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The Joy of A Buffet, Zadie Smith’s Lockdown Essays & Ofcom’s Diversity Problem
Sep 15 • 56 min
In today’s episode we discuss news of the telly: decade-defining reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is ending after 20 seasons; US soap The Bold & The Beautiful are using dummies in their snogging scenes; and most depressingly and shamefully,…
Revising Our Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow, Dettol’s Dubious ‘Back To Work’ Ads & The Best of Garage (Sort Of)
Sep 7 • 60 min
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…
Selling Sunset, Gendered Care Work & How Often Do YOU Clear Out Your Pants Drawer?
Sep 1 • 80 min
We back! And it’s the old mixed bag of content: from grubby gussets to bathroom-heavy mansions in WeHo, via a revisitation of our noughties book shelves. Links below, you know what to do. Shop thehighlowshow@gmail.com Tweet @thehighlowshow Shop…
Wiley’s Anti-Semitism, Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age & An Author Special w/ Nesrine Malik
Jul 28 • 81 min
It’s our last episode of the season - and boy, do we have a bumper episode for you. In this week’s show we discuss what Twitter’s failure to suspend Wiley says about our failure to combat anti-semitism (and what you can do to help), the graphic and…
Lockdown Sexscapades & Friendship in Old Age
Jul 21 • 55 min
We dig further into the cultural conversation around parenting, courtesy of masses of feedback from our listeners on last week’s ep and a thoughtful piece on same-sex parenting. Also today: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s short story, Dolly’s favourite new dating…
A Deep Dive Into The Child-Free Vs Motherhood Dialogue
Jul 14 • 58 min
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…
On Why We Shouldn’t Look For Relatability in Celebs & An Interview with Adam Kay about Dear NHS
Jul 7 • 62 min
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…
The Glastonbury That Never Was; & Ruby Tandoh on The Art of Quitting
Jun 30 • 58 min
Wishing you were at Glastonbury? Get stuck into Zing Tseng’s piece, instead. Ruby Tandoh reads us an excerpt of her beautiful piece on quitting, and we discuss why quitting is not just a physical act - but a state of mind. Also today: a Doll’s Polls on…
The Madness of 2020 Can Be Summed Up In Lynx Africa’s Marmite Edition
Jun 23 • 70 min
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…
Lockdown Sex, I May Destroy You, and Rhik Samadder’s I Never Said I Loved You
Jun 16 • 67 min
In today’s episode, we discuss the findings on Sex In Lockdown: Keep Shagging And Carry On; the astounding work that is Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and in light of JK Rowling’s comments last week, some recommendations for understanding the trans…
After The Hashtags
Jun 9 • 57 min
We discuss online vs offline behaviour, when it comes to social change; and why historical progress has long relied on the removal of monuments. Also today, tons of podcast recommendations, an homage to Gogglebox and the size 75 shoes made especially for…
Anti-Racism Resources & An Author Special with Candice Brathwaite
Jun 2 • 51 min
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…
Why Moments of Insanity Are Part of Keeping Sane; And The Worrying Increase in Lockdown Mullets
May 26 • 53 min
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…
‘Seksbuddies’, Robert Pattinson’s pasta & information overload
May 19 • 55 min
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…
Cottagecore, Covidism & Other Lockdown Theories; Plus, An Author Special with Samantha Irby
May 12 • 52 min
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…
Are Your Book Shelves A Reflection of Your Character - Or Your Curiosity?
