146 episodes

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

The High Low Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

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

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

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

    Today we discuss a love story in Venice, the new "wellness" trend of cow hugging, Matt Hancock's personal app (???) and listeners tell us what they think makes "a good deed". And some things we've been loving, including the feel good Love Life on Netflix. Plus! An exclusive, filthy extract from Joan and Jericha's new book, out on the 29th October.


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    Links
    Max Woosey's fundraising page for North Devon hospice https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/max-woosey1
    Daddy, by Emma Cline, out now
    Luster, by Raven Leilani, out in January 2021 and available for pre-order now
    Love Life, on BBC iPlayer
    Nigella Lawson on the fallacy of guilty pleasures for The Guardian: https://amp.theguardian.com/food/2020/oct/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-cake-and-vegan-gingerbread-five-new-sweet-recipes-from-nigella-lawson?__twitter_impression=true
    The role of food in Jewish celebration for Radio 4’s The Food Programme: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-food-programme/id342927791?i=1000495160731
    How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda, by Jiayang Fan for The New Yorker (listen to the audio on the same link) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/14/how-my-mother-and-i-became-chinese-propaganda
    Dear Joan and Jericha: Why He Turns Away, Do’s and Don’ts from Dating to Death, out on the 29th October
     
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    • 57 min
    Progressive Penguins, Emily in Paris, & What Makes A Good Deed?

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

    We continue our conversation about sharing grief in the aftermath of a still birth or miscarriage, with a special contribution from the grief psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE. We also discuss penguin and seahorse reproduction, a delicious piece of Hollywood gossip involving Cary Grant and Clark Gable, and - mais bien sûr - we plunge into Emily and Paris aka 2020's answer to Sex And The City and all its associated controversy.


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    Links
    10 Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier summarised on Blinkist
    What to say to women going through miscarriage and baby loss, by Alexandra King for CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/09/health/miscarriage-what-to-say-wellness/index.html
    I find myself apologising for the complex nature of my motherhood, by Sophie Beresiner for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sophie-beresiner-i-find-myself-apologising-for-the-complex-nature-of-my-motherhood-thqdl0b92
    Follow Sophie @motherprojectofficial and pre-order her book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-Project-Sophie-Beresiner/dp/0008456860
    Titting About, an Audible podcast series by French and Saunders
    Emily in Paris, on Netflix
    Everything that's wrong with Emily in Paris by an actual French person, by Marie Telling for Buzzfeed https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/emily-in-paris-reviewed-by-french-person
    Would Emily's Bot actually go viral? By Rachel Handler for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/2020/10/emily-in-paris-instagram-influencers.html
    On The Rocks, at cinemas now
    Samantha Morton on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4
    Floella Benjamin on Desert Island Discs, Radio 4
     
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    • 52 min
    Grief Around Miscarriage, The Social Dilemma & The Phrases Dying Out With Gen Z

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

    We discuss Chrissy Teigen's social media posts about the death of her baby Jack, and the judgement around public grief. Also today, we dissect a list of words and phrases facing expiration (40% of under 30s don't know what "getting sozzled" means) and the fascinating docu-drama, The Social Dilemma. Plus, Pandora falls in love with a film called Rocks, and Dolly has a(nother) Springsteen moment.


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    Links
    If Chrissy Teigen wants to share the agony of losing her baby, let her, by Barbara Ellen for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/03/if-chrissy-teigen-wants-to-share-the-agony-of-losing-her-baby-let-her
    Why Chrissy Teigen's story is so helpful to other women, by Jennifer Handt for WBUR https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/10/06/miscarriage-pregnancy-loss-chrissy-teigen-jennifer-handt 
    The Social Dilemma, on Netflix
    Rocks, on general release and now on Netflix
    Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier (2018)
    A Life in The Day interview with Tom Hollander for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tom-hollander-on-sleeping-pills-and-hugging-pillows-jrg892zl9
    Bruce Springsteen: From My Home To Yours, on BBC Sounds 
    Once Were Brothers on Amazon Video 
    Robbie Williams on The Adam Buxton Podcast 
    The Duchess on Netflix
    Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 on demand https://cheltenhamliteraturefestival.com/box-office/
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Pandemic friendships, and how to mend a broken heart

    Pandemic friendships, and how to mend a broken heart

    This year has seen even our closest friendships turn into long-distance ones; what is the impact - and the thought spirals - of your A-list friends becoming peripheral specks in your vision? We discuss, with a funny and thought-provoking piece by Katie Heaney for The Cut. Also today, we natter about how to mend a broken heart, and the evolving nature of romantic relationships, with a special reading from the author Nick Hornby.


