Trussell Trust trusselltrust.orgMagic Breakfast magicbreakfast.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Today we discuss a love story in Venice, the new "wellness" trend of cow hugging, Matt Hancock's personal app (???) and listeners tell us what they think makes "a good deed". And some things we've been loving, including the feel good Love Life on Netflix. Plus! An exclusive, filthy extract from Joan and Jericha's new book, out on the 29th October.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity, 50% to Black Minds Matter and 50% to Freedom CharityLinksMax Woosey's fundraising page for North Devon hospice https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/max-woosey1Daddy, by Emma Cline, out nowLuster, by Raven Leilani, out in January 2021 and available for pre-order nowLove Life, on BBC iPlayerNigella Lawson on the fallacy of guilty pleasures for The Guardian: https://amp.theguardian.com/food/2020/oct/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-cake-and-vegan-gingerbread-five-new-sweet-recipes-from-nigella-lawson?__twitter_impression=trueThe role of food in Jewish celebration for Radio 4’s The Food Programme: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-food-programme/id342927791?i=1000495160731How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda, by Jiayang Fan for The New Yorker (listen to the audio on the same link) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/14/how-my-mother-and-i-became-chinese-propagandaDear Joan and Jericha: Why He Turns Away, Do’s and Don’ts from Dating to Death, out on the 29th October  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

57 min 52 sec

We continue our conversation about sharing grief in the aftermath of a still birth or miscarriage, with a special contribution from the grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE. We also discuss penguin and seahorse reproduction, a delicious piece of Hollywood gossip involving Cary Grant and Clark Gable, and - mais bien sûr - we plunge into Emily and Paris aka 2020's answer to Sex And The City and all its associated controversy.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshow.com - 100% profits go to charity, 50% Black Minds Matter and 50% to Freedom CharityLinks10 Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier summarised on BlinkistWhat to say to women going through miscarriage and baby loss, by Alexandra King for CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/09/health/miscarriage-what-to-say-wellness/index.htmlI find myself apologising for the complex nature of my motherhood, by Sophie Beresiner for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sophie-beresiner-i-find-myself-apologising-for-the-complex-nature-of-my-motherhood-thqdl0b92Follow Sophie @motherprojectofficial and pre-order her book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-Project-Sophie-Beresiner/dp/0008456860Titting About, an Audible podcast series by French and SaundersEmily in Paris, on NetflixEverything that's wrong with Emily in Paris by an actual French person, by Marie Telling for Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/emily-in-paris-reviewed-by-french-personWould Emily's Bot actually go viral? By Rachel Handler for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/2020/10/emily-in-paris-instagram-influencers.htmlOn The Rocks, at cinemas nowSamantha Morton on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4Floella Benjamin on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

52 min 16 sec

We discuss Chrissy Teigen's social media posts about the death of her baby Jack, and the judgement around public grief. Also today, we dissect a list of words and phrases facing expiration (40% of under 30s don't know what "getting sozzled" means) and the fascinating docu-drama, The Social Dilemma. Plus, Pandora falls in love with a film called Rocks, and Dolly has a(nother) Springsteen moment.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% proceeds go to charity (50% to Black Minds Matter, and 50% to The Freedom Charity)LinksIf Chrissy Teigen wants to share the agony of losing her baby, let her, by Barbara Ellen for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/03/if-chrissy-teigen-wants-to-share-the-agony-of-losing-her-baby-let-herWhy Chrissy Teigen's story is so helpful to other women, by Jennifer Handt for WBUR https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/10/06/miscarriage-pregnancy-loss-chrissy-teigen-jennifer-handt The Social Dilemma, on NetflixRocks, on general release and now on NetflixTen Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier (2018)A Life in The Day interview with Tom Hollander for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tom-hollander-on-sleeping-pills-and-hugging-pillows-jrg892zl9Bruce Springsteen: From My Home To Yours, on BBC Sounds Once Were Brothers on Amazon Video Robbie Williams on The Adam Buxton Podcast The Duchess on NetflixCheltenham Literature Festival 2020 on demand https://cheltenhamliteraturefestival.com/box-office/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

This year has seen even our closest friendships turn into long-distance ones; what is the impact - and the thought spirals - of your A-list friends becoming peripheral specks in your vision? We discuss, with a funny and thought-provoking piece by Katie Heaney for The Cut. Also today, we natter about how to mend a broken heart, and the evolving nature of romantic relationships, with a special reading from the author Nick Hornby.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com with 100% profits going to charity (50% Black Minds Matter, 50% Freedom Charity)LinksAre All My Friends Mad At Me? By Katie Heaney, for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2020/09/are-all-my-friends-mad-at-me.htmlHigh Fidelity, by Nick HornbySchitt's Creek, on NetflixGuys We Fucked - Heartbreak Is Universal? with Guy Winch https://luminary.link/8lCmg8hebabThe Psychology of Friendship, by Mahzad HojjitUs, on BBC iPlayerSafe Spaces for Black Women, created by Leyla Hussein https://gf.me/u/y2khxi Dawn French's Desert Island Discs, 2012 on Radio 4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pf6dxThe Wife, by Meg Wolitzer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

54 min 23 sec

Doll's Polls is back, with a strange fact about what heterosexual women most look for, in a man. A handsome face? A tight tush? Nope -- quite frankly, you'll never guess. We also discuss a beautiful ode from a coupled-up woman to her single friends, Matt Haig's new book about finding hope in the lives you could have lived, and a couple of our favourite comedy shows by women.And - deep breath - we dive into the issues raised by a personal essay penned by the model and actor Emily Ratajkowski, that blew up certain parts of the internet this week, about who owns a public image. We address women's bodies and the ethics of sharing in the age of Instagram, with a side order of choice feminism. You can share your thoughts with us via e-mail -- we're sure you'll have a few.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity, currently Black Minds Matter and Freedom charityLinksEmily Ratajkowski on reclaiming her own image, for New York magazine https://www.thecut.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-owning-my-image-essay.htmlThe Emily Ratajkowski effect, by Haley Nahman for her Maybe Baby newsletter https://haleynahman.substack.com/p/24-the-cult-of-emily-ratajkowskiThe Duchess, on NetflixRBG, on NetflixRuth Bader Ginsberg's death means pro-choicers have a fight on their hands, by Zoe Williams for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/22/ruth-bader-ginsburg-pro-choicers-abortion-us-presidential-electionTracks, on BBC SoundsThe Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, out nowThis Way Up on All4 Seven Pledges to My Single Friends by Caroline O’Donoghue https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/arid-40048532.html  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 6 min

In today's episode we discuss news of the telly: decade-defining reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is ending after 20 seasons; US soap The Bold & The Beautiful are using dummies in their snogging scenes; and most depressingly and shamefully, Ofcom have received 22,000 (15,600 at the time of record) complaints over dance troupe Diversity's moving dance rendition of George Floyd's death on Britain's Got Talent. Also today, we discuss the joy of a buffet (with an excerpt from new book In The Kitchen read by Joel Golby), the world's first ever A.I. model agency and the emergence of lockdown literature, featuring Zadie Smith's booklet of essays, Intimations. E-mail us thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity: Black Minds Matter and Freedom CharityLinksIntimations by Zadie SmithZadie Smith on Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ep-130-zadie-smith/id1040481893?i=1000487206444?i=1000487206444In The Kitchen: essays on food and life https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-the-kitchen/yemisi-aribisala/joel-golby/9781911547662Is this the end of the buffet? by Joel Golby https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/sep/13/joel-golby-end-of-the-buffet-in-covid-19Keeping up with the Kardashians is ending. What does it all mean? by Rosa Lyster https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/13/keeping-up-with-the-kardashians-ending-reality-tv  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

