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The High Low

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

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

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Adore them and this podcast!

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Smart funny and easy to listen to. I always get good recommendations and it’s very enjoyable

My all time favorite

By caro bouchet - Oct 04 2019
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Still the best podcast at there!

iTunes Ratings

654 Ratings
Average Ratings
600
22
16
6
10

Adore them and this podcast!

By usc1947 - Apr 27 2020
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Smart funny and easy to listen to. I always get good recommendations and it’s very enjoyable

My all time favorite

By caro bouchet - Oct 04 2019
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Still the best podcast at there!
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The High Low

Latest release on May 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The Nothingburger

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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? 


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Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, on the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bn6034


Can I re-think my love affair with clothes? by Jess Cartner-Morley for The Guardian magazine  https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/oct/06/sustainable-fashion-impact-on-planet-jess-cartner-morley


Sorry For Your Loss, on Facebook Watch 


A Woman’s Anger, an episode with Rebecca Traister for Call Your Girlfriend podcast https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/a-womans-anger-with-rebecca-traister/


Good and Mad, by Rebecca Traister https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Rebecca-Traister/Good-and-Mad--The-Revolutionary-Power-of-Womens-Anger/22853939


Notes On A Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Matt-Haig/Notes-on-a-Nervous-Planet/21949786


‘The Outlaw’ - Johnny Depp will not be buried, by Jonathan Heaf for British GQ https://t.co/0d7xQvg0yB


Wanderlust on The BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bjckgv


Not Working by Lisa Owens Radio Adaptation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07blldr


Christopher Bland Award for Writing: https://rsliterature.org/award/rsl-christopher-bland-prize/


Daisy Buchanan on Rebecca Humphries’ statement for The Pool: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/41/Strictly-Come-Dancing-Seann-Walsh-ex-girlfriend-statement

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Oct 10 2018

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Rank #2: The Duchess of Cambridge’s Problematic Post-Partum Money Shot; & Is Millie Bobby Brown Too Young for Time’s 100 list?

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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? 


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Links:


- Lovesick on Netflix 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80041601


- The Week Unwrapped, hosted by Olly Mann

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-week-unwrapped-with-olly-mann/id1185494669?mt=2&i=1000409321265


- When Beauty Is A Troll, by Megan Garber for The Atlantic 

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/558467/


- The Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism, by Amanda Hess for The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/movies/i-feel-pretty-amy-schumer-beauty.amp.html


- Heartburn, by Nora Ephron with an introduction by the author

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heartburn-Virago-Modern-Classics-Ephron/dp/0349010358/ref=nodl_


- Cariad Lloyd on The Adam Buxton podcast

https://m.soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/ep73-cariad-lloyd


- No woman should have to pose post-birth, by Sali Hughes for The Pool 

https://www.the-pool.com/health/wombs-etc/2018/17/sali-hughes-on-kate-middleton-post-birth-scrutiny


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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #3: Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat

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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 Pound Project, is now open for pledging. Buy in online or mini book form, here! (Plus, there’s a foreword by Elizabeth Day.) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-four-pandora-sykes


This 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 http://bit.ly/fairpayforfreelancers. Donate to help The Pool's staff and freelancers get paid: https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-pool-staff-and-freelancers-get-paid?pc=&rcid=r01-154905562015-fce176adade44eb7


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Books 

Notes To Self, by Emilie Pine 

Ordinary People, by Diana Evans

All That Man Is, by David Szalay

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Duped, by Abby Ellin

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

Once More We Saw Stars, by Jayson Greene

Vox, by Christina Dalcher

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult

My Year or Rest and Relaxation, by Odessa Moshfegh 

Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Bottled Goods, by Sophie van Llewyn

Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff

Instead of a Letter, by Diana Athill 

The Orange, by Wendy Cope 


Watching & Listening

Bros: After The Screaming Stops, available on BBC iPlayer

Origins With James Andrew Miller, on Sex And The City 

Bohemian Rhapsody, at cinemas now

The Favourite, at cinemas now

Mary Poppins Returns, at cinemas now 

Emily Blunt, interviewed on Fresh Air 

Alison Janney, on WTF

Sex Education, on Netflix now

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, on Netflix now 

Wendy Cope, on Desert Island Discs

Diana Athill, on Desert Island Discs 


Journalism 

Lauren Bravo for foodism https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/

