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A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast.

The High Low Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 6K Ratings

A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K Ratings

Dee Brown 1 ,

Such a great discovery!

I went to meet a couple of Bermudian relatives, rather a long unwanted journey into the heart of London, on a hot Saturday . No one really wanted me to go but I found myself having a glass of wine and out of the blue was recommended the High Low, by my gorgeous cousin Morgan. On the way home I plugged into a random High Low, and was riveted.

You two are brilliant. It’s been a whole podcast revelation. I had no idea previously of the whole revolution, how much can be gleaned, learnt, absorbed and inspired by the Pod Cast. The only danger is writing recommendations furiously on my hand, whilst driving, until discovering it’s all done for you on the internet. No more screeching to a halt on the motorway to remind myself of anything of interest you mention...

So the luck of discovering the High Low ... My mother had organised a family reunion in Mousehole, Cornwall. We had all gathered there but unbeknownst to me, I was the youngest by at least thirty years. Also I was sharing a room with my mother, for logistical reasons and had no idea she snores like a steam train. Plus I might say, then wakes up, crashes into hotel china and cutlery on tray, on her way to the loo at approximately 2am. Around the time I was finally getting to sleep.

By the second evening I was losing the will to live, though having gleaned lots of family history and spent a lot of time speaking directly into hearing aids. I loved my family more dearly than ever, but on finding myself on second night of mum snoring, decided to leave hotel in Mousehole at approximately 2.30am. Thank God I didn’t exit through the fire exit as I later discovered my entire older family members, plus all hotel residents would have been woken by alarm.

That’s when Dolly’s book came in. First through Penzance, far more explosive night life than I’d anticipated, coupled with pure terror of being in main high street navigated by old fashioned Sat Nav that didn’t realise it was One Way. Then the long hour through Bodmin Moor with diminishing petrol. Finally pulling out into early morning sunset, with glorious views and Dolly Alderton transporting me to her early care free and not so care free teenage years and beyond. The best bloody brilliant book at that moment I could imagine, on loud speak and never a more treasured companion.

Btw your voices are very hard to tell apart. I keep thinking I’ve got it and being thrown off. Dolly has a slightly deeper voice with a bit of gravel trailing round the vocal chords. Pandora’s voice higher and more escalating and descending. But like Scottish dancing, I always think I’ve got it sussed but then realise it’s not that easy. Your voices are v similar.

Thank you High Low for all.. you are inspirational, v clever, funny and great company.

fernweh1993 ,

Enjoyable but also... falling out of love

Pros: great podcast by two intelligent, eloquent journalists. Great recommendations. High brow but relatable content. Cons: I feel bad for adding to the many critical voices against women in the public eye but Pandora and Dolly’s verboseness and extraordinary descriptions at every turn feel a bit contrived or at least get grating at times. To have intellectual/feminist/literary conversations, you don’t *need* to talk like this. If it’s truly natural go for it!

merrikat88 ,

Book talk

I don’t always agree with Pandora and Dolly, but I love their take on news and culture. I am so happy there is so much book talk, thank you for introducing me to some absolutely beautiful novels!
On the negative side, I find the sponsorship messages SO cringey. I get that they are a necessary evil, but I have to skip them every time

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