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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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The Southern Charm of Matthew McConaughey; Free School Meals; & The Web Server That Slows Down Information Overload

October 28th, 2020

1:05:43

From a naturally green puppy called Pistachio, to a charming and surprising memoir by Matthew McConaughey, this week is your usual mixed bag -- including discussion of the government's abhorrent decision to stop funding …

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

October 20th, 2020

57:46

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 …

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

October 13th, 2020

52:13

We continue our conversation about sharing grief in the aftermath of a still birth or miscarriage, with a special contribution from the grief …

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

October 6th, 2020

1:02:11

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 …

Pandemic friendships, and how to mend a broken heart

September 29th, 2020

54:20

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 …

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

September 22nd, 2020

1:06:00

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 …

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

September 15th, 2020

56:41

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 …

Revising Our Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow, Dettol's Dubious 'Back To Work' Ads & The Best of Garage (Sort Of)

September 8th, 2020

1:00:36

We reminisce over garage music (without being entirely sure what officially defines a garage track), discuss the dicey new Dettol ad that's got …

Selling Sunset, Gendered Care Work & How Often Do YOU Clear Out Your Pants Drawer?

September 1st, 2020

1:20:02

We back! And it's the old mixed bag of content: from grubby gussets to bathroom-heavy mansions in WeHo, via a revisitation of our noughties book …

Wiley’s Anti-Semitism, Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age & An Author Special w/ Nesrine Malik

July 28th, 2020

1:21:15

It’s our last episode of the season - and boy, do we have a bumper episode for you. In this week’s show we discuss what Twitter’s failure to suspend Wiley says about our failure to combat anti-semitism (and what you can …

Lockdown Sexscapades & Friendship in Old Age

July 21st, 2020

55:38

We dig further into the cultural conversation around parenting, courtesy of masses of feedback from our listeners on last week's ep and a thoughtful …

A Deep Dive Into The Child-Free Vs Motherhood Dialogue

July 14th, 2020

58:27

Today we discuss how motherhood and child-free women are culturally discussed and pitted against one another, referencing podcasts, a journalistic …

On Why We Shouldn't Look For Relatability in Celebs & An Interview with Adam Kay about Dear NHS

July 7th, 2020

1:02:37

The pubs have opened; but why is the beauty sector still in lockdown? Also today, we discuss the slew of videos of children interrupting their parents during a pandemic, a new book about love and loneliness in 1950s …

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

June 30th, 2020

58:34

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 …

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

June 23rd, 2020

1:10:14

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 …

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

June 16th, 2020

1:07:20

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 …

After The Hashtags

June 9th, 2020

57:24

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 …

Anti-Racism Resources & An Author Special with Candice Brathwaite

June 2nd, 2020

51:51

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, …

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

May 26th, 2020

53:33

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 …

'Seksbuddies', Robert Pattinson's pasta & information overload

May 19th, 2020

55:28

It's a pot noodle of an episode this week. From our favourite pandemic stories around the globe - selected especially to cheer you up - to a bunch of …

Cottagecore, Covidism & Other Lockdown Theories; Plus, An Author Special with Samantha Irby

May 12th, 2020

52:44

Today we discuss the surprising lockdown sales boom, an animal fact and a few new pandemic lifestyle theories. Just another episode of The High Low, then.


We also ring up Samatha Irby in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to discuss …

Are Your Book Shelves A Reflection of Your Character - Or Your Curiosity?

May 5th, 2020

1:16:03

This week we discuss what your books on your bookshelf say about you, the new lockdown lingo (are you drinking furlough merlot?), whether lockdown telly might have reached its apex, and the concept of heteropessimism.


The Micro-Trends of Lockdown & The Wonder That Is The Quarantucci

April 28th, 2020

1:26:14

Thank you for bearing with us. We weren't able to bring you an episode last week for personal reasons, but we will try and make it up to you today - …

An Author Special with Holly Bourne & The Problem With Tiger King

April 14th, 2020

1:37:46

It's Week 4 of lockdown and we hope all you cats and kittens are doing okay. Sorry - blame Carole Baskin. We've been watching Tiger King and eesh, do …

An Extra Easter Treat & The Return of Ask The High Low

April 10th, 2020

1:17:59

It's been a rough few weeks so we thought we'd bring you an extra episode for the long Easter weekend. Lots more culture reccs and more thoughts on …

A Bumper Back To School Special

April 7th, 2020

1:49:52

What a time to be alive. It feels like we've all aged a decade since our last episode under 4 months ago.


