The High Low

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

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Last updated on August 07, 2020, 2:01 pm

#3

Why 1/3 of Gen Z Don’t Drink; & How Feelings Took Over The World

October 16, 2018 • 84m

Everyone’s talking about Kanye’s nutty meeting with Trump in The Oval Office last week; whilst Melania, in her most frank televised interview yet, described herself as the most bullied person in the world. Meanwhile, Fendi has made a £750 scarf which looks like a vulva (transcendental experience of being ‘born again’ presumably baked in to the price), the Duchess of Sussex is having a baby and we discuss the juiciest tidbits of the 850-guest royal wedding that we both, accidentally, got really quite into.Also this week we discuss why 1/3 of Gen Z don’t drink (and interview two Gen Z authors Scarlett Curtis and Charly Cox about their differing attitudes to alcohol) and some brilliant pieces of journalism this weekend by Josh Glancy and Max Hastings, that discuss how feelings have trumped rational thought. Is The Enlightenment’s 300-year intellectual tenure under threat? And what are the dangers of placing heart and gut above facts and mind?E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksIt’s time to do away with the gay best friend, by Philip Ellis for Man Repellerhttps://www.manrepeller.com/2018/10/gay-best-friend-stereotype.htmlI’ll Be There For You, by Kelsey Millerhttps://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Kelsey-Miller/Ill-Be-There-For-You/22458067Motherhood, by Sheila Hetihttps://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Sheila-Heti/Motherhood/22325906The xx, by Angela Chadwickhttps://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Angela-Chadwick/XX/22437212Christene Barberich interviews Hanya Yanaghihara for Refinery29’s UnStyled podcasthttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/hanya-yanagihara-on-making-your-mark-in-brave-new-media/id1171140955?i=1000421309939&mt=2@brian_bilston on Instagram for poetryHow have we let feelings obscure rational debate, by Josh Glancy’s column for The Sunday Times magazinehttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/josh-glancy-brett-kavanaugh-case-has-ignited-online-fury-like-never-before-how-have-we-let-feelings-obscure-rational-debate-6nq6h6hpqWe’re in a dark age where hearts rule minds, by Max Hastings for The Timeshttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-re-in-a-dark-age-where-hearts-rule-minds-5p7gl6g5qFor millennials, thinking and emotions are equals — more or less, by Karl Moorehttps://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2017/06/26/for-millennials-thinking-and-emotions-are-equals-more-or-less/amp/Sophie Wilkinson on Cara Delevigne for Grazia:acast.com/privacy

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Meghan & Harry's Godparent Privacy Furore; And What Makes A True Eccentric?

July 09, 2019 • 68m

Glasto's been and gone and the USA won the Women's World Cup - as the crowd began chanting "equal pay, equal pay."This week we cover the latest royal storm in a bone-china teacup, as Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex refuse to name the godparents of their newborn baby, Archie. Are the taxpayers entitled to this intel? Or is it time to stop seeing privacy, in our era of 360 surveillance, in black and white terms?We also take the BBC's eccentric quiz and discuss Will Self's riveting new documentary on what makes a true eccentric and how 'the eccentric' is oft commodified or misunderstood. Take the quiz and let us know - how eccentric are YOU?https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2xKy0KkffPNDywmxxC6qrkm/how-eccentric-are-youDonate to Broadwater Farm's summer play experiencehttps://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/broadwaterfarmE-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksThe Falconer, by Dana CzapnikThe New Me, by Halle ButlerBitch, by Elizabeth WurtzelCamilla Long on HRH Killjoy, for The Sunday Timeshttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/for-keeping-mum-about-archies-godparents-i-rechristen-the-peoples-prince-hrh-killjoy-qs87wlrz6When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg, for The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/29/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-met-greta-thunberg-hope-contagious-climatePete Paphides' gorgeous Twitter thread on Glastonburyhttps://twitter.com/petepaphides/status/1145666196622254081The Death of the Eccentric, hosted by Will Self for BBC Radio 4https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006kt6 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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The Curious Tale of Anna Delvey & Love Island’s Body Problem

