The High Low

The High Low

By 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 Coel on Grounded with Louis Theroux Billy Crystal on Awards Chatter Pandemic at the disco playlist, by School of Life Ideas for Curious Minds, by School of Life Promised Land by Barack Obama Tiny Lungs - 28 poems by Joanna Bennett Small Axe by Steve McQueen, on BBC iPlayerMangrove, on BBC iPlayer Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/12/202h 14m

An Author Special with Graham Norton - And Some News

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: 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 where 100% profits go to Fare ShareLinksHome Stretch, by Graham NortonWintering, by Katherine MayLaurence Llewelyn-Bowen inteview by Chris Godfrey for The Guardian Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/11/201h 19m

Maggi's Mary Wollstonecraft, Princess Diana and A Plunge Into The Christmas Ads

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 - 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 long Covid forced me to confront my past and my identity, by Kathryn Bromwich for The Guardian 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  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/11/201h 11m

Election Gaffes, Celebrity Truth-Tellers & The Undoing

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, 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: Love in The New York Times Buy There's Something About Wallace: Lockdown Love on Hampstead Heath by Louisa Green: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/11/201h 4m

No Nut November, National Sandwich Day, and an Author Special with Otegha Uwagba on Whites

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 where 100% of profits go to Fare ShareLinksWhites, by Otegha Uwagba, out 12th NovemberSacha Baron Cohen on Fresh Air: Undoing, on SkyYou're Wrong About, on all podcast platformsGhosting stories at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/11/201h 5m

The Southern Charm of Matthew McConaughey; Free School Meals; & The Web Server That Slows Down Information Overload

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 - 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 happened when me and Kim Kardashian both turned 40? By Eva Wiseman, for The Observer 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: to donate to:Fare Share Feeding Britain feedingbritain.orgKitchen Social Trussell Trust trusselltrust.orgMagic Breakfast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/10/201h 5m

Cow Hugging, Daddy by Emma Cline & An Exclusive Clip from Joan & Jericha

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 - 100% of profits go to charity, 50% to Black Minds Matter and 50% to Freedom CharityLinksMax Woosey's fundraising page for North Devon hospice, 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: role of food in Jewish celebration for Radio 4’s The Food Programme: My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda, by Jiayang Fan for The New Yorker (listen to the audio on the same link) Joan and Jericha: Why He Turns Away, Do’s and Don’ts from Dating to Death, out on the 29th October Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/10/2057m 51s

Progressive Penguins, Emily in Paris, & What Makes A Good Deed?

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 - 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 find myself apologising for the complex nature of my motherhood, by Sophie Beresiner for The Sunday Times Style Sophie @motherprojectofficial and pre-order her book here 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 Emily's Bot actually go viral? By Rachel Handler for Vulture The Rocks, at cinemas nowSamantha Morton on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4Floella Benjamin on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/10/2052m 18s

Grief Around Miscarriage, The Social Dilemma & The Phrases Dying Out With Gen Z

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 - 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 Chrissy Teigen's story is so helpful to other women, by Jennifer Handt for WBUR 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 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/10/201h 2m

Pandemic friendships, and how to mend a broken heart

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 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 Fidelity, by Nick HornbySchitt's Creek, on NetflixGuys We Fucked - Heartbreak Is Universal? with Guy Winch Psychology of Friendship, by Mahzad HojjitUs, on BBC iPlayerSafe Spaces for Black Women, created by Leyla Hussein Dawn French's Desert Island Discs, 2012 on Radio 4 Wife, by Meg Wolitzer Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/09/2054m 23s

A Plunge Into The Body Politics and Choice Feminism of An Instagram Age

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 - 100% of profits go to charity, currently Black Minds Matter and Freedom charityLinksEmily Ratajkowski on reclaiming her own image, for New York magazine Emily Ratajkowski effect, by Haley Nahman for her Maybe Baby newsletter Duchess, on NetflixRBG, on NetflixRuth Bader Ginsberg's death means pro-choicers have a fight on their hands, by Zoe Williams for The Guardian, on BBC SoundsThe Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, out nowThis Way Up on All4 Seven Pledges to My Single Friends by Caroline O’Donoghue Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/09/201h 6m

The Joy of A Buffet, Zadie Smith's Lockdown Essays & Ofcom's Diversity Problem

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 - 100% of profits go to charity: Black Minds Matter and Freedom CharityLinksIntimations by Zadie SmithZadie Smith on Adam Buxton podcast The Kitchen: essays on food and life this the end of the buffet? by Joel Golby up with the Kardashians is ending. What does it all mean? by Rosa Lyster Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/09/2056m 44s

Revising Our Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow, Dettol's Dubious 'Back To Work' Ads & The Best of Garage (Sort Of)

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 - 100% of profits go to charity (50% to Black Minds Matter, 50% to Freedom Charity)LinksGwyneth Paltrow on her experience of conscious uncoupling 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, Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

Selling Sunset, Gendered Care Work & How Often Do YOU Clear Out Your Pants Drawer?

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 - 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 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  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/09/201h 20m

Wiley’s Anti-Semitism, Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age & An Author Special w/ Nesrine Malik

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: (but please do note the inbox will be unmanned for August)Tweet: @thehighlowshowShop: 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 to to request the removal of Wiley’s MBE ReadingThe Waiting Room, a newsletter by Amelia Tait, a newsletter by Sophie Wilkinson Red Hand Files, a newsletter by Nick Cave https://www.theredhandfiles.comThe Meander, a newsletter by Dolly Alderton 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  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/07/201h 21m

Lockdown Sexscapades & Friendship in Old Age

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 - 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 Lorde's dating column for Vogue adopting as a same-sex couple taught us, by Ben Fergusson for The Guardian Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/07/2055m 41s

A Deep Dive Into The Child-Free Vs Motherhood Dialogue

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 - 100% of profits go to charity, 50% to Show Racism The Red Card and 50% to Women's AidLinks ReadingOlive by Emma GannonJust Like You by Nick Hornby Thandie Newton interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture Cole interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture'Am I willing to risk my mental health to have a baby?' by Bella Mackie for The Sunday Times US series on being child-free watchingHelen Mirren on WTF with Marc MaronSian Harries and Grace Dent are ambivalent about motherhood, 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/07/2058m 30s

On Why We Shouldn't Look For Relatability in Celebs & An Interview with Adam Kay about Dear NHS

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 - 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 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/07/201h 2m

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

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 - 100% profits go to charity (50% Show Racism The Red Card, 50% Women's Aid)LinksZing Tseng on festivals for Vice Tandoh on the art of quitting for WePresent Up, by Ruby TandohWhat Gen Z'ers think about millennials, by Diyora Shadijanova “I’m not racist” is only half the story, by Robin DiAngelo  The School That Tried To End Racism, on Channel 4odOprah's SuperSoul Conversations: Ellen DeGeneres Comes Out Island Discs - Chili Bouchier  The Great Godden, by Meg Rosoff Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/06/2058m 37s

The Madness of 2020 Can Be Summed Up In Lynx Africa's Marmite Edition

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 - 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 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/06/201h 10m

Lockdown Sex, I May Destroy You, and Rhik Samadder's I Never Said I Loved You

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 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  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/06/201h 7m

After The Hashtags

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 Evaristo on inclusive publishing for British Vogue Adegoke on the "pics or it didn't happen approach" for British Vogue Books by Black authors that aren't about Black pain by Natalie Morris for Metro racism requires more than hashtags by Nesrine Malik for The Guardian You Should Say Black Lives Matter by Bob and Peppermint The Resilience of Marga Griesbach by Rebecca Traister for New York mag & 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. Stephenson statue to Black Minds Matter Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/06/2057m 27s

Anti-Racism Resources & An Author Special with Candice Brathwaite

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.  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 X. Kendi’s reading list for The New York Times 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 podcast by The NY Times Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/06/2051m 54s

Why Moments of Insanity Are Part of Keeping Sane; And The Worrying Increase in Lockdown Mullets

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 - 100% of profits go to charity (Women's Aid and NHS Charities urgent cover relief fund)LinksBook a goat for Zoom (yes) at 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 to start in Joni Mitchell's back catalogue, by Hannah Stevens for The Guardian 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/05/2053m 36s

'Seksbuddies', Robert Pattinson's pasta & information overload

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: 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 Pattinson interview by Zach Baron for GQ, US edition with My Gen Z nieces, by Sathnam Sanghera for The Times magazine After Coronavirus, by Nayeema Raza for The New York Times’s how time works now by Eli Grober for McSweeney's: Love In Verse: Tucci's Life in Quarantine, for The Atlanticéad Burke interview on Desert Island Discs Dissect podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/05/2055m 31s

Cottagecore, Covidism & Other Lockdown Theories; Plus, An Author Special with Samantha Irby

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 - 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 lockdown dick margin, by Lauren Bravo for Refinery29 buzz of big cities is losing out to cottagecore, by India Knight for The Sunday Times sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable. By Rory Kinnear for The Guardian need me, by Charles Simic 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 Blanchett on WTF Marling on The Adam Buxton podcast Martin on Fresh Air, on Sky Atlantic and Now TV Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/05/2052m 47s

Are Your Book Shelves A Reflection of Your Character - Or Your Curiosity?

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 and shop at - 100% of profits go to charity.LinksApply here for Penguin's WriteNow scheme: 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 Keyes interview with The Guardian Seresin on heteropessimism for The New Inquiry Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/05/201h 16m

The Micro-Trends of Lockdown & The Wonder That Is The Quarantucci

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 - 100% of profits go to charity (currently Women's Aid and the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal) Lessons, by Anne TylerThe Wonder Spot, by Melissa BanksGrounded, by Louis Theroux for BBC Radio 4Sentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast To Buy For, by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for Tortoise dad said I wasn't black enough. At least, I know what he meant, by Raven Smith for The Observer on ITV PlayerNormal People on BBC iPlayerAll or Nothing at All on BBCWhat Kinda Music, by Tom MischSentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/04/201h 26m

An Author Special with Holly Bourne & The Problem With Tiger King

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 Us, with Brene Brown 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/04/201h 37m

An Extra Easter Treat & The Return of Ask The High Low

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 and we will be answering a few every week.You can shop our merchandise at 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 Gerwig on Scriptnotes at the Disco playlist 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 Patchett interviews Reese Witherspoon, for Vanity Fair Seal interviews James Stunt, for Vanity Fair Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/04/201h 18m

A Bumper Back To School Special

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 ( 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: 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 Me In My Obsession With Desert Island Discs, by Hua Hzu for The New Yorker Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief, by Scott Berinato of Loss, A Psychotherapist's Journey, by Sasha Bates Luxury of Awkwardness, by Hugo Rifkind for The Times LUXX Brits need to learn about being Danish, by Sofie Hagen for The Guardian Panic Years, by Nell Frizzell Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood & WatchingDawn O'Porter on The Adam Buxton podcast Wright's Desert Island Discs Good, by Mae Martin You're Sick, by Ted Hawkins Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/04/201h 49m

A Christmas Special with Joan and Jericha

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: a homeless young person a Christmas dinner: British Haikus, by Dale Shaw *Please note that the inbox will be unmanned during this time.*   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/12/1932m 11s

Does A Slogan Tee Have The Power To Offend?

The High Low has launched merch! Roll up, roll up: berets, sweaters, t-shirts, tote bags and notepads are on sale at 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 Elizabeth Is Missing, on BBC iPlayer Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, by Adrienne Brodeur To Throw A Great Christmas party, by Raven Smith to the Dinkus, by Daisy Alioto for The Paris Review 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* Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/12/1946m 11s

Why Mental Health Is Nothing To Do With Wellness, with Author Bella Mackie

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 I Found My Wedding Dress (For The Second Time), by Bella Mackie for British Vogue the Dream House, by Carmen Maria MachadoWhen I Hit You, by Meena KandasamyBikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, on Netflix Merritt on the death of his son, Jack Merritt, for The Guardian Desire, by Kim Addonizio Derren Brown on The Adam Buxton podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/191h 15m

What Women Want: The Rise and Fall of Victoria's Secret

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 for international cinemaOnloan clothing rental: Questions with Cardi B, for US Vogue Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story, by Clover Stroud Sama, on Channel 4od Jeffrey Epstein podcast Parton's America: Jane Garvey on How To Fail: Wilkinson on the murder of Grace Millane, for The Huffington Post Hell, by Séamus O'Reilly for The Observer Be The Worst, by Adrian Mitchell:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/11/191h 20m

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

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 buy Christmas cards from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists visit www.mfpa.ukThe Crane Wife, by CJ Hauser for the Paris Review Campbell interview, by Nosheen Iqbal for The Guardian Hanks interview, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times Feminism, by Mikki Kendall write in pockets of stolen time, by Roxane Gay for WePresents Day on Prince Andrew Moore on Prince Andrew Long on Prince Andrew Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/11/1955m 8s

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

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 is shitposting? By Sarah Manavis for The New Statesman Intentions, on NetflixThe Souvenir, on Amazon PrimeBlack Woman, by Twayna Mayne on BBC Sounds Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/11/191h 26m

Obama on Wokeness & Our Love for Modern Love <3

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 Love, Edited by Daniel Jones Dimensional Woman, by Nina Power, by Emma Gannon for The Pound Project, by Olivia Sudjic Woman's Beauty: Put Down or Power Source? By Susan Sontag, 1975 backlash against birth control apps, by Olivia Sudjic for The Guardian Jabali on Obama Sarah Ditum on Obama walked out on my husband and kids for true love, by anon for The Sunday Times Magazine might be removing plastic surgery filters, but what about the skin lightening ones? By Ellie Abraham for gal-dem  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/11/191h 9m

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

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 of Lions, by Louise Callaghan Examined Life, by Stephen Grosz Moore on Deborah Orr: Heawood on ageing: de Botton on philosophical concepts of failure, on Elizabeth's Day How To Fail podcast with Fi and Jane: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
31/10/191h 15m

It's An Omnishambles! Our Fave New Words To Be Added To The OED

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: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowHarry & Meghan: An African Journey, for ITV creator of 90s anxiety unpicks the appeal of his 5 most popular posts, for Man Repeller sadness of miscarriage can build up like soot, by Lucy Pavia for The Evening Standard essays of Rebecca Solnit Evaristo on black female writers Orr Anita O’Day on Fresh Air Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/10/191h 18m

We've Only Gone And Done It: A Deep-Dive Into Wagatha Christie

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 Faith interview, by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times magazine Clancy interview, by Sophie Heawood for YOU magazine Crouch extract from his book, I, Robot, How To Be A Footballer 2 Skinner on being an orphan by the age of 30, for The Sunday Times Style Capture, on BBC iPlayer Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/10/191h 9m

Prince Harry's Letter To The Tabloids; & Do Brits Spend Money On Being Polite?

