Rank #1: Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The Nothingburger
It’s our favourite time of year: The OED have released their new admissions. Are you feeling bongga? Or are you - whisper it - just a nothingburger?
We also discuss the Banksy that shredded itself; Brett Kavanaugh’s ascendancy into The Supreme Court; Taylor Swift’s Instagram politics; and that time Trump walked around with a wad of bog roll stuck to his shoe. It’s the little things.
This episode concerns two men accused of domestic abuse - comedian Seann Walsh, and Johnny Depp who currently covers British GQ. Were Strictly Come Dancing wrong not to drop Walsh? Were GQ wrong to profile Depp? We deep-dive into both and wonder: what’s the protocol, when it comes to the accused?
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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/
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Oct 10 2018
Rank #2: The Duchess of Cambridge’s Problematic Post-Partum Money Shot; & Is Millie Bobby Brown Too Young for Time’s 100 list?
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to another baby prince, but all anyone’s talking about is that bouncy blow dry, that red dress and those heels - a mere 7 hours after she gave birth. Is this glamorous portrayal of new motherhood doing a disservice to mothers and the trauma of birth? Why is it an inevitable part of Kate’s role as a princess? And could it in fact be a form of protection?
Also today: we discuss Millie Bobby Brown’s inclusion on Time’s 100 Most Influential List. The 14 year old actor has over 16 million Instagram followers and is currently producing her first film. Is she too young for such adulation?
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- Lovesick on Netflix
- The Week Unwrapped, hosted by Olly Mann
- When Beauty Is A Troll, by Megan Garber for The Atlantic
- The Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism, by Amanda Hess for The New York Times
- Heartburn, by Nora Ephron with an introduction by the author
- Cariad Lloyd on The Adam Buxton podcast
- No woman should have to pose post-birth, by Sali Hughes for The Pool
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Apr 25 2018
Rank #3: Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat
We’re back! Have you missed us? Dolly’s tits-deep in her Everything I Know About Love tour (buy tickets here: 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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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
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
Rank #4: Digital Etiquette (& Why We Need It); & Male Vs Female Vanity
It’s a riot of celebrity news this week: Madonna, J-Lo and Brad n Leo’s sarnie dates. Whole gang’s here. Plus: Mark Ronson’s sapiosexuality, Fleabag’s Emmy sweep, Thomas Cook’s crash and Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.
Also this week: we discuss male vs female vanity (klaxon: men look in the mirror more than women) and Debrett’s etiquette guide for Facebook messenger. What does this (slightly hilarious) meeting of minds tell us about how desperately we need digital etiquette? We discuss online communication in the age of the constant feedback loop.
We’re going on tour and we want your stories! Send us your best yarns - funny, moving, shocking, riveting - to the e-mail address below.
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Talking To Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
State of the Union, on BBC iPlayer
The Red Hand Files: How Long Will I Be Alone: https://www.theredhandfiles.com/how-long-will-i-be-alone/
On The Psychological Effect Of Living With Houseplants by Stephanie Bishop: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n18/stephanie-bishop/on-the-psychological-effect-of-living-with-houseplants
Why Back To Black is The Best Album of The 21st Century by Alexis Petridis: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/13/best-album-21st-century-amy-winehouse-back-to-black
Juno Dawson on The Beauty Podcast with Sali Hughes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/transition-and-the-power-of-beauty-with-juno-dawson/id1473108312?i=1000448498677For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 24 2019
Rank #5: The Meme That Broke The Internet and Why We Need To Talk About Periods
Mar 15 2017
Rank #6: Dry January & 'New Year, New Me'; And The Pregnancy Glow Myth
Happy 2018! It's the first High Low episode of the year. We've got some books, shows, podcasts and articles to recommend to you, a Queens impression from Pandora (that's the suburb in New York, not the royal OAP) and a reader question about what to do when you're a Hot Mess.