May 5 • 76 min
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…
The Micro-Trends of Lockdown & The Wonder That Is The Quarantucci
Apr 28 • 86 min
Thank you for bearing with us. We weren’t able to bring you an episode last week for personal reasons, but we will try and make it up to you today - starting with a BIG apology to Lizzo for saying it wasn’t possible to jam on a flute. It bloody well is.…
An Author Special with Holly Bourne & The Problem With Tiger King
Apr 14 • 97 min
It’s Week 4 of lockdown and we hope all you cats and kittens are doing okay. Sorry - blame Carole Baskin. We’ve been watching Tiger King and eesh, do we feel icky. We discuss why that is and why streamed content is becoming increasingly crass. What does…
An Extra Easter Treat & The Return of Ask The High Low
Apr 10 • 77 min
It’s been a rough few weeks so we thought we’d bring you an extra episode for the long Easter weekend. Lots more culture reccs and more thoughts on lockdown life (with a belated shout out to Madonna’s Instagram page.) We’ve also bought back Ask The High…
A Bumper Back To School Special
Apr 7 • 109 min
What a time to be alive. It feels like we’ve all aged a decade since our last episode under 4 months ago. Today we discuss lockdown life - what we’re wearing; eating; meme-ing - and recommend a plethora of articles, books and podcasts. There will be…
A Christmas Special with Joan and Jericha
Dec 17, 2019 • 32 min
Oodles of cracker jokes, festive Dolls polls, jolly songs and weird Christmas facts; and Dolly pays a snowy visit to everyone’s favourite filthy agony aunts, Joan and Jericha for their first EVER audio interview. Their top tip for Christmas? A handjob…
Does A Slogan Tee Have The Power To Offend?
Dec 10, 2019 • 46 min
The High Low has launched merch! Roll up, roll up: berets, sweaters, t-shirts, tote bags and notepads are on sale at www.thehighlowshop.com and 10% of all profits go to Women’s Aid. Order by December 18th to get your goodies in time for Christmas. Today…
Why Mental Health Is Nothing To Do With Wellness, with Author Bella Mackie
Dec 3, 2019 • 75 min
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…
What Women Want: The Rise and Fall of Victoria’s Secret
Nov 25, 2019 • 80 min
This week we discuss the party leaders Question Time, the tragic murder of Grace Millane (and what we have learned and still need to learn about BDSM), the incredible documentary that is For Sama and the upcoming shortage of middle-class foods. Hold on to…
What Was He Thinking? Prince Andrew’s Car Crash Interview
Nov 19, 2019 • 55 min
Dolly goes wild for Rod’s railway, whilst Pandora decides to spend her upcoming maternity leave at the world’s first vagina museum. Plus: Gregg’s diet donut, the cassette tape revival and Nan Goldin’s protest against the Sackler family. And of course, we…
Megan Phelps-Roper On Leaving The Westboro Baptist Church, AKA ‘America’s Most Hated Family’
Nov 12, 2019 • 86 min
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…
Obama on Wokeness & Our Love for Modern Love
Nov 4, 2019 • 69 min
This week we discuss Snapchat dysmorphia, the data-collection of period-tracking apps and why Dolly wants to shag Autumn. Also today we discuss Obama’s speech-gone-viral on wokeness - which wasn’t really about wokeness but on seeking not to shame, or…
Soft Ghosting, Driving Lessons & An Author Special with Louise Callaghan on The Zookeeper That Defied ISIS
Oct 30, 2019 • 74 min
We’ve got facts about sloths, sea turtles and rats that drive cars. We also discuss the new terms we’ve learned this week - ‘soft ghosting’ and ‘gradualism’ - and Harvey Weinstein’s appearance at a showcase for emerging comics. Our author special today is…
It’s An Omnishambles! Our Fave New Words To Be Added To The OED
Oct 22, 2019 • 78 min
We discuss Extinction Rebellion, Meghan and Harry’s African tour documentary for ITV and Deborah Orr, the brilliant journalist who sadly died this week. And it’s our favourite time of year: that time when The OED adds its new words into the dictionary.…
We’ve Only Gone And Done It: A Deep-Dive Into Wagatha Christie
Oct 15, 2019 • 69 min
The chicken nugget Reddit scandal and our favourite polls from the week including what is no longer selling in shops (drones and suspenders) and what not to say on a date. And of course, it’s the Wagatha Christie scandal. Coleen Rooney masked as Poirot…
Prince Harry’s Letter To The Tabloids; & Do Brits Spend Money On Being Polite?