56 min 44 sec

We reminisce over garage music (without being entirely sure what officially defines a garage track), discuss the dicey new Dettol ad that's got everyone's knickers in a twist and why we both felt ashamed when we read Gwyneth Paltrow's recent piece about the trauma of her 'conscious uncoupling', ten years ago.Plus, the sensitive and moving BBC drama about a life never lived, Anthony; a brilliant pocket-sized book on race by Ijeoma Oluo; and Dolly's favourite show, Circus of Books, about a famous gay pornography and bookshop of the 1980s.Oh! And Dolly's solved the mystery of Francesco - her long-term house ghost. You're welcome.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (50% to Black Minds Matter, 50% to Freedom Charity)LinksGwyneth Paltrow on her experience of conscious uncoupling https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/gwyneth-paltrow-conscious-uncouplingCircus of Books, on NetflixSo You Want To Talk About Race, by Ijeoma OluoAnthony, on BBC iPlayerBella Mackie on the joy of small purchases for British Vogue, https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/new-shopping-habits  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 1 min

We back! And it's the old mixed bag of content: from grubby gussets to bathroom-heavy mansions in WeHo, via a revisitation of our noughties book shelves. Links below, you know what to do.Shop thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% profits go to charity (Freedom Charity and Black Minds Matter)LinksWatching/ listeningMrs America on NetflixSelling Sunset on NetflixShagged Married Annoyed on all podcast appsJim Nicholson on Fresh Air https://www.npr.org/2019/03/01/698908276/fresh-air-remembers-philadelphia-daily-news-obituary-writer-jim-nicholson?t=1598993655688ReadingThe Confession by Jessie BurtonDominicana by Angie CruzLost To The Virus, a series for The Guardian by Sirin Kale 26a by Diana EvansTwo Lives by Vikram Seth'Heirlooms' a short story by Bryan Washington for The New YorkerMore Than A Woman by Caitlin Moran High Fidelity by Nick Hornby How to Live On 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 20 min

It’s our last episode of the season - and boy, do we have a bumper episode for you. In this week’s show we discuss what Twitter’s failure to suspend Wiley says about our failure to combat anti-semitism (and what you can do to help), the graphic and glorious podcast of the year, Brown Girls Do It Too, Kiley Reid’s incisive and compulsively readable novel Such A Fun Age and an author special with the inspiring and thought-provoking columnist and author of We Need New Stories, Nesrine Malik about why we must resist cultural myths. Plus, some newsletters to subscribe to right now, and an Ask The High Low question about dating after cancer. We’ll be back in early September! E-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.com (but please do note the inbox will be unmanned for August)Tweet: @thehighlowshowShop: thehighlowshop.com where 100% proceeds go to charity - 50% to Black Minds Matter and 50% to Freedom Charity LinksFollowing/ signing@geraldstratfor3 on Twitter Sign the petition for Wiley to have his MBE removed https://www.change.org/p/parliament-remove-wileys-mbe?recruiter=136977510&recruited_by_id=853bea40-b288-0130-c64a-3c764e051fd7-23699423-en-gb%3A2Write to honours.cabinetoffice@gov.uk to request the removal of Wiley’s MBE ReadingThe Waiting Room, a newsletter by Amelia Tait https://t.co/K354wEstO1?amp=1Sidenotes, a newsletter by Sophie Wilkinson https://t.co/8Tktq491Lh?amp=1The Red Hand Files, a newsletter by Nick Cave https://www.theredhandfiles.comThe Meander, a newsletter by Dolly Alderton https://t.co/1oQyVWIXz4?amp=1Such A Fun Age, by Kiley ReidWe Need New Stories, by Nesrine MalikHot Little Hands, by Abigail Ulman Listening/ watching Brown Girls Do It Too, on BBC SoundsIn Writing podcast, by Hattie CrisellCall My Agent, on Netflix   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2020

1 hr 21 min

We dig further into the cultural conversation around parenting, courtesy of masses of feedback from our listeners on last week's ep and a thoughtful piece on same-sex parenting. Also today: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's short story, Dolly's favourite new dating columnist, a novel that delves into the foibles as much as the grand themes of old age, and why people are happier by the sea. And we introduce our new charitable outlets for The High Low shop.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowShop at thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (50% to Black Minds Matter, 50% to The Orchid Project.)LinksThe Weekend, by Charlotte WoodA Curious Career by Lynn Barber Taffy Brodesser Akner's short story https://www.thecut.com/2020/07/fleishman-is-in-lockdown-a-story-by-taffy-brodesser-akner.htmlAnnie Lorde's dating column for Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/sextingWhat adopting as a same-sex couple taught us, by Ben Fergusson for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jul/18/mums-day-off-is-it-what-adopting-as-a-same-sex-couple-taught-usorchidproject.orgblackmindsmatteruk.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

55 min 42 sec

Today we discuss how motherhood and child-free women are culturally discussed and pitted against one another, referencing podcasts, a journalistic series and Emma Gannon's new novel, Olive, along the way. We also answer an Ask The High Low from a woman whose partner wants children, but she's worried about how pregnancy, birth and motherhood may affect her mental health.Also today, we talk about a candid interview with Thandie Newton, where the actor reflects on a 30 year career often rife with micro-aggressions and misogyny, Nick Hornby's new novel and recommend two social and mentorship networks: City Girl Network and The Black Agents and Editors Group, for people of African descent working in publishing or media.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity, 50% to Show Racism The Red Card and 50% to Women's AidLinkshttps://www.goclimate.com ReadingOlive by Emma GannonJust Like You by Nick Hornby Thandie Newton interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/article/thandie-newton-in-conversation.htmlMichaela Cole interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/article/michaela-coel-i-may-destroy-you.html'Am I willing to risk my mental health to have a baby?' by Bella Mackie for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bella-mackie-am-i-willing-to-risk-my-mental-health-to-have-a-baby-36pvzdl50Guardian US series on being child-free https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/childfreeListening/ watchingHelen Mirren on WTF with Marc MaronSian Harries and Grace Dent are ambivalent about motherhood https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jd32dNetworks, petitions and mentorshipCity Girls Network https://citygirlnetwork.comThe Black Agents and Editors Group https://blackagentsandeditors.comSign the petition to protect free hospital parking for NHS staff https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-free-parking-at-work-for-all-nhs-staff?recruiter=60114810&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=11bcc65d09ce4da697c7beddfbe0a4f7&recruited_by_id=2c992f50-ed5e-0130-e2cf-3c764e044346  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

58 min 30 sec

The pubs have opened; but why is the beauty sector still in lockdown? Also today, we discuss the slew of videos of children interrupting their parents during a pandemic, a new book about love and loneliness in 1950s suburbia, and a deep-dive into Nora Ephron. And Dolly interviews the brilliant former doctor, comic and writer, Adam Kay, about a new book he has edited, Dear NHS: 100 Stories To Say Thank You.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% profits go to charity (50% to Show Racism The Red Card, 50% to Women's Aid)LinksSmall Pleasures, by Clare Chambers, out nowThe Old Man, by Roger Angel https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/17/old-man-3Everything Is Copy, on NOW TV via Sky DocumentariesDear NHS: A Collection of 100 Stories To Say Thank You, edited by Adam Kay - out 9th July  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 3 min

Wishing you were at Glastonbury? Get stuck into Zing Tseng's piece, instead. Ruby Tandoh reads us an excerpt of her beautiful piece on quitting, and we discuss why quitting is not just a physical act - but a state of mind. Also today: a Doll's Polls on first date turn-offs (verdict: most of them are unavoidable), a hilarious analysis by Diyora Shadijanova of what Gen Z'ers really think about millennials (verdict: old and boring), plus a great primer on white privilege by Robin DiAngelo and Channel 4's documentary, The School That Tried To End Racism. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% profits go to charity (50% Show Racism The Red Card, 50% Women's Aid)LinksZing Tseng on festivals for Vice https://www.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/4ayagj/what-i-miss-festivals-glastonburyRuby Tandoh on the art of quitting for WePresent https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/work-sucks-i-know-ruby-tandoh/Eat Up, by Ruby TandohWhat Gen Z'ers think about millennials, by Diyora Shadijanova https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4ay3gw/what-gen-z-thinks-of-millennials?Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story, by Robin DiAngelo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzLT54QjclA&feature=emb_title  The School That Tried To End Racism, on Channel 4odOprah's SuperSoul Conversations: Ellen DeGeneres Comes Out https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ellen-degeneres-comes-out/id1264843400?i=1000475900203Desert Island Discs - Chili Bouchier https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0093nxc  The Great Godden, by Meg Rosoff  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

