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

The High Low Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

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

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

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

    Wishing you were at Glastonbury? Get stuck into Zing Tseng's piece, instead. Ruby Tandoh reads us an excerpt of her beautiful piece on quitting, and we discuss why quitting is not just a physical act - but a state of mind. Also today: a Doll's Polls on first date turn-offs (verdict: most of them are unavoidable), a hilarious analysis by Diyora Shadijanova of what Gen Z'ers really think about millennials (verdict: old and boring), plus a great primer on white privilege by Robin DiAngelo and Channel 4's documentary, The School That Tried To End Racism. 

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    Zing Tseng on festivals for Vice https://www.vice.com/amp/en_uk/article/4ayagj/what-i-miss-festivals-glastonbury
    Ruby Tandoh on the art of quitting for WePresent https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/work-sucks-i-know-ruby-tandoh/
    Eat Up, by Ruby Tandoh
    What Gen Z'ers think about millennials, by Diyora Shadijanova https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/4ay3gw/what-gen-z-thinks-of-millennials?
    Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story, by Robin DiAngelo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzLT54QjclA&feature=emb_title  
    The School That Tried To End Racism, on Channel 4od
    Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations: Ellen DeGeneres Comes Out https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ellen-degeneres-comes-out/id1264843400?i=1000475900203
    Desert Island Discs - Chili Bouchier https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0093nxc  
    The Great Godden, by Meg Rosoff
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    • 58 min
    The Madness of 2020 Can Be Summed Up In Lynx Africa's Marmite Edition

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

    Mmmm get that yeasty pong. Today we recall the wisdom of Zadie Smith, chat more about the jaw-dropping drama that is Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You, discuss Naoise Dolan's piece on how autism has shaped her work and recommend Munroe Bergdorf's Table Manners interview. We also drop a lot of not entirely irrelevant but mostly random animal facts - including the retirement of Diego, the Warren Beatty of tortoises. Plus, an Ask The High Low about what to do when you're single, and none of your coupled up friends understand.

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    A Ladder To The Sky 
    How Being Diagnosed with Autism Changed My Life, by Naoise Dolan for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/naoise-dolan-how-being-diagnosed-with-autism-aged-27-changed-my-life-lc9f7bzp0
    I May Destroy You, on BBC iPlayer
    Arena: Desert Island Discs 1982 on BBC iPlayer
    Big Brother: Best Shows Ever on 4OD
    Zadie Smith on Literary Friction 
    Munroe Bergdorf on Table Manners
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    Lockdown Sex, I May Destroy You, and Rhik Samadder's I Never Said I Loved You

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

    In today's episode, we discuss the findings on Sex In Lockdown: Keep Shagging And Carry On; the astounding work that is Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You and in light of JK Rowling's comments last week, some recommendations for understanding the trans experience. We also feature an exclusive extract from the writer Rhik Samadder's memoir about mental health, love and family, I Never Said I Loved You and lots more podcast recs from Dolly. Plus! Ask The High Low is back.

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    I Never Said I Loved You, by Rhik Samadder
    Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, by Thomas Page McBee
    The Gender Games, by Juno Dawson
    Consider The Greenland Shark by Katherine Rundell 
    Brit-ish by Afua Hirsch

    Watching and Listening
    Sex In Lockdown: Keep Shagging and Carry On, on Channel 4
    I May Destroy You, on BBC iPlayer 
    Seahorse, on Vimeo
    Laura Marling on Song Exploder
    Radio 4’s The Food Programme - Food On Film 
    Jerry Seinfeld on WTF 
    Afua Hirsch on Fortunately 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    After The Hashtags

    After The Hashtags

    We discuss online vs offline behaviour, when it comes to social change; and why historical progress has long relied on the removal of monuments. Also today, tons of podcast recommendations, an homage to Gogglebox and the size 75 shoes made especially for social distancing.

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    Social media
    @multiculturalkidsbooks on IG
    @diverse_kids_books on IG
    @novelallure on IG

    Knights Of bookshop http://knightsof.media
    Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi
    Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History
    Superior by Angela Saini
    Stolen Legacy by George James
    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    You're Silence Will Not Protect you by Audre Lorde
    Here For It by R. Eric Thomas
    Candice Brathwaite interview by Johanna Thomas-Corr for Observer https://bit.ly/37hGPKa
    Bernadine Evaristo on inclusive publishing for British Vogue https://bit.ly/2XOoaCX
    Yomi Adegoke on the "pics or it didn't happen approach" for British Vogue https://bit.ly/2znzRac
    8 Books by Black authors that aren't about Black pain by Natalie Morris for Metro https://bit.ly/2MLU8Ju
    Fighting racism requires more than hashtags by Nesrine Malik for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2BTpoUT
    Why You Should Say Black Lives Matter by Bob and Peppermint https://bit.ly/2Ur97g3
    The Resilience of Marga Griesbach by Rebecca Traister for New York mag https://bit.ly/3dKzKnY