The World of Nora Ephron: a reading list https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/

The Ten best life mantras of Diana Athill: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/10-best-life-mantras-brilliant-author-diana-athill/

Diana Athill interviewed for The Lenny Letter: https://www.lennyletter.com/story/diana-athill-interview


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Feb 05 2019

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Rank #4: A Deep-Dive Into The Fall Of Hollywood’s Ultimate Sex Predator, Harvey Weinstein

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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 thehighlowshow@gmail.com 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: https://events.withgoogle.com/curiosityrooms/ READING & LISTENING Nothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nothing-Envy-Lives-North-Korea/dp/184708141X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507757675&sr=8-1&keywords=barbara+demick Gaga: Five Foot Two, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80196586 Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks https://www.amazon.co.uk/Uncommon-Type-Stories-Tom-Hanks/dp/1785151517 Lullaby by Leila Slimani (out in January) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lullaby-Leila-Slimani/dp/0571337538/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507757742&sr=1-1&keywords=lullaby+leila+slimani The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel https://www.amazon.co.uk/State-Affairs-Rethinking-Infidelity-anyone/dp/1473673542/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507757760&sr=1-1&keywords=esther+perel WTF Podcast Episode 242 with Russell Brand (from 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4w0U84v6ik Here’s Why So Many Women Knew The Rumours About Harvey Weintein, by Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/annehelenpetersen/women-believe-other-women?utm_term=.qhOjRo5Kwb#.djKA49B3g6 Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories, by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories Why The Weinstein Sexual-Harassment Allegations Didn’t Come Out Until Now, by Rebecca Traitor for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2017/10/why-the-weinstein-sexual-harassment-allegations-came-out-now.html

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Oct 11 2017

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Rank #5: Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns

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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 > thehighlowshow Tweet @thehighlowshow E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com Don't forget to rate/subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-high-low/id1211338187?mt=2 RECOMMENDED: Silk Road Storyville: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b092s5vv/storyville-silk-road-drugs-death-and-the-dark-web# My Family, Partition and Me with Anita Rani: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0916qmx Guilty Feminist on male privilege: http://guiltyfeminist.com/episodes/ Sophie Heawood's brilliant piece on hormones: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/commentisfree/2017/aug/21/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-listen-to-my-hormones Vanessa Feltz interview by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/aug/13/vanessa-feltz-interview-bbc-pay-prurient-voyeuristic-gross Nasty Women - a collection of essays and accounts of what it means to be a woman in the C21st, published by 404 http://www.404ink.com/shop/nasty-women Proposal for a Bill to ensure free access to sanitary products, including in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. Scottish residents sign here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EndingPeriodPoverty/ Don't forget to use the HILOW code on narscosmetics.co.uk when you check out to receive a *free* mini Audacious mascara and Dolce Vita lip pencil.  

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Aug 23 2017

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Rank #6: Loneliness in the young & why we should all be a bit more like Neville Southall

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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 thehighlowshow@gmail.com - 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 


https://www.esquire.com/uk/life/amp19733417/neville-southall-a-man-too-good-for-this-cruel-world/


Interview with New Zealand’s pregnant Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden - by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times Magazine


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jacinda-ardern-prime-minister-new-zealand-work-life-balance-meeting-barack-obama-cmtbg6mn2


The Chinese workers who assemble designer bags in Tuscany - by D. T. Max for The New Yorker


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/16/the-chinese-workers-who-assemble-designer-bags-in-tuscany/amp


Kim Noble - The Woman With 100 Personalities 


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/30/kim-noble-woman-with-100-personalities


Is It Time For Small Plates To Die? by Lauren Bravo 


https://www.the-pool.com/food-home/food-honestly/2018/14/Lauren-Bravo-calls-time-on-sharing-menus


How Do You Want Me? By Ruby Wax 


https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Do-You-Want-Me/dp/0091887895


James Martin interviewed by Laura Pullman 


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/134b3bfe-39d5-11e8-a03f-05e11e5a873a

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Apr 12 2018

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Rank #7: The Travesty of Princess Diana's Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother

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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 iPlayer Diana: In Her Own Words, on Channel 4 Baby-faced killers of Kim Jong-nam in The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/north-korea-femmes-fatales-kim-jong-un-s-baby-faced-killers-lmj6p6988 Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, by Anne Helen Petersen https://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Fat-Slutty-Loud-Unruly-x/dp/0399576851 The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Course-Love-Alain-Botton/dp/0241145473 An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untamed-State-Roxane-Gay/dp/1472119827 Jon Ronson on Guys We Fucked - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/guys-we-f-d/id885960517?mt=2 Jon Ronson piece on the Guardian about porn https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jul/29/jon-ronson-bespoke-porn-nothing-is-too-weird-all-requests Sheryl Sandberg on Desert Island Discs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08z9b81 My body shape is in fashion - but how for long? By Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/jul/30/my-body-shape-is-in-vogue-but-for-how-long-charlie-brinkhust-cuff Please do rate review and subscribe on iTunes. You can email us thehighlowshow@gmail.com Tweet us @thehighlowshow WE 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.  

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Aug 02 2017

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Rank #8: Is "hey guys" anti-feminist?; & why we are better people than our worst joke

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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!


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LINKS:


Fight Like A Girl, by Clementine Ford https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fight-Like-Girl-Clementine-Ford/dp/1760292362


Paris For One (& Other Stories), by Jojo Moyes https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-One-Other-Stories-Discover/dp/1405928166/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533158639&sr=1-1&keywords=jojo+moyes+paris


American Housewife, by Helen Ellis https://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Housewife-Helen-Ellis/dp/1471153800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533158662&sr=1-1&keywords=american+wives+helen+ellis


Hadley Freeman interviews Jameela Jamil, for The Guardian magazine https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/28/jameela-jamil-wont-become-double-agent-patriarchy


Table Manners With Jessie Ware: https://www.acast.com/tablemanners/


Jason Segel on WTF with Marc Maron: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_623_-_jason_segel


The Florence Kleiner Bursary at The Old Vic: https://www.oldvictheatre.com/news/2018/07/the-florence-kleiner-bursary


Why It’s Wrong To Call Out Trevor Noah For Off-Colour Jokes They Made In Their Past, by Shappi Khorsandi for The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trevor-noah-dan-harmon-old-jokes-exposure-wrong-alt-right-james-gunn-a8466011.html

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Aug 01 2018

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Rank #9: #TimesUp - Can The Red Carpet Be A Harbinger Of Social Change? And Toadmeister’s Titty-Tweets

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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. 


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E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com and tweet us @thehighlowshow. 


Links


Listening


You & Yours - on parity, post Carrie Gracie’s resignation from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9


Sarah Jessica Parker on The Nerdist: https://nerdist.com/nerdist-829-sarah-jessica-parker/


Janeane Garofalo on Guys We F****d: https://soundcloud.com/guyswefucked/0173-01042017-janeane-garofalo


Sandi Toksvig on Table Manners with Jessie Ware: https://www.acast.com/tablemanners/ep7-sanditoksvig


Reading


The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer

https://www.amazon.com/Female-Persuasion-Novel-Meg-Wolitzer/dp/1594488401


Toxic Femininity, by Ginny Hogan for The New Yorker 

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/examples-of-toxic-femininity-in-the-workplace/amp


Belle Gibson: the wellness blogger who fooled the world, by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano for The Sunday Times magazine 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/the-sunday-times-magazine/belle-gibson-the-wellness-blogger-who-fooled-the-world-with-a-healthy-eating-scam-hq6dc73cx


Pre-order Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam: 

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Jan 10 2018

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Rank #10: That Taylor Swift Song & Macron's €8,000 Make-Up Habit

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

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Aug 30 2017

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Rank #11: On speaking out against Woody Allen; and why women are still judged by appearance in the workplace

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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 thehighlowshow@gmail.com, 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 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Most-Dangerous-Place-Earth/dp/0451483987


The Trials of a Muslim Cop, by Rachel Aviv for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/11/the-trials-of-a-muslim-cop


The Girlfriend Experience, directed by Steven Soderbergh https://play.google.com/store/tv/show?id=7vM4RanppsI&cdid=tvseason-vo4wdThuG0ESdOZssmmlrw&gdid=tvepisode-BP6eerEBbsA