58 min 37 sec

Mmmm get that yeasty pong. Today we recall the wisdom of Zadie Smith, chat more about the jaw-dropping drama that is Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You, discuss Naoise Dolan's piece on how autism has shaped her work and recommend Munroe Bergdorf's Table Manners interview. We also drop a lot of not entirely irrelevant but mostly random animal facts - including the retirement of Diego, the Warren Beatty of tortoises. Plus, an Ask The High Low about what to do when you're single, and none of your coupled up friends understand.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (Women's Aid and Show Racism The Red Card)LinksA Ladder To The Sky How Being Diagnosed with Autism Changed My Life, by Naoise Dolan for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/naoise-dolan-how-being-diagnosed-with-autism-aged-27-changed-my-life-lc9f7bzp0I May Destroy You, on BBC iPlayerArena: Desert Island Discs 1982 on BBC iPlayerBig Brother: Best Shows Ever on 4ODZadie Smith on Literary Friction Munroe Bergdorf on Table Manners  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 10 min

In today's episode, we discuss the findings on Sex In Lockdown: Keep Shagging And Carry On; the astounding work that is Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You and in light of JK Rowling's comments last week, some recommendations for understanding the trans experience. We also feature an exclusive extract from the writer Rhik Samadder's memoir about mental health, love and family, I Never Said I Loved You and lots more podcast recs from Dolly. Plus! Ask The High Low is back.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop - 100% profits go to charity (Show Racism The Red Card and Women's Aid)LinksReadingI Never Said I Loved You, by Rhik SamadderAmateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, by Thomas Page McBeeThe Gender Games, by Juno DawsonConsider The Greenland Shark by Katherine Rundell https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n09/katherine-rundell/consider-the-greenland-shark?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2FBrit-ish by Afua HirschWatching and ListeningSex In Lockdown: Keep Shagging and Carry On, on Channel 4I May Destroy You, on BBC iPlayer Seahorse, on VimeoLaura Marling on Song ExploderRadio 4’s The Food Programme - Food On Film Jerry Seinfeld on WTF Afua Hirsch on Fortunately   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

1 hr 7 min

We discuss online vs offline behaviour, when it comes to social change; and why historical progress has long relied on the removal of monuments. Also today, tons of podcast recommendations, an homage to Gogglebox and the size 75 shoes made especially for social distancing.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksSocial media@multiculturalkidsbooks on IG@diverse_kids_books on IG@novelallure on IGReadingKnights Of bookshop http://knightsof.mediaAnti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. KendiLittle Leaders: Bold Women In Black HistorySuperior by Angela SainiStolen Legacy by George JamesThe Fire Next Time by James BaldwinYou're Silence Will Not Protect you by Audre LordeHere For It by R. Eric ThomasCandice Brathwaite interview by Johanna Thomas-Corr for Observer https://bit.ly/37hGPKaBernadine Evaristo on inclusive publishing for British Vogue https://bit.ly/2XOoaCXYomi Adegoke on the "pics or it didn't happen approach" for British Vogue https://bit.ly/2znzRac8 Books by Black authors that aren't about Black pain by Natalie Morris for Metro https://bit.ly/2MLU8JuFighting racism requires more than hashtags by Nesrine Malik for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2BTpoUTWhy You Should Say Black Lives Matter by Bob and Peppermint https://bit.ly/2Ur97g3 The Resilience of Marga Griesbach by Rebecca Traister for New York mag https://bit.ly/3dKzKnYWatching & ListeningSabrina Cohen-Hatton on Rangan Chatterjee's podcast, Feel Better, Live MoreIbram X Kendi interview with Brene Brown for Unlocking UsCelebrity GoggleboxDays of the Bagnold SummerDouglas by Hannah Gadsby on NetflixFresh Air: Hannah GadsbyThe C Word: Paula YatesJay Rayner’s Out To Lunch Desert Island Discs: Professor Dame Elizabeth AnionwuGrounded with Louis Theroux: Miriam Margolyes Nick Cave: The Red Hand Files Petitions Healthcare for black women in the U.K. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/301079Paul Stephenson statue https://www.change.org/p/bristol-city-council-replace-the-colston-statue-with-paul-stephensonDonate to Black Minds Matter https://uk.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

57 min 27 sec

This week’s episode is focused on the resources we can access to educate ourselves on racism. These lists are not exhaustive but may provide a starting point. We also interview the creator of Make Motherhood Diverse, Candice Brathwaite, about her searing new book I Am Not Your Baby Mother. thehighlowshow@gmail.com  Non-FictionWhy I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-LodgeI Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice BrathwaiteWhite Fragility by Robin DiangeloBetween The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootHow To Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. KendiThe Good Immigrant compiled by Nikesh ShuklaThe New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderWomen Race and Class by Angela DavisWhite Rage by Carol AndersonBrit-ish by Afua Hirsch   My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay Slay In Your Lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené & Yomi AdegokeA Burst of Light by Audre LordeDon’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri Taking Up Space: The Black Girls Manifesto For Change by Chelsea Kwakye & Ore Ogunbiyi Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad Hood Feminism by Mikki KendallNatives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by AkalaAint I a Woman: Black Women & Feminism by bell hooks Why You Need To Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle for Harper’s Bazaar https://bit.ly/3gG8rgqIbram X. Kendi’s reading list for The New York Times https://nyti.ms/3gKL8lH FictionBeloved by Toni Morrison The Colour Purple by Alice Walker An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi-AdichieSuch A Fun Age by Kiley ReidOrdinary People by Diana Evans The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThe Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadQueenie by Candice Carty-Williams To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee On Beauty and White Teeth by Zadie Smith Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine EvaristoThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasCitizen: An American Life by Claudia Rankine Social media@theconsciouskid@taranaburke@galdemzine@tamikadmallory @privtoprog @blklivesmatter DonateGeorge Floyd’s Memorial Fund Black Lives MatterBlack Protest Legal Support UKLibertyStop Hate UKThe Stephen Lawrence Trust The Innocence Project Show Racism The Red Card Black Visions Collective MentorshipRoutesGirls Out LoudFluid Kids resourcesdiversebooks.orgRaising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey All Are Welcome by Alexandra PenfoldBrad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Can Change The World series on Rosa Parks & Harriet Tubman A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Other linksPetition to update GCSE reading list https://bit.ly/2U6foOl1619 podcast by The NY Times  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

51 min 54 sec

Did you know there is a word in German for 'social distancing whilst wearing swimming pool noodles as a hat'? We're sceptical, but charmed.As the heaviness weighs on many of you, we have a batch of podcasts, books, articles and surprising lockdown stats to cheer and distract you. Please do e-mail any questions or issues to thehighlowshow@gmail.comOr you can tweet us @thehighlowshowShop thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (Women's Aid and NHS Charities urgent cover relief fund)LinksBook a goat for Zoom (yes) at www.cronkshawfoldfarm.co.uk/goatsonzoomVolunteer during furlough at www.furlonteer.comFind @_lockdownstories on InstagramReadingGirl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo Ramble Book: Musings on Childhood, Friendship, Family and 80s Pop Culture, by Adam Buxton, available on audio book now (and in print in September)Insanity Can Keep You Sane, by Molly Young for The New York Times Mag www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/11/magazine/quarantine-insanity.htmlWhere to start in Joni Mitchell's back catalogue, by Hannah Stevens for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/20/joni-mitchell-where-to-start-in-her-back-catalogueListening and watchingSir Lenny Henry interview with Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast Grayson Perry's Art Club, on Channel 4Gemma Collins: Diva on Lockdown, on ITV PlayerLove, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron https://www.92y.org/love-loss-and-what-i-wore  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2020