In this week's episode, we discuss the shocking - or is it so shocking? - new research from Kings College London, which reveals that 27% of pregnant women suffer from mental health problems. Is the 'pregnancy glow' myth to blame? Pandora - who at 8 months pregnant, believes the 'glow' to have passed her by entirely - speaks from experience; whilst Dolly muses upon the fetishisation of pregnant women in the media. Also in today's episode, we talk Dry January, Veganuary and other zeitgeisty lifestyle trends. Should we stop being so negative about 'new year, new me'?
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Romesh Ranganathan on The Adam Buxton podcast
The Magical Art Of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight
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/
Black Mirror - series 4
Jim and Andy - The Great Beyond
Little Women - BBC... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 04 2018
Rank #7: Is "hey guys" anti-feminist?; & why we are better people than our worst joke
Jeremy Hunt forgot his wife's nationality; someone tried to book 6 hotel rooms at The High Low (us neither); & Dolly smashed a glass of wine all over CJ's recording equipment. Hola August: the summer madness has officially begun!
We discuss Jane Garvey's comment on Radio 4's Woman's Hour this week: that "hey guys" should not be used when a gathering includes women. Is "guys" an anti-feminist collective term; or has it evolved into unisex slang? And are there any non-gross alternatives?
Also today, we talk about comedian and talk show host Trevor Noah and his distasteful 2013 joke about aboriginal women, which has recently re-surfaced and has seen Australians boycotting his upcoming tour in Australia. Should we be allowed to evolve beyond our past (worst) jokes? And what is the role of comedy, in a post-MeToo, Trumpian world?
The High Low will be taking a summer break, so Pandora can play with her baby and Dolly can take a post-book tour breather. We'll be back on September 6th. Byeeeeeee!
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
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.htmlFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 01 2018
Rank #8: #TimesUp - Can The Red Carpet Be A Harbinger Of Social Change? And Toadmeister’s Titty-Tweets
Hello, you stable geniuses! (Or as the pedants may prefer, genii.)
The Golden Globes happened on Sunday night in Hollywood and The High Low has many a point to discuss:
Does the #TimesUp movement - where actors wore black dresses on the red carpet, in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment - convey a real and true political message? Can a gown be a harbinger for social change? The New York Times’ T Magazine Fashion Critic, Alexander Fury, provides an eloquent argument in favour. Or, is it mere Hollywood “fakery’ - as actor Rose McGowan denounced it.
Self-deprecating and woke as he was, should Seth Meyers have been the host... or should it have been a woman?
And what about Natalie Portman, who pointed out that no female directors were nominated for best director? No amount of black gowns can cloak that.
Either way, Justin Timberlake *perhaps* missed the point. “Damn my wife looks hot! #timesup” the Trousersnake tweeted.
From Hollywood, to Westminster. Also on this weekend agenda, journalist Toby Young’s resignation from his university regulator role, for the Office for Students - just 8 days in the job - after thousands of Young’s archive ‘titty tweets’ caused 20,000 people to sign a petition arguing for his sacking.
Is a man, or woman, the sum of their tweets? Should your ability to be do your job dependent on your social media timeline? Possibly not. But when you become more known for a tweet that reads “I had my dick up her arse, mate” than your work in the education sector, we wonder if, possibly, a governmental role isn’t quite for you.
Episode takeaway, kids: the internet never forgets.
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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
The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer
Toxic Femininity, by Ginny Hogan for The New Yorker
Belle Gibson: the wellness blogger who fooled the world, by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano for The Sunday Times magazine
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Jan 10 2018
Rank #9: An Author Special With Drag Queen Amrou Al-Kadhi
Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in NYC, Sally Challen did her first video interview about emotional abuse and coercive control to Sky News since she was cleared of murdering her husband in July and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry became Dolly's new hero after her vibey turn at the Labour party conference.
In shocking news, the inventor of the labradoodle has admitted that he regrets creating the hybrid dog and Demi Moore has released a sizzling autobiography about her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.