June 10, 2018 • 48m

It’s a live podcast brought to you from the Möet & Chandon Summer House, in London! This week we are discussing the story gone viral, of party-girl-fraud, Anna Delvey. Are we living through the golden age of scamming?Also today, Love Island and it’s golden homogenised beauty types. Do producers of structured reality shows owe us a more realistic body type; or should we expect nothing less from a show which is a platform for Instagram influencers-in-waiting? BooHooMan awaits.LinksDietland, on Amazon Primehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B07DDHFPWGHow Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People, by Jessica Presser for New York Magazinehttps://www.thecut.com/2018/05/how-anna-delvey-tricked-new-york.htmlThe Fiends and the Folk Heroes in Grifter Season, by Jia Tolentino for The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-fiends-and-the-folk-heroes-of-grifter-season/ampScammers: They’re Just Like Us, by Tom Gara for Buzzfeedhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/tomgara/anna-delvey-scammers-theyre-just-like-usBonjour Tristesse, by Francoise Saganhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Bonjour-tristesse-Francoise-Sagan/dp/2266195581/ref=nodl_Moi Non Plus, on BBC iPlayerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b42wwtmoi non plus on BBC iplayerSex And The City’s Lesser Known Icons, by Caroline O’Donoghue for The Poolhttps://www.the-pool.com/arts-culture/tv/2018/23/Caroline-O-Donoghue-on-lesser-known-icons-of-Sex-and-the-CityA History of Sex And The City’s “Splat” Episode, via Vulturehttp://www.vulture.com/2013/12/sex-and-the-city-oral-history-splat-episode.htmlwww.peoples-vote.uk/marchYou can e-mail usthehighlowshow@gmail.comor tweet us @thehighlowshow. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#9

Soft Ghosting, Driving Lessons & An Author Special with Louise Callaghan on The Zookeeper That Defied ISIS

October 31, 2019 • 76m

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 showcasefor emerging comics.Our authorspecial 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-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksPostmark collaboration with The Miscarriage Associationhttps://postmarkonline.co.uk/miscarriage-association-cardsFather of Lions, by Louise Callaghanhttps://www.waterstones.com/book/father-of-lions/louise-callaghan/9781789540765The Examined Life, by Stephen Groszhttps://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 podcasthttps://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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#11

The Curious Case of Mrs Hinch; & Comedy's Diversity Issue

November 21, 2018 • 68m

It was the week of the BBC's 100 Women of the Year list, Hockney's record-breaking art sale and the story of Deke Duncan, a radio jockey playing to an audience of one (Dolly's spirit animal.)On today's agenda, the 'cleanfluencer'phenomenon, Mrs Hinch - who has over 1.3 million IG followers and shares videos of herself cleaning. Why DO people go so potty for her? Does she offer an ordered escape from a terrifyingly messy world?And we discuss Lolly Adefope's wry joke about a whitewashed comedy line-up - which escalated into a perceived 'race row' and saw Lolly cast in the role of 'Angry Black Woman.' Why is calm and valid criticism so hard for us to accept? And what does it say about diversity - or rather, the continued lack of it?E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us@The High LowLinksMother Ship, by Francesca Segalhttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116702/mother-ship/9781784742690.htmlWhy Are Young People Having So Little Sex? By Katie Julian for The Atlantichttps://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/12/the-sex-recession/573949/Popular, by Mitch Prinsteinhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Popular-Finding-Happiness-Success-Relationships/dp/039956375XBBC's 100 Women list of 2018https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46225037Tara Westover on How To Fail, with Elizabeth Dayhttps://www.acast.com/how-to-fail1/how-to-fail-tara-westoverWhen Michelle Met Oprah - Dec issue of ELLE UKhttps://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/a25007149/michelle-obama-is-still-optimistic/Could The Palm Oil Boycott Increase Deforestation?:https://theconversation.com/palm-oil-boycott-could-actually-increase-deforestation-sustainable-products-are-the-solution-106733Why Young Men Need More Pornography, by Eva Wiseman:https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/young-men-pornographyIndia Knight on Sex Education for Girls:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/india-knight-mp-jess-phillips-sex-ed-must-change-help-girls-take-ownership-bodies-97c96k5n7Homecoming on Amazon Prime:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B07FP41Z59Lena Dunham on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard:https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/lena-dunhamElizabeth Gilbert on The Ted Interview:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/elizabeth-gilbert-shows-up-for-everything/id1437306870?i=1000421929243&mt=2 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#12