53 min 36 sec

It's a pot noodle of an episode this week. From our favourite pandemic stories around the globe - selected especially to cheer you up - to a bunch of recommendations, a deep-dive into the way we metabolise information now, and a compulsory dwell on Stanley Tucci.E-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet: @thehighlowshowShop: thehighlowshop.com where 100% of profits go to charity (Women's Aid and Covid-19 NHS Urgent Appeal)LinksBook a Migrateful cookery class at migrateful.orgThe Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett - out 2nd JuneBrit Bennett and Emma Cline in conversation for Entertainment Weekly https://ew.com/books/author-interviews/brit-bennett-emma-cline-in-conversation/Robert Pattinson interview by Zach Baron for GQ, US edition https://www.gq.com/story/robert-pattinson-on-batman-tenet-isolation-june-coverLockdown with My Gen Z nieces, by Sathnam Sanghera for The Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sathnam-sanghera-lockdown-with-my-gen-z-nieces-8bcm9qxcxDating After Coronavirus, by Nayeema Raza for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/opinion/coronavirus-dating.htmlHere’s how time works now by Eli Grober for McSweeney's: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/heres-how-time-works-nowA Love In Verse: https://www.aloveinverse.com/Stanley Tucci's Life in Quarantine, for The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/stanley-tuccis-life-quarantine/611557/Sinéad Burke interview on Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j7q5 Dissect podcast https://dissectpodcast.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2020

55 min 31 sec

Today we discuss the surprising lockdown sales boom, an animal fact and a few new pandemic lifestyle theories. Just another episode of The High Low, then.We also ring up Samatha Irby in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to discuss her hilarious new essay collection (a joy for anxiety-ridden times) wow, no thank you. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop at www.thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (currently Women's Aid and the COVID-19 NHS Urgent Appeal)Linkswow, no thank you, by Samantha Irby - out nowI've craved a slower pace of life - and want to make it permanent, a Dear Mariella column for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/10/i-have-craved-a-slower-pace-of-life-and-want-to-make-it-permanent-mariella-frostrupThe lockdown dick margin, by Lauren Bravo for Refinery29 https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/bad-temper-lockdownThe buzz of big cities is losing out to cottagecore, by India Knight for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-what-is-the-point-of-cities-with-no-buzz-h532fgnjdMy sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable. By Rory Kinnear for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/12/rory-kinnearsister-protect-vulnerable-coronavirus-rory-kinnearThings need me, by Charles Simic https://www.instagram.com/p/B_-gZk4jkFP/?igshid=cerd2jisw0n4As isolation drags on, I've found myself wanting to be a friend to myself, by Emma Jane Unsworth for Grazia, issue published May 5thTayari Jones on Open Book https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000474155261Cate Blanchett on WTF https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/wtf-with-marc-maron-podcast/id329875043?i=1000474214665Laura Marling on The Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-adam-buxton-podcast/id1040481893?i=1000474168608Steve Martin on Fresh Air https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?i=1000474020262Run, on Sky Atlantic and Now TV  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2020

52 min 47 sec

This week we discuss what your books on your bookshelf say about you, the new lockdown lingo (are you drinking furlough merlot?), whether lockdown telly might have reached its apex, and the concept of heteropessimism.You can e-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com and shop at thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity.LinksApply here for Penguin's WriteNow scheme: https://www.penguin.co.uk/company/creative-responsibility/writenow.htmlIf I Had Your Face, by Frances ChaCulture Call, a podcast by The Financial TimesLouis Theroux on Adam Buxton podcastA Manual For Heartache: How To Feel Better, by Cathy RentzenbrinkExploding the myths behind K-Pop, by Crystal Tai for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/mar/29/behind-k-pops-perfect-smiles-and-dance-routines-are-tales-of-sexism-and-abuseMarian Keyes interview with The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/28/marian-keyes-books-that-made-meIndiana Seresin on heteropessimism for The New Inquiry https://thenewinquiry.com/on-heteropessimism/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2020

1 hr 16 min

Thank you for bearing with us. We weren't able to bring you an episode last week for personal reasons, but we will try and make it up to you today - starting with a BIG apology to Lizzo for saying it wasn't possible to jam on a flute. It bloody well is. Mea culpa.Today we discuss the micro-trends of lockdown (are you a lockdown cliche?) and a Dolls Polls about what we're all apparently buying. You will never guess the top billing (no - it's not loo roll. Or pasta.) Also today, a new podcast from Louis Theroux, a discussion of the adaptation of Normal People, the wonder that is Quiz and lots more reading, audio reccs and daft stories.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShop online at www.thehighlowshop.com - 100% of profits go to charity (currently Women's Aid and the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal)Linksbooksinstations.co.ukBreathing Lessons, by Anne TylerThe Wonder Spot, by Melissa BanksGrounded, by Louis Theroux for BBC Radio 4Sentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love https://sentimentalgarbage.substack.com/p/eat-pray-love-with-abigail-bergstrom-cdfTash Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/adambuxton/d71a3ce3-6de0-4707-8ddb-3d5e8f1b4ea7Difficult To Buy For, by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for Tortoise https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2020/04/15/letters-from-lockdown-charlie-brinkhurst-cuff-transcript/content.htmlMy dad said I wasn't black enough. At least, I know what he meant, by Raven Smith for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/26/my-dad-said-i-wasnt-black-enough-at-last-i-know-what-he-meantQuiz on ITV PlayerNormal People on BBC iPlayerAll or Nothing at All on BBCWhat Kinda Music, by Tom MischSentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love https://sentimentalgarbage.substack.com/p/eat-pray-love-with-abigail-bergstrom-cdfTash Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/adambuxton/d71a3ce3-6de0-4707-8ddb-3d5e8f1b4ea7  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 26 min

It's Week 4 of lockdown and we hope all you cats and kittens are doing okay. Sorry - blame Carole Baskin. We've been watching Tiger King and eesh, do we feel icky. We discuss why that is and why streamed content is becoming increasingly crass. What does the flatpacking of problematic people into entertainment, reveal about us?Also today, Dolly interviews the YA and contemporary novelist, Holly Bourne, about her new book, Pretending. They discuss sexual violence, the cultural expectations of sex and romance and why porn is doing women a disservice. And we discuss some podcasts that will help us all navigate what Brene Brown calls "the collective weary".E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow ReadingHouse of Glass by Hadley FreemanPretending, by Holly BourneSense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries, by Emma ThompsonComing Undone, by Terri White, out July and avail online for pre-orderSilver Sparrow by Tayari JonesWatching & ListeningAlain de Botton on How To Fail with Elizabeth Day https://howtofail.podbean.com/e/how-to-fail-alain-de-botton/Unlocking Us, with Brene Brown https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-comparative-suffering-the-50-50-myth-and-settling-the-ball/Save Me Too, on Sky AtlanticTiger King, on NetflixNothing Like A Dame, available to buy or rent on Amazon prime Song For Our Daughter by Laura MarlingRetro Sweat - the 80s aerobics class online https://www.instagram.com/retrosweat/?hl=en  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 37 min