    Watching & Listening
    Sabrina Cohen-Hatton on Rangan Chatterjee's podcast, Feel Better, Live More
    Ibram X Kendi interview with Brene Brown for Unlocking Us
    Celebrity Gogglebox
    Days of the Bagnold Summer
    Douglas by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix
    Fresh Air: Hannah Gadsby
    The C Word: Paula Yates
    Jay Rayner’s Out To Lunch 
    Desert Island Discs: Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu
    Grounded with Louis Theroux: Miriam Margolyes 
    Nick Cave: The Red Hand Files 

    Healthcare for black women in the U.K. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/301079
    Paul Stephenson statue https://www.change.org/p/bristol-city-council-replace-the-colston-statue-with-paul-stephenson
    Donate to Black Minds Matter https://uk.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk
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    • 57 min
    Anti-Racism Resources & An Author Special with Candice Brathwaite

    Anti-Racism Resources & An Author Special with Candice Brathwaite

    This week’s episode is focused on the resources we can access to educate ourselves on racism. These lists are not exhaustive but may provide a starting point. We also interview the creator of Make Motherhood Diverse, Candice Brathwaite, about her searing new book I Am Not Your Baby Mother.
    Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
    I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
    White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
    Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    How To Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
    The Good Immigrant compiled by Nikesh Shukla
    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    Women Race and Class by Angela Davis
    White Rage by Carol Anderson
    Brit-ish by Afua Hirsch   
    My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay 
    Slay In Your Lane by Elizabeth Uviebinené & Yomi Adegoke
    A Burst of Light by Audre Lorde
    Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri 
    Taking Up Space: The Black Girls Manifesto For Change by Chelsea Kwakye & Ore Ogunbiyi 
    Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad 
    Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
    Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
    Aint I a Woman: Black Women & Feminism by bell hooks 
    Why You Need To Stop Saying “All Lives Matter” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle for Harper’s Bazaar https://bit.ly/3gG8rgq
    Ibram X. Kendi’s reading list for The New York Times https://nyti.ms/3gKL8lH
    Beloved by Toni Morrison 
    The Colour Purple by Alice Walker 
    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 
    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie
    Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
    Ordinary People by Diana Evans 
    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
    Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
    On Beauty and White Teeth by Zadie Smith 
    Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Citizen: An American Life by Claudia Rankine
    Social media
    George Floyd’s Memorial Fund 
    Black Lives Matter
    Black Protest Legal Support UK
    Stop Hate UK
    The Stephen Lawrence Trust 
    The Innocence Project 
    Show Racism The Red Card 
    Black Visions Collective
    Girls Out Loud
    Kids resources
    Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey 
    All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
    Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Can Change The World series on Rosa Parks & Harriet Tubman 
    A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    Other links
    Petition to update GCSE reading list https://bit.ly/2U6foOl
    1619 podcast by The NY Times
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    • 51 min
    Why Moments of Insanity Are Part of Keeping Sane; And The Worrying Increase in Lockdown Mullets

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

    Did you know there is a word in German for 'social distancing whilst wearing swimming pool noodles as a hat'? We're sceptical, but charmed.

    As the heaviness weighs on many of you, we have a batch of podcasts, books, articles and surprising lockdown stats to cheer and distract you. 

    Please do e-mail any questions or issues to thehighlowshow@gmail.com
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    Book a goat for Zoom (yes) at www.cronkshawfoldfarm.co.uk/goatsonzoom
    Volunteer during furlough at www.furlonteer.com
    Find @_lockdownstories on Instagram

    Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo 
    Ramble Book: Musings on Childhood, Friendship, Family and 80s Pop Culture, by Adam Buxton, available on audio book now (and in print in September)
    Insanity Can Keep You Sane, by Molly Young for The New York Times Mag www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/11/magazine/quarantine-insanity.html
    Where to start in Joni Mitchell's back catalogue, by Hannah Stevens for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/20/joni-mitchell-where-to-start-in-her-back-catalogue

    Listening and watching
    Sir Lenny Henry interview with Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast 
    Grayson Perry's Art Club, on Channel 4
    Gemma Collins: Diva on Lockdown, on ITV Player
    Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron https://www.92y.org/love-loss-and-what-i-wore
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    • 53 min

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