The High Low

by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

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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 May 28, 2020, 9:34 pm

#1

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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Instagram's Proposed Removal of The 'Like' Counter; & Why Are We So Obsessed With Other People's Process?

July 23, 2019 • 64m

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 Duuuuuude.This week: curry seagull; the controversial Cats trailer; and why Ireland's 8th amendment might have been repealed - but is far from what has been legally mandated.And on today’s agenda, we delve into Instagram's proposed removal of the 'like' counter, which is being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 Lowlive in action,there are a fewtickets left to ourManchester show. Book here! www.faneproductions/com/highlowE-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksKate Kellaway interviews Lemn Sissay for The Guardian, 2016https://bit.ly/2bs5oGL Frank Sinatra Has Got A Cold, by Gay Talese for Esquire, 1966https://bit.ly/2uLGEqS Profile of Zadie Smith in The Telegraph, 2002https://bit.ly/2JV4ftK 'Police officers demanded to see my books' by Elif Shafak for The Guardianhttps://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 GreerSo 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 Mpangahttps://apple.co/2PieAST Zadie Smith interview on the Touré Showhttps://bit.ly/2M9mDBM For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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Obama on Wokeness & Our Love for Modern Love <3

November 05, 2019 • 71m

This week we discuss Snapchat dysmorphia, the data-collection of period-tracking apps and why Dolly wantsto 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 ofprogress. Is there space for Obama's brand of gradualism - or do we actually need radical change?And we talk aboutAmazon Prime's Modern Love, basedon the New York Times column, which we have both fallen hook, line and sinker for - because we are but sentimental fools.E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksModern Love on Amazon Primehttps://www.amazon.com/Modern-Love-Season-1/dp/B07VNF5351Modern Love, Edited by Daniel Joneshttps://www.waterstones.com/book/modern-love/daniel-jones/9780307351043One Dimensional Woman, by Nina Powerhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Dimensional-Woman-Zero-Books/dp/1846942411Sabotage, by Emma Gannon for The Pound Projecthttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-six-emma-gannonExposure, by OliviaSudjichttps://peninsulapress.co.uk/product/exposureA Woman's Beauty: Put Down or Power Source? By Susan Sontag, 1975http://www.wheelersburg.net/Downloads/Sontag.pdfThebacklash against birth control apps, by Olivia Sudjic for The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/21/colossally-naive-backlash-birth-control-appMalaika Jabali on Obamahttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/01/does-obamas-critique-of-radical-politics-help-bring-about-the-change-he-wantedSarah Ditum on Obamahttps://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 Magazinehttps://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-demacast.com/privacy

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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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#6

That Taylor Swift Song & Macron's €8,000 Make-Up Habit

August 30, 2017 • 68m

It’s Dolly’s birthday today! And as if in celebration, The High Low has hit half a million downloads. Listen to Pandora sing happy birthday to Dolly and the two discuss Hilary Mantel’s epic piece on Princess Diana and 'the princess myth' for The Guardian and Alan Yentob’s BBC interview with Margaret Atwood. Also today, some deep-dive discussion into Taylor Swift’s record-breaking new tune (43.2million YouTube downloads in 24 hours) and whether it’s self-aware and brave, or gauche and obvious. One thing’s for sure: Taylor ain't pretending to play nice anymore. Playing nice, at least with make-up, is French President Emmanuel Macron, whose make-up regime have been revealed as costing €8,000 and then a further €10,000. Is he wearing bespoke presidential foundation? Or lasering his ball sack with the finest lasers in the land? The High Low discusses if this is a gendered issue (yes) and whether Theresa May would get away with spending £18,000 of public funding on her fizzy. Fun facts from today’s Top Line: in a brand alignment like no others, Julien McDonald is making diamante burger boxes for McDonald’s; and soft cheese could be making your head smaller. Oh, and do you have Prosecco gums? Dolly might do. Don’t forget to rate review and subscribe on iTunes and do tweet us @thehighlowshow and e-mail us thehighlowshow@gmail.com. RECOMMENDED: Here's The Thing With Alec Baldwin interviews Lawrence Wright: http://www.wnyc.org/story/lawrence-wright/ Alan Yentob interviews Margaret Atwood: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b093tw95/imagine-summer-2017-2-margaret-atwood-you-have-been-warned Hilary Mantel's piece on Princess Diana: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/26/the-princess-myth-hilary-mantel-on-diana Heart podcast mini-series on sexual consent: http://www.theheartradio.org/no-episodes/ Score by Jilly Cooper https://www.amazon.co.uk/Score-Jilly-Cooper-OBE/dp/0552156361 Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiny-Ladies-Shiny-Pants-Soloway/dp/1785032860/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504119762&sr=1-1&keywords=tiny+ladies+in+shiny+pants Ariel Levy's interview on Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/01/540822381/i-was-somebodys-mother-reflections-on-the-guilt-and-grief-of-miscarriage Laura Snapes for Elle.com on Taylor Swift http://www.elle.com/culture/music/news/a47694/taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-video-analysis/ Decoding the disses of Taylor Swift in the Guardian, by Jake Nevins https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/28/taylor-swift-look-what-you-made-me-do-music-video Who Killed Taylor Swift in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/who-killed-taylor-swift/537990/ The Women's Hour discussion of Taylor Swift and celebrity female rivalry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b092956j For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#7