It's been a rough few weeks so we thought we'd bring you an extra episode for the long Easter weekend. Lots more culture reccs and more thoughts on lockdown life (with a belated shout out to Madonna's Instagram page.)We've also bought back Ask The High Low! You can e-mail us with your question at thehighlowshow@gmail.com and we will be answering a few every week.You can shop our merchandise at www.thehighlowshop.com and 100% of profits go to charity - 10% to Women's Aid and 90% to the NHS Charities Urgent Appeal for COVID-19.Watching Little Women - available on Amazon Prime on 11th MayCheer, Love is Blind, Sex Education and Don't Fuck With Cats, and Marriage Story - all on NetflixListening toGuys We Fucked on Luminary https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/corinne-fisher-and-krystyna-hutchinson-465/guys-we-f-d-luminary-exclusive/drunk-v-day-special-he-used-your-duvet-as-a-diaphragm/d5dfed7c-f10c-41ed-bbb3-03c5573f8a35Greta Gerwig on Scriptnotes https://johnaugust.com/2020/the-one-with-greta-gerwigPandemic at the Disco playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3dW4ddgwOxj4q7XVvbOa7w?si=o15nzeS0QVKzf_tFxJTd_w ReadingYour Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest - out nowExciting Times, by Naoise Dolan - out April 16th and available now for pre-order Scenes of a Graphic Nature, by Caroline O'Donoghue - out 18th June and available now for pre-order Glorious Rock Bottom, by Bryony Gordon - *new publication date* 6th August and available now for pre-orderHadley Freeman on the death of FOMO, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/04/bye-bye-fomo-now-the-party-is-being-zoomed-to-my-laptopAnn Patchett interviews Reese Witherspoon, for Vanity Fair https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/03/the-book-of-reeseMark Seal interviews James Stunt, for Vanity Fair https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/02/the-prince-charles-art-forgeries-royal-scandal  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 18 min

What a time to be alive. It feels like we've all aged a decade since our last episode under 4 months ago.Today we discuss lockdown life - what we're wearing; eating; meme-ing - and recommend a plethora of articles, books and podcasts. There will be another episode on Sat.*Please do note that because we are recording remotely via a trilogy of new tech, there may be some occasional audio issues.*This year 100% of profits for The High Low's merchandise (thehighlowshop.com) will be going to charity - 10% to Women's Aid and 90% to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. You can donate directly here: https://bit.ly/2xc17HxE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com or tweet @thehighlowshow ReadingDavid Nicholls #twitterbooklaunch on Twitter @DavidNWriterFatima Bhutto and Sanam Maher's Stay Home, Stay Reading initiative, via @fbhutto and @topbastard on Instagram Florence Welch's book club @betweentwobooks on InstagramThe Love Letters of Dylan Thomas https://amzn.to/3e6Io0vJoin Me In My Obsession With Desert Island Discs, by Hua Hzu for The New Yorker https://bit.ly/3aTdjeXThe Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief, by Scott Berinato https://bit.ly/2y2h9DKLanguages of Loss, A Psychotherapist's Journey, by Sasha Bates https://amzn.to/2URT3ETThe Luxury of Awkwardness, by Hugo Rifkind for The Times LUXX https://bit.ly/2wt2hOEWhat Brits need to learn about being Danish, by Sofie Hagen for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2wkyTd8The Panic Years, by Nell Frizzell https://bit.ly/2JLyaF2The Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood https://bit.ly/2JLybc4Listening & WatchingDawn O'Porter on The Adam Buxton podcast https://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep109-dawn-oporterIan Wright's Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fdxwFeel Good, by Mae Martin https://www.channel4.com/programmes/feel-goodSorry You're Sick, by Ted Hawkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeuLTL8pQRQ  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 49 min

Oodles of cracker jokes, festive Dolls polls, jolly songs and weird Christmas facts; and Dolly pays a snowy visit to everyone’s favourite filthy agony aunts, Joan and Jericha for their first EVER audio interview. Their top tip for Christmas? A handjob under the dining room table.Tweet @thehighlowshowE-mail @thehighlowshowWe’ll be back from maternity leave in April 2020!Donate to Solace Women’s Aid: https://www.solacewomensaid.org/news/solace-womens-aid-christmas-campaign-invites-support-women-who-arrive-refuges-nothingBuy a homeless young person a Christmas dinner: https://centrepoint.org.uk/more-than-a-christmas-dinner/Painfully British Haikus, by Dale Shaw *Please note that the inbox will be unmanned during this time.*    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

32 min 11 sec

The High Low has launched merch! Roll up, roll up: berets, sweaters, t-shirts, tote bags and notepads are on sale at www.thehighlowshop.com and 10% of all profits go to Women's Aid. Order by December 18th to get your goodies in time for Christmas.Today we discuss Boris's prediction for a post-Brexit "bonking bonanza", the brilliant scheme that is Press Pad and (more) global idioms.Also today, the woman who was chucked off an American Airlines flight for her "offensive" slogan tee, which read 'Hail Satan.' Are words the same as actions? Dolly says no; Pandora thinks that in our scripturient time, they just might be.LinksDonate to PressPad https://natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk/diversifythemedia Elizabeth Is Missing, on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000c6pvWild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, by Adrienne Brodeur https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116165/wild-game/9781784742577.htmlHow To Throw A Great Christmas party, by Raven Smith https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/raven-smith-on-how-to-throw-a-great-christmas-party-shpjjgnjmOde to the Dinkus, by Daisy Alioto for The Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/06/08/ode-to-the-dinkus/The Manifesto Read https://www.manifestoread.comE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshow*Please note that although there will be a Christmas special released on 18th December, The High Low is now on maternity leave until April 2020 and the inbox will not be monitored during this time*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

46 min 11 sec

We talk perineum sunning, Christmas tree erection, global idioms and polygraphs. And we host the journalist and author of Jog On: How Running Saved My Life and The Jog On Journal, Bella Mackie, to discuss mental health, running and why it's nothing to do with wellness or personal bests, divorce before the age of 30 and what the media gets wrong about mental health. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksJog On: How Running Saved My Life, by Bella MackieThe Jog on Journal, by Bella MackieBeing Single at 30, by Bella Mackie for British Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/being-single-at-30-a-vogue-memoirHow I Found My Wedding Dress (For The Second Time), by Bella Mackie for British Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/how-i-chose-the-dress-for-my-second-weddingIn the Dream House, by Carmen Maria MachadoWhen I Hit You, by Meena KandasamyBikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80221584David Merritt on the death of his son, Jack Merritt, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/02/jack-merritt-london-bridge-attack-dave-merritFor Desire, by Kim Addonizio http://pureapplesauce.blogspot.com/2009/01/for-desire-kim-addonizio.html Derren Brown on The Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ep-110-derren-brown/id1040481893?i=1000457582733  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2019

1 hr 15 min

This week we discuss the party leaders Question Time, the tragic murder of Grace Millane (and what we have learned and still need to learn about BDSM), the incredible documentary that is For Sama and the upcoming shortage of middle-class foods. Hold on to your halloumi...And we cover the news that Victoria's Secret have axed their catwalk show - a pop-culture institution that cost £12 million to produce - after sales continue to dive at the lingerie brand. We talk choice feminism, body diversity, the underwear market and models in the age of social media.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinks@sendb00ks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sendb00ks/?hl=enMUBI.com for international cinemaOnloan clothing rental: https://onloan.co/73 Questions with Cardi B, for US Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qTROr7cgCYMy Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story, by Clover Stroud https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116784/my-wild-and-sleepless-nights/9780857525901.htmlFor Sama, on Channel 4od https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-samaBroken: Jeffrey Epstein podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sony-music-podcasts/broken-jeffrey-epsteinDolly Parton's America: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america/episodes/only-one-me-jolene Jane Garvey on How To Fail: https://play.acast.com/s/how-to-fail1/howtofail.podbean.com%2Fhow-to-fail-jane-garvey-256a07c04edf0b34828bd1ad62d2a867Sophie Wilkinson on the murder of Grace Millane, for The Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/grace-millane-bdsm_uk_5dd57b30e4b0fc53f20cde5eHalloumi Hell, by Séamus O'Reilly for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/nov/24/the-halloumi-crisis-supplies-of-one-of-britains-best-loved-imports-are-running-lowThis Be The Worst, by Adrian Mitchell: http://aotearoasunrise.blogspot.com/2013/09/tuesday-poem-this-be-worst-by-adrian.html   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