The High Low Christmas Special

December 20, 2017 • 46m

It’s a festive episode with a special High Low nativity play; written by professional screenwriter (as you will be able to tell) Dolly - and sponsored by frankincense and myrrh.As Amazon and John Lewis declare ambitions to open their end of year sales on Christmas Day itself, and the Bishop of Cambridge descends into outrage, we talk the evolution of ‘family time’ and whether online shopping during a day of rest (and/or religion) is a moral issue or merely one of ease and convenience. What about all the people that don’t celebrate Christmas? And side note: HOW has Amazon only just launched in Australia?Also up for discussion, Twitter finally rules against hate speech - with the leaders of far right party Britain First suspended from Twitter for Islamaphobic fake news (which was retweeted by Covfefe Trump - natch.) We discuss censorship versus the oft hackneyed cliché of free speech: and why a bigot is not one size fits all.Two book recommendation via Pandora:Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalanhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Brain-Fire-My-Month-Madness/dp/0141975342/ref=nodl_Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNishhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobody-Told-Me-Poetry-Parenthood/dp/0349134359Don’t forget to shop the Papier.com site with or excloooosive discount HIGHLOW for 15% off all your customisable stationary needs.HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HIGH LOW! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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Why We Should Be Cautious Of Banning Songs; & The Internet’s Abuse Against Women

December 12, 2018 • 61m

It was the week of Knickers (the cow too big for theabattoir), a Guardian long-read about poo (much to Dolly’s dismay) and Ada Hegerberg, theNorwegianBallon d’Or winner who coolly refused to twerk.This episode, wediscuss the proposed ban of the Christmas song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Out Here’, on account of its supposed coercion (“I really must go”) and connotations of date-rape (“what’s in this drink?”) But, when you dig into the lyrics and read what music historians have to say - it turns out this song was the very opposite. Is this a reminder that a‘past-present’ translator is mandatory, with culturalartifacts?And Google, when are you making one?Also on the agenda, abuseagainst women on social media, aswritten about by journalists PollyVernon, in Grazia and Daisy Buchanan, onTwitter. Polly calls every day ‘Righteous Internet Pile-in Day’where women are“attacked,vilified and lampooned by complete strangers.” Meanwhile, Daisy says“I’m sick of being told to just ignore it. What has become so broken?” Wediscuss the internet’s empathy deficit and why Amnesty International hasdeclared abuse against women on the internet a violation of human rights.Mrs Wilson on iPlayerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0btk3w3Babies: Their Wonderful World, on iPlayerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0bt7v0jWhat Red Was, by Rosie Price, pre-order here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Red-Was-Rosie-Price/dp/1787301389Bowel Movement - the push to change the way you poo, by Alex Blasdel for The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/30/bowel-movement-change-the-way-you-poo-squatty-potty-toiletVanessa Paridis gets uppity with Chrissy Iley, by (um) Chrissy Iley for The Sunday Times Magazinehttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-interview-vanessa-paradis-singer-and-johnny-depps-ex-gets-uppity-with-chrissy-iley-6bftjx57w"I got used to lying. I didn’t want anyone to find out’” -An interview with Mel C, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/01/mel-b-i-got-used-to-lying-i-didnt-want-anyone-to-find-outMy Cook Book Crushes, by Nora Ephron:https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/02/13/serial-monogamyThe Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07G9PHJJHNish Kumar on The Adam Buxton Podcast:http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep87-nish-kumarE-mail:thehighlow@gmail.comTweet: @thehighlowshowIf you want to write an IRL letter for Dolly’s ***new IRL ye old mailbag***, please send your wax-sealed correspondence to: Grace O’Leary, Independent Talent Group, 40 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2RH For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#14

Dry January & 'New Year, New Me'; And The Pregnancy Glow Myth

January 04, 2018 • 65m

Happy 2018! It's the first High Low episode of the year. We've got some books, shows, podcasts and articles to recommend to you, a Queens impression from Pandora (that's the suburb in New York, not the royal OAP) and a reader question about what to do when you're a Hot Mess.In this week's episode, we discuss the shocking - or is it so shocking? - new research from Kings College London, which reveals that 27% of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems. Is the 'pregnancy glow' myth to blame? Pandora - who at 8 months pregnant, believes the 'glow' to have passed her by entirely - speaks from experience; whilst Dolly muses upon the fetishisation of pregnant women in the media. Also in today's episode, we talk Dry January, Veganuary and other zeitgeisty lifestyle trends. Should we stop being so negative about 'new year, new me'?Thank you to our sponsors Google Pixel 2 and Treatwell plus Acast, for letting us use your studio.E-mail us thehighlowshow@gmail.com or tweet us @thehighlowshow.LinksListeningRomesh Ranganathan on The Adam Buxton podcasthttps://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/ep61-romesh-ranganathanReadingThe Magical Art Of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knighthttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Changing-Magic-Not-Giving-Spending/dp/0316270725Blink, by Malcolm Gladwellhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0141014598The Vagina Monologues, 20th anniversary edition, by Eve Enslerhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Vagina-Monologues-Eve-Ensler/dp/0349011281The Year the Grenfell Tower Fire Revealed The Lies That Londoners Tell Themselves, by Sam Knight for The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/2017-in-review/the-year-the-grenfell-tower-fire-revealed-the-lie-that-londoners-tell-themselvesThere's Nothing Empowering or Feminist About The All-Female Line-Up on Celebrity Big Brother, by Georgia Aspinall for The Debriefhttps://thedebrief.co.uk/news/celebrity/celebrity-big-brother-anti-feminist/Braids, Cultural Appropriation And The Media's Erasure of Black Women, by JaméJackson for Fashionista.comhttps://fashionista.com/2018/01/black-hair-braids-cultural-appropriation-media-erasureWe Need To Stop Our Obsession With Lifestyle Trends (Particularly Danish Ones) - archive piece by Pandora (ahem) for The Spectatorhttps://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/need-stop-obsessed-lifestyle-trends-especially-scandinavian-ones/WatchingBlack Mirror - series 4https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888Jim and Andy - The Great Beyondhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80209608Little Women - BBC... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#15