This week we have an author special with Amrou Al-Kadhi. The Iraqi-Brit drag queen known as Glamrou of the drag troupe Denim, they are the author of a new coming-of-age memoir, Unicorn, about navigating a queer identity within a religion that considers homosexuality a crime. They talk about intersectionality, family, the act of transforming pain into pleasure via drag, discovering Sufism and seeking acceptance.
The High Low Experience starts next week - and while London, Dublin and Glasgow are sold out, we have a few tickets left for the Manchester show! Go to faneproductions.com/highlow to book.
Unicorn, by Amrou Al-Kadhi https://www.waterstones.com/book/unicorn/amrou-al-kadhi/9780008306069
The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan
In praise of autumn dawns by Nell Frizzell:
An Unbelievable Story of Rape, by T.Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, for ProPublica, 2015 https://www.propublica.org/article/false-rape-accusations-an-unbelievable-story
Unbelievable, on Netflix
The Rewatchables podcast series https://www.theringer.com/the-rewatchables
The Open Ears Project with Eddie Izzard:
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Oct 01 2019
Rank #10: What 'Cat Person' Tells Us About Female Pleasure. Plus Which Social Media Platform Is The Most Dangerous?
Pandora's been moving house and Dolly's been hosting Pretendmas (don't ask; she'll tell you all about it anyway) but there are still plenty of water cooler topics to discuss this week.
From some brilliant pieces of journalism (including a heart-breaking piece by Empire Editor Terri White on the vital role a woman's refuge played in both her own childhood and in British society as a whole) to plenty of podcast recommendations from the ultimate podcat, Dolly, this week we discuss 'Cat Person', the New Yorker short story that went viral - and what this piece of fiction tells us about modern relationships; toxic masculinity; bad sex and female pleasure.
We also play you an excerpt of the shocking and riveting speech given by former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya at Stanford University, on how Facebook is ripping society apart. In light of this and plenty of other disclaimers from both former and present tech execs, we discuss the dangers of social media in both a personal and a social context. From the richest (first world FOMO caused by your Instagram feed) to the poorest (Whatsapp hoax that caused violence in a rural Indian village), we are all affected by social media in its myriad forms.
What we are reading, watching and listening to:
A Woman's Refuge Saved My Family, by Terri White for The Pool https://www.the-pool.com/life/life-honestly/2017/49/Terri-White-on-the-funding-crisis-hitting-women-s-refuges
I Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on Trip Advisor, by Oobah Butler for VICE https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/434gqw/i-made-my-shed-the-top-rated-restaurant-on-tripadvisor
The People vs O.J.Simpson: American Crime Story, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80083977
'Cat Person' - a short story, by Kristen Roupenian for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person
Fallout, by Sadie Jones https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fallout-Sadie-Jones/dp/0701188502
Ladybird directed by Greta Gerwig:
Cariad Lloyd's Griefcast with Adam Buxton:
James Franco on WTF:
Cariad Lloyd's Made of Human with Jo Brand:
Felicity Morse on Cat Person for The Debrief:
Amy Jones on Cat Person for The Pool:
Dec 13 2017
Rank #11: Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns
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.
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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
Nasty Women - a collection of essays and accounts of what it means to be a woman in the C21st, published by 404
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/
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Aug 23 2017
Rank #12: Loneliness in the young & why we should all be a bit more like Neville Southall
Well, THANK YOU High Lowers - last week’s episode pushed us over 2 million downloads and up to No.3 on the iTunes podcast charts. The mailbag was also bulging this week: some helpful kind corrections; some not-so-helpful - and we’ve got a little something to say on that....
This week we discuss the results of The ONS’s report into loneliness, which has revealed that - contrary to popular belief - it is not pensioners who are society’s most lonely, but 16-24 year olds. Is social media to blame? Has celebrity replaced community? And what will Tracey Crouch do about it?
Also today, we talk about former Everton footballer Neville Southall who has been lending his Twitter platform (with its associated 127,000 followers) to minorities less privileged than him. Pretty great, huh? Well, apparently not. We talk about criticism, the liberal echo chamber and why curiosity is something to be prized not derided. Ultimately, we could all be a bit more Neville.