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 Annie Lord on break-ups for Vice Respect, by Annie AustenOlive, Again, by Elizabeth StroutDear Joan and Jericha, Series 2 Gallagher's 73 Questions for American Vogue Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/10/191h 11m

An Author Special With Drag Queen Amrou Al-Kadhi

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 to book.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksUnicorn, by Amrou Al-Kadhi Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina KeeganIn praise of autumn dawns by Nell Frizzell: Unbelievable Story of Rape, by T.Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, for ProPublica, 2015, on NetflixThe Rewatchables podcast series Open Ears Project with Eddie Izzard: Open Ears Project with Aminatou Sow: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/10/191h 12m

Digital Etiquette (& Why We Need It); & Male Vs Female Vanity

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: 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: The Psychological Effect Of Living With Houseplants by Stephanie Bishop: Back To Black is The Best Album of The 21st Century by Alexis Petridis: Dawson on The Beauty Podcast with Sali Hughes Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/09/191h 3m

She Said; Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; & The Personal Essay That 'Broke' The Internet

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: 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  The complicated ethics of publishing personal essays online, by Micha Frazer-Carroll for gal-dem  The con-artist and her mark, by Sarah Ditum for The Guardian  An interview with Natalie Beach, by Jonah Engel Bromwich for The New York Times  The pain of clearing out my parents' house, by Janice Turner for The Times  Interview with Kantor and Twohey on NPR's Fresh Air   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/09/191h 18m

An Author Special on Being The Other Mother with Comedian Jen Brister

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 Testaments, by Margaret Atwood Wine interview by Hilary Reid for The Cut Ekundayo Lennon interview on being accused of 'passing' as a black man, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian Vicars Talking Schaper on Here’s The Thing Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/09/191h 19m

A Bumper Back To School Book Special

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, 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/09/191h 22m

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Style Guide; & On Young People Not Watching The News on TV

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 Taffy Brodesser-Akner on thriving under stress, for Real Simple Day on other people’s kids, for Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine Dunham on Love Island and heartbreak, for The Guardian’re all content providers now, by Lou Stoppard for The Financial Times Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth StroutMidnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For This American Life: Rom Com American Life: Americans In Paris Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/07/191h 2m

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

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  Frank Sinatra Has Got A Cold, by Gay Talese for Esquire, 1966  Profile of Zadie Smith in The Telegraph, 2002 'Police officers demanded to see my books' by Elif Shafak for The Guardian  Is Instagram's removal of its 'like' counter a turning point in social media?   Megan Nolan on her teenage relationships with older men for The New Statesman:   Caitlin Moran on not slut-shaming daughters:  Why are we obsessed with other people's daily habits? by Suzannah Showler:  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  Zadie Smith interview on the Touré Show   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/07/191h 3m

An Author Special with The One, The Only, The National Treasure: David Nicholls

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! Sorrow, by David Nicholls Home, by Wendy Erskine Name Is Why, by Lemn Sissay Lingering of Loss, by Jill Lepore for The New Yorker Don't Damage Women's Careers - Men Do, by Jessica Valenti for Medium's GEN Szalay on All That Man Is, for BBC Radio 4's Bookclub Sissay on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs Adam Buxton Podcast: episode 100 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/07/191h 24m

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

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? to Broadwater Farm's summer play experience thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowLinksThe Falconer, by Dana CzapnikThe New Me, by Halle ButlerBitch, by Elizabeth WurtzelCamilla Long on HRH Killjoy, for The Sunday Times Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg, for The Guardian Paphides' gorgeous Twitter thread on Glastonbury Death of the Eccentric, hosted by Will Self for BBC Radio 4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/07/191h 6m

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

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-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksIs Butter A Carb? Unpicking Fact From Fiction In The World of Nutrition, by Rosie Saunt and Helen West 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 Brooks Brooks on TBD with Tina Brown podcast Brooks on Vox's The Ezra Klein Show podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/07/191h 7m

*EPISODE 100* Why Do Brits Hate Other Brits Abroad? & The Influencer Engagement #Sponcon Furore

‘Twas the week of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ sofa row, the ‘tube pusher’ is charged with attempted murder and the president of Colombia warns against the hypocrisy of the “woke who do coke”. Dolly’s obsessed with Pink Gin Lady - her new summer meme - and Pandora’s perturbed by Charmin’s industrial-sized ‘Forever Roll’ for millennials (do we hate shopping for basic sanitation? Or do we just shit more?) In this week’s ep we discuss the #sponcon leak that blew up the internet - after the ‘pitch deck’ for New York influencer and Goop Partnership Director, Marissa Casey Fuchs, was leaked to The Atlantic. Does she deserve the white hot wrath of the Internet? And what does this incident tell us about the celebrification of everyone, schadenfreude and our consumer obsession with free shit? Also today, a new survey has revealed that 72% of Brits ‘recoil’ when they hear another Brit abroad. NB: if we hear you on our holiday, we *will* hide behind a pot plant.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow LinksEasy on Netflix Booksmart Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What? A. C. Shilton on ‘Arrival Fallacy’, for The New York Times Going To Bed By 10pm is The Secret To A Happy, Healthy Life, by India Knight for The Sunday Times Magazine Case For Re-Defining Fertility, by Anna Louie Sussman for The New Yorker Rise and Fall of Babe.Net, by Allison P. Davies for The Cut to the Era of Branded Engagements, by Taylor Lorenz for The Atlantic 200K People Couldn’t Look Away From This Influencer’s Viral Engagement Stunt, by Cait Munro for Refinery 29 Brown on Russell Brand With Fi And Jane  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/06/191h 6m

An Author Special with anti-FGM Campaigner Nimko Ali on What We’re Told Not To Talk About

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has undertaken her 3rd hunger strike (joined by husband Richard) and ship captain Pia Klemp, who rescued drowning migrants, faces 20 years in prison. On the other end of the news spectrum, Kylie Jenner has been criticised for her Handmaid’s Tale fancy dress party (including Under His Eye tequila) and Missguided have sold out of their 100% plastic £1 bikini. And Dolly’s got a new story from Orkney, naturally. Today’s author is the utterly brilliant Nimko Ali OBE, am anti-FGM campaigner whose book What We’re Told Not To Talk About (But Are Going To Anyway) sees stories from 42 women across 14 countries on emotional and shocking topics including forced marriage, genital mutilation, the menopause and what it’s like to get your period when you’re homeless. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Links Pre-order Pandora’s book! How Do We Know We’re Getting It Right & other essays on modern life (published July 2020) We’re Told Not To Talk About (But Are Going To Anyway), by Nimko AliThis Will Only Hurt A Little, by Busy PhilippsAll Families Are Psychotic, by Douglas CouplandLook Alive Out There, by Sloane Crosley Exposure, by Emily Gould for The New York Times Making of a Millennial Woman, by Rebecca Liu for Another Gaze only certain kinds of people deemed worthy of our compassion? By Kenan Malik for The Observer saw me covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all homophobia? By Chris for The Guardian Church on The Adam Buxton podcast Buchanan on emotional eating and weight loss: Wiseman on small talk Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/06/191h 7m

Pride Month; & the Complex Conundrum of Euthanasia

*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 sleeping worse. 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-mail thehighlowshow@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 Times Crosley on the Longform Podcast Pleasure Podcast https://thepleasurepodcast.comEmma Jane Unsworth on post natal depression does childbirth feel like? By Nell Frizzell for The Guardian will homophobes learn that lesbians aren't their playthings? By Sophie Wilkinson for The Telegraph on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? By Christopher de Bellaigue for Guardian Long Reads Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/06/191h 15m

Should Celebrities Be Involved In Prison Reform?; & The Lunacy of Hen/Stag Season

There's been a garden gnome heist and Trump's on his state visit (those are inter-connected stories, naturally.) Love Island is back - but is there any actual body diversity? We discuss Kim Kardashian-West's campaign for clemency for convicted murderer and death row inmate, Kevin Cooper. Should celebrities lend their weight to social reform; or is this signify a dangerous "mission creep"? And it's silly season: that of hens and stags. With the help of YOU, our brilliant High Low listeners, we discuss the maddest hen stories out there and throw in a few new surveys, for good measure.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Grief is the Thing With Feathers, by Max PorterMy Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth RussellAnimals by Emma Jane Unsworth The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry Terry Gross interviews Howard Stern, for Fresh Air Morrissey Fans Feel So Betrayed by Tim Jonze Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/06/191h 11m

What The Moby-Natalie Portman Row Reveals About Entitlement & Truth-Telling; & Are Women Without Children Happier?

Dolly talks bird-feeding and rabid Game of Thrones fans who want to re-make the ending; Pandora ponders what Spice Girl merch to get her hands on; and we discuss Oxbridge's first appointment of its first black female master.In this episode, a talk-gone-viral from Hay Festival, by behavioural scientist and LSE scientist Paul Dolan, who claimed that women without a spouse and children are happier. We call on the words of Grace Dent, Corinne Fisher and Terri Gross; Simone de Beauvoir and Jacqueline Rose in order to try and determine what makes a happy woman (and is it ever possible to contrast two very different lives?)We also muse upon the Moby vs. Natalie Portman row, after the musician claimed in his memoir that they dated when she was 20; she says they didn't date - oh and she was 18. What does this story tell us about about entitlement, fact-checking and truth-telling?E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet@thehighlowshowThe Salt Path by Raynor WinnYears and Years, on BBC iPlayerMothers, by Jacqueline RoseHadley Freeman on the pro-life lobby, for The Guardian  Eva Wiseman on why life is shades of grey, for The Observer magazine Gross on not having kids, on The Longest Short podcast C Word on Luminary: The Scarcity Mindset by Octavia Bright: Laura Snapes reviews The Spice Girls reunion show: Stibbe on The Adam Buxton podcast: Wait by Galway Kinnell: Grace Dent and Sian Harries on not having children: Arwa Mahdawi on Moby and nice-guy misogyny:   Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/05/191h 21m

Alabama's Abortion Ban; & The Trouble with Uber's New 'Silence' Mode

Grumpy Cat has died and we came last (again) in Eurovision. This week Dolly's down a Doris Day content-hole and Pandora's bewitched by the Instagram account @90sanxiety.We discuss Alabama's new abortion ban - the most restrictive in the States - voted in by 25 white men and reflect on the ongoing battle for agency in Northern Ireland, which sees 28 women travel to England every single day, for an abortion. Donate here to Abortion Support Network - we debate Uber's new 'silence mode' - whereby you will be able to silence your driver. A practical solution for when you need a bit of quiet; or a worrying indicator of our inability to entertain ad hoc conversation? It's Time To Hear Alabama's Women - stories from 200 women by The Alabama Media Group clock is turning back on women's rights, by Janice Turner for The Times Matchless Presence of Doris Day, by Anthony Lane: Fresh Air remembers Doris Day: Jemima Kirke on Woman Of The Hour with Lena Dunham: Huston on WTF: Brown on WTF:, by Kamila ShamsieDavid Harewood on Psychosis, on BBC iPlayerDead To Me, on Netflix E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/05/1957m 36s

The concept of ‘workism’ & Bryony Gordon on mental health in teen girls

Pandora’s listened to a podcast on ‘workism’ - the idea that work is now the cornerstone of your identity - and it’s changed her life; meanwhile, Dolly’s tits deep in Doris Day nostalgia.We talk Danny Baker’s racist tweet, why maternity clothes should be modelled by pregnant models, the Philippines’ proposed ban on gossip. How many mins do you gossip each day? A new study tells us the answer. And we host journalist, author and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon to discuss her new book You Got This and why we need to focus on the mental health of and myths fed to teenage girls. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow You Got This, by Bryony GordonThe Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read, by Philippa PerryMama’s Boy, by Dustin Lance Black Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge, BBC iPlayer The Ezra Klein Show: Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle Theroux on Desert Island Discs: Georgoulis interviewed for The Times: Izzard on Joe Rogan: Waller Bridge on THR Awards Chatter: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/05/191h 20m

An Author Special with Rosie Price on the effects of trauma on the mind and body

The new royal baby, the Caster Semenya furore, the 'hogspital' and the proposed raise to the minimum wage - oh, and 86% of people have revealed that they are disappointed by the Mona Lisa. Sorry, Lis. Dolly's discovered tribute bands and Pandora's tits-deep in Refinery 29's Money Diaries series.Also today we have an author special with Rosie Price, the author of sensational debut fiction, What Red Was. A book about family, friendship, privilege and class, at the centre of the narrative is a rape. We discuss trauma, the aftershock of sexual assault and why the idea of writing as 'catharsis' is problematic. What Red Was is out on May 7th and we cannot recommend it enough.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow What Red Was, by Rosie Price Semenya is a victim of rules that are confusing and unfair, by Kenan Malik for The Observer Ray and the Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence, by Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh for New York Magazine's Money Diary Series on Love with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, by Natasha Lunn Did Pop Culture Become Homework? by Soraya Roberts for Longreads shocking books have changed with their readers, by Leo Benedictus for The Guardian Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/05/191h 12m

A Bumper Spring Book Special

Welcome back to the summer term, High Lowers! We recap some news and bring you a boat load of televisual, podcast and - mainly - book recommendations. Plus, Dolly falls for the ultimate whale hoax/ocean con. Enjoy.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowAmerican Marriage, by Tarayi JonesThis is The Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann PatchettMy Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan BraithwaiteThree Women, by Lisa TaddeoBad Behaviour, by Mary GaitskillTrick Mirror, by Jill TolentinoGuantanamo's Darkest Secret, by Ben Taub for The New Yorker, on BBC iPlayerThis Is Us, Series 2, on Amazon PrimeFleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: A Half-baked Idea by Olivia Potts One Day by David Nicholls: To Where The Heart Gives Out by Dr Malcolm Alexander Terrific Mother by Lorrie Moore: How To Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore: Fortunately With Fi and Jane: Glenda Jackson on Fresh Air: David Tenant does a podcast with Tina Fey: Private Life: Don't Think Twice: Finest Work Yet by Andrew Bird Molly Parkin on The Last Bohemians: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/04/191h 20m

An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth Day

We discuss Lorraine Kelly’s “performative construct”, Dolly’s piece about I’m In Trouble syndrome and what we don’t know - and need to know - about women in prison, rehabilitation and reform. And we deep-dive into perfectionism, failure and why society needs to re-frame the idea of “childless” women, with novelist and High Low returning guest, Elizabeth Day, whose memoir How To Fail comes out on April 4th. Tweet @thehighlowshowE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comThe High Low is now on Easter holidays. We’ll be back in May! How To Fail, by Elizabeth Day, Not Perfect, by Reshma Saujani, by Dani Shapiro, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, by Joel Golby, by Mim Skinner the enduring feeling that you’re doing something wrong, by Dolly Alderton for The Sunday Times Style on BBC iPlayer Hell Yes, I’m Tough Enough fundraising page: at The Vaudeville Theatre: Life on Netflix: emotional life of primates: with Cat Marnell: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/03/191h 17m

An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving Neverland

We ring up director Dan Reed to discuss his sensational documentary, Leaving Neverland, which is all anyone else is talking about. We deep-dive into the allegations against Michael Jackson - so long, brushed over - and what Reed's documentary teaches us about child sex abuse, trauma, grooming, the aura of celebrity and how the internet has changed popular culture - and accountability - for the better.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowSARC information:​To The Woman, an Audible Originals series Ordinary People, by Diane Evans Itself, on Sky or Amazon PrimeDirty John, on Netflix and podcast, by The LA Times Theroux, The Night In Question and Light, by Sally Rooney for The New Yorker Died, So I Got a Dog, by Emily Dean Calypso, by David Sedaris Jair Bolsonaro the New Trump of South America? By Matt Sandy for GQ  Eva Wiseman on flying with babies, for The Guardian Leaving Neverland, on Channel 4 Michael Jackson sold us: Michael Jackson's trick was to groom an entire culture, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian Day of Reckoning for Michael Jackson, by Amanda Petrusich for The New Yorker  Leaving Neverland and Surviving R.Kelly Ask Too Much of Victims, by Nylah Burton for Vulture  Dan Reed interview, by Jonathan Dean for The Sunday Times Culture  Dan Reed interview, by Bilge Ebiri for Vulture  Tracy Emin at The White Cube of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert on Hello Monday: Marlon James on Desert Island Discs: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/03/191h 26m

An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISIS

*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded several days before it was announced that Shamima Begum's baby had died, which is why it is not discussed in this episode ***This is one of the most important - and certainly prescient - author specials we’ve ever had. The journalist and author Fatima Bhutto (the niece and granddaughter of two Pakistani Prime Ministers and the daughter of a political exile) joins us to discuss her new novel, The Runaways, about the radicalisation of 3 teenagers. As the Shamima Begum - and now Hoda Muthana - citizenship furore gains momentum, we discuss what lures teenagers to the Islamic State, what the West doesn’t understand about radicalisation and the problem with pitting the East, and West against one another. As Fatima says, “who decided that freedom is a Western value? Or that tolerance is a Western value? Why can’t it be an Eastern value, too?” The Runaways, by Fatima Bhutto Begum’s image problem, by Caitlin Moran for The Times Callimachi’s tweet series on Hoda Muthana, by Juno Dawson (out May 2019) Series 2, on BBC iPlayer now Documentary about The Ponds Happened To Rachel - One From The Vaults Identical Strangers Marianne Faithfull story Nicholson remembered on Fresh Air thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/03/191h 16m

A LIVE episode on Emma Thompson’s Open Letter & Discovering Self-Discipline

We’re live from Pandora jewellery’s flagship store in London on Friday 1st March, in partnership with Ovacome for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Aaaand this week we bring you Emma Thompson’s open letter to The LA Times after she quit an animated movie in protest against the studio’s new hire (a man accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment) and we do a deep-dive into self-discipline. Pandora’s discovered the Pomodoro technique; but is Dolly a fan of self-imposed rules? Take a listen and find out. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowYou, Me & The Big C, a BBC podcast, on Sky Atlantic This Time with Alan Partridge, on BBC iPlayerEmma Thompson’s Open Letter to The LA Times I Hacked My Most-Used Apps to Calculate My Day Rate, by Anna Codrea-Rado for Contently.Net Advice From 3 Older Women, by Iman Hariri-Kia for Man Repeller Joy of Being A Woman in Her 70s by Mary Pipher for The NY Times Smith on Touré Show podcast Secret Life of Spaghetti on Radio 4: Russian Doll on Netflix: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/03/1958m 29s