Debunking Wellness Myths with Is Butter A Carb? Authors, Rosie Saunt & Helen West

July 02, 2019 • 69m

We're recording this in advance, so no news update this week but a bunch of reccs and an author special!Do you swear by your daily turmeric latte? Are you a celery juice fanatic? From placenta pills to kombucha, the registered dietitians, co-founders of The Rooted Project and authors of Is Butter A Carb? Unpicking Fact From Fiction In The World Of Nutrition, Rosie Saunt and Helen West, take us through the myths, fads and where the *actual* science can be found in our wellness crisis.We talk about body positivity, veganism, food shame, the privilege of wellness and - hardest of all - what constitutes a healthy diet? This is a must-read book that will change the way you think about food, diet, health and happiness. You can follow@rooted_project on Instagram and Twitter.E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksIs Butter A Carb? Unpicking Fact From Fiction In The World of Nutrition, by Rosie Saunt and Helen West https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-rooted-project/rosie-saunt/helen-west/9780349419299Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-JephcottThe Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life, by David BrooksThe Bold Type, on Amazon PrimeTED Talks Daily podcast with David Brookshttps://player.fm/series/tedtalks-video/the-lies-our-culture-tells-us-about-what-matters-and-a-better-way-to-live-david-brooksDavid Brooks on TBD with Tina Brown podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/david-brooks-moral-journey/id1441327188?i=1000435034594David Brooks on Vox's The Ezra Klein Show podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/the-disillusionment-of-david-brooks/id1081584611?i=1000437042197 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#16

Kanye’s Basic Tweets; and an Author Special with Trans Activist and Writer, Juno Dawson

May 02, 2018 • 51m

Amber Rudd’s resignation; Mary Beard’s sparkly sneaks; Kanye’s ‘basic Plato’ tweets - oh and the news that beer goggles really DO exist. Yup, it’s just another week at The High Low.This week sees the return of the author special, with trans activist and YA author, Juno Dawson, whose 14th book about a teenage heroin addict, Clean, had us both hooked. We discuss addiction, privilege, teenhood and trans issues with Juno, whilst her miniature chihuahua Prince, looked on.LinksMilk & Honey, by Rupi Kaurhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Milk-Honey-Rupi-Kaur/dp/144947425XClean, by Juno Dawsonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Clean-Juno-Dawson/dp/1786540363/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525277433&sr=1-1&keywords=clean+juno+dawsonThe Comments on my Selfies Are Different Now I’m a Mom, by Leandra Medine for ManRepellerhttps://www.manrepeller.com/2018/04/why-i-take-selfies.htmlI Am The One Woman Who Has it All, by Kimberley Harrington for The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/i-am-the-one-woman-who-has-it-allBreasts Unbound, an Audible podcast series hosted by Florence Williamshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/breasts-unbound/id1314135350?mt=2What Do Your Boobs Mean To You, by Pandora [yes, the same one!]http://www.pandorasykes.com/what-do-your-boobs-mean-to-you/Wild Wild Country, on Netflixhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80145240Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation on BBC iPlayerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b09dss/ad/stephen-the-murder-that-changed-a-nation-series-1-1-the-loss-of-joySoul Music on BBC Radio 4https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008mj7pBOOK a ticket to Consent Matters: millennial voices changing the narrative, on14th Mayhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1581406098643539/)You can tweet us @thehighlowshow or e-mail usthehighlowshow@gmail.com. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#17