Oct 7, 2019 • 71 min
It’s a big week for the food chains: Pizza Express - every millennial’s favourite nostalgic restaurant - is in chronic debt; and Rory Stewart has pledged allegiance to Pret. We talk loos and why women spend 2.3 times as long in the loo as men, the return…
An Author Special With Drag Queen Amrou Al-Kadhi
Oct 1, 2019 • 72 min
Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in NYC, Sally Challen did her first video interview about emotional abuse and coercive control to Sky News since she was cleared of murdering her husband in July and Shadow Foreign Secretary…
Digital Etiquette (& Why We Need It); & Male Vs Female Vanity
Sep 23, 2019 • 63 min
It’s a riot of celebrity news this week: Madonna, J-Lo and Brad n Leo’s sarnie dates. Whole gang’s here. Plus: Mark Ronson’s sapiosexuality, Fleabag’s Emmy sweep, Thomas Cook’s crash and Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. Also this week: we discuss male…
She Said; Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; & The Personal Essay That ‘Broke’ The Internet
Sep 17, 2019 • 78 min
It’s always good to start with a jolly, and this time we’ve found a woman who wore a dinosaur costume to her sister’s wedding. Also today, we play a clip from Chanel Miller, the “Emily Doe” of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, whose memoir is soon to…
An Author Special on Being The Other Mother with Comedian Jen Brister
Sep 10, 2019 • 79 min
Dolly’s found an emotional support horse called Flirty; Pandora is in love with a Twitter thread about what it was really like to work in HMV. And - gird your loins - Thatcher Wine has done his FIRST INTERVIEW. It’s predictably surreal. Today we host…
A Bumper Back To School Book Special
Sep 3, 2019 • 81 min
Hello High Lowers! Sharpen your pencils, the heat wave is over and a new school term is upon us. We cover some of the news stories of the summer plus our favourite bonkers surveys, including a shockingly disgusting underpants poll and the best place to…
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Style Guide; & On Young People Not Watching The News on TV
Jul 29, 2019 • 62 min
Have you survived the heat wave? HAVE YOU? This week, Dolly discovers a woman who loves a chandelier, Jared O’Mara resigns after assault charges and his press chief sensationally quit via Jared’s own Twitter, and justice is served as the 4 teenagers who…
Instagram’s Proposed Removal of The ‘Like’ Counter; & Why Are We So Obsessed With Other People’s Process?
Jul 23, 2019 • 63 min
Ding dong the BoJo’s in. Duuuuuude. This week: curry seagull; the controversial Cats trailer; and why Ireland’s 8th amendment might have been repealed - but is far from what has been legally mandated. And on today’s agenda, we delve into Instagram’s…
An Author Special with The One, The Only, The National Treasure: David Nicholls
Jul 15, 2019 • 84 min
Westminster rules in favour of gay marriage and abortion rights in Northern Ireland, former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is sentenced to 9 months in prison (and banned from YouTube), a man dressed in a gimp suit terrorises the people of Somerset, and a love…
Meghan & Harry’s Godparent Privacy Furore; And What Makes A True Eccentric?
Jul 9, 2019 • 66 min
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…
Debunking Wellness Myths with Is Butter A Carb? Authors, Rosie Saunt & Helen West
Jul 2, 2019 • 67 min
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…
*EPISODE 100* Why Do Brits Hate Other Brits Abroad? & The Influencer Engagement #Sponcon Furore
Jun 25, 2019 • 66 min
‘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…
An Author Special with anti-FGM Campaigner Nimko Ali on What We’re Told Not To Talk About
Jun 18, 2019 • 67 min
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…
Pride Month; & the Complex Conundrum of Euthanasia
Jun 11, 2019 • 75 min
*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…
Should Celebrities Be Involved In Prison Reform?; & The Lunacy of Hen/Stag Season
Jun 4, 2019 • 71 min
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…
What The Moby-Natalie Portman Row Reveals About Entitlement & Truth-Telling; & Are Women Without Children Happier?