Separating the Intrinsic from the Extrinsic; & An Author Special with Candice Carty-Williams

The High Low turns TWO this week! Excuse us while we wallow in (the admittedly shallow) nostalgia of it all.This week we discuss the Oscars; the ongoing case of Shamima Begum’s citizenship; the Insta-tributes to Karl Lagerfeld; and the Martin Scorsese fan who wants to erase a film ending he doesn’t like. Where does our ability to meme popular culture end; and how will it affect problematic art? Is Animal Hospital without Rolf, just a koala hanging in mid-air? Today we have an author special with Candice Carty-Williams, whose debut novel, Queenie, has been making waves ahead of its publication (published by Trapeze on 11th April.) Queenie is the young black female protagonist you’ve been hoping for - and the book is funny, raw and wise in equal measure. Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams. Pre-order the Waterstones exclusive of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert (out June 2019), on Amazon PrimeDavid Remnick on TBD with Tina Brown Hari on The Joe Rogan Experience with Joe Rogan Trump Made Andrea Dworkin Relevant Again, by Michelle Goldberg for The New York Times Shapiro on writing a memoir (2016), for The New York Times The Jews Own Anxiety? By Daniel Smith (2012) for The New York Times thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/02/191h 28m

The Complicated Case of Shamima Begum; & Why The ‘Tortured Artist’ Debate Should Be Retired

*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded about 8 hours before it was announced that Shamima Begum had been denied entry back to the UK and was stripped of her British citizenship.***This week, we discuss the most flammable news story of the week: the return of Shamima Begum, the 19 year old Londoner who fled to the Islamic State 4 years ago and returned to have her 3rd baby in the UK. Home Secretary Sajid Javid wants to deny her entry - but should a humane society seek to rehabilitate? We also discuss the idea that “young women do not know their own minds” and why vulnerability does not negate agency. Also this week, we discuss the allegations against singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, and why the ‘tortured artist’ trope is tired and misogynistic. Plus, Jenna Coleman’s interview gone viral, creepy finger grapes and Dolly’s favourite new musical.I Met Fear On A Hill, by Leslie Jamison for The Paris Review Search of Equilibrium, by Theresa Lola Sisterhood, by Daisy Buchanan, on Netflix now The possibility of redemption is central to a humane society, by Kenan Malik for The Observer doesn’t look like anyone’s victim, by Janice Turner for The Times Lloyd discusses Shamima Begum Begum interview with Quentin Sommerville for BBC News Love Letter to realism in a time of grief: Boland’s investigative piece on Ann Lovett’s boyfriend Richard McDonnell for The Irish Times: Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Anna Leszkiewicz on Johnny Depp for The New Statesman: Snapes on Ryan Adams for The... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/02/191h 9m

Valentine's Day, Liam Neeson's Race Row & A Most Literary Liar

We couldn't not discuss Liam Neeson's race row and The New Yorker long-read setting the publishing world alight: about best-selling novelist Dan Mallory, aka AJ Finn, who built his career on an extensive web of lies. How did it take a decade for anyone to see through his deception? And what does it tell us about the publishing world - and ourselves?Also today, we discuss Valentine's Day (and reveal our best and worst and our plans for this year), the diversity of vaginas and the M&S love sausage.Vagina: A Re-Education, by Lynn Enright,lynn-enright-9781911630012A Suspense Novelist’s Trail is Deception, by Ian Parker for The New Yorker I Photographed 100 Vaginas, by Laura Dodsworth for The BBC Cooke on Dan Mallory for The Guardian Uwagba’s In Good Company podcast with Abigail Bergstrom with Tina Brown interview with Laura Wasser Barrie eats the Love Sausage for iNews The Last Days Of August E Grant on Awards Chatter, on Sky Atlantic True West, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/02/191h 13m

Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat

We’re back! Have you missed us? Dolly’s tits-deep in her Everything I Know About Love tour (buy tickets here: and the paperback is out now) and Pandora’s essay, The Authentic Lie, for independent crowd-funding publisher, The Pound Project, is now open for pledging. Buy in online or mini book form, here! (Plus, there’s a foreword by Elizabeth Day.) week we discuss everything we’ve been enjoying since Christmas - what we’ve been watching, listening to and reading (a lot.) It’s all listed below. Sign the The High Low’s sub-editor and freelance journalist Anna Codrea Rado’s brilliant open letter to the media, to secure #FairPayForFreelancers Donate to help The Pool's staff and freelancers get paid: E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehighlowshow Books Notes To Self, by Emilie Pine Ordinary People, by Diana EvansAll That Man Is, by David SzalayBecoming, by Michelle ObamaDuped, by Abby EllinThe Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather MorrisOnce More We Saw Stars, by Jayson GreeneVox, by Christina DalcherSmall Great Things, by Jodi PicoultA Spark of Light, by Jodi PicoultMy Year or Rest and Relaxation, by Odessa Moshfegh Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-JephcottBottled Goods, by Sophie van LlewynPutney, by Sofka ZinovieffInstead of a Letter, by Diana Athill The Orange, by Wendy Cope Watching & ListeningBros: After The Screaming Stops, available on BBC iPlayerOrigins With James Andrew Miller, on Sex And The City Bohemian Rhapsody, at cinemas nowThe Favourite, at cinemas nowMary Poppins Returns, at cinemas now Emily Blunt, interviewed on Fresh Air Alison Janney, on WTFSex Education, on Netflix nowFyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, on Netflix now Wendy Cope, on Desert Island DiscsDiana Athill, on Desert Island Discs Journalism Lauren Bravo for foodism The World of Nora Ephron: a reading list The Ten best life mantras of Diana Athill: Diana Athill interviewed for The Lenny Letter:'s songs about places playlist - Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/02/191h 30m

A Pretty Daft End to 2018

It’s our favourite time of year: Betwixtmas. We hope you’re face-planted on the sofa, whilst we waltz down your ears with this end of year episode. Dolly devises a very silly quiz which *sort* of refers to things that happened in 2018 and sort of includes rogue personal questions about her internet provider. The High Low is taking a winter holiday, so here’s what’s on our bookshelf to devour — whilst the pod is sunning itself with a cocky by the pool, restoring and renewing its energy for a new term in February. The Milkman, by Anna BurnsKudos, by Rachel CuskBrilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant, by Joel GolbyBecoming, by Michelle ObamaNotes to Self, by Emilie PineThe Parisian, by Isabella Hammad Vox, by Christine DalcherDiary of a Somebody, by Brian BilstonDuped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married, by Abby EllinA Spark of Light, by Jodi PicoultSweet, Fruit, Sour, Land by Rebecca High Low will be back in early February!  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/12/1844m 17s

A Jolly Christmas Special

It’s Chriiiiiiiistmas! From cracker jokes to festive songs; Yuletide readings and actual Christmas cards from the ACTUAL ye olde mail bag; a host of Christmas surveys unpicked and the ultimate question: should a parent ever tell their kid Father Christmas doesn’t exist? Also today, a ton of recs and a quick-fire festive round of Ask The High Low. The Pact We Made, by Layla AlAmmar Gadsby meets Roxane Gay for The Guardian Eddo-Lodge on the Blackfishing Phenomenon for British Vogue Mullins interview in the current issue of PORTER magazine, out now Christine Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World, on Netflix The American Meme on NetflixJill Soloway Wants It, TBD by Tina Brown psychology power of the toys we keep, by Moya Sarner for The Guardian On Love, by Natasha Lunn roast recipe: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/12/181h 14m

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

It was the week of Knickers (the cow too big for the abattoir), a Guardian long-read about poo (much to Dolly’s dismay) and Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian Ballon d’Or winner who coolly refused to twerk. This episode, we discuss 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 cultural artifacts? And Google, when are you making one?Also on the agenda, abuse against women on social media, as written about by journalists Polly Vernon, in Grazia and Daisy Buchanan, on Twitter. 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?” We discuss the internet’s empathy deficit and why Amnesty International has declared abuse against women on the internet a violation of human rights.Mrs Wilson on iPlayer Their Wonderful World, on iPlayer Red Was, by Rosie Price, pre-order here: Movement - the push to change the way you poo, by Alex Blasdel for The Guardian Paridis gets uppity with Chrissy Iley, by (um) Chrissy Iley for The Sunday Times Magazine"I got used to lying. I didn’t want anyone to find out’” -An interview with Mel C, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian Cook Book Crushes, by Nora Ephron: The Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Amazon: Nish Kumar on The Adam Buxton Podcast: 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 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

A LIVE Episode on 'Emotional Labour' - The New Gas-Lighting? - & How We Discuss Our Bodies on Social Media

We're back at Google's Curiosity Rooms to celebrate the launch of their Google Pixel 3 phone and we're still not over Baby Shark. On the agenda today: the zeitgeisty new buzz-phrase 'emotional labour'. What does it mean and are we using it correctly? We also discuss Sarah Michelle Gellar's thanksgiving gaffe, after she shared a pic of her in her underwear, as a 'warning' not to over-eat at Thanksgiving. Do women in the public eye hold responsibility for how we feel about their bodies? Plus, how incels are using sex robots; a powerful piece of 'ethical-dilemma' fiction about abortion; and our guardian angel Tina Brown's new podcast. Russell Brand on Happy Place, by Fearne Cotton Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult Reddit sex robot forums radicalising men, by Jade Angeles Fitton for New Statesman Mitchell Taught Me How To Feel: with Tina Brown On Margate Sands by Octavia Bright: Eat It by Laura Thomas: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/1859m 44s

M&S Undiesgate; Lena Dunham's Bare-All Interview; & The Missionary Killed By A Tribe

The Baby Shark ear-worm; Joanna Lumley saying the word 'waz'; and the Chinese man who got so drunk on Black Friday (aka Single's Day in China) he bought a salamander and a tiny Thai pig. Oh, it's a good week at The High Low.Today we discuss M&S's Christmas display - a woman in red lace underwear next to a man in a suit - which one Twitter user gone viral called "vomit-inducing." Is it? We also discuss John Allen Chau, the American missionary killed by the isolated Sentinelese tribe and Lena Dunham's extraordinarily revealing interview for New York Magazine.E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshowBudget Christmas ad goes viral Mix: these issues of body shaming needed exposure, by Gaby Hinsliff for The Observer the traumatised Asian men who are trapped in forced marriages, by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for The Sunday Times magazine melts plastic and can kill - so why is club drug GHB on the rise? By Alexandra Jones for The Guardian Ayiti, by Roxane Gay Dunham Comes To Terms With Herself, by Allison P. Davis Amy Schumer on The Armchair Expert: Brian May on Fresh Air: Bougie London Literary Woman on Twitter: Bougie London Literary Woman interviewed for Vice:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/11/181h 6m

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

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-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @The High Low LinksMother Ship, by Francesca Segal Are Young People Having So Little Sex? By Katie Julian for The Atlantic, by Mitch Prinstein's 100 Women list of 2018 Westover on How To Fail, with Elizabeth Day Michelle Met Oprah - Dec issue of ELLE UK The Palm Oil Boycott Increase Deforestation?: Young Men Need More Pornography, by Eva Wiseman: Knight on Sex Education for Girls: Homecoming on Amazon Prime: Dunham on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: Gilbert on The Ted Interview:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/11/181h 7m

Collins Word of The Year; Iceland's Banned Xmas Ad; & Why Do 46% of Men Remove Their Body Hair?

It's World Kindness Day & Dolly has a beautiful poem to kick us off, whilst Pandora has a new Spotify suggestion for everyone who went nutty for French Chill. 46% of men remove their body hair, up from 36% in 2017. Is it the fusion of porn culture and pop culture?Plus we discuss Collins dictionary's word of the year - 'single-use.' What were the other contenders? Are you a plogger? Lastly, Iceland's Christmas ad, banned for being political, after the supermarket re-branded a Greenpeace advert warning against the dangers of palm oil.E-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet: @thehighlowshowGood Morning Jazz on Spotify Women, Men Are Now Suffering in Their Pursuit of the 'Perfect Body', by Barbara Ellen for The Observer's Secret is Trying to Change With The Times. Or is it? By Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times Cave on grief, for The Red Hand Files I Have White Parents. But I Have African Ancestry Too, by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon for The Guardian Ekundayo Lennon and The Left's Dilemma About Race, by Toby Young for The Spectator Informer Sinner Season 2 The Woman Crying Uncontrollably In TheNext Stall, by Kim Addonizio Barneys, Books, and Bust-ups: 50 Years of The Booker Prize Sally4ever on Now TV The Adam Buxton Podcast to release Iceland's banned Christmas advert on TV  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/11/1855m 33s

A Deep-Dive Into The Epidemic of Anxiety, with Author Olivia Sudjic

From Prince George memes (@garyjanetti) to vegan abuse (last week journalist William Sitwell was sacked from the Waitrose Food magazine, for his jokes about killing vegans) via the healthiest/ unhealthiest high streets in the UK, as voted by The Royal Society of Public Health. Edinburgh won, Grimsby lost, and you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why. Today we have author Olivia Sudjic on the show to discuss her new essay, Exposure, about the anxiety that threatened to engulf her after her debut novel, Sympathy, became a literary success. Part literary criticism, drawing on some of her favourite works by female authors, Sudjic’s intelligent, sharp, thoughtful and deeply confronting essay discusses not just anxiety but all of its merry cohorts: insomnia, self-surveillance, self-loathing, sabotage, imposter syndrome and the gender imbalance when it comes to critiquing women’s fiction (as Roxane Gay points out, Knausgård is never called a ‘diarist‘.) Sudjic discusses what it means to be a published author, divorcing yourself from your art and why anxiety, when correctly managed, can be a positive force: a galvanizing ‘self-awareness’ which keeps you writing. According to The World Health Organisation (2017) over 260 million people worldwide suffer from an anxiety disorder; it affects almost twice as many women as men. Oft considered a modern epidemic, the subject is something we’ve long deliberated about covering on The High Low, but have never had the nerve. We hope the conversation proves as valuable to others, as much as it did us. Please do note that nothing discussed in today’s episode constitutes advice from a healthcare professional. If you think you might be suffering from anxiety, or an anxiety disorder, please do contact your local GP, or visit and to get the help and support you need. The Little Drummer Girl She Goes (all BBC iPlayer) Good Place on Netflix Love Story for Bewildered Girls, by Emma Morgan (February 2019, pre-order now) Williams on William Sitwell's resignation: You're Booked with Daisy Buchanan: Sheridan Smith interviewed for The Guardian: Morwenna Ferrier on the fashion in Killing Eve:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/11/181h 25m

We Talk Mini Skirts; Philip Green; & The Role of Injunctions in Modern Society

Since we’ve been gone, Apple has added cream cheese to its emoji bagel after furious complaints (we discuss what we have on OUR bagels and spoiler alert: it’s not cream cheese, Apple); Urban Outfitters has produced an “influencer’ Halloween costume of crop top and leggings; and, of course, a new scandal which features a megalomaniac at its centre, has broken: Arcadia chairman, Philip Green, has been accused of sexual and racial harassment after peer Lord Hain exercised his parliamentary immunity (where injunctions do not apply) to name him as the anonymous retail boss who allegedly paid off employees. We discuss the difference between the injunction and the NDA and what constitutes ‘in the public interest.’E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak For Everyday, by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips (pre-order) In The Day, by Tessa Hadley (pre-order) Keeper, by Graham Norton class of 1946-2018: Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness, as told to Jared Soule and Amelia Schonbek, with a portfolio shot by Michael Avedon for New York magazine is camp now? By Charlie Porter, for The Financial Times it’s okay to cut off family members, by Sali Hughes, for The Pool Phillips on WTF: Richard E Grant on WTF: Roisin Meets Richard E Grant: Nails by Richard E Grant:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/10/181h 8m