And on a lighter note: there’s Cardi B; the fragrance that ‘smells like’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding; why Cynthia Nixon hates it when Big builds Carrie a wardrobe; and Dolly’s drunken obsession with voice notes.
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Neville Southall - A Man Too Good For This Cruel World by Stuart Heritage
Interview with New Zealand’s pregnant Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden - by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times Magazine
The Chinese workers who assemble designer bags in Tuscany - by D. T. Max for The New Yorker
Kim Noble - The Woman With 100 Personalities
Is It Time For Small Plates To Die? by Lauren Bravo
How Do You Want Me? By Ruby Wax
James Martin interviewed by Laura Pullman
Apr 12 2018
Rank #13: The Travesty of Princess Diana's Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother
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
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Aug 02 2017
Rank #14: A Deep-Dive Into The Fall Of Hollywood’s Ultimate Sex Predator, 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.
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READING & LISTENING
Nothing To Envy: Real Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick
Gaga: Five Foot Two, on Netflix
Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks
Lullaby by Leila Slimani (out in January)
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
WTF Podcast Episode 242 with Russell Brand (from 2012)
Here’s Why So Many Women Knew The Rumours About Harvey Weintein, by Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed
Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for The New York Times
From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories, by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker
Why The Weinstein Sexual-Harassment Allegations Didn’t Come Out Until Now, by Rebecca Traitor for The Cut
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Oct 11 2017
Rank #15: She Said; Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; & The Personal Essay That 'Broke' The Internet
It's always good to start with a jolly, and this time we've found a woman who wore a dinosaur costume to her sister's wedding. Also today, we play a clip from Chanel Miller, the "Emily Doe" of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, whose memoir is soon to be published, and discuss the shocking news that domestic abuse is at a 5-year high in the UK.
This week Pandora has devoured She Said, the book by the Pulitzer prizewinning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, followed by that of Christine Blasey Ford. We discuss their impact on MeToo, *that* leaked Lisa Bloom memo and their thoughts on the Believe All Women hashtag.
We also discuss Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Tarantino's fictional re-telling of the Manson murders and the personal essay that 'broke' the internet: by the Instagram ghost-writer, Natalie Beach, which we received an unprecedented amount of requests to cover. What does the enthusiasm for this story - it was in the UK's top 5 tweets - tell us about female friendship, schadenfreude and emotional exposure in the internet age?
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She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Know My Name, by Chanel Miller (out Sept 24th)
The White Album by Joan Didion
Bolder by Helen Cathcart and Dominique Afacan
The story of Caroline Calloway and her ghost writer, Natalie Beach, for The Cut https://bit.ly/2mbLY3j
The complicated ethics of publishing personal essays online, by Micha Frazer-Carroll for gal-dem https://bit.ly/2kmG9iR
The con-artist and her mark, by Sarah Ditum for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2m1gRXN
An interview with Natalie Beach, by Jonah Engel Bromwich for The New York Times https://nyti.ms/2kj2k9E
The pain of clearing out my parents' house, by Janice Turner for The Times https://bit.ly/2kjnK6q
Interview with Kantor and Twohey on NPR's Fresh Air https://n.pr/2kD2icNFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 17 2019
Rank #16: The BBC Pay Gap, To The Bone & R Kelly's Alleged Sex Crime
We discuss the news of R Kelly's alleged disturbing sex cult and how the reporting reflects rape culture and systemic racism. We also unpick the divisive nature of Netflix's new film To The Bone and ask whether it explores the issue of eating disorders with refreshing honesty or whether it simply glamorizes the traumatic reality of anorexia.
Plus, we discuss all the books Pandora's been reading, all the mind-losing that Dolly's been doing and there's our first ever High Low dream sequence back to a particularly memorable gaffe in an early episode (nice work Producer Charlie).