May 28, 2019 • 81 min
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…
Alabama’s Abortion Ban; & The Trouble with Uber’s New ‘Silence’ Mode
May 21, 2019 • 57 min
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…
The concept of ‘workism’ & Bryony Gordon on mental health in teen girls
May 14, 2019 • 80 min
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…
An Author Special with Rosie Price on the effects of trauma on the mind and body
May 7, 2019 • 72 min
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…
A Bumper Spring Book Special
Apr 30, 2019 • 80 min
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.com Tweet…
An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth Day
Mar 26, 2019 • 77 min
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…
An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving Neverland
Mar 20, 2019 • 86 min
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…
An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISIS
Mar 11, 2019 • 76 min
*** 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…
A LIVE episode on Emma Thompson’s Open Letter & Discovering Self-Discipline
Mar 4, 2019 • 58 min
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…
Separating the Intrinsic from the Extrinsic; & An Author Special with Candice Carty-Williams
Feb 26, 2019 • 88 min
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…
The Complicated Case of Shamima Begum; & Why The ‘Tortured Artist’ Debate Should Be Retired
Feb 19, 2019 • 69 min
*** 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…
Valentine’s Day, Liam Neeson’s Race Row & A Most Literary Liar
Feb 12, 2019 • 73 min
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…
Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat
Feb 5, 2019 • 90 min
We’re back! Have you missed us? Dolly’s tits-deep in her Everything I Know About Love tour (buy tickets here: faneproductions.com/dolly and the paperback is out now) and Pandora’s essay, The Authentic Lie, for independent crowd-funding publisher, The…
A Pretty Daft End to 2018
Dec 29, 2018 • 44 min
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…
A Jolly Christmas Special
Dec 21, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Why We Should Be Cautious Of Banning Songs; & The Internet’s Abuse Against Women
Dec 11, 2018 • 60 min
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…
A LIVE Episode on ‘Emotional Labour’ - The New Gas-Lighting? - & How We Discuss Our Bodies on Social Media
Dec 2, 2018 • 59 min
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…
M&S Undiesgate; Lena Dunham’s Bare-All Interview; & The Missionary Killed By A Tribe
Nov 27, 2018 • 66 min
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…
The Curious Case of Mrs Hinch; & Comedy’s Diversity Issue
Nov 20, 2018 • 67 min
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 -…
Collins Word of The Year; Iceland’s Banned Xmas Ad; & Why Do 46% of Men Remove Their Body Hair?
Nov 13, 2018 • 55 min
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…
A Deep-Dive Into The Epidemic of Anxiety, with Author Olivia Sudjic
Nov 7, 2018 • 85 min
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…
We Talk Mini Skirts; Philip Green; & The Role of Injunctions in Modern Society
Oct 30, 2018 • 68 min
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…
An Author Special with Lindsey Hilsum, On Marie Colvin and War Journalism
Oct 24, 2018 • 72 min
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…
Why 1/3 of Gen Z Don’t Drink; & How Feelings Took Over The World
Oct 16, 2018 • 83 min
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…
Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The Nothingburger
Oct 10, 2018 • 73 min
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;…
On Brett Kavanaugh; & Why Women Can’t (And Don’t Want To) Have It All
Oct 3, 2018 • 75 min
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…
An Author Special with The Guilty Feminist creator and host, Deborah Frances-White
Sep 26, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Carrie Symonds & ‘the scarlet woman’; & the end of Big Brother
Sep 19, 2018 • 69 min
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,…
Serena Williams & Kirstie Allsopp: Why Women Aren’t Allowed To Get Angry
Sep 12, 2018 • 63 min
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…
A Bumper Back to School Book Special & Thoughts on the Roxanne Pallet Assault Allegations
Sep 5, 2018 • 73 min
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…
Is “hey guys” anti-feminist?; & why we are better people than our worst joke
Aug 1, 2018 • 58 min
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…
On Plane Bae; and Teaching Children About Mental Health
Jul 25, 2018 • 61 min
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…
An Author Special with Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible
Jul 18, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Trump’s Baby Balloon; & Why ‘Natural’ Beauty Is A Damaging Stereotype
Jul 12, 2018 • 61 min
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…
The Dangers of Self-Deprecation; & A Deep-Dive Into ‘Nanette’
Jul 4, 2018 • 68 min
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…
Fame, Fortune and Phone Sex, with Actor and Memoirist, Gabourey Sidibe
Jun 27, 2018 • 62 min
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…
Clemmie Hooper on Misogyny on Social Media; & The World Cup
Jun 20, 2018 • 67 min
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,…
The Curious Tale of Anna Delvey & Love Island’s Body Problem
Jun 10, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Greer’s Fall From Grace; Issa Rae on Kanye; & SATC’s 20 Yr Anniversary
Jun 7, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Domestic is Not A Dirty Word: An Author Special With The Great American Novelist, Meg Wolitzer
May 30, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Ireland’s abortion referendum; and a deep-dive into the royal wedding
May 23, 2018 • 59 min
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…
A Live Episode with Google on Georgina Chapman’s Interview About Ex-Husband, Harvey Weinstein; & Cannes Selfie Ban
May 14, 2018 • 45 min
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…
The Rachel Divide; & Dissecting The Met Gala
May 9, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Kanye’s Basic Tweets; and an Author Special with Trans Activist and Writer, Juno Dawson
May 2, 2018 • 50 min
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…
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Problematic Post-Partum Money Shot; & Is Millie Bobby Brown Too Young for Time’s 100 list?