An Author Special with Lindsey Hilsum, On Marie Colvin and War Journalism

By the time she died in Syria, in 2012, Marie Colvin was one of the world’s most renowned and courageous war correspondents. Recognised for her trademark eye patch - the consequence of a grenade in Sri Lanka, in 2001 - and revered as a journalist, with a 25 year tenure at The Sunday Times, Marie Colvin had a personal life as tumultuous as the war zones she covered. With the help of 300 of Marie’s journals, her friend and colleague, Channel 4’s International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, has written a funny, frank and moving biography, In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, where she separates the myth from the woman: as brave as she is glamorous; as fierce as she is vulnerable. Ahead of the release of A Private War - a film of Marie’s life, with Rosamund Pike as Marie and Jamie Dornan as photographer, Paul Conroy - we talk to Lindsey about her friendship with Marie, the reality of being a war correspondent and how you keep mentally strong and sane, the bad news cycle, social media and MeToo. Pre-order In Extremis, by Lindsey Hilsum (published 11th November by Penguin) here:, by Beth Macy Daley’s Desert Island Discs for the Prosecution, an Agatha Christie play on London’s Southbank Goop’s haters made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company worth $250 million - by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times apps: Deliveries: For Good: Danner on The Goop Podcast: Cowell on Desert Island Discs: Pascoe on theatre: on Lips choir:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/10/181h 12m

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

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-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet @thehighlowshow  Links It’s time to do away with the gay best friend, by Philip Ellis for Man Repeller I’ll Be There For You, by Kelsey Miller Motherhood, by Sheila Heti The xx, by Angela Chadwick Christene Barberich interviews Hanya Yanaghihara for Refinery29’s UnStyled podcast @brian_bilston on Instagram for poetry  How have we let feelings obscure rational debate, by Josh Glancy’s column for The Sunday Times magazine We’re in a dark age where hearts rule minds, by Max Hastings for The Times For millennials, thinking and emotions are equals — more or less, by Karl Moore Wilkinson on Cara Delevigne for Grazia:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/10/181h 23m

Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The Nothingburger

It’s our favourite time of year: The OED have released their new admissions. Are you feeling bongga? Or are you - whisper it - just a nothingburger? We also discuss the Banksy that shredded itself; Brett Kavanaugh’s ascendancy into The Supreme Court; Taylor Swift’s Instagram politics; and that time Trump walked around with a wad of bog roll stuck to his shoe. It’s the little things. This episode concerns two men accused of domestic abuse - comedian Seann Walsh, and Johnny Depp who currently covers British GQ. Were Strictly Come Dancing wrong not to drop Walsh? Were GQ wrong to profile Depp? We deep-dive into both and wonder: what’s the protocol, when it comes to the accused? E-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us: @thehighlowshow Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, on the BBC I re-think my love affair with clothes? by Jess Cartner-Morley for The Guardian magazine For Your Loss, on Facebook Watch A Woman’s Anger, an episode with Rebecca Traister for Call Your Girlfriend podcast and Mad, by Rebecca Traister On A Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig‘The Outlaw’ - Johnny Depp will not be buried, by Jonathan Heaf for British GQ on The BBC: Working by Lisa Owens Radio Adaptation: Bland Award for Writing: Buchanan on Rebecca Humphries’ statement for The Pool: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/10/181h 13m

On Brett Kavanaugh; & Why Women Can’t (And Don’t Want To) Have It All

Hello October! It’s Dolly’s favourite month of the year. If she were reincarnated, says Pandora, it would be as a knee-high boot. This week we discuss MeToo’s infighting - as Asia Argento unveils a new bloody dagger tattoo aimed at Rose McGowan; Pret’s tragic error and the 14 allergens that all foodstuffs should be labelled with; and why the Nobel peace prize should be taken away from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi despite the organisation’s novel explanation as to why it hasn’t. Masses of recommendations from us both, including Lily Allen’s memoir, the film Tully, a beautiful piece on grief by Alice Edwards, and a series of accounts on what it was really like to work for Harvey Weinstein, in The Guardian magazine. Are NDAs protecting the wrong people? We couldn’t *not* talk about Brett Kavanaugh - the Republican judge who looks set to enter the Supreme Court, the highest law-making body in the USA, despite the accusation of sexual assault lodged against him by Dr Christine Ford. Do men (and women) of a certain age - and political view - still subscribe to the belief “that if it isn’t rape, it doesn’t count”? And are we surprised that Trump is still endorsing Kavanaugh?Also this week, we discuss a brilliant piece by the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Farrah Storr, for The Times Magazine - about why women can’t (and maybe don’t want) it all. Dolly and I talk about the ‘splintered woman’ (domestic, professional, sexual) and get personal on the subconscious pressure to have it all; why we don’t have it all; and why having different things, at different times, is actually even better. Links:Tully (2018) film Kavanaugh v Ford is a litmus test for our times, by Janice Turner for The Times Moore on Brett Kavanaugh: Why women can’t have it all, by Farrah Storr for The Times magazine #149 of Ctrl, Alt, Delete podcast hosted by Emma Gannon, with Farrah Storr Onassis and Lee Radziwill: the truth about their rivalry, (extracted from a book) by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger for The Times magazine as a Harvey Weinstein employee, three accounts for The Guardian magazine‘I carry your hearts with me’ - an essay on grief by Alice Edwards for the current print issue of Porter magazine ‘My anxiety was a tool to survive’, Claire Foy interview by Tom... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/10/181h 15m

An Author Special with The Guilty Feminist creator and host, Deborah Frances-White

New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden made history when she took baby Neve to the UN Assembly in NYC this week; meanwhile, Trump made world leaders laugh out loud with his address (“that’s not what I was expecting” he replied, surprised at the lols.) In the domestic landscape, Dolly discovers a great new podcast and Pandora reads a unnerving but thought-provoking book. Also this week, we host comedian and podcast supremo, Deborah Frances-White, creator and host of The Guilty Feminist. The podcast has had 50 million download since inception and is one of our favourites to listen to: it's funny, provoking, smart and political. The USP of The Guilty Feminist is: let humour do the heavy-lifting — something The High Low heartily admires. We talk inclusivity, intersectional feminism and why we are all guilty feminists.LinksPutney, by Sofka Zinovieff Eve and Press on BBC iPlayerFortunately with Fi and Jane, a BBC podcast on iTunesBook a ticket to The Rooted Project’s ‘Skin Food’ event at Ratline on BBC Radio 4 Mackie on being single at 30 for Vogue Guilty Feminist by Deborah Francis White: us thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehhglowshow Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/09/1854m 18s

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

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 us thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehighlowshowHadley Freeman on Serena Williams Heawood interviews Lily Allen Pursuit of Love, by Nancy Mitford 59 of Fortunately with Fi and Jane, with Susanna Reid Eve, on BBC iPlayer Yeoman on Carrie Symonds for iNews Lewinsky’s TED talk, ‘The price of shame’ Petschek Rawls, Director of Social Media at TED, on Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk Wants It by Jill Soloway: Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/09/181h 9m

Serena Williams & Kirstie Allsopp: Why Women Aren’t Allowed To Get Angry

Roxanne Pallett has been cast (and since left) Celebrity Island since our last record (exploitative, much?) and Hurricane Florence is heading towards the USA. Meanwhile, 2 more people have attempted to make bookings at The High Low hotel. Our towels must be reeeeeally soft, or something.Today, we discuss Serena Williams’s epic tantrum at the US Open final - and how it overshadowed Naomi Osaka’s first Grand Slam win. The most interesting part of the narrative isn’t the tantrum, itself: but how it’s culturally metabolised. And another woman in trouble getting angry is Kirstie Allsopp who recently admitted to smashing her kids iPad in fury, after they wouldn’t stop playing computer games. She’s quit Twitter, amidst the furore and her parenting - and privilege - is now under scrutiny. We chew over the makings of a modern-day Twitter storm and wonder if parenting and social media are destined for trouble.Please go to to donate to the Refugee Women’s Centre, helping refugee families in Calais and DunkirkRecommendationsAdèle, by Leila Slimani, out January 2019èle-Leila-Slimani/dp/0143132180Ben Machell interviews Grenfell firefighter Edric Kennedy-Malfoy and Peter Crouch, both for The Times magazine Hattenstone interviews Phoebe Waller-Bridge for The Guardian magazine Smith essay on ageing, in the (current) October issue of ELLE magazine  Remembering Aretha Franklin on Fresh Air Young on Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin:’s Slow Burn series two: Buchanan on Sofie Hagen’s Made of Human podcast: We F****d with Dan Soder Should We Begin with Esther Perel:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/09/181h 3m

A Bumper Back to School Book Special & Thoughts on the Roxanne Pallet Assault Allegations

We’re back! We wish we were still on the sun lounger, but here we are, at your disposal - with a giant book chat of what we have enjoyed in the last month.Also today, we discuss the social media trolling of the late Sinéad McNamara and Instagram influencer Scarlett Dixon; and Celebrity Big Brother’s biggest controversy yet - after soap actor Roxanne Pallet accused fellow contestant and actor Ryan Thomas of assault, which footage revealed to have never happened. The fall-out has been swift; Roxanne has described herself as “the most hated person in Britain.” But when does criticism morph into crucifixion? When will we stop trying to ‘cancel’ or ‘delete’ people - particularly women - from public consciousness? And how do Roxanne’s allegations damage the #MeToo movement? You can e-mail The High Low or tweet us @thehighlowshowBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:Normal People, by Sally RooneyHow Do You Like Me Now, by Holly BourneLittle Fires Everywhere, by Celeste NgBitter Orange, by Claire Fuller The Pisces, by Melissa BroderCrazy Rich Asians, by Kevin KwanEducated, by Tara Westover Confessions of a Single Mother, by Amy NicollThe Wives, by Lauren WeisbergerThe Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley The Break, by Marian Keys This Is Going To Hurt, by Adam KayA Short Affair, edited by Simon Oldfield The End of The Affair - Graham Green The Outline - Rachel Cusk The Cost of Living - Deborah LevyCassandra At The Wedding - Dorothy Baker  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/09/181h 13m

Is "hey guys" anti-feminist?; & why we are better people than our worst joke

Jeremy Hunt forgot his wife's nationality; someone tried to book 6 hotel rooms at The High Low (us neither); & Dolly smashed a glass of wine all over CJ's recording equipment. Hola August: the summer madness has officially begun! We discuss Jane Garvey's comment on Radio 4's Woman's Hour this week: that "hey guys" should not be used when a gathering includes women. Is "guys" an anti-feminist collective term; or has it evolved into unisex slang? And are there any non-gross alternatives?Also today, we talk about comedian and talk show host Trevor Noah and his distasteful 2013 joke about aboriginal women, which has recently re-surfaced and has seen Australians boycotting his upcoming tour in Australia. Should we be allowed to evolve beyond our past (worst) jokes? And what is the role of comedy, in a post-MeToo, Trumpian world?The High Low will be taking a summer break, so Pandora can play with her baby and Dolly can take a post-book tour breather. We'll be back on September 6th. Byeeeeeee!EMAIL: thehighlowshow@gmail.comTWITTER: @thehighlowshowLINKS:Fight Like A Girl, by Clementine Ford For One (& Other Stories), by Jojo Moyes Housewife, by Helen Ellis Freeman interviews Jameela Jamil, for The Guardian magazine Manners With Jessie Ware: Segel on WTF with Marc Maron: Florence Kleiner Bursary at The Old Vic: It’s Wrong To Call Out Trevor Noah For Off-Colour Jokes They Made In Their Past, by Shappi Khorsandi for The Independent:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/08/1858m 50s

On Plane Bae; and Teaching Children About Mental Health

We might be a little delayed - much like a Ryanair flight - but we got there in the end. Yup, that’s a pun; we’re talking about Plane Bae. Unfolding like a modern meet-cute, the tweet story of a ‘romance’ observed by another passenger over the course of over 50 tweets-gone viral, Plane Bae soon morphed into a cautionary tale of consent, privacy and doxxing. What does this incident reveal to us, except, yet again, that the internet is misogynistic?Also today, we discuss two news stories surrounding mental health: firstly, that mental health may be taught to children as young as 4, and secondly, that 70,000 young people including 2,000 young children, are on anti-depressants. Are we right to be cautious of becoming a pill-addicted nation; or do we need to overcome this stigma? And will children as young as 4, really absorb the nuances of mental health? Ultimately, education starts at a grassroots level and needs to be woven throughout the curriculum, focusing on positive preventative measures like exercise and healthy eating. We’d love to here your thoughts on this. If you are suffering with mental health issues or believe someone you know is, you can contact mental health charity MIND at, to find out more about your local support network.Also today, a beautiful piece on becoming 2 when you thought you would always be 1, by Hannah Betts, why you should fear ‘femtech’ and birth control apps by Olivia Sudjic and Viv Albertine’s polemic on Fresh Air.LinksNeon Daylight, by Hermione Hoby at Hanging Rock, on BBC2 Betts, the postergirl for singletons, on coupledom for The Times letter to my friend who is getting married, by Marisa Bate for The Pool dangers of Natural Cycle and birth control apps, by Olivia Sudjic for The Guardian magazine Saints on how to be a girl group, by Michael Cragg for The Observer magazine Albertine on a lifetime of fighting the patriarchy, on NPR's Fresh Air podcast can e-mail The High Low and tweet us @thehighlowshow. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/07/181h 1m

An Author Special with Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

The POTUS hit the UK for his week of ridicule: the balloon; the march; the press conference and *that* video gone viral of Trump barging in front of the Queen. Meanwhile, Dolly discovers a new music hero (David Keenan) and Pandora reads her first ‘work-help’ book (The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr.) Oh, and Love Island fans: Undercover Lover is your new favourite podcast. You’re welcome. Today we are honoured to host Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené, the writers of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible. A meticulously researched and brilliantly written deep-dive into what it is to be a young black woman in the UK, the book prompted a 9-way publishing war and is stuffed full of interviews with famous black women including Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, barrister and author Afua Hirsch and former pop star Jamelia. We discuss microaggressions and microinvalidations; the ‘white co-sign’; being racially palatable; why representation and sponsorship is so important (just 0.49% of university professors are black women); why black women are swiped left more than any other ethnic group on Tinder; and how Rihanna changed the black beauty industry. You can email The High Low and tweet us @thehighlowshowLinksSlay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené Undercover Lover, hosted by Harriet Minter - a New York Times podcast about ISIS, hosted by Rukmini Callimachi heroes insist on staying in the shadows, by Janice Turner for The Times Moore on turning 60 for The Guardian Elizabeth Day's new podcast How To Fail David Keenan on Roisin Meets Keenan  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/07/181h 4m

Trump’s Baby Balloon; & Why ‘Natural’ Beauty Is A Damaging Stereotype

There’s a ton of cabinet reshuffles this week and baby Trump - all 6-foot helium-filled malevolence - is flying over London. Is the balloon a meaningful protest; or is it a childish blimp that could ruin a trade agreement with the US? And aren’t there leaders (Erdogan, for example) whose visit to the UK we should protest more? Also this week, Justin Bieber’s engaged! Kylie Jenner’s almost a billionaire! Cardi(gan) B has had a baby called Kulture! In (more important) news, we discuss Amanda Knox’s comments on sexuality (she says she taught herself how to masturbate in prison), Terri White’s piece on poverty (30% of children live below the poverty line), Giles Coren’s piece on why ‘liking’ things draws us further away from our authentic self and Richard Godwin’s shocking piece on noise pollution - which is killing 10,000 people a year. And of course, we *had* to mention Love Island. Dolly raises Alex’s comment about liking ‘natural’ women (what damage does the #ijustwokeuplikethis emphasis do to women?) whilst Pandora laments our cultural obsession with augmented hotness, flagging a brilliant piece on Vice about Megan Barton-Hanson. Links- Glow on Netflix - In defense of Megan Barton-Hanson, by Emma Garland for Vice Terri White on Britain’s poverty problem (last week’s issue; not yet online)- The goop podcast on iTunes - She Must Be Mad, by Charley Cox Sonic Doom: how noise pollution is killing 10,000 people a year, by Richard Godwin for The Guardian The Urge To Like Everything Is Rotting Our Brains, by Giles Coren: - Guys We F****d with Amanda Knox: You can e-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshow.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/07/181h 1m

The Dangers of Self-Deprecation; & A Deep-Dive Into ‘Nanette’