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&amp;mt=2 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#8

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

October 16, 2018

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&amp;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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Was James Corden Wrong To Joke About Harvey Weinstein?; And Are YOU Suffering From Culture Overload?

October 17, 2017 • 74m

It’s our first ever live podcast! This week The High Low is brought to you live from tibits, a vegetarian restaurant in Mayfair, where we recorded the episode on Monday 16th October. Thanks to everyone who came and latterly stuffed their faces with the food boat.This week we discuss Hollywood in the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall - and, specifically, James Corden’s controversial jokes about Weinstein at the AmFar Gala. Was Corden speaking out of turn; or have we begun to censor the role of the comic too much?Also on this week’s agenda is culture overload, after we read a brilliant piece in November’s issue of British Esquire by the Culture Editor, Miranda Collinge, who returned from holiday to find 81 books on her desk. Yes, 81. Are you mired in podcasts, not knowing which way to turn; being buried alive by the pile of books by your bedside table, unsure which to start fast; feeling the impending doom of a boxset binge, knowing that as soon as you finish this series, there’s another that just HAS to be read? And what if you read/watch/listen to the wrong thing. What do you do THEN? We discuss making your own culture agenda and consuming the culture that resonates with you, not your Twitter/Instagram timeline.Highlights from The Top Line: diet avocados (for god’s sake), the man who changed his middle name to Yorkshire Tea and why Ivana Trump is, in her own words, the real First Lady.You can e-mail us @thehighlowshow - short of tattooing her tits, Pandora isn’t sure where else to put this e-mail address - and tweet us @thehighlowshow. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes!READING/ LISTENINGNothing to Envy by Barbara DemickMarina O’Loughlin's first restaurant review for The Sunday Times - Dolly can provide linkGrace Dent for The Independent on James Corden’s jokes about Harvey Weinstein - Dolly can provide linkLINKS:http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/james-corden-harvey-weinstein-women-can-joke-but-you-cant-a8002926.htmlhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/table-talk-our-new-restaurant-critic-marina-oloughlin-on-the-biting-wit-of-her-predecessor-the-late-aa-gill-k3djnc930Laura Snapes for The Dolly Mail:http://us14.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d694237eb6ca85f6f4c7d854b&amp;id=e1fc988477 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#10

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

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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#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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#14

Pride Month; & the Complex Conundrum of Euthanasia

June 11, 2019 • 76m

*Apologies for some slight sound issues this week*Dolly's lost her passport and Michael Gove's nose is feeling regretful. We talk Sally Challen, humpback whales and why sleep apps could make your sleepingworse.And we deep-dive into pride month and discuss the fallacy that is the proposed straight pride march, particularly in the wake of recent homophobic hate crimes in the UK. Also, the euthanasia that never was: after the false news story about 17 year old Dutch teenager, Noa Pothoven, did the rounds, we discuss the complexity and implications of euthanasia, social media and the suicide contagion.E-mailthehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowLinksEasy on NetflixQueer Intentions, by Amelia AbrahamFlorence Welch on self-sabotage, for the July issue of British Vogue - on sale nowThe Age of the Internet 'Wife Guy', by Amanda Hess for The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/arts/internet-wife-guy-robbie-tripp.htmlSloane Crosley on the Longform Podcasthttps://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-343-sloane-crosleyThe Pleasure Podcasthttps://thepleasurepodcast.comEmma Jane Unsworth on post natal depressionhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/08/lie-health-visitor-lie-friends-truth-postnatal-depression?CMP=twt_b-gdnweekendWhat does childbirth feel like? By Nell Frizzell for The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/18/what-does-childbirth-feel-like-googleWhen will homophobes learn that lesbians aren't their playthings? By Sophie Wilkinson for The Telegraphhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/sophie-wilkinson0/Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? By Christopher de Bellaigue for Guardian Long Readshttps://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/18/death-on-demand-has-euthanasia-gone-too-far-netherlands-assisted-dying For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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#15

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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#16

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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#17

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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#20

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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