Apr 25, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Crediting your sources in the internet age & why we all love to hate Coachella
Apr 18, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Loneliness in the young & why we should all be a bit more like Neville Southall
Apr 12, 2018 • 63 min
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…
The Farcical Arc of The Weightloss Reality Star; And The Travesty That is the Ulster Rugby Rape Case
Apr 4, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Feminism, #MeToo and Clapham’s Sticky Carpets: The High Low Meets Oscar-Nominated Margot Robbie
Feb 19, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Quincy Jones; SATC Feuds; & Author Laura Freeman on how reading cured her anorexia
Feb 14, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Food snobbery; the Suffragettes & Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy
Feb 7, 2018 • 62 min
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…
Women’s unconscious bias towards other women; and Kim Kardashian’s cultural appropriation
Jan 31, 2018 • 60 min
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…
The UK’s New Minister for Loneliness; And Are We Children Until The Age of 25?
Jan 24, 2018 • 63 min
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…
An Author Special With ‘Lullaby’ Novelist, Leila Slimani (& Some Thoughts On The Babe.Net Piece Gone Viral)
Jan 17, 2018 • 60 min
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…
#TimesUp - Can The Red Carpet Be A Harbinger Of Social Change? And Toadmeister’s Titty-Tweets
Jan 10, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Dry January & ‘New Year, New Me’; And The Pregnancy Glow Myth
Jan 4, 2018 • 64 min
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…
The Highs & Lows of 2017 - with Journalist & Author, Stu Heritage
Dec 27, 2017 • 69 min
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…
The High Low Christmas Special
Dec 20, 2017 • 45 min
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…
What ‘Cat Person’ Tells Us About Female Pleasure. Plus Which Social Media Platform Is The Most Dangerous?
Dec 13, 2017 • 65 min
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…
On ‘Women Spreading’; And The Start of Silly Season
Dec 6, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Corporate Egg-Freezing - And Whether Taylor Swift Is A Billboard for Trumpian Values
Nov 29, 2017 • 57 min
Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our special episode with Tina Brown last week - we had a huge response. We miss her already <3 This week in the Tina-free studio, we discuss whether corporations offering to pay for women to freeze their eggs - as…
A Special Episode with Iconic Editor Tina Brown - Creator of High Low Journalism & Our Podcast Patron Saint
Nov 22, 2017 • 55 min
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…
The App That ‘Strips’ Women of Their Make-up; and Boris Johnson’s Comments on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Nov 15, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Arranged vs Forced Marriages & Kevin Spacey’s Netflix Exit
Nov 8, 2017 • 61 min
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…
An Author Special on The Internet (and The Universe) with Jim Chapman
Nov 2, 2017 • 0 min
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…
A Live Episode with Google on #MeToo - and Suing The Entire Kardashian Family
Oct 22, 2017 • 43 min
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…
Was James Corden Wrong To Joke About Harvey Weinstein?; And Are YOU Suffering From Culture Overload?