It’s the week that England broke their penalty curse; Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne broke up; Roman Polanski (yup, he who is wanted for statutory rape) sat FROW at Miu Miu; and let’s not forget! There’s a bumper session of Ask The High Low. We resisted doing it in Joan and Jericha’s voices - but it was hard. We’ve never had something recommended so much to The High Low - via email; Twitter; Instagram DM - as much as we had ‘Nanette’ a stand-up show performed by Australian comic, Hannah Gadsby. A surprise Netflix hit, loved by everyone from Roxane Gay to Monica Lewinsky, Hannah Gadsby has produced a piece of comedy so hilarious, so original, so shocking and so devastating - it’ll have you thinking about it, like we are, for weeks to come. We talk about why this show has everyone talking and discuss why self-deprecation is so dangerous for women; why punchlines don’t tell true stories; and why artists (even Van Gogh) are not mad geniuses - but just humans, who need connections. Hannah says that ‘Nanette’ is her last piece of stand-up - and that she wants to quit comedy, so that she doesn’t spread her anger. We hope she doesn’t quit comedy: we hope she changes the genre forever.You can email us and tweet us @thehighlowshow. Links:Nanette by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix Is Not Just A Queer Woman's Story - It's A Revolution by Zoe Beaty: I’m Done With The Mental Health Conversation, by Hannah Jane Parkinson for The Guardian Moran interviewed by Alastair Campbell for the August 2018 issue of GQ magazine - on sale nowAdam Kay interviewed by Emma Gannon for Ctrl Alt Delete podcast Smith on The Touré Show: Geography by Tom Misch The Durrels on Netflix  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/07/181h 8m

Fame, Fortune and Phone Sex, with Actor and Memoirist, Gabourey Sidibe

In today's episode, we discuss that jacket worn by Melania Trump whilst visiting an immigrant children's camp in Texas; Lionel Shriver's follow-up to her anti-diversity rant; Johnny Depp's bonkers Rolling Stone interview; Dolly's new favourite podcast Dear Joan and Jericha; and why mindfulness should be less about emptying your mind - than filling it.Also today, we host the Oscar-nominated actor, producer and now memoirist, Gabourey Sidibe. Her book, This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare is a hilarious and brutally honest account of her life, from working as a phone-sex operator, to her breakout role in Precious, via fat-shaming in Hollywood.You can e-mail The High Low and tweet us, @thehighlowshow.LinksThis Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare, by Gabourey Sidibe Economist Radio mindFULLness over mindfullness, by Laura Freeman for The Times Pisces, by Melissa Broder plus-size clothes really making us put on weight? By Victoria Moss for The Telegraph diversity trap, by Lionel Shriver for The Spectator The (Nearly Lethal) Comforts Of A Luxury Cruise by David Foster Wallace: Dear Joan and Jericha:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/06/181h 2m

Clemmie Hooper on Misogyny on Social Media; & The World Cup

We speak to Clemmie Hooper - aka the midwife and influencer Mother of Daughters, who recently suspended her Instagram account after the trolling got too much - about why men and women are not equal in the eyes of social media. Why doesn’t her husband, Simon (aka Father of Daughters), who exists in exactly the same family and has twice the amount of followers, get nearly so much abuse? We talk misogyny and mothering; why women aren’t allowed to be financially successful in the same way men are; and why the best thing to do is to just rise above. Also today, we make Producer Charlie’s week, and discuss The World Cup - High Low style.For anyone experiencing domestic abuse or if you know of someone who is and want to help them, please call The National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. LinksMothers, an Essay on Love and Cruelty by Jacqueline Rose Maron interview by Hadley Freeman for The Guardian I Owe The NHS, by Mark Haddon and others for The Guardian Cork on Audible: Susan Calman's Mrs Brightside: Unpopped with Hayley Campbell: can e-mail The High Low or tweet us @thehighlowshow.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/06/181h 7m

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

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 Prime Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People, by Jessica Presser for New York Magazine Fiends and the Folk Heroes in Grifter Season, by Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker They’re Just Like Us, by Tom Gara for Buzzfeed Tristesse, by Francoise Sagan Non Plus, on BBC iPlayer moi non plus on BBC iplayer Sex And The City’s Lesser Known Icons, by Caroline O’Donoghue for The Pool A History of Sex And The City’s “Splat” Episode, via Vulture can e-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshow.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/06/1846m 57s

Greer’s Fall From Grace; Issa Rae on Kanye; & SATC's 20 Yr Anniversary

What does a trailblazer owe us? That’s a question we’re pondering this week, as we discuss actor Issa Rae’s spicy monologue on Kanye West - who many believe is betraying his black identity, in support of Trumpian conservatism - and Germaine Greer’s controversial views on rape. Once a radical second-wave feminist, is she in danger of becoming a parody? Also this week, we discuss the misogyny in social media; the concept of ‘moral triumphalism’; why processed food feels like a cuddle; and the glory of being single. And of course, we also discuss the 20 year anniversary of Sex And The City. Join us on this joyous romp down memory lane!LinksSuccessful black men have targets on their backs, by Maurice Mcleod for The Guardian Ellen on Germaine Greer, for The Observer Turner on fallen trailblazers, for The Times Wilder on the misogyny of parenting and social media, for Grazia - out nowThe Processed Food Debate Is A Delicious, MSG-Sprinkled Class War by Grace Dent, for The Guardian Nothing Like A Dame on BBC iPlayer And The City Might Be Dated, But It'll Never Get Old, for Refinery 29 I Was Just As Happy When I Was a Singleton by Matthew Parris, for The Times Parris on moral triumphalism, for The Times 4’s Friday Night Comedy News quiz’s WorkLife with Adam Grant podcast: #MeToo, with Ashley Judd, Ronan Farrow, and Tarana Burke’m Not Black, I’m Kanye, by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/06/181h 5m

Domestic is Not A Dirty Word: An Author Special With The Great American Novelist, Meg Wolitzer

It’s National Biscuit Day! One of (but not the only) favourite days in Dolly’s calendar. We discuss the huge response to our segment on Ireland’s abortion referendum (they repealed!) and issue some vital corrections; natter about why we’re in the golden age of telly; and debate whether a role model - specifically, footballer Raheem Sterling and his gun tattoo - has to reflect societal concerns.Also today, we host one of our favourite authors Meg Wolitzer, whose novel, The Female Persuasion, makes a timely landing in a post-MeToo age. We discuss inter-generational feminism, female friendship and idolatry and why the ‘domestic novel’ is as important as a grand polemic.LinksAtlanta, on BBC iPlayer Knock Wife, by Ali Wong on Netflix Very English Scandal on BBC iPlayer Freeman on Hugh Grant for The Guardian Iley interviews Patti Smith for The Sunday Times Magazine Tourjee interviews Caitlyn Jenner for Broadly Aitkenhead interviews Chelsea Clinton for The Guardian Friend interviews Donald Glover for The New Yorker Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue: Melrose on Now TV: BBC Radio 4's Soul Music: Strange Fruit: Radio 4's Soul Music: Hallelujah: to the Royal College of Nursing foundation here > can e-mail us, and tweet us @thehighlowshow Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/05/1859m 15s

Ireland’s abortion referendum; and a deep-dive into the royal wedding

This week, we discuss why Ireland’s proposed repeal of the 8th amendment on 25th May, is so important. We learn about Ireland’s history (from the brutal 'symphysiotomy’ procedure, to the abuse of unmarried mothers in mother and baby homes like Bon Secours) and talk to Irish writer, Caroline O’Donoghue about what pro-choice campaigners learned from Brexit’s liberal echo chamber.And of COURSE, we discuss the royal wedding. From the funny bits (he-llo Bishop Michael Curry) to the starry bits (Oprah, hashtag kween); the cringe bits (hi Suits cast on Instagram) to the emo bits (Harry thanking his “pa”); and, of course, the socio-political bits (is this the first time the media has used the term ‘bi-racial’? And why is that so meaningful?) we cover it all.We’ll be doing a *live* episode of The High Low at the Möet & Chandon summer house in London on the 8th June, and you can sign up here > www.moetsummerhouse.comLinks for this week’s showJustice for Noura Change.Org petition Let Down, on Netflix Scarlett Letter Reports, hosted by Amanda Knox for Broadly Real Housewives of Cheshire, on ITVBe Euthanasia: one family’s story, by Mark Smith for The Times Magazine Is Ireland - a short documentary on YouTube Ireland's last taboo by Janice Turner for The Times: Welteroth on the media’s embrace of the term, ‘bi-racial’ Harry and Meghan Markle are the first woke royals, by India Knight for The Sunday Times Magazine Like A Four podcast: A Very English Scandal on BBC iPlayer: Tig Notaro on Fresh Air:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/05/1859m 38s

A Live Episode with Google on Georgina Chapman’s Interview About Ex-Husband, Harvey Weinstein; & Cannes Selfie Ban

It’s another live episode, recorded at The Old Selfridges Hotel in collaboration with Google Pixel 2. Dolly’s hungover, Pandora’s no longer pregnant - so some things have changed since our last live episode; but some things have stayed the same.We discuss Georgina Chapman’s first ever interview about her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein in US Vogue, 5 months after allegations broke, triggering MeToo. Was this the right outlet for fashion designer Georgina, to give this interview? Is it a PR move? Did she know? And most importantly: why are innocent women seen as the accomplice of guilty men?In lighter news, we also discuss the Cannes Film Festival’s selfie ban and why you cannot stall a content creator.E-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshowLinksGeorgina Chapman on Life After Harvey Weinstein, by Jonathan Van Meter for US Vogue Is Anna Winter Asking Us to Forgive, In Her Editor’s Letter? By Stella Bugbee for The Cut Defiant Ones, on Netflix Break Up Episode, by Guys We Fucked podcast Ladies, by Call Your Girlfriend podcast Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/05/1843m 3s

The Rachel Divide; & Dissecting The Met Gala

It’s a week of controversy: Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who says she’s black, is back in the public eye thanks to a Netflix documentary, The Rachel Divide. What trauma led to her fraudulent ‘transracial’ identity? And why does Rachel refuse to back down? We called up gal-dem deputy editor and Guardian writer Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff to discuss the documentary - and whether or not Netflix were right to air it. Also on today’s agenda: the glitzy annual Met Gala and it’s ‘Catholic’ theme, courtesy of Andrew Bolton’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition. From Rihanna’s papal mitre to Lena Waithe’s politically charged rainbow cape, via Jared Leto dressed as Jesus (God complex, much?) the dress code might have been crassly interpreted and as camp as Christmas, but does that make it offensive? We run the full gamut of opinions.Last thing - the Chuckle Brothers have not fallen out. We repeat: rumours of a feud are false. Rachel Divide review by Doreen St Felix for The New Yorker The Rachel Divide on Netflix Does Anyone Have The Right To Sex? By Amia Srinivasan, for The London Review of Books Penn interview, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian Think It, I’ll Say It, short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld Melrose, starts on Sunday on Sky AtlanticHow The Met Gala Guests Tackled “The Heavenly Bodies” Theme, by Osman Ahmed for 4 Soul Music on God Only Knows Morgan’s Desert Island Discs Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/05/1851m 56s

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

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 Kaur, by Juno Dawson Comments on my Selfies Are Different Now I’m a Mom, by Leandra Medine for ManRepeller Am The One Woman Who Has it All, by Kimberley Harrington for The New Yorker Unbound, an Audible podcast series hosted by Florence Williams Do Your Boobs Mean To You, by Pandora [yes, the same one!] Wild Country, on Netflix The Murder That Changed a Nation on BBC iPlayer Soul Music on BBC Radio 4 a ticket to Consent Matters: millennial voices changing the narrative, on 14th May can tweet us @thehighlowshow or e-mail us  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/05/1850m 7s

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Problematic Post-Partum Money Shot; & Is Millie Bobby Brown Too Young for Time’s 100 list?

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to another baby prince, but all anyone’s talking about is that bouncy blow dry, that red dress and those heels - a mere 7 hours after she gave birth. Is this glamorous portrayal of new motherhood doing a disservice to mothers and the trauma of birth? Why is it an inevitable part of Kate’s role as a princess? And could it in fact be a form of protection?Also today: we discuss Millie Bobby Brown’s inclusion on Time’s 100 Most Influential List. The 14 year old actor has over 16 million Instagram followers and is currently producing her first film. Is she too young for such adulation? You can email us or tweet us @thehighlowshow. Links:- Lovesick on Netflix - The Week Unwrapped, hosted by Olly Mann When Beauty Is A Troll, by Megan Garber for The Atlantic The Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism, by Amanda Hess for The New York Times Heartburn, by Nora Ephron with an introduction by the author Cariad Lloyd on The Adam Buxton podcast No woman should have to pose post-birth, by Sali Hughes for The Pool Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/04/1857m 36s

Crediting your sources in the internet age & why we all love to hate Coachella

Some excellent e-mails on voice notes in The High Low mailbag this week - turns out The HL listeners are more than a little bit obsessed with voice notes. On this week’s agenda: a butt-load of article recommendations from Pandora (Christie Watson’s book about the NHS had Pandora in a puddle), some stellar advice from Dolly on how to survive your social life sober, a hefty discussion on miscreditation and appropriation in the internet age and - the big stuff - why we all love to hate Coachella (it’s not just the headdresses, people.)You can e-mail us any thoughts on this week’s episode at or tweet us @thehighlowshow.ReadingAnatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan accused of rape: is the justice system biased against men? - by Katie Glass, for The Sunday Times Magazine media helped me connect with my husband in a way I couldn’t in real life - by Jennifer Malia for New York Magazine, Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story, by Christie Watson and the Oxbridge access problem, by Sathnam Sanghera for The Times Magazine The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine Your Girlfriend podcast on shine theory and millennial pinkwashing Friction’s memoir episode Cotton’s Happy Place with Alexandra Shulman Cotton’s Happy Place with Kirsty Young Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/04/181h 1m

Loneliness in the young & why we should all be a bit more like Neville Southall

Well, THANK YOU High Lowers - last week’s episode pushed us over 2 million downloads and up to No.3 on the iTunes podcast charts. The mailbag was also bulging this week: some helpful kind corrections; some not-so-helpful - and we’ve got a little something to say on that....This week we discuss the results of The ONS’s report into loneliness, which has revealed that - contrary to popular belief - it is not pensioners who are society’s most lonely, but 16-24 year olds. Is social media to blame? Has celebrity replaced community? And what will Tracey Crouch do about it?Also today, we talk about former Everton footballer Neville Southall who has been lending his Twitter platform (with its associated 127,000 followers) to minorities less privileged than him. Pretty great, huh? Well, apparently not. We talk about criticism, the liberal echo chamber and why curiosity is something to be prized not derided. Ultimately, we could all be a bit more Neville.And on a lighter note: there’s Cardi B; the fragrance that ‘smells like’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding; why Cynthia Nixon hates it when Big builds Carrie a wardrobe; and Dolly’s drunken obsession with voice notes.Use an exclusive discount to get £10 off your first Treatwell booking with HIGHLOW10. You can tweet us @thehighlowshow or e-mail is - but please do note that we are unable to reply to all messages. Links:Neville Southall - A Man Too Good For This Cruel World by Stuart Heritage with New Zealand’s pregnant Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden - by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times Magazine Chinese workers who assemble designer bags in Tuscany - by D. T. Max for The New Yorker Noble - The Woman With 100 Personalities Is It Time For Small Plates To Die? by Lauren Bravo Do You Want Me? By Ruby Wax James Martin interviewed by Laura Pullman Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/04/181h 3m

The Farcical Arc of The Weightloss Reality Star; And The Travesty That is the Ulster Rugby Rape Case

The High Low is back! Where did those 6 weeks go? Dolly’s been on a nationwide book tour; Pandora’s birthed a tiny dictator. We round-up all the articles, programmes and podcasts we’ve been enjoying during our hiatus, as well as the topics that made us miss The High Low.On today’s agenda: the depressing arc of the weightloss celebrity and the esoteric nature of reality TV (Dolly compares it to an old-fashioned Italian family - Pandora wonders if that is a good thing); and the controversial verdict of the Ulster Rugby rape case, which concluded last week, after a 42 day trial, with an innocent verdict. 2018 may have been a year of MeToo; but does the disappointing denouement to this case suggest that it’s all just hot air?You can tweet The High Low @thehighlowshow or e-mail us A Young Woman Lost Her Identity - byRachel Aviv for The New Yorker Ferrell interviews Joaquin Phoenix -for Interview magazine Young Women by Caroline O'Donoghue Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch Inside Court 12: the complete story of the Belfast rape trial - The Irish Times Who Was Really On Trial In The Ireland And Ulster Rugby Rape Case? - The Independent Watching This Is Us - on Amazon Prime Me - on Sky - on Amazon Prime, Drugs and Murder - on BBC iPlayer on Channel 4  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/04/181h 4m