1 hr 20 min

Dolly goes wild for Rod's railway, whilst Pandora decides to spend her upcoming maternity leave at the world's first vagina museum. Plus: Gregg's diet donut, the cassette tape revival and Nan Goldin's protest against the Sackler family.And of course, we discuss Prince Andrew's disastrous, obfuscating interview with Emily Maitlis, as she quizzes him about the allegations of sexual assault against him and his continued friendship with the late sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksRefinery 29's campaign to decriminalise abortion https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-make-abortion-a-medical-issue-not-a-criminal-offence-imacriminalTo buy Christmas cards from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists visit www.mfpa.ukThe Crane Wife, by CJ Hauser for the Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/16/the-crane-wife/Naomi Campbell interview, by Nosheen Iqbal for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/nov/16/naomi-campbell-friends-enemies-tabloids-fashions-new-world-orderTom Hanks interview, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/movies/tom-hanks-mister-rogers.htmlHood Feminism, by Mikki Kendall https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hood-feminism-9781526622402/I write in pockets of stolen time, by Roxane Gay for WePresents https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/roxane-gay-essay/Elizabeth Day on Prince Andrew https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-7693403/ELIZABETH-DAY-not-victim-Andrew-real-victims-invisible-you.htmlSuzanne Moore on Prince Andrew https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/17/prince-andrew-abuse-emily-maitlis-queenCamilla Long on Prince Andrew https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poor-st-andrew-far-too-honourable-to-leave-sex-offender-pal-to-stew-7vtjxwbx5  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

55 min 8 sec

We talk about rapper T.I.'s incredibly creepy confession that he gets his teenager daughter's hymen checked every year, what 'shitposting' really means and Emma Watson's re-naming of singledom as 'self-parternering'. And of course: there are some updates in the now legendary segment, Dolls Polls.This week we have one of the most important and moving author specials we have ever had. Megan Phelps-Roper's memoir, Unfollow, charts her upbringing in the radical Westboro Baptist Church, a church in Kansas made famous by their shocking picketing of funerals, where they held up signs that read: God Hates Fags, and Pray For More Dead Soldiers. They were also the subject of two Louis Theroux documentaries, including the 2007, 'The Most Hated Family In America' - as WBC then became known. Megan left the church in 2012, aged 26, after her conversations with 'outsiders' on Twitter opened up an internal chasm in her faith. We talk about radicalism, indoctrination, religion and how the ideology of a binary, black and white world, is not something specific to Westboro. It defines the time that we live in, too. And Megan describes the agony of leaving her family behind with her faith. "I left the church - but never you. And never will" she writes in her epigraph to her parents.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksUnfollow, by Megan Phelps-RoperDo Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? By Pinker, Ridley, De Botton and GladwellBy Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, by Elizabeth SmartEmma Watson interviewed by Paris Lees for British Vogue www.vogue.co.uk/news/article/emma-watson-on-fame-activism-little-womenWhat is shitposting? By Sarah Manavis for The New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2019/11/what-is-shitposting-and-why-does-it-matter-bbc-brexitcast-laura-kuenssberg-got-it-wrongCruel Intentions, on NetflixThe Souvenir, on Amazon PrimeBlack Woman, by Twayna Mayne on BBC Sounds www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r9qy3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

1 hr 26 min

This week we discuss Snapchat dysmorphia, the data-collection of period-tracking apps and why Dolly wants to shag Autumn. Also today we discuss Obama's speech-gone-viral on wokeness - which wasn't really about wokeness but on seeking not to shame, or humiliate others, in the name of progress. Is there space for Obama's brand of gradualism - or do we actually need radical change?And we talk about Amazon Prime's Modern Love, based on the New York Times column, which we have both fallen hook, line and sinker for - because we are but sentimental fools.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinks Modern Love on Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Love-Season-1/dp/B07VNF5351Modern Love, Edited by Daniel Jones https://www.waterstones.com/book/modern-love/daniel-jones/9780307351043One Dimensional Woman, by Nina Power https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Dimensional-Woman-Zero-Books/dp/1846942411Sabotage, by Emma Gannon for The Pound Project https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-six-emma-gannonExposure, by Olivia Sudjic https://peninsulapress.co.uk/product/exposureA Woman's Beauty: Put Down or Power Source? By Susan Sontag, 1975 http://www.wheelersburg.net/Downloads/Sontag.pdfThe backlash against birth control apps, by Olivia Sudjic for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/21/colossally-naive-backlash-birth-control-appMalaika Jabali on Obama https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/01/does-obamas-critique-of-radical-politics-help-bring-about-the-change-he-wanted Sarah Ditum on Obama https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/02/barack-obama-right-you-dont-change-minds-by-damning-your-opponentsI walked out on my husband and kids for true love, by anon for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-walked-out-on-my-husband-and-kids-for-true-love-and-im-not-going-to-live-with-aching-regret-8xnjkgqpdInstagram might be removing plastic surgery filters, but what about the skin lightening ones? By Ellie Abraham for gal-dem See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2019

1 hr 9 min

We've got facts about sloths, sea turtles and rats that drive cars. We also discuss the new terms we've learned this week - 'soft ghosting' and 'gradualism' - and Harvey Weinstein's appearance at a showcase for emerging comics.Our author special today is with award-wining journalist and The Sunday Times Middle East correspondent, Louise Callaghan, who has written a tender, funny and impactful book, Father of Lions, about the zookeeper of Mosul who kept his animals alive through the ISIS occupation of 2014-2017. We discuss the nuances of radicalism, what the west is getting wrong with the dialogue around ISIS brides and the reality of working in a warzone. What is daily life like when you're on the frontline? How do you decompress?E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksPostmark collaboration with The Miscarriage Association https://postmarkonline.co.uk/miscarriage-association-cardsFather of Lions, by Louise Callaghan https://www.waterstones.com/book/father-of-lions/louise-callaghan/9781789540765The Examined Life, by Stephen Grosz https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-examined-life/stephen-grosz/9780099549031Suzanne Moore on Deborah Orr: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/22/deborah-orr-true-editor-writer-friend-broke-conventionsSophie Heawood on ageing: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/sophie-heawood-confronts-the-reality-of-growing-older-a4268066.htmlAlain de Botton on philosophical concepts of failure, on Elizabeth's Day How To Fail podcast https://howtofail.podbean.com/e/how-to-fail-alain-de-botton/Fortunately with Fi and Jane: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fortunately-with-fi-and-jane/id1220808096?i=1000454885674  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 15 min

We discuss Extinction Rebellion, Meghan and Harry's African tour documentary for ITV and Deborah Orr, the brilliant journalist who sadly died this week. And it's our favourite time of year: that time when The OED adds its new words into the dictionary. 2019's additions include 'omnishambles', 'nomophobia' and 'simples'. We unpick the good, the bag and the ugly new entries.The High Low is currently on tour! The next High Low Experience tour date is Monday 28th October in Manchester. For more info: https://www.fane.co.uk/our-shows/the-high-low-experienceE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowHarry & Meghan: An African Journey, for ITV https://www.itv.com/hub/harry-meghan-an-african-journey/2a7842a0001The creator of 90s anxiety unpicks the appeal of his 5 most popular posts, for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/10/90s-anxiety-instagram-nostalgia.htmlThe sadness of miscarriage can build up like soot, by Lucy Pavia for The Evening Standard https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/the-sadness-of-miscarriage-can-build-up-like-soot-baby-loss-awareness-week-a4259591.htmlThe essays of Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/books/Bernadine Evaristo on black female writers https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/19/bernadine-evaristo-what-a-time-to-be-a-black-british-womxn-writerDeborah Orr https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/28/second-thoughts-rational-decisions-brexit-trump?__twitter_impression=truehttps://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/26/nhs-health-service-britainhttps://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/06/in-praise-of-lunchtime-drinkinghttps://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/inews.co.uk/opinion/columnists/sally-challen-appeal-coercive-control-95229%3famphttps://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/deborah-orr-obituary Anita O’Day on Fresh Air https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?i=1000454020504  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 18 min