The Glastonbury That Never Was; & Ruby Tandoh on The Art of Quitting

June 30, 2020 • 59m

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 physicalact - 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 privilegeby Robin DiAngelo and Channel 4's documentary, The School That Tried To End Racism.E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowShopthehighlowshop.com- 100% profits go to charity (50% Show Racism The Red Card, 50% Women's Aid)LinksZing Tseng on festivals for Vicehttps://www.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/4ayagj/what-i-miss-festivals-glastonburyRuby Tandoh on the art of quitting for WePresenthttps://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/work-sucks-i-know-ruby-tandoh/Eat Up, by Ruby TandohWhat Gen Z'ers think about millennials, by Diyora Shadijanovahttps://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 Outhttps://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 
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#18

What Was He Thinking? Prince Andrew's Car Crash Interview

November 20, 2019 • 56m

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-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksRefinery 29'scampaign to decriminalise abortionhttps://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 visitwww.mfpa.ukThe Crane Wife, by CJ Hauser for the Paris Reviewhttps://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/16/the-crane-wife/Naomi Campbell interview, by Nosheen Iqbal for The Guardianhttps://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 Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/movies/tom-hanks-mister-rogers.htmlHood Feminism, by Mikki Kendallhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hood-feminism-9781526622402/I write in pockets of stolen time, by Roxane Gay for WePresentshttps://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/roxane-gay-essay/Elizabeth Day on Prince Andrewhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-7693403/ELIZABETH-DAY-not-victim-Andrew-real-victims-invisible-you.htmlSuzanne Moore on Prince Andrewhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/17/prince-andrew-abuse-emily-maitlis-queenCamilla Long on Prince Andrewhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poor-st-andrew-far-too-honourable-to-leave-sex-offender-pal-to-stew-7vtjxwbx5 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#19

Megan Phelps-Roper On Leaving The Westboro Baptist Church, AKA 'America's Most Hated Family'

November 12, 2019 • 87m

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 legendarysegment, 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-mailthehighlowshow@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 Voguewww.vogue.co.uk/news/article/emma-watson-on-fame-activism-little-womenWhat is shitposting? By Sarah Manavis for The New Statesmanhttps://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 Soundswww.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r9qy3 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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Carrie Symonds & ‘the scarlet woman’; & the end of Big Brother

September 19, 2018 • 70m

The High Low inbox was full of people asking us to cover the media coverage of Carrie Symonds, the former Tory comms director accused of having an affair with Boris Johnson. We discuss the ‘scarlet woman’ trope, historically embodied by Monica Lewinsky, the then intern who was globally shamed for her affair with Bill Clinton (if you haven’t watched her 2015 TED talk yet - DO IT.) Let’s stop with the ‘tabloidese’ whereby women accused of having affairs with famous, married men are party-loving sluts designed to attack the patriarchy. Here’s a thought: let’s cover women in the same way we do men?Also today, we celebrate the 18 year tenure - yes, 18 years - of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. Whether 'civilian or celebrity' (our new favourite phrase), Big Brother was once a pop-culture phenomenon, at the vanguard of the zeitgeist. Rather than examine where it all went wrong (nothing lasts forever) we dive into the nostalgia and share our favourite bits plus YOUR favourite bits, as garnered from Twitter. Plus, Dolly interviews an ex story producer of MIC, ex head writer for TOWIE and culture journalist, Ed Cripps, to discuss the BB phenomenon in more detail.E-mail usthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehighlowshowHadley Freeman on Serena Williamshttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/15/give-serena-williams-break-working-mothersSophie Heawood interviews Lily Allenhttps://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/sep/15/lily-allen-brazen-behaviour-didnt-care-sophie-heawoodThe Pursuit of Love, by Nancy Mitfordhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Pursuit-Love-Nancy-Mitford/dp/0141044012Episode 59 of Fortunately with Fi and Jane, with Susanna Reidhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06f8njnKilling Eve, on BBC iPlayerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p06jy6bcFran Yeoman on Carrie Symonds for iNewshttps://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/people/boris-johnson-carrie-symonds-affair-allegations-sexism-media/Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk, ‘The price of shame’https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame/up-next?language=enNadia Petschek Rawls, Director of Social Media at TED, on Monica Lewinsky’s TED talkhttps://ideas.ted.com/want-to-help-prevent-online-bullying-comment-on-facebook/She Wants It by Jill Soloway:https://www.amazon.co.uk/She-Wants-Desire-Toppling-Patriarchy/dp/1785032844Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants:acast.com/privacy

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