Feminism, #MeToo and Clapham's Sticky Carpets: The High Low Meets Oscar-Nominated Margot Robbie

The High Low is going on maternity leave - or maturity leave, as Pandora accidentally e-mailed someone this week - for 6 weeks, so we’ve decided to go out with a bang, with an interview with the Oscar nominated actor and producer, Margot Robbie. We discuss I, Tonya, about American figure skater, Tonya Harding, with the Australian A-Lister, how she plans to put women centre stage via her production company, LuckyChap productions and what Hollywood really looks like, post MeToo. Also this week, Pandora champions the feel-good, feminist Amazon Prime drama about a women’s glossy, The Bold Type (like a ‘woke' How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days) and a brilliant new podcast series produced by Save The Children. If you’re looking for some powerful, real-life story-telling, please give it a listen. Meanwhile, Dolly has weaned herself off Mad Men, in order to discover the Instagram account skewering men’s pointed shoes (Sniper Watch, if you’re interested) and read a new book that promises to reduce your worries and anxieties.We’ll see you in April!LinksThe Bold Type, on Amazon Prime But Home, a podcast by Save The Children Watch instagram account: The Worry Trick by David A Carbonell: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/02/1827m 25s

Quincy Jones; SATC Feuds; & Author Laura Freeman on how reading cured her anorexia

An explosive Quincy Jones interview via Vulture; an even more explosive Sex and The City row via Kim Cattrall (just try and get Dolly to shut up about it); and some fun Valentine’s Day facts for you: did you know that 5% more babies are conceived during Valentines week than any other time (Christmas comes second); and that 52% of people are choosing to stay at home for Valentine’s - or Galentines - this year? Also, old people are having more sex than ever and Dolly’s very happy about it.Much has been happening in the world of celebrity, but we’ve also been reading some great new books (Pandora recommends Zadie Smith’s short story anthology, Feel Free; whilst Dolly’s pick for this week is Bad Romance, by Emily Hill) and The Reading Cure, by journalist Laura Freeman, who is also our guest today. A lyrical book from a former anorexia sufferer, on how books restored her appetite, Laura compares a disordered mind to that of a disordered library: where the books have flown off the shelves, the pages are ripped and the windows are smashed. We discuss the increase in eating disorders - according to a report by The Guardian this week, they have doubled in women - and why Laura sees the term ‘eating disorder’ as an insufficient descriptor of this obsessive mental illness.LinksFeel Free, by Zadie Smith Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite, by Laura Freeman Romance, by Emily Hill Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain, by James Bloodworth Conversation: Quincy Jones, by David Marchese for Vulture don't have to be a CEO to be a superwoman, by India Knight for The Sunday Times magazine Mulligan and David Hare interview, by Louis Wise for The Sunday Times Culture magazine The Mean-Girls Culture That Destroyed Sex And The City for the New York Post:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/02/1855m 51s

Food snobbery; the Suffragettes & Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy

Your usual mixed bag this week: Cheddar Man, Nutella fights and Lady Doritos.It’s the 100 year anniversary of the Suffragettes! We deliver to you some facts and a round-up of this week’s celebrations. We discuss Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy (her daughter, Stormi Webster was born this week.) How did the world’s most famous 20 year old - Kylie has over 100 million followers and is the richest of all of the Kardashian/Jenners - hide her pregnancy from the paps for an entire 10 months? Is it yet another PR ploy; or a genuine bid for privacy from a young woman long uncomfortable with her own, inherited fame?Also today, some discussion of Woody Allen - mainly via some excellent journalism, links below - and the latest Hollywood MeToo, via Uma Thurman. This one’s a little different though… it’s more about Quentin Tarantino than it is Harvey Weinstein. And, a first: Tarantino replies, at length. Both articles, below, are well worth reading.Plus, a bit on food snobbery, after the wonderful writer and former Bake Off contestant, Ruby Tandoh, spoke out against the “classism and ableism” inherent in slamming ready-made meals. Choice is a luxury; and ‘wellness’ is a concept that the working class can ill afford (there’s also a bit of personal bias from Pandora, on this subject.)ReadingThe Friendship Cure, by Kate Leaver Woody Allen should be tried in court and not by public opinion, by Hadley Freeman for The Guardian is excluding working class women, by Camilla Long for The Sunday Times is why Uma Thurman is angry, by Maureen Dowd for The New York Times Tarantino responds to Uma Thurman Jenner has baby and seemingly grows way up, by Harling Ross for Man Repeller & WatchingJack Whitehall on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs Stories, by Dolly Alderton (Pandora’s insertion, not Dolly’s) Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - at cinemas now Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/02/181h 2m

Women’s unconscious bias towards other women; and Kim Kardashian’s cultural appropriation

Kim Kardashian is making all kinds of headlines this week; not because her new baby boy, Chicago, arrived via surrogacy - but because she’s sharing dozens of pics of herself in the nuddy with what she has called ‘Bo Derek’ braids aka: cornrows or Fulani braids. We discuss the knotty issue of cultural appropriation, how it exists within fashion and beauty and speak to Sharmadean Reid, the founder of WAH Nails and Beauty Stack, on why she isn’t offended by Kim’s appropriation of a black hairstyle - but how offence is not a blanket thing. How can and should we navigate the nuances?Also today, we discuss Trump’s assertion that he isn’t a feminist (snore), why the world’s gone mad for Tupperware (and why no-one has written about this?) and the brilliant Radio 4 show that had us both wincing: are women sexist towards other women? Before you shake your head - take a listen (link in the show notes.) We plunge deep into our unconscious bias and try to be as honest as possible.A note from Pandora (who writes these bios, because Dolly’s skills lie, let’s say, elsewhere): Dolly’s book, Everything I Know About Love, published by Penguin, is out today. GO BUY IT! Mothers, by Brit Bennett on how to go ‘straight', on BBC Radio 4 are even women biased against other women? On BBC Radio 4 interview with Helena Morrissey, by Eleanor Mills for The Sunday Time Magazine Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

The UK’s New Minister for Loneliness; And Are We Children Until The Age of 25?

First thing’s first: 1 in 4 women are still skipping their smear test - please don’t be one of them. Dolly talks to Kate Sanger from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust who emphasises the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer.Also today, we discuss the UK’s newly appointed Minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch - and why loneliness is not just a problem in the elderly ; new evidence which suggests that psychologically we are all children until the age of not 18, but - duh duh duhhhhhh - 25; and why “well-intentioned racism” is still, well, racism.NB: Courtesy of our kind sponsors, Treatwell, you can get yourself £10 off a £25 treatment with the code HIGHLOW10. Visit to book!Reading:The linguistic evolution of ‘like’, by John McWhorter for The Atlantic Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman Diary: A freelance writer living in London on 14K, by Anon for Refinery29 minister for loneliness will need all the friends she can get, by Stewart Dakers for the Guardian Unzipped, by The Telegraph You've Been Publicly Shamed on Audible by Jon Ronson: Peter Morgan on Fresh Air: David Remnick interviews David Attenborough for The New Yorker Hour: Watching:Riverdale, on Netflix of A Life on 4 OD: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/01/181h 3m

An Author Special With ‘Lullaby’ Novelist, Leila Slimani (& Some Thoughts On The Babe.Net Piece Gone Viral)

Episode 43 is a pretty exciting one for The High Low - a bit of a pinch-me moment, if you will. One minute we were begging Faber & Faber for an advance copy of French novelist Leila Slimani’s cult read, Lullaby - a troubling but beautifully written read about a nanny who murders her two young charges - the next, we had Leila in our studio.The twelfth woman to win the Prix Goncourt, last year (the highest literary prize in France, previous winners include Proust) Lullaby sold a whopping 600,000 copies in Leila’s native France (under the title, ‘Chanson Douce’), led to Emmanuel Macron asking Leila to be the Minister for Culture (she turned it down) and the movie rights have, unsurprisingly, been snapped up. Comparisons with Gone Girl and Girl on a Train are crass - but indicative of the book’s breathtaking success. Leila talks to us about finding unexpected success with her “ little book” (“I thought my great book would be about war”), the societal role of working motherhood and the nanny (who is both "inside and outside of the home”) and why being a Muslim woman of North African descent “does not mean I care about identity.” Also today, we discuss Catherine Deneuve’s apology, whether the Babe.Net piece about Aziz Ansari undermines the MeToo movement; the H&M hoodie-race-row, why the new cultural buzz-trend of ’self-care’ is lofty BS (isn’t it just letting yourself buy the cushiony bog roll, not the scratchy stuff?) and the joyous news that The Bayeux Tapestry is coming to the UK for the very first time in 950 years. Joking, thought that’s quite cool that France finally let it leave. Not so cool? That 24,000 attempts to access porn from inside the Houses of Parliament have been made since the General Election. THAT’S 700 A DAY. Lots of pieces have been getting us talking and hotly debating this week. Read them - and lots of podcast recs - below!Thanks you to our sponsors Treatwell and Google Pixel 2 and Wardour Studios, who hosted us this week.You can e-mail The High Low, or tweet us @thehighlowshow.LISTENING:Angela Hartnett on Desert Island Discs Buchanan on Desert Island Dishes READING:Lullaby, by Leila Slimaniïla-Slimani/dp/0571337538The Killer-Nanny Novel That Conquered France by Lauren Collins for The New Yorker Melting Season, by Jami Attenburg Underwater, by Tatterhood went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned out to be the worst night of my life, by Katie Way for Babe.Net humiliation of Aziz Ansari, by Caitlin Flanagan for The Atlantic  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

#TimesUp - Can The Red Carpet Be A Harbinger Of Social Change? And Toadmeister’s Titty-Tweets

Hello, you stable geniuses! (Or as the pedants may prefer, genii.) The Golden Globes happened on Sunday night in Hollywood and The High Low has many a point to discuss:Does the #TimesUp movement - where actors wore black dresses on the red carpet, in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment - convey a real and true political message? Can a gown be a harbinger for social change? The New York Times’ T Magazine Fashion Critic, Alexander Fury, provides an eloquent argument in favour. Or, is it mere Hollywood “fakery’ - as actor Rose McGowan denounced it.Self-deprecating and woke as he was, should Seth Meyers have been the host... or should it have been a woman? And what about Natalie Portman, who pointed out that no female directors were nominated for best director? No amount of black gowns can cloak that. Either way, Justin Timberlake *perhaps* missed the point. “Damn my wife looks hot! #timesup” the Trousersnake tweeted. From Hollywood, to Westminster. Also on this weekend agenda, journalist Toby Young’s resignation from his university regulator role, for the Office for Students - just 8 days in the job - after thousands of Young’s archive ‘titty tweets’ caused 20,000 people to sign a petition arguing for his sacking. Is a man, or woman, the sum of their tweets? Should your ability to be do your job dependent on your social media timeline? Possibly not. But when you become more known for a tweet that reads “I had my dick up her arse, mate” than your work in the education sector, we wonder if, possibly, a governmental role isn’t quite for you.Episode takeaway, kids: the internet never forgets. Thank you very much to our sponsors Google Pixel 2 and Treatwell and to Acast, for letting us use your studio.E-mail and tweet us @thehighlowshow. LinksListeningYou & Yours - on parity, post Carrie Gracie’s resignation from the BBC Jessica Parker on The Nerdist: Janeane Garofalo on Guys We F****d: Sandi Toksvig on Table Manners with Jessie Ware: Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer Femininity, by Ginny Hogan for The New Yorker Gibson: the wellness blogger who fooled the world, by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano for The Sunday Times magazine Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/01/181h 3m

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

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 or tweet us @thehighlowshow.LinksListeningRomesh Ranganathan on The Adam Buxton podcast Magical Art Of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight, by Malcolm Gladwell Vagina Monologues, 20th anniversary edition, by Eve Ensler Year the Grenfell Tower Fire Revealed The Lies That Londoners Tell Themselves, by Sam Knight for The New Yorker's Nothing Empowering or Feminist About The All-Female Line-Up on Celebrity Big Brother, by Georgia Aspinall for The Debrief, Cultural Appropriation And The Media's Erasure of Black Women, by Jamé Jackson for Need To Stop Our Obsession With Lifestyle Trends (Particularly Danish Ones) - archive piece by Pandora (ahem) for The Spectator Mirror - series 4 and Andy - The Great Beyond Little Women - BBC... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/01/181h 4m

The Highs & Lows of 2017 - with Journalist & Author, Stu Heritage

Happy New Year High Lowers! 2017 has been the year of covfefe, Dr Robert Kelly and of course the birth of yours truly. We have friend of The High Low’s and Guardian journalist Stu Heritage on to review the highs and lows of the past year, including Pandora’s very own and rather difficult Big Fat Quiz of the year which listeners can play at home. We talk resolutions, New Year plans and Stu’s fantastic book published earlier this year called Don’t Be A Dick, Pete. The book is a very funny and often moving memoir, told through the story of Stu’s relationship with his brother Pete. We sort of wish we’d invited Pete on too, tbh. Finally, we answer listener questions with Stu as our visiting agony uncle. Including one of our own: who is responsible for those slightly dismissive reviews of The High Low from The Guardian, Stu? Hmmmmm? Happy New Year High Low listeners. We end on a compilation of the best bits of our first year, one that we couldn’t have done without you and your support. Thank you - and see you in 2018 for more! LINKS:Don’t Be A Dick, Pete by Stuart Heritage: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/12/171h 9m

The High Low Christmas Special

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 Cahalan Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNish’t forget to shop the site with or excloooosive discount HIGHLOW for 15% off all your customisable stationary needs. HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HIGH LOW! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/12/1745m 19s

What 'Cat Person' Tells Us About Female Pleasure. Plus Which Social Media Platform Is The Most Dangerous?

Pandora's been moving house and Dolly's been hosting Pretendmas (don't ask; she'll tell you all about it anyway) but there are still plenty of water cooler topics to discuss this week. From some brilliant pieces of journalism (including a heart-breaking piece by Empire Editor Terri White on the vital role a woman's refuge played in both her own childhood and in British society as a whole) to plenty of podcast recommendations from the ultimate podcat, Dolly, this week we discuss 'Cat Person', the New Yorker short story that went viral - and what this piece of fiction tells us about modern relationships; toxic masculinity; bad sex and female pleasure. We also play you an excerpt of the shocking and riveting speech given by former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya at Stanford University, on how Facebook is ripping society apart. In light of this and plenty of other disclaimers from both former and present tech execs, we discuss the dangers of social media in both a personal and a social context. From the richest (first world FOMO caused by your Instagram feed) to the poorest (Whatsapp hoax that caused violence in a rural Indian village), we are all affected by social media in its myriad forms.What we are reading, watching and listening to:A Woman's Refuge Saved My Family, by Terri White for The Pool Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on Trip Advisor, by Oobah Butler for VICE People vs O.J.Simpson: American Crime Story, on Netflix'Cat Person' - a short story, by Kristen Roupenian for The New Yorker, by Sadie Jones directed by Greta Gerwig: Lloyd's Griefcast with Adam Buxton: Franco on WTF: Lloyd's Made of Human with Jo Brand: Felicity Morse on Cat Person for The Debrief: Amy Jones on Cat Person for The... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/12/171h 4m

On 'Women Spreading'; And The Start of Silly Season

It’s December, which means that silly season is officially upon us. Thank goodness, then, for Alabama student Kelsey who dressed up as a Christmas tree - for every single lecture. Oh, and the scientists who think they’ve found one of Santa’s bones. We discuss Christmas in all it’s technicolour madness, and whether or not it’s really anything to do with religion anymore.Also today, the hashtagged social trend of 'women spreading’ (Pandora prefers ‘fem spreading’ but also acknowledges that it sounds a little too like margarine for your vag.) Is women spreading a symbolic riposte to man spreading? Or, is it a gimmick confined to Instagram? We talk activism in it various guises. Either way, Dolly won’t be getting her gusset out on the tube this December. Sorry lads.This festive month, The High Low is sponsored by Papier. You can get 15% off their gorgeous stationary - it’s not too late for Christmas cards! - at, using HIGHLOW.This week, we are reading, listening and watching:Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson From College, on Netflix with Amanda Hess for The New York Times: The White Internet’s Love Affair With Digital Blackface Is Wiseman interviews Graham Norton for The Observer magazine Manzoor on Muslim foster parents for The Guardian Marvelous Mrs Maisel: Knight's Sunday Times Magazine column on the joy of a drink at Christmas: can e-mail us at, and tweet us @thehighlowshow Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/12/1752m 46s