The chicken nugget Reddit scandal and our favourite polls from the week including what is no longer selling in shops (drones and suspenders) and what not to say on a date.And of course, it's the Wagatha Christie scandal. Coleen Rooney masked as Poirot outed fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy as the person she believed to be leaking false stories about her to the tabloids. Coleen social's media post went viral and soon Netflix were wondering if they should launch a series about it, Keira Knightley offered to play Coleen, and Paul Rudd just looked baffled. How and why did this story gather such extraordinary reach? Is it anything to do with feminism? What does it say about the way celebrities now use social media? And our perception of WAGs? And DID SHE DO IT?The High Low is now on tour - thank you to everyone who came to the Barbican on the 12th, see some more of you in Dublin on the 20th!E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksRonan Farrow interview, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/ronan-farrow-book-harvey-weinstein-measures-bury-alleged-crimesPaloma Faith interview, by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/paloma-faith-interview-gender-parenting-zwdslqq8pAbbey Clancy interview, by Sophie Heawood for YOU magazine https://www.you.co.uk/abbey-clancy-interview-2019/Peter Crouch extract from his book, I, Robot, How To Be A Footballer 2 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/peter-crouch-extract-from-i-robot-how-to-be-a-footballer-2-w0h7xvjlzMim Skinner on being an orphan by the age of 30, for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/style/how-being-orphaned-before-30-brought-me-closer-to-my-sisters-and-led-us-to-form-a-new-normal-3jfjwrbj5The Capture, on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m00085sx/the-capture  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 9 min

It's a big week for the food chains: Pizza Express - every millennial's favourite nostalgic restaurant - is in chronic debt; and Rory Stewart has pledged allegiance to Pret. We talk loos and why women spend 2.3 times as long in the loo as men, the return of our favourite podcast, Dear Joan and Jericha, Jason Donovan's turn as a fire fighter and Rod Stewart's heroic move, after a couple's wedding was scuppered by the Thomas Cook crash. Also today, Prince Harry's letter to the tabloids and Meghan's lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday, about the paparazzi bullying of his wife, Meghan (and the leaking of Thomas Markle's letter) which he compares to the plight of his mother, Princess Diana and calls, "history repeating itself". The royal biographers are muttering into their bone china tea cups, but is his voluble emotion - and fury - justified, or will it prove counter-productive?And Dolly has found a poll about politeness. Do British people spend more money on being polite? E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksPatrick Jephson on Prince Harry's war on the media, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/05/i-was-by-dianas-side-in-her-press-battles-meghan-harry-patrick-jephson Annie Lord on break-ups for Vice https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/a35nw8/getting-over-a-long-term-relationship-break-upShelf Respect, by Annie AustenOlive, Again, by Elizabeth StroutDear Joan and Jericha, Series 2 https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dear-joan-and-jericha-julia-davis-and-vicki-pepperdine/id1376577916Liam Gallagher's 73 Questions for American Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBWHXDzWrw4  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 11 min

Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in NYC, Sally Challen did her first video interview about emotional abuse and coercive control to Sky News since she was cleared of murdering her husband in July and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry became Dolly's new hero after her vibey turn at the Labour party conference. In shocking news, the inventor of the labradoodle has admitted that he regrets creating the hybrid dog and Demi Moore has released a sizzling autobiography about her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. This week we have an author special with Amrou Al-Kadhi. The Iraqi-Brit drag queen known as Glamrou of the drag troupe Denim, they are the author of a new coming-of-age memoir, Unicorn, about navigating a queer identity within a religion that considers homosexuality a crime. They talk about intersectionality, family, the act of transforming pain into pleasure via drag, discovering Sufism and seeking acceptance.The High Low Experience starts next week - and while London, Dublin and Glasgow are sold out, we have a few tickets left for the Manchester show! Go to faneproductions.com/highlow to book.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksUnicorn, by Amrou Al-Kadhi https://www.waterstones.com/book/unicorn/amrou-al-kadhi/9780008306069The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina KeeganIn praise of autumn dawns by Nell Frizzell: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/commentisfree/2019/sep/23/in-praise-of-autumn-dawns-a-slice-of-magic-before-the-winter-hellAn Unbelievable Story of Rape, by T.Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, for ProPublica, 2015 https://www.propublica.org/article/false-rape-accusations-an-unbelievable-storyUnbelievable, on NetflixThe Rewatchables podcast series https://www.theringer.com/the-rewatchablesThe Open Ears Project with Eddie Izzard: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/17-on-elevation/id1477850699?i=1000451298008The Open Ears Project with Aminatou Sow: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-open-ears-project/id1477850699?i=1000449737238  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 12 min

It’s a riot of celebrity news this week: Madonna, J-Lo and Brad n Leo’s sarnie dates. Whole gang’s here. Plus: Mark Ronson’s sapiosexuality, Fleabag’s Emmy sweep, Thomas Cook’s crash and Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. Also this week: we discuss male vs female vanity (klaxon: men look in the mirror more than women) and Debrett’s etiquette guide for Facebook messenger. What does this (slightly hilarious) meeting of minds tell us about how desperately we need digital etiquette? We discuss online communication in the age of the constant feedback loop. We’re going on tour and we want your stories! Send us your best yarns - funny, moving, shocking, riveting - to the e-mail address below.And for those of you who still want tickets to The High Low Experience - there are a few left for our Manchester show: www.faneproductions.com/our-shows/the-high-low-experienceE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksTalking To Strangers, by Malcolm GladwellState of the Union, on BBC iPlayerThe Red Hand Files: How Long Will I Be Alone: https://www.theredhandfiles.com/how-long-will-i-be-alone/On The Psychological Effect Of Living With Houseplants by Stephanie Bishop: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n18/stephanie-bishop/on-the-psychological-effect-of-living-with-houseplantsWhy Back To Black is The Best Album of The 21st Century by Alexis Petridis: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/13/best-album-21st-century-amy-winehouse-back-to-blackJuno Dawson on The Beauty Podcast with Sali Hughes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/transition-and-the-power-of-beauty-with-juno-dawson/id1473108312?i=1000448498677  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2019

1 hr 3 min

It's always good to start with a jolly, and this time we've found a woman who wore a dinosaur costume to her sister's wedding. Also today, we play a clip from Chanel Miller, the "Emily Doe" of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, whose memoir is soon to be published, and discuss the shocking news that domestic abuse is at a 5-year high in the UK. This week Pandora has devoured She Said, the book by the Pulitzer prizewinning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, followed by that of Christine Blasey Ford. We discuss their impact on MeToo, *that* leaked Lisa Bloom memo and their thoughts on the Believe All Women hashtag.We also discuss Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Tarantino's fictional re-telling of the Manson murders and the personal essay that 'broke' the internet: by the Instagram ghost-writer, Natalie Beach, which we received an unprecedented amount of requests to cover. What does the enthusiasm for this story - it was in the UK's top 5 tweets - tell us about female friendship, schadenfreude and emotional exposure in the internet age?ALSO: WE NEED YOUR STORIES! As part of The High Low Experience, we want to include your best stories: your funniest, saddest, weirdest, most shocking, interesting, moving - stories that have been passed down/ along through friends, family, the pub. Please e-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.com. Send us your best yarns.RecommendationsShe Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey Know My Name, by Chanel Miller (out Sept 24th) The White Album by Joan Didion  Bolder by Helen Cathcart and Dominique AfacanThe story of Caroline Calloway and her ghost writer, Natalie Beach, for The Cut https://bit.ly/2mbLY3j  The complicated ethics of publishing personal essays online, by Micha Frazer-Carroll for gal-dem https://bit.ly/2kmG9iR  The con-artist and her mark, by Sarah Ditum for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2m1gRXN  An interview with Natalie Beach, by Jonah Engel Bromwich for The New York Times https://nyti.ms/2kj2k9E  The pain of clearing out my parents' house, by Janice Turner for The Times https://bit.ly/2kjnK6q  Interview with Kantor and Twohey on NPR's Fresh Air https://n.pr/2kD2icN    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2019