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Hunger by Roxane Gay
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Course of Love by Alan de Botton
How to Resist by Matthew Bolton
Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed
Anna Leszkiewicz on To The Bone for The New Statesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2017/07/to-the-bone-netflix-review-glamourises-anorexia-eating-disorders
Gina Martin's petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/887/239/401/
On why the R.Kelly case is about race - by Feminista Jones for Vox.com https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/7/21/16008230/r-kelly-sex-cult-abuse
Buzzfeed's investigation into R Kelly: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimderogatis/parents-told-police-r-kelly-is-keeping-women-in-a-cult?utm_term=.xmJynl3r4#.ihxKynOzA
Jezebels follow-up: http://jezebel.com/a-woman-in-r-kellys-inner-circle-describes-sexual-coer-1797003010 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 25 2017
Rank #17: Why We Should Be Cautious Of Banning Songs; & The Internet’s Abuse Against Women
It was the week of Knickers (the cow too big for the abattoir), a Guardian long-read about poo (much to Dolly’s dismay) and Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian Ballon d’Or winner who coolly refused to twerk.
This episode, we discuss the proposed ban of the Christmas song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Out Here’, on account of its supposed coercion (“I really must go”) and connotations of date-rape (“what’s in this drink?”) But, when you dig into the lyrics and read what music historians have to say - it turns out this song was the very opposite. Is this a reminder that a ‘past-present’ translator is mandatory, with cultural artifacts? And Google, when are you making one?
Also on the agenda, abuse against women on social media, as written about by journalists Polly Vernon, in Grazia and Daisy Buchanan, on Twitter. Polly calls every day ‘Righteous Internet Pile-in Day’ where women are “attacked, vilified and lampooned by complete strangers.” Meanwhile, Daisy says “I’m sick of being told to just ignore it. What has become so broken?” We discuss the internet’s empathy deficit and why Amnesty International has declared abuse against women on the internet a violation of human rights.
Mrs Wilson on iPlayer 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
Rank #18: Crediting your sources in the internet age & why we all love to hate Coachella
Some excellent e-mails on voice notes in The High Low mailbag this week - turns out The HL listeners are more than a little bit obsessed with voice notes. On this week’s agenda: a butt-load of article recommendations from Pandora (Christie Watson’s book about the NHS had Pandora in a puddle), some stellar advice from Dolly on how to survive your social life sober, a hefty discussion on miscreditation and appropriation in the internet age and - the big stuff - why we all love to hate Coachella (it’s not just the headdresses, people.)
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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
To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
Call Your Girlfriend podcast on shine theory and millennial pinkwashing http://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/millennial-pinkwashing/
Literary Friction’s memoir episode
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place with Alexandra Shulman
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place with Kirsty Young http://www.officialfearnecotton.com/news/2018/4/16/happy-place-kirsty-young#P6mbddR5SEszBZSM.97For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 18 2018
Rank #19: Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’
Apr 25 2017
Rank #20: Trump’s Baby Balloon; & Why ‘Natural’ Beauty Is A Damaging Stereotype
There’s a ton of cabinet reshuffles this week and baby Trump - all 6-foot helium-filled malevolence - is flying over London. Is the balloon a meaningful protest; or is it a childish blimp that could ruin a trade agreement with the US? And aren’t there leaders (Erdogan, for example) whose visit to the UK we should protest more?
Also this week, Justin Bieber’s engaged! Kylie Jenner’s almost a billionaire! Cardi(gan) B has had a baby called Kulture! In (more important) news, we discuss Amanda Knox’s comments on sexuality (she says she taught herself how to masturbate in prison), Terri White’s piece on poverty (30% of children live below the poverty line), Giles Coren’s piece on why ‘liking’ things draws us further away from our authentic self and Richard Godwin’s shocking piece on noise pollution - which is killing 10,000 people a year.
And of course, we *had* to mention Love Island. Dolly raises Alex’s comment about liking ‘natural’ women (what damage does the #ijustwokeuplikethis emphasis do to women?) whilst Pandora laments our cultural obsession with augmented hotness, flagging a brilliant piece on Vice about Megan Barton-Hanson.
- 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
- 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