Corporate Egg-Freezing - And Whether Taylor Swift Is A Billboard for Trumpian Values

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our special episode with Tina Brown last week - we had a huge response. We miss her already <3This week in the Tina-free studio, we discuss whether corporations offering to pay for women to freeze their eggs - as happening in America and soon, Australia - is a generous health benefit, or a patriarchal attempt to stave off motherhood. Shouldn’t we improve conditions and parity for working mothers (subsidised nurseries, better paternity leave, flexi-hours) first?Also in this week’s episode: Taylor Swift has been accused of espousing Trumpian values, with her white feminism and political silence. We draw on several brilliant pop-culture writers, to discuss whether this theory has any value. We cannot help but wonder, in that Carrie Bradshaw way: when did it become possible for a popstar to just be, well, a popstar? Now, they must be a symbol, an icon, a vessel and a plate. As Greta Gerwig says on Fresh Air, when quizzed why she worked with Woody Allen - women are just terrified of saying the wrong thing and getting it wrong. Tiring, huh.Nuggets from The Top Line include the revelation that salted caramel is comparable to heroin; Christmas dinners are more expensive than ever before; and, devastatingly, that a third of women’s refuges are under threat of closure in the UK.There’s a slew of podcast episode, series, articles and exhibition recommendations this week - links all below - and in the run up to Christmas, a few requests:Who will help Pandora find a Father Christmas jumper, complete with patent belt, to spread across her pudding-like paunch?And, Adam Buxton, when will you come on our podcast?You can e-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshow.Reading/ watching/ viewing & listening this week:Laura Freeman on Modigliani for The Sunday Times Culture mag tickets to Modigliani at The Tate Modern The Sinner, on Netflix Freeman on why feminist theory didn’t cure her anorexia, for The Guardian Wiseman interviews Little Mix for The Observer mag Lynskey on Taylor Swift for GQ mag (December issue, on sale now)Taylor Swift: An Envoy for Trump’s Values? By anon for The Guardian Gerwig on Fresh Air:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/11/1757m 37s

A Special Episode with Iconic Editor Tina Brown - Creator of High Low Journalism & Our Podcast Patron Saint

Welcome to our favourite *ever* episode of The High Low - as we try not to fangirl the fuck out.For those of you with short memories, the High Low is named in homage to iconic editor Tina Brown. The creator of High Low journalism - our founding ethos of merging the trivial with the political; the irreverent with the weighty - Tina became editor of Tatler aged just 25, of Vanity Fair aged 29, and then The New Yorker, before launching the short-lived Talk and then The Daily Beast.Now, in an arguably meta move, we get Tina into the studio, to discuss her hilarious, pacey and searingly honest memoir The Vanity Fair Diaries. We talk misogyny and #MeToo; Princess Diana and Trump; the Kardashians and Meghan Markle; and, of course, Weinstein - who Tina worked with for a disastrous 2 years after they launched Talk magazine together. We take a romp through the media decadence of the 80s (when having a ‘dress allowance’ and a ’social secretary' was vital for any editor worth their salt), with the thread of tragedy thanks to the AIDS crisis, weaving its way throughout.The Vanity Fair Diaries have now been optioned by producer Bruna Papandrea, who is behind the epic hit Big Little Lies. So expect to see a gripping mini series of Tina’s diary on your screens ASAP. Links:The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown: by Julie Buntin: Silverman on Louis CK, via The Guardian: Ephron Knows What To Do, by Ariel Levy for The New Yorker: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/11/1755m 25s

The App That ‘Strips’ Women of Their Make-up; and Boris Johnson’s Comments on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

No singing this week courtesy of Louis Theroux, but three different accents from Pandora in compensation. This week on The High Low, we discuss Boris Johnson’s buffoonery - and when being a dotard can put another woman’s life in danger. Our hearts go out to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 19 months into a 5 year sentence in Iran. As Boris (finally) meets Nazanin’s husband, Richard, we discuss the Foreign Secretary and why we struggle to understand the seeming impotence of the government in scenarios such as these.Also today, the controversial new app, MakeApp, which leaves women ‘barefaced’. Dolly think it’s misogynistic; Pandora thinks it’s yet another example of tech working against cultural psychology and the greater good. BTW Pandora did it and Dolly thought she looked better than normal, so, that’s interesting.And Pandora busts the myth of tumeric lattes with the help of registered dietician Rosie Saunt.Fun fact to (slightly) bum you out: Amazon have revealed that Fifty Shades of Grey is the No1 downloaded book on Kindle, of all time.DO SUMMINK GOOD TODAY: buy a pin from The Pin Project and support refugees, returnees and people displaced by war YOURSELF A TREAT: if you liked our The High Low pyjamas, you can buy your own pair of Poplin London pyjamas with neon pink piping, at with 20% off when you enter thehighlow at checkout.WATCHINGLouis Theroux documentaries on anorexia, and heroin, on BBC iPlayer, on BBC iPlayer I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng Different Kind of Pregnancy Announcement, by Leandra Medine for Man Repeller The Myth of The Artistic Genius Excuses The Abuse of Women, by Amanda Hess for The New York Times of Time by Miranda Sawyer: Cult of Boris Johnson by Grace Dent:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/11/1757m 34s

Arranged vs Forced Marriages & Kevin Spacey’s Netflix Exit

After some disruption to the schedule (namely two live recordings in a row and an author special, whilst Dolly’s enjoyed monsoon season in Thailand and practiced wellness with a monk) The High Low is back in the Acast studio. And we’ve got tons (literally tons) of reading, listening and watching recs for you, from our sojourns away.This week we discuss Kevin Spacey’s “I’m Gay” disclaimer, Netflix dropping him and whether or not you can separate the art from the artist. Will their legacy live on? Is the whole thing a hackneyed debate? And if Frank doesn’t come back…. will Claire?Also today, we speak to a High Low listener about the difference between an arranged and a forced marriage, after the sad news story of Aasiya Bibi, the 21-year-od Pakistani girl who murdered 15 of her husband’s family with poison, in her desperation to escape her forced marriage. It’s our first official week with Google, our sexy new partner, and Dolly kickstarts our new ‘curiosity’ segment with the Google Pixel 2, by asking Pandora what the meaning of love is. A nice gentle ease into the series, that. If you want to see the fruits of our new Google Pixel shoot, head on over to our Instagram’s @pandorasykes @dollyalderton for a taster. More magic to come, my friends.Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The High Low on iTunes. You can e-mail The High Low or tweet us @thehighlowshow.READINGThe Wife, by Meg Wolitzer\Valley Of The Dolls, by Jacqueline Susan Disclaimer, by Renee Knightée-Knight/dp/1784160229Lust, by Roald Dahl Heller profile on Roald Dahl for New Republic, 2010 Jones on Kevin Spacey Jess Phillips on A Terrible, Toxic Week at Westminster Baldwin interview by Janice Turner Adam Buxton interviews with Zadie Smith, Kathy Burke and Louis Theroux's The Thing interview with Barbra Streisand Kay Mellor's Desert Island Discs  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/11/171h 1m

An Author Special on The Internet (and The Universe) with Jim Chapman

Vlogger Jim Chapman is YouTube royalty. But what happened when “the guy from the internet" turned his hand to a book? We chat animal facts (did you know that a group of baboons is called a flange?), whether or not the intent is misogynistic and why millennials have it good, with Jim Chapman.LINK:147 Things: My User’s Guide to The Universe, by Jim Chapman, published by Pan Macmillan, is out now: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/11/1734m 27s

A Live Episode with Google on #MeToo - and Suing The Entire Kardashian Family

It’s another live episode! (Normal recording will resume soon.) We’re at The Curiosity Rooms, in collaboration with Google and Selfridges, talking about the #MeToo hashtag and - because it’s called The High Low - the Kardashians.The #MeToo hashtag has swept across society in the wake of Weinstein, as hundreds of thousands of women come out to share their stories of harassment and abuse. Pandora has collated over 85 on her Instagram, some of which she reads out - while we both discuss the nuances of this campaign: are men excluded? Does it dwell on collective victim-hood? Does it place the onus on the women, to come out - rather than the men, to ‘fess up? You’ll have to listen to find out, but one conclusion you can be sure of, to paraphrase Emma Watson speaking at the UN in 2014: women’s rights are not about man-hating. We need to break this thought pattern ASAP.On to the Kardashians - whom Blac Chyna is suing. Yup, the lot of them. Rob Kardashian’s ex fiancee is suing the entire family for “torpedoing” her reality TV career and preventing her from reaching her potential as a social media entrepreneur. When did a social media entrepreneur become a thing? And is this the first time a whole family has been sued, because of it?Please do get in touch with The High Low and you can tweet us @thehighlowshow.The High Low is going on holiday next week, so you’ve got a nice author special to look forward to.Bye bye! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/10/1743m 31s

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

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: Snapes for The Dolly Mail: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/10/171h 13m

A Deep-Dive Into The Fall Of Hollywood’s Ultimate Sex Predator, Harvey Weinstein

It’s been a great week for sexism. Swedish model and artist Arvida Bystrom was threatened with rape, after she appeared in an Adidas advert with hairy legs; a senior writer at Vice’s women’s channel, Broadly, was fired after leaked e-mails revealed that he had been lobbying alt-right ‘media personality’ Milo Yiannapoulos to bully ‘fat feminists’; and then, well, there’s Harvey Weinstein.The 65-year-old American producer, considered to be one of, if not the most powerful man in Hollywood, has been fired from his own company, dumped by his wife and dispatched to ‘sex addiction rehab’ (obviously) after it was sensationally revealed by The New York Times and a dizzying further array of publications, that he had sexually harassed dozens of women in Hollywood, from A-Listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, to journalists, assistants and models. You’ll never look at a pot plant in the same way again….How was Weinstein’s behaviour tolerated, as an open secret, for so long? Why are women expected to come forward, more than men? Was he fired because he sexually harassed women - or because the public found out? And, as we discuss at length, will the demise of Harvey Weinstein finally lead to the dismantling of the systemic sexism upon which Hollywood’s very foundations are built? Time can only tell.On a trivial note, did you know pesto pasta has more salt than a McDonald’s burger? Pandora’s happy, veggies not so much.Please do e-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshow if you have any thoughts on the episode.BIG NEWS!The High Low has signed a shiny new partnership with Google, in collaboration with their Google Pixel 2 Phone. To kick off the partnership, which stars in November, we are doing a live episode of The High Low at Selfridges (as part of a shiny roster of speakers including Adwoa Aboah and Riz Ahmed) in their Curiosity Rooms installation, on Friday 20th October. You can sign up for a free ticket here: & LISTENINGNothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick Five Foot Two, on Netflix Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks by Leila Slimani (out in January) State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel Podcast Episode 242 with Russell Brand (from 2012) Here’s Why So Many Women Knew The Rumours About Harvey Weintein, by Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for The New York Times Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories, by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker The Weinstein Sexual-Harassment Allegations Didn’t Come Out Until Now, by Rebecca Traitor for The Cut Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/10/171h 7m

Ding Dong The Hef Is Dead - The Legacy of Playboy; And The Death Of The Celebrity Interview

In the wake of pyjama-clad Hugh Hefner’s demise, we discuss the legacy of Playboy and its nuances - and why viewing an empire created 64 years ago solely through the lense of modern feminism can be problematic. A must-read, incidentally, is Gloria Steinem’s The Bunny’s Tale. Also in today’s episode, we discuss the demise of the celebrity interview. Are authentic journalistic profiles destined to become mere relics, in place of publicist-approved puff pieces? We can but wonder. ***** BIG NEWS: You can now book a ticket to the first ever* live* episode of The High Low! We’ll be doing a live show 6.30-8.30pm at tibits in Mayfair, on Monday 16th October and 20% of all proceeds go to Women for Women International. Click the link below to book a ticket to the live record: Find out about more Women for Women International ***** What we’ve been listening to/ watching The Longform podcast (Dolly recommends the eps with Lena Dunham, Ariel Levy, Emily Nussbaum, David Remnick, Jon Ronson, Elizabeth Gilbert and Taffy Drodesser-Akner) Fresh Air podcast with Hilary Clinton WTF podcast with Barack Obama ***** What we’re been reading Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny Mount by Jilly Cooper I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Borland Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang Interview with France’s Secretary for Equality, Marlène Schiappa, in The Sunday Times magazine 1968 Rolling Stone interview with Richie Havens A Bunny’s Tale by Gloria Steinem The Death of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter My Playboy Mansion meeting with Hugh Hefner, Mr Sticky Fingers by Camilla Long How BBC Star Clare Balding stole my byline, by Ginny Dougray Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/10/1755m 55s

Is Monogamy Dead? An Author Special with Comedian Rosie Wilby

The High Low is on holiday this week, so we have recorded an author special for you - because we're nice like that. Is Monogamy Dead? by British comedian Rosie Wilby came out in August 2017 and from learning about romantic footprints to the difference between polyamory and non-monogamy (and did you know what 'compersian' is?) it's a funny, gentle, explorative and educational look into the Western concept of monogamy - and whether it still works. The audiobook is available on Audible here: You can follow Rosie on Twitter and Facebook @rosiewilby.You can get in touch with The High Low @thehighlowshow on Twitter or email us Thank you to Wardour Studios for the recording session. See you next week! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/09/1741m 13s

The Handbag’s Tale and why effective protests needn’t be violent

Twas the week that Margaret Atwood took her handbag to the Emmys - sorry, Margaret Atwood’s handbag took Margaret Atwood to the Emmys - and whilst some people are focusing on Issa Rae’s commentary, Dolly’s focusing on Margie and her shoulder holdall.In MIN (more important news) a number of protests this week have got us thinking: are points best made with spitting and shouting? In specific reference to the 60-year-old woman punched at the discussion of gender, at speaker’s corner last week; and the fur protest at London Fashion Week.Top Line highlights this week includes an update on the case of PETA vs the photographer who ‘nicked’ a monkey’s selfie; and the lunacy that is a 12-year old girl, groomed via Instagram by a paeophile into sending a topless picture of herself, facing charges for sharing pictures of an underage girl. Even though she, aged 12, is the girl in question. Legal loophole, anyone?Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes. You can e-mail us or tweet us @thehighlowshow.WATCHING/ LISTENING Doctor Foster on BBC iPlayer Scandi noir Black Lake on BBC iPlayer with Anne Hathaway with David Remnick Remnick on Here's The Thing Power of Vulnerability: The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson Batmanghelidjh interview with Camilla Cavendish in The Sunday Times it’s like to be fat in France: Gabrielle Deydier on ‘grossophobia’ for The Guardian Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

On speaking out against Woody Allen; and why women are still judged by appearance in the workplace

The High Low is a quarter of a century old (sort of) and to celebrate we have a ton of great reading recommendations for you - scroll down to see our favourite pieces of the week, including a piece on the rise and full of a Muslim cop at the NYPD in The New Yorker, everything you need to know about therapy by Hannah Ewans for Vice and the story of the 48-year-old intern, as seen at The Spectator. This week, we discuss Kate Winslet’s controversial comments (or lack thereof) when asked about working with Woody Allen. Should Hollywood actors seek to distance themselves from known paedophiles like Allen and Polanski; or does great art stand alone? We discuss ethics and responsibility... when your boss is a creep. Also work-related, the tech CEO who dyed her blonde hair brown, to be taken more seriously in the workplace. Have you ever toned down your looks, in an effort to get ahead? We discuss misogyny at work and why it’s important to hold your own. You can e-mail The High Low, or tweet us @thehighlowshow. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to The High Low on iTunes - it helps boost us our ratings and allows other people to find us. OH! And before you go: Dolly solved her phone storage issue. Thank fuck for that. Books, shows & podcasts that we’ve been consuming this week: The Most Dangerous Place On Earth, by Lindsey Lee Johnson The Trials of a Muslim Cop, by Rachel Aviv for The New Yorker The Girlfriend Experience, directed by Steven Soderbergh The 48-year-old intern, for The Spectator Hannah Ewans on therapy, for Vice Nigella Lawson on home cooking, for The Sunday Times Magazine Daisy Buchanan on Woody Allen, for The Pool WTF episode with Lena Dunham, on Woody Allen: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/09/1757m 17s