1 hr 18 min

Dolly's found an emotional support horse called Flirty; Pandora is in love with a Twitter thread about what it was really like to work in HMV. And - gird your loins - Thatcher Wine has done his FIRST INTERVIEW. It's predictably surreal.Today we host comedian Jen Brister, the author of The Other Mother, published by Square Peg at Penguin Random House, about same sex relationships and being not the biological mother to her twin boys, but "the other one". We talk parenthood, partnership and the pressure of having to come out all over again, as a gay mother.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksThe Other Mother, by Jen Brister https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1116917/the-other-mother/9781910931967The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-testaments/9781784742324Thatcher Wine interview by Hilary Reid for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/thatcher-wine-juniper-books.htmlAnthony Ekundayo Lennon interview on being accused of 'passing' as a black man, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/07/anthony-lennon-theatre-director-accused-of-passing-as-black-interview-simon-hattenstoneThree Vicars Talking https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007qb0Donna Schaper on Here’s The Thing https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heres-the-thing-with-alec-baldwin/id472939437?i=1000447319326MUNA https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mGkMQc308wY  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2019

1 hr 19 min

Hello High Lowers! Sharpen your pencils, the heat wave is over and a new school term is upon us. We cover some of the news stories of the summer plus our favourite bonkers surveys, including a shockingly disgusting underpants poll and the best place to find love (Oxford, apparently). Plus, it's Pandora's favourite prize of the year - no, not the Pulitzer, not even the Nobel - it's Rear of the Year.Reccs Euphoria on SkyGame Face on Channel 4Scarlett Curtis on Russell Brand’s Under The SkinGiles Coren on novel acknowledgements https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pretentious-bores-make-me-want-to-burn-every-book-7lh5cv8cnIndistractable, by Nir EyalCribsheet, by Emily OstlerWe Need New Stories, by Nesrine MalikSuch A Fun Age, by Kiley ReidThe Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire LombardoTwas The Night Before Christmas, by Adam KayOn Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean VuongOlive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth StroutExpectations, by Anna Hope Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris Calypso by David Sedaris Theft by Luke BrownThe New Me by Halle Butler The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy All At Sea by Decca Aikenhead The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer The Confession by Jessie BurtonE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2019

1 hr 22 min

Have you survived the heat wave? HAVE YOU? This week, Dolly discovers a woman who loves a chandelier, Jared O’Mara resigns after assault charges and his press chief sensationally quit via Jared’s own Twitter, and justice is served as the 4 teenagers who assaulted Melania Geymonat and Chris, in May, are charged. Plus a clip from the archive of Kate Moss and Johnny Depp’s arsecrack. It’ll make sense when you hear it. (God bless the 90s.) We discuss Leader of the House of Commons’ Jacob Rees-Mogg’s antiquated style guide (banning the use of ‘very’, ‘lot’, commas after ‘and’ and, (see what we did there?) er, ‘got’) and the practicalities of a life led in Esq. We also discuss how young people get their news and the pros and cons to less television. The High Low is now on a break for August and will be back in September!E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Buy tickets to our Manchester show of The High Low Experience at www.faneproductions.com/highlowLinks Taffy Brodesser-Akner on thriving under stress, for Real Simple https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/taffy-brodesser-akner-stress-tipsElizabeth Day on other people’s kids, for Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-7261445/amp/Elizabeth-Day-peoples-kids-really-to.htmlLena Dunham on Love Island and heartbreak, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/27/lena-dunham-love-island-can-you-love-after-hurtWe’re all content providers now, by Lou Stoppard for The Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/f4d47bf6-e1ac-11e8-a8a0-99b2e340ffebMy Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth StroutMidnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1408867761/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Lw8pDb7JPW1QG This American Life: Rom Com https://www.thisamericanlife.org/638/rom-comThis American Life: Americans In Paris https://www.thisamericanlife.org/165/americans-in-paris  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2019

1 hr 2 min

Ding dong the BoJo's in. Duuuuuude. This week: curry seagull; the controversial Cats trailer; and why Ireland's 8th amendment might have been repealed - but is far from what has been legally mandated.And on today’s agenda, we delve into Instagram's proposed removal of the 'like' counter, which is being trialled in countries including Japan and Australia. Will this change social media for the better? Will it eradicate 'comparisonitus', a flimsiness of self constructed on dopamine hits, and the homogeneity of 'basic' culture? And what is the future for influencer culture? Dolly and I discuss, with reference to our own complicity in this personal profit model.We also tackle our growing obsession with the processes and routines of people we admire. From beauty to work to sleep to exercise, we are obsessed with the schedules of other people. But what does that say about the way we live our lives? Is it an attempt to shrug off our own lives and co-opt what we perceive to be a happier, more optimised one?If you would like to come and see The High Low live in action, there are a few tickets left to our Manchester show. Book here! www.faneproductions/com/highlowE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksKate Kellaway interviews Lemn Sissay for The Guardian, 2016 https://bit.ly/2bs5oGL  Frank Sinatra Has Got A Cold, by Gay Talese for Esquire, 1966 https://bit.ly/2uLGEqS  Profile of Zadie Smith in The Telegraph, 2002 https://bit.ly/2JV4ftK 'Police officers demanded to see my books' by Elif Shafak for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2Y63aZ8  Is Instagram's removal of its 'like' counter a turning point in social media? https://bit.ly/2Y220yI   Megan Nolan on her teenage relationships with older men for The New Statesman: https://bit.ly/2McXEhb   Caitlin Moran on not slut-shaming daughters: https://bit.ly/2YnjLrt  Why are we obsessed with other people's daily habits? by Suzannah Showler: https://bit.ly/32OVIkP  Less by Andrew Sean Greer So Lucky, by Dawn O'Porter, pre-order now10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World, by Elif ShafakHave You Heard George's Podcast? By George Mpanga https://apple.co/2PieAST  Zadie Smith interview on the Touré Show https://bit.ly/2M9mDBM    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2019

1 hr 3 min

Westminster rules in favour of gay marriage and abortion rights in Northern Ireland, former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is sentenced to 9 months in prison (and banned from YouTube), a man dressed in a gimp suit terrorises the people of Somerset, and a love letter from Tupac to Madonna is expected to fetch $300,000 at auction. Plus, how do YOU feel about Matt Hancock's plan to link up Alexa and the NHS? (Spoiler alert: Dolly doesn't like robots.)Today we have the man who has sold 8 million books, who possesses the most delicious voice you've ever heard (it even beats Philippe Sands), the one and only David Nicholls, on the show. The screenwriter of multiple hits such as Great Expectations and Patrick Melrose and the best-selling author of Starter for 10, The Understudy, One Day and Us, he is back with a new novel, Sweet Sorrow, about a teenage summer romance in the 80s. We talk about teenage love, parenting and being parented, writing, anxiety in the internet age and that twist in One Day. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksPre-order Dolly's novel, Ghosts, here! https://www.waterstones.com/book/ghosts/dolly-alderton/9781785177255Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls https://www.waterstones.com/book/sweet-sorrow/david-nicholls/9781529393088Sweet Home, by Wendy Erskine https://www.waterstones.com/book/sweet-home/wendy-erskine/9781906539726My Name Is Why, by Lemn Sissay https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-name-is-why/lemn-sissay/9781786892348The Lingering of Loss, by Jill Lepore for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/the-lingering-of-lossKids Don't Damage Women's Careers - Men Do, by Jessica Valenti for Medium's GEN https://gen.medium.com/kids-dont-damage-women-s-careers-men-do-eb07cba689b8David Szalay on All That Man Is, for BBC Radio 4's Bookclub https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005mg6Lemn Sissay on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gthszThe Adam Buxton Podcast: episode 100 http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep100-joe-cornish-louis-theroux  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2019

1 hr 24 min