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    Links
    Are All My Friends Mad At Me? By Katie Heaney, for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2020/09/are-all-my-friends-mad-at-me.html
    High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby
    Schitt's Creek, on Netflix
    Guys We F****d - Heartbreak Is Universal? with Guy Winch https://luminary.link/8lCmg8hebab
    The Psychology of Friendship, by Mahzad Hojjit
    Us, on BBC iPlayer
    Safe Spaces for Black Women, created by Leyla Hussein https://gf.me/u/y2khxi
    Dawn French's Desert Island Discs, 2012 on Radio 4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pf6dx
    The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer
     
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    • 54 min
    A Plunge Into The Body Politics and Choice Feminism of An Instagram Age

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

    Doll's Polls is back, with a strange fact about what heterosexual women most look for, in a man. A handsome face? A tight tush? Nope -- quite frankly, you'll never guess. We also discuss a beautiful ode from a coupled-up woman to her single friends, Matt Haig's new book about finding hope in the lives you could have lived, and a couple of our favourite comedy shows by women.


    And - deep breath - we dive into the issues raised by a personal essay penned by the model and actor Emily Ratajkowski, that blew up certain parts of the internet this week, about who owns a public image. We address women's bodies and the ethics of sharing in the age of Instagram, with a side order of choice feminism. You can share your thoughts with us via e-mail -- we're sure you'll have a few.


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    Links
    Emily Ratajkowski on reclaiming her own image, for New York magazine https://www.thecut.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-owning-my-image-essay.html
    The Emily Ratajkowski effect, by Haley Nahman for her Maybe Baby newsletter https://haleynahman.substack.com/p/24-the-cult-of-emily-ratajkowski
    The Duchess, on Netflix
    RBG, on Netflix
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death means pro-choicers have a fight on their hands, by Zoe Williams for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/22/ruth-bader-ginsburg-pro-choicers-abortion-us-presidential-election
    Tracks, on BBC Sounds
    The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, out now
    This Way Up on All4 
    Seven Pledges to My Single Friends by Caroline O’Donoghue https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/arid-40048532.html
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Joy of A Buffet, Zadie Smith's Lockdown Essays & Ofcom's Diversity Problem

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

    In today's episode we discuss news of the telly: decade-defining reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is ending after 20 seasons; US soap The Bold & The Beautiful are using dummies in their snogging scenes; and most depressingly and shamefully, Ofcom have received 22,000 (15,600 at the time of record) complaints over dance troupe Diversity's moving dance rendition of George Floyd's death on Britain's Got Talent. 


    Also today, we discuss the joy of a buffet (with an excerpt from new book In The Kitchen read by Joel Golby), the world's first ever A.I. model agency and the emergence of lockdown literature, featuring Zadie Smith's booklet of essays, Intimations. 


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    Links
    Intimations by Zadie Smith


    Zadie Smith on Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ep-130-zadie-smith/id1040481893?i=1000487206444?i=1000487206444


    In The Kitchen: essays on food and life https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-the-kitchen/yemisi-aribisala/joel-golby/9781911547662


    Is this the end of the buffet? by Joel Golby https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/sep/13/joel-golby-end-of-the-buffet-in-covid-19


    Keeping up with the Kardashians is ending. What does it all mean? by Rosa Lyster https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/13/keeping-up-with-the-kardashians-ending-reality-tv
     
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Deee66 ,

High low

Love this podcast! Keeps me going though the week... 🖤

EUW1989 ,

I adore this podcast...but!

I recommend binge listening to every episode of this podcast up until the end of 2019. Pandora had a truly devastating loss this year and her heart doesn’t really feel like it’s in The High Low atm. Dolly will often bring up a silly news headline or story and is her normal funny jokey self, but Pandora rarely responds with anything other than subject change. There is less discussion, instead rather, turn taking of topics. We love you Panda, take some time off and bring this show back when ever you are ready, we are a seriously loyal fan base❤️❤️❤️

lozevans_ ,

New favourite podcast!

Okay…so I am VERY late in discovering The High Low but I am already in love. Having listened to a few similar podcasts, I love that I could go back to the start and not feel as though that I am listening to the same conversations as I have on other similar podcasts. Pandora & Dolly speak so intelligently and make you feel like your ‘one of the girls’. I have had trouble sticking with some pop culture/news podcasts as some become immature or unresearched but THL is so well done & makes you question your views intelligently. If you like Shameless (speaking of immature podcasts...) or After Work Drinks (HIGHLY recommend) then you will love and adore The High Low as much as I now do.

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