Today we discuss lockdown life - what we're wearing; eating; meme-ing - and recommend a plethora of articles, …

A Christmas Special with Joan and Jericha

December 17th, 2019

32:08

Oodles of cracker jokes, festive Dolls polls, jolly songs and weird Christmas facts; and Dolly pays a snowy visit to everyone’s favourite filthy …

Does A Slogan Tee Have The Power To Offend?

December 10th, 2019

46:09

The High Low has launched merch! Roll up, roll up: berets, sweaters, t-shirts, tote bags and notepads are on sale at www.thehighlowshop.com and 10% …

Why Mental Health Is Nothing To Do With Wellness, with Author Bella Mackie

December 3rd, 2019

1:15:10

We talk perineum sunning, Christmas tree erection, global idioms and polygraphs. And we host the journalist and author of Jog On: How Running Saved …

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

November 25th, 2019

1:20:23

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 …

What Was He Thinking? Prince Andrew's Car Crash Interview

November 20th, 2019

55:05

Dolly goes wild for Rod's railway, whilst Pandora decides to spend her upcoming maternity leave at the world's first vagina museum. Plus: Gregg's …

Megan Phelps-Roper On Leaving The Westboro Baptist Church, AKA 'America's Most Hated Family'

November 12th, 2019

1:26:16

We talk about rapper T.I.'s incredibly creepy confession that he gets his teenager daughter's hymen checked every year, what 'shitposting' really means and Emma Watson's re-naming of singledom as 'self-parternering'. …

Obama on Wokeness & Our Love for Modern Love <3

November 5th, 2019

1:09:53

This week we discuss Snapchat dysmorphia, the data-collection of period-tracking apps and why Dolly wants to shag Autumn. Also today we discuss …

Soft Ghosting, Driving Lessons & An Author Special with Louise Callaghan on The Zookeeper That Defied ISIS

October 31st, 2019

1:14:56

We've got facts about sloths, sea turtles and rats that drive cars. We also discuss the new terms we've learned this week - 'soft ghosting' and 'gradualism' - and Harvey Weinstein's appearance at a showcase for emerging …

It's An Omnishambles! Our Fave New Words To Be Added To The OED

October 22nd, 2019

1:18:48

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 …

We've Only Gone And Done It: A Deep-Dive Into Wagatha Christie

October 15th, 2019

1:09:45

The chicken nugget Reddit scandal and our favourite polls from the week including what is no longer selling in shops (drones and suspenders) and what …

Prince Harry's Letter To The Tabloids; & Do Brits Spend Money On Being Polite?

October 7th, 2019

1:11:36

It's a big week for the food chains: Pizza Express - every millennial's favourite nostalgic restaurant - is in chronic debt; and Rory Stewart has pledged allegiance to Pret. We talk loos and why women spend 2.3 times as …

An Author Special With Drag Queen Amrou Al-Kadhi

October 1st, 2019

1:12:53

Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in NYC, Sally Challen did her first video interview about emotional abuse and …

Digital Etiquette (& Why We Need It); & Male Vs Female Vanity

September 24th, 2019

1:03:37

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, …

She Said; Once Upon A Time In Hollywood; & The Personal Essay That 'Broke' The Internet

September 17th, 2019

1:18:38

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 …

An Author Special on Being The Other Mother with Comedian Jen Brister

September 10th, 2019

1:19:51

Dolly's found an emotional support horse called Flirty; Pandora is in love with a Twitter thread about what it was really like to work in HMV. And - …

A Bumper Back To School Book Special

September 3rd, 2019

1:21:57

Hello High Lowers! Sharpen your pencils, the heat wave is over and a new school term is upon us. We cover some of the news stories of the summer plus …