L'Oreal's Race Row & The Danger With Safe Spaces

Dennis Rodman's strange new friendship with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un; a deep-dive into the archive via Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg's interview with Ali G; and a most unfortunate story about a girl, a Tinder date, and a poo. It's our usual mixed bag on this week's episode of The High Low. Plus, did you know that purple was NOT Prince's favourite colour? On a not so light note, we discuss the thorny concept of 'safe spaces' in light of Oxford University's Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson's comments about homophobia at university (Dolly recommends this episode of Guys We Fucked for some interesting conversation on safe spaces and the sacking of Munroe Bergdorf, L'Oreal's first ever trans ambassador - after her comments on white privilege, post-Charlottesville. Plenty of recommendations from Pandora and a very hoarse Dolly this week: - Can I Be Me on iPlayer: - The Most Dangerous Place In The World by Lindsay Lee Johnson - Mariella Frostrup column - - The Girlfriend Experience starring Riley Keogh - Munroe Bergdorf interview on the L'Oreal race row in The Guardian - Rod Liddle on freedom of speech for The Sunday Times Magazine: - @tanksgoodnews on Instagram - for restoring your faith in humanity Dolly also has a storage issue. If you have a particular knowledge of iCloud storage please do tweet @dollyalderton (NOT @pinsykes who'd rather eat her own foot than hear anything more about this) as Dolly desperately needs some guidance. Oh and if one more person sends Pandora a press release about Kate Middleton's morning sickness, she will scream. No, she is not writing a story about Kate Middleton's morning sickness. Nor is Dolly. Because that would be a very dull, very short story. You can e-mail us and tweet us @thehighlowshow. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to The High Low on iTunes. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/09/1752m 5s

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

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's The Thing With Alec Baldwin interviews Lawrence Wright: Alan Yentob interviews Margaret Atwood: Hilary Mantel's piece on Princess Diana: Heart podcast mini-series on sexual consent: Score by Jilly Cooper Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway: Ariel Levy's interview on Fresh Air: Laura Snapes for on Taylor Swift the disses of Taylor Swift in the Guardian, by Jake Nevins Killed Taylor Swift in The Atlantic: Women's Hour discussion of Taylor Swift and celebrity female rivalry: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/08/171h 6m

Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns

It's a new episode of The High Low and we've got a bunch of things to recommend watching, listening to and reading covering everything from Indian Partition to an online black drugs market to male privilege to Vanessa Feltz. In The Top Line, we discover the bizarre tale of the British dad-of-five on holiday who became an accidental Turkish treasure smuggler. Oh and did you know that 1 in 5 UK pets has its own Instagram profile? Jesus weeps. In the wake of Zadie Smith's comments on the time-wasting practice of contouring, we talk about the role of makeup in a young woman's life and how time-consuming beauty regimes might negate productivity, but never morality. As the McCanns continue to search for their missing daughter as well as put an end to the horrific abuse they receive online - we talk trolling, public campaigning for missing children and our collective attention span in the wake of a disaster.Plus, a heart-breaking listener question on deportation and a few words from your hosts on the accidental role of Agony Aunting. Follow us on Good Reads > thehighlowshowTweet @thehighlowshowE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comDon't forget to rate/subscribe on iTunes: RECOMMENDED:Silk Road Storyville: My Family, Partition and Me with Anita Rani: Guilty Feminist on male privilege: Sophie Heawood's brilliant piece on hormones: Feltz interview by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian Women - a collection of essays and accounts of what it means to be a woman in the C21st, published by 404 for a Bill to ensure free access to sanitary products, including in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. Scottish residents sign here:'t forget to use the HILOW code on when you check out to receive a *free* mini Audacious mascara and Dolce Vita lip pencil. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

The Response to Charlottesville & The Curious Tale of Chloe Ayling

The High Low is BACK after a week's hiatus in which Dolly went to Majorca, boggled at its lack of scene and read a bunch of books. Meanwhile Pandora's got summer flu and wants Dolly to update the Good Reads profile. There's Bond, vegan feminist cafes and Taylor Swift in The Top Line. And we look at the surprise shouty renaissance of Trinny and "put a waist belt on it" Susannah's Trinny Woodall. In the wake of the horrifying white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and murder of an innocent young woman, we discuss what the various public reactions say about white privilege; particularly one divisive tweet from Lorde. We also discuss the presence of rape culture in the reporting and reaction to model Chloe Ayling's account of her kidnap and imprisonment. Plus, we answer a reader question on toxic friendships in the workplace. COME TO OUR EVENT NEXT WEEK We'll be having a live 'in conversation' at the NARS store in Covent Garden next Wednesday 23rd August. You can book your ticket (£30 and redeemable against purchase) by calling 0207 836 6366 or emailing and you get a goody bag too. We'll see you at the bar! READING Eleanor Olliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Marianne Faithfull's biography Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Run by Ann Patchett Ethan Hawke interview by Polly Vernon for The Times Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for Dazed online on the #ThisIsNot us post-Charlottesville hashtag Visit Trinny Woodall's Instagram, here: Dolly promises it's an instant mood booster. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/08/1750m 7s

The Travesty of Princess Diana's Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother

It's Episode 20, a milestone of sorts - and Tesco are now paying your tampon tax. Hurrah! Go buy your 'pax from there -- and other supermarkets, we hope you follow their example.This week Dolly and Pandora discuss the invasion of royal privacy with the revelation of Princess Diana's private tapes (handed over by her speech coach from 1992) that will be aired in Diana: Her Own Words on Channel 4 on Sunday 6th August. Is it really in the public interest, to air tapes Diana never thought would leave the room - or is it an unethical attempt by a powerful broadcaster to feed modern culture's salacious appetite for celebrity gossip? You can guess which side we fall down on. Also today, we discuss the return of Celebrity Big Brother - series approx 487 - and whether the format is getting tired. Has reality TV entered a new chapter? We also discuss past highlights, including Ivana Trump accepting a fake businesswoman of the year award (yes, the president of the USA's ex-wife went on British CBB) and Vanessa Feltz's meltdown. This week's reading, listening and watching:Top of The Lake: China Girl, on BBC iPlayerDiana: In Her Own Words, on Channel 4Baby-faced killers of Kim Jong-nam in The Sunday Times magazine Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, by Anne Helen Petersen The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay Jon Ronson on Guys We Fucked - Jon Ronson piece on the Guardian about porn Sandberg on Desert Island Discs - body shape is in fashion - but how for long? By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for The Guardian do rate review and subscribe on iTunes.You can email us thehighlowshow@gmail.comTweet us @thehighlowshowWE ARE HAVING ANOTHER WEEK OFF NEXT WEEK. Dolly is sunning her babylons. But listen, don't be sad, here's a wise quote from Alain de Botton for you: Love is a skill, not just an enthusiasm. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/08/171h 10m

The BBC Pay Gap, To The Bone & R Kelly's Alleged Sex Crime

After a break last week, it's a (bumper) episode 19 of The High Low. Of course, we're talking about the incendiary gender pay gap revealed at the BBC and the wider question of the value of each and every job. We discuss the news of R Kelly's alleged disturbing sex cult and how the reporting reflects rape culture and systemic racism. We also unpick the divisive nature of Netflix's new film To The Bone and ask whether it explores the issue of eating disorders with refreshing honesty or whether it simply glamorizes the traumatic reality of anorexia. Plus, we discuss all the books Pandora's been reading, all the mind-losing that Dolly's been doing and there's our first ever High Low dream sequence back to a particularly memorable gaffe in an early episode (nice work Producer Charlie). Follow us on Good Reads > thehighlowshowTweet @thehighlowshowE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comDon't forget to rate/subscribe on iTunes: READING Hunger by Roxane GayHot Milk by Deborah LevyCommonwealth by Ann PatchettThe Course of Love by Alan de BottonHow to Resist by Matthew BoltonGather The Daughters by Jennie MelamedAnna Leszkiewicz on To The Bone for The New Statesman: Gina Martin's petition: On why the R.Kelly case is about race - by Feminista Jones for Vox.com's investigation into R Kelly: follow-up: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/07/171h 16m

A Pop-Culture special feat. Rob Kardashian with author Elizabeth Day

It's our second author special this week, with journalist and author, Elizabeth Day. Elizabeth's brilliant 4th book, The Party, comes out on 13th July and has whiffs of the Patrick Melrose novels, by Edward St Aubyn. Pandora and Dolly talk privilege and poshness and quiz Elizabeth, who is an esteemed interviewer, on her favourite ever celebrity interview (Clint Eastwood) and her worst (Rob Lowe.)Also in this week's episode: Rob Kardashian's misogynistic social media meltdown and his restraining order from ex-fiancée Blac Chyna (and why shaming women with their bodies is a far from defunct trope) plus Harper Beckham's birthday party, hosted by one of Dolly's favourite royals.WatchingGypsy on NetflixBaby DriverReadingMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisThe Golden Age of Bailing, via The New York Times > coconut oil is bullshit, via The Guardian > Party, by Elizabeth DayFollow us on Good Reads > thehighlowshowTweet @thehighlowshowE-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.comAnd PLEASE rate, review & subscribe on iTunes. It helps other people find the podcast.NB: no podcast next week. We on holidays. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/07/171h 1m

Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe & Celebs vs. Trolls

In Episode 17 of The High Low, we discuss celebrities quitting Twitter (and why Pandora wants to set up a foundation called The RSPS - the Royal Society for the Protection of Stars) specifically Ed Sheeran who says he can't cope with the trolling.Plus Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe. Pandora and Dolly discuss why a naked Vanity Fair cover doesn't mean she doesn't deserve privacy and respect. And BTW, its bloody beaut.Don’t forget to follow The High Low @thehighowshow on Twitter and to rate/ subscribe on iTunes - You can e-mail The High Low Sunday Times piece on Haredi Jews > Roxanne Gay for The Guardian, on being obese > Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
05/07/1752m 3s

Corbyn’s Glasto & Why We Should All Strive To Be Average

JezCo took to the stage at Glasto, 7% of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, Louis Tomlinson admitted he was the most ‘average’ of 1D, and 95 tower blocks in the UK have failed safety measures. It’s your usual mix of the trivial and the political, the high and the low, on this week’s The High Low. Don’t forget to follow The High Low @thehighowshow on Twitter and to rate/ subscribe on iTunes - You can e-mail The High Low If you want a mini Dolce Vita lip pencil and a mascara FOR FREE from Nars - our awesome sponsor - go to and enter HILOW at the checkout, redeemable against one purchase. See below for a list of reading and listening in today’s episode: - It’s OK for women not to be ambitious, by India Knight - When did we all become so scared of being average? by Marisa Bate - The story behind the song sweeping Glastonbury by Rupert Hawksley - Have we lost our emotional middle ground? by Pandora (SORRY NOT SORRY) - Stoner by John Williams - Episode 93 of The Guilty Feminist, It’s A Man’s World, with Gemma Arterton - Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
27/06/1745m 43s

The Rise of the ‘Silver Splitter’ - and Pandora’s Best Bum Facts

Grenfell Tower is an unthinkable national tragedy; with many questions still unanswered, victims missing and families displaced. We discuss the aftermath of the most tragic residential fire since World War Two, Sadiq Khan’s piece for The Guardian, and what we hope will lead to change. You can donate to the Grenfell victims here: and amongst others. At the low-brow, trivial end of the spectrum, we discuss the rise of the ‘silver splitter’ - sixty-something divorcees forced to find flatmates - and why divorce in the elder members of society (up 5%) isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also today, we talk about Bum Bum cream, a new £44 product to ’tighten’ your ass (but not your hole.) Did you know that women with bigger bums are smarter and, apparently, live longer? This and many more bum facts - including how much Dolly loves Rear of the Year - on today’s episode of The High Low. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes. You can tweet us @thehighlowshow and e-mail us Thank you to Acast for the use of their studio and to our sponsor Nars. Use the code HILOW at to get a free mini mascara and lip pencil! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/06/1751m 19s

An Author Special with Reni Eddo-Lodge & the return of the Nokia 3310

It's our first ever author special with Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose phenomenal book Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race was published earlier this month. We talk to Reni about race relations in the U.K. and why 'reverse racism' is not a thing. You can buy her book,published by Bloomsbury - Also today: the return of the Nokia 3310 (you know Pandora once beat SNAKE?) And why peeing on the streets is controversial for a woman - featuring Lottie Moss. Long live Booze Britain. And why is peeing in public a gendered issue? The High Low discusses.Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review for The High Low on iTunes! Every review helps.You can e-mail us and follow us on Twitter @thehighlowshow - we post all links to articles, films, products there.If you like the sound of the books we mention, you can follow us on Good Reads @ where we... Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/06/171h 5m

On Belly Bulges and Privilege (and Not The General Election)

It’s General Election week, but there’ll be no talk of #GE2017 here (firstly, it’s already over.) Instead, we discuss Prince William’s revelatory interview with GQ - and Princess Diana’s relationship with the media. Also in today’s episode, we discuss Miss Eaves’ music video ‘Thunder Thighs’ and the new spate of ‘body posi’ bloggers; and whether purely inhabiting your body could be more progressive than ‘owning' it. Also noteworthy: Dolly is addicted to Wagamama and Pandora went to see the Baywatch movie. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review for The High Low on iTunes! Every review helps. You can e-mail us and follow us on Twitter @thehighlowshow - we post all links to articles, films, products there. If you like the sound of the books we mention, you can follow us on Good Reads @ where we update our book shelf with what we love, what we have read, and what we intend to read. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/06/1751m 56s

In The Wake Of A Tragedy, The Media Response and What We Can Do As Individuals

There is no way we could create Episode 12 without addressing the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please do donate at and Also this week, we've been watching Three Girls, the truly arresting three part drama from the BBC, reading My Family's Slave by Alex Tizon in The Atlantic, and rediscovering the Kate Moss Topshop collection via eBay. Oh, and news alert: M & S are adding bananas to their fruit salad. Don't forget to subscribe to The High Low on iTunes and leave us a review and follow us on Twitter @thehighlowshow. You can get in touch with us via email If you want to know which books we love, what we are reading and what's on our bookshelf for the coming weeks, do check out our Good Reads account: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/05/1758m 1s

National Sandwich Week and the Rise of the Divorce Selfie

Ever heard of Avocado Hand? Wondering what Labour's new budget looks like? You'll be needing The Top 10, then. Also in today's episode: Netflix's weekend proposed price surge, National Sandwich Week - featuring an extensive poll by sandwich expert, Dolly - and the rise of the hashtagged divorce selfie. Jesus weeps. Or rather, Pandora does. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review. You can follow us on Twitter @thehighlowshow and email us Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/05/1745m 38s

President Macron, Eurovision and our brand new segment: The Top Line

E is for Eurovision, Emmanuel Macron and Edwina Sheeran on The High Low this week. Plus Frankie Dettori does dressage. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/05/1753m 51s

Simon Danczuk, The Met Ball and Celebrity Crowdsourcing

It's a brand new High Low, where caption is queen. There's an abundance of your e-mails, plus antiquing and Alisha's Attic. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/05/1745m 12s

Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’

Pandora and Dolly turn The High Low into The Live Lounge. Plus what has pushed their high sass threshold to the limit? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
25/04/1753m 22s

The Girls Finale, Tim Farron and Prince Harry's Best Move Yet

The Jack Whitehalls of podcasting are back with tales of Berlin and Orkney, Larry David's daughter and the Genny Elec. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/04/1757m 36s

Saffiyah Khan, Tamagotchis and That Pepsi Ad

After a fortnight of frolicking, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton return to talk Kendall Jenner, Barry Manilow and living that Nickelodeon life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/04/1752m 36s

On Legsit and Love Actually

Much for Pandora and Dolly to discuss this week! Including Princess Tiaamii, Millie Bobby Brown and how to poach a good quince. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/03/1745m 52s

Theresa May in Vogue and the Role of Fashion in Politics

This week on The High Low, Pandora and Dolly discuss the Prime Minister's trousers, freebie culture and booze loyalists. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/03/1745m 45s

The Meme That Broke The Internet and Why We Need To Talk About Periods

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss those in the spotlight this week - namely Professor Kelly, Pamela Anderson and Mhairi Black. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/03/1743m 23s

International Woman's Day and the Perils of Unpaid Internships

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss some thorny issues in the world of pop culture. Plus the real reason Nicole Kidman can't clap. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
09/03/1747m 16s

Girls, Gaffes and the Duality of Language

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are back! The High Low is a new weekly pop-culture podcast. Episode 1 examines office banter and of course, the Oscars. E-mail Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/02/1746m 51s
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