The 48-year-old intern, for The Spectator https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/at-48-and-with-my-three-boys-growing-up-fast-im-the-new-office-intern/


Hannah Ewans on therapy, for Vice https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/8xxyj3/everything-i-wish-id-been-told-before-starting-therapy


Nigella Lawson on home cooking, for The Sunday Times Magazine https://t.co/1wMDrLPw5C?amp=1


Daisy Buchanan on Woody Allen, for The Pool https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2017/37/daisy-buchanan-on-famously-abusive-men-and-power


WTF episode with Lena Dunham, on Woody Allen: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Y-JWimJic

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Sep 14 2017

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Rank #12: It's An Omnishambles! Our Fave New Words To Be Added To The OED

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We discuss Extinction Rebellion, Meghan and Harry's African tour documentary for ITV and Deborah Orr, the brilliant journalist who sadly died this week. 


And it's our favourite time of year: that time when The OED adds its new words into the dictionary. 2019's additions include 'omnishambles', 'nomophobia' and 'simples'. We unpick the good, the bag and the ugly new entries.


The High Low is currently on tour! The next High Low Experience tour date is Monday 28th October in Manchester. For more info: https://www.fane.co.uk/our-shows/the-high-low-experience


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Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, for ITV https://www.itv.com/hub/harry-meghan-an-african-journey/2a7842a0001


The creator of 90s anxiety unpicks the appeal of his 5 most popular posts, for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/10/90s-anxiety-instagram-nostalgia.html


The sadness of miscarriage can build up like soot, by Lucy Pavia for The Evening Standard https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/the-sadness-of-miscarriage-can-build-up-like-soot-baby-loss-awareness-week-a4259591.html


The essays of Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/books/


Bernadine Evaristo on black female writers https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/19/bernadine-evaristo-what-a-time-to-be-a-black-british-womxn-writer


Deborah Orr https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/28/second-thoughts-rational-decisions-brexit-trump?__twitter_impression=true


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/26/nhs-health-service-britain


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/06/in-praise-of-lunchtime-drinking


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/inews.co.uk/opinion/columnists/sally-challen-appeal-coercive-control-95229%3famp


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/deborah-orr-obituary

Anita O’Day on Fresh Air https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?i=1000454020504


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Oct 22 2019

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Rank #13: Crediting your sources in the internet age & why we all love to hate Coachella

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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 thehighlowshow@gmail.com or tweet us @thehighlowshow.


Reading


Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anatomy-Scandal-bestseller-everyone-talking/dp/1471165000


Falsely accused of rape: is the justice system biased against men? - by Katie Glass, for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-sunday-times-magazine/falsely-accused-rape-men-reveal-deepest-shame-gvxh88f9w


Social media helped me connect with my husband in a way I couldn’t in real life - by Jennifer Malia for New York Magazine, https://www.thecut.com/2018/04/the-relief-of-social-media-dating-as-a-woman-with-autism.html


The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story, by Christie Watson https://www.amazon.co.uk/Language-Kindness-Nurses-Story/dp/1784741973


Elitism and the Oxbridge access problem, by Sathnam Sanghera for The Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sathnam-sanghera-elitism-the-oxbridge-access-problem-and-why-i-never-felt-i-belonged-at-cambridge-8dtm77jvf


The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Friendship-Cure-Kate-Leaver-ebook/dp/B076J26KZQ


To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Throw-Away-Unopened-Viv-Albertine/dp/0571326218


Listening


Call Your Girlfriend podcast on shine theory and millennial pinkwashing http://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/millennial-pinkwashing/


Literary Friction’s memoir episode 

https://m.soundcloud.com/literaryfriction/memoir-viv-albertine


Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place with Alexandra Shulman 

http://www.officialfearnecotton.com/news/2018/4/9/happy-place-alexandra-shulman#C1IlcccJVh3q2EGA.97


Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place with Kirsty Young http://www.officialfearnecotton.com/news/2018/4/16/happy-place-kirsty-young#P6mbddR5SEszBZSM.97

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Apr 18 2018

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Rank #14: Dry January & 'New Year, New Me'; And The Pregnancy Glow Myth

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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.