Oct 17, 2017 • 73 min
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…
A Deep-Dive Into The Fall Of Hollywood’s Ultimate Sex Predator, Harvey Weinstein
Oct 11, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Ding Dong The Hef Is Dead - The Legacy of Playboy; And The Death Of The Celebrity Interview
Oct 3, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Is Monogamy Dead? An Author Special with Comedian Rosie Wilby
Sep 27, 2017 • 41 min
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…
The Handbag’s Tale and why effective protests needn’t be violent
Sep 20, 2017 • 60 min
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…
On speaking out against Woody Allen; and why women are still judged by appearance in the workplace
Sep 13, 2017 • 57 min
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…
L’Oreal’s Race Row & The Danger With Safe Spaces
Sep 6, 2017 • 52 min
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…
That Taylor Swift Song & Macron’s €8,000 Make-Up Habit
Aug 30, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns
Aug 23, 2017 • 60 min
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 Response to Charlottesville & The Curious Tale of Chloe Ayling
Aug 16, 2017 • 51 min
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…
The Travesty of Princess Diana’s Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother
Aug 2, 2017 • 70 min
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…
The BBC Pay Gap, To The Bone & R Kelly’s Alleged Sex Crime
Jul 25, 2017 • 76 min
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…
A Pop-Culture special feat. Rob Kardashian with author Elizabeth Day
Jul 11, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe & Celebs vs. Trolls
Jul 5, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Corbyn’s Glasto & Why We Should All Strive To Be Average
Jun 27, 2017 • 50 min
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 Rise of the ‘Silver Splitter’ - and Pandora’s Best Bum Facts
Jun 20, 2017 • 56 min
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…
An Author Special with Reni Eddo-Lodge & the return of the Nokia 3310
Jun 13, 2017 • 65 min
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.…
On Belly Bulges and Privilege (and Not The General Election)
Jun 8, 2017 • 59 min
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…
In The Wake Of A Tragedy, The Media Response and What We Can Do As Individuals
May 24, 2017 • 62 min
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…
National Sandwich Week and the Rise of the Divorce Selfie
May 16, 2017 • 52 min
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…
President Macron, Eurovision and our brand new segment: The Top Line
May 9, 2017 • 53 min
E is for Eurovision, Emmanuel Macron and Edwina Sheeran on The High Low this week. Plus Frankie Dettori does dressage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Simon Danczuk, The Met Ball and Celebrity Crowdsourcing
May 2, 2017 • 45 min
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’
Apr 25, 2017 • 53 min
Pandora and Dolly turn The High Low into The Live Lounge. Plus what has pushed their high sass threshold to the limit? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Girls Finale, Tim Farron and Prince Harry’s Best Move Yet
Apr 20, 2017 • 57 min
The Jack Whitehalls of podcasting are back with tales of Berlin and Orkney, Larry David’s daughter and the Genny Elec. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Saffiyah Khan, Tamagotchis and That Pepsi Ad
Apr 11, 2017 • 52 min
After a fortnight of frolicking, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton return to talk Kendall Jenner, Barry Manilow and living that Nickelodeon life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On Legsit and Love Actually
Mar 28, 2017 • 45 min
Much for Pandora and Dolly to discuss this week! Including Princess Tiaamii, Millie Bobby Brown and how to poach a good quince. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Theresa May in Vogue and the Role of Fashion in Politics
Mar 21, 2017 • 45 min
This week on The High Low, Pandora and Dolly discuss the Prime Minister’s trousers, freebie culture and booze loyalists. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Meme That Broke The Internet and Why We Need To Talk About Periods
Mar 15, 2017 • 43 min
Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss those in the spotlight this week - namely Professor Kelly, Pamela Anderson and Mhairi Black. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
International Woman’s Day and the Perils of Unpaid Internships
Mar 9, 2017 • 47 min
Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss some thorny issues in the world of pop culture. Plus the real reason Nicole Kidman can’t clap. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Girls, Gaffes and the Duality of Language
Feb 28, 2017 • 46 min
Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are back! The High Low is a new weekly pop-culture podcast. Episode 1 examines Lena Dunham’s latest, office banter and of course, the Oscars. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…