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Links


Listening


Romesh Ranganathan on The Adam Buxton podcast

https://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/ep61-romesh-ranganathan


Reading


The Magical Art Of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Changing-Magic-Not-Giving-Spending/dp/0316270725


Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0141014598


The Vagina Monologues, 20th anniversary edition, by Eve Ensler https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vagina-Monologues-Eve-Ensler/dp/0349011281


The Year the Grenfell Tower Fire Revealed The Lies That Londoners Tell Themselves, by Sam Knight for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2017-in-review/the-year-the-grenfell-tower-fire-revealed-the-lie-that-londoners-tell-themselves


There's Nothing Empowering or Feminist About The All-Female Line-Up on Celebrity Big Brother, by Georgia Aspinall for The Debrief https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/celebrity/celebrity-big-brother-anti-feminist/


Braids, Cultural Appropriation And The Media's Erasure of Black Women, by Jamé Jackson for Fashionista.com https://fashionista.com/2018/01/black-hair-braids-cultural-appropriation-media-erasure


We Need To Stop Our Obsession With Lifestyle Trends (Particularly Danish Ones) - archive piece by Pandora (ahem) for The Spectator https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/need-stop-obsessed-lifestyle-trends-especially-scandinavian-ones/


Watching


Black Mirror - series 4

https://www.netflix.com/title/70264888


Jim and Andy - The Great Beyond

https://www.netflix.com/title/80209608


Little Women - BBC...  

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Jan 04 2018

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Rank #15: Arranged vs Forced Marriages & Kevin Spacey’s Netflix Exit

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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.


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READING


The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wife-Meg-Wolitzer/dp/0099478196\


Valley Of The Dolls, by Jacqueline Susan https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valley-Dolls-VMC-Jacqueline-Susann/dp/1860498876


Disclaimer, by Renee Knight https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disclaimer-Renée-Knight/dp/1784160229


Lust, by Roald Dahl https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lust-Roald-Dahl/dp/0718185617


Zoe Heller profile on Roald Dahl for New Republic, 2010 https://newrepublic.com/article/78552/the-miserabilist-roald-dahl


Owen Jones on Kevin Spacey https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/30/kevin-spacey-vicious-lie-gay-men-accusation-attempted-sexual-assault


Jess Phillips on A Terrible, Toxic Week at Westminster https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/05/jess-phillips-a-terrible-toxic-week-in-westminster


Alec Baldwin interview by Janice Turner https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alec-baldwin-for-president-0r5b8k08w



LISTENING


The Adam Buxton interviews with Zadie Smith, Kathy Burke and Louis Theroux https://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton


Here's The Thing interview with Barbra Streisand http://www.wnyc.org/story/visit-barbras-place/


Kay Mellor's Desert Island Discs 

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Nov 08 2017

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Rank #16: Why We Should Be Cautious Of Banning Songs; & The Internet’s Abuse Against Women

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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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0btk3w3

Babies: Their Wonderful World, on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0bt7v0j

What Red Was, by Rosie Price, pre-order here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Red-Was-Rosie-Price/dp/1787301389

Bowel Movement - the push to change the way you poo, by Alex Blasdel for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/30/bowel-movement-change-the-way-you-poo-squatty-potty-toilet

Vanessa Paridis gets uppity with Chrissy Iley, by (um) Chrissy Iley for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-interview-vanessa-paradis-singer-and-johnny-depps-ex-gets-uppity-with-chrissy-iley-6bftjx57w

"I got used to lying. I didn’t want anyone to find out’” -An interview with Mel C, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/01/mel-b-i-got-used-to-lying-i-didnt-want-anyone-to-find-out

My Cook Book Crushes, by Nora Ephron: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/02/13/serial-monogamy

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07G9PHJJH

Nish Kumar on The Adam Buxton Podcast: http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep87-nish-kumar


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Dec 12 2018

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Rank #17: Valentine's Day, Liam Neeson's Race Row & A Most Literary Liar

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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 https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/lgbt-gender-studies/vagina-a-reeducation,lynn-enright-9781911630012

A Suspense Novelist’s Trail is Deception, by Ian Parker for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions/amp

Why I Photographed 100 Vaginas, by Laura Dodsworth for The BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Why_I_Photographed_100_Vulvas

Rachel Cooke on Dan Mallory for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/we-rush-to-condemn-fakers-such-as-dan-mallory-world-has-made-impostors-of-us-all

Otegha Uwagba’s In Good Company podcast with Abigail Bergstrom https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/otegha-uwagba/id1294215581?mt=2&i=1000426027620

TBD with Tina Brown interview with Laura Wasser https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000428209917

Josh Barrie eats the Love Sausage for iNews https://www.inews.co.uk/news/consumer/love-sausage-m-and-s-valentines-day-2019-taste-test-review/amp/

The Last Days Of August https://www.audible.co.uk/?ref=Adbl_ip_rdr_from_US&source_code=AUK30DFT1BkWS010516905U&ipRedirectFrom=US&ipRedirectOriginalURL=pd%2FThe-Last-Days-of-August-Audiobook%2FB07JK61MK3

Richard E Grant on Awards Chatter  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/awards-chatter/id1039032256?mt=2&i=1000429288454

Camping, on Sky Atlantic 

True West, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London 


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Feb 12 2019

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Rank #18: What Women Want: The Rise and Fall of Victoria's Secret

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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.


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Links


@sendb00ks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sendb00ks/?hl=en


MUBI.com for international cinema


Onloan clothing rental: https://onloan.co/


73 Questions with Cardi B, for US Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qTROr7cgCY


My Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story, by Clover Stroud https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116784/my-wild-and-sleepless-nights/9780857525901.html


For Sama, on Channel 4od https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-sama


Broken: Jeffrey Epstein podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sony-music-podcasts/broken-jeffrey-epstein


Dolly Parton's America: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america/episodes/only-one-me-jolene


Jane Garvey on How To Fail: https://play.acast.com/s/how-to-fail1/howtofail.podbean.com%2Fhow-to-fail-jane-garvey-256a07c04edf0b34828bd1ad62d2a867


Sophie Wilkinson on the murder of Grace Millane, for The Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/grace-millane-bdsm_uk_5dd57b30e4b0fc53f20cde5e


Halloumi Hell, by Séamus O'Reilly for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/nov/24/the-halloumi-crisis-supplies-of-one-of-britains-best-loved-imports-are-running-low


This Be The Worst, by Adrian Mitchell: http://aotearoasunrise.blogspot.com/2013/09/tuesday-poem-this-be-worst-by-adrian.html

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Nov 25 2019

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Rank #19: Trump’s Baby Balloon; & Why ‘Natural’ Beauty Is A Damaging Stereotype

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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 https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80114988


- In defense of Megan Barton-Hanson, by Emma Garland for Vice https://www.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/vbq5dy/in-defence-of-megan-barton-hanson


- Terri White on Britain’s poverty problem (last week’s issue; not yet online)


- The goop podcast on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-goop-podcast/id1352546554?mt=2


- She Must Be Mad, by Charley Cox https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008291662/she-must-be-mad/


- Sonic Doom: how noise pollution is killing 10,000 people a year, by Richard Godwin for The Guardian 

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/03/sonic-doom-noise-pollution-kills-heart-disease-diabetes


- The Urge To Like Everything Is Rotting Our Brains, by Giles Coren: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-urge-to-like-everything-is-rotting-our-brains-vdttbtmdx


- Guys We F****d with Amanda Knox: https://soundcloud.com/guyswefucked/amandaknox


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Jul 12 2018

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Rank #20: Was James Corden Wrong To Joke About Harvey Weinstein?; And Are YOU Suffering From Culture Overload? 

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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/ LISTENING


Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Marina O’Loughlin's first restaurant review for The Sunday Times - Dolly can provide link

Grace Dent for The Independent on James Corden’s jokes about Harvey Weinstein - Dolly can provide link


LINKS:


http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/james-corden-harvey-weinstein-women-can-joke-but-you-cant-a8002926.html


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/table-talk-our-new-restaurant-critic-marina-oloughlin-on-the-biting-wit-of-her-predecessor-the-late-aa-gill-k3djnc930


Laura Snapes for The Dolly Mail: 


http://us14.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d694237eb6ca85f6f4c7d854b&id=e1fc988477

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Oct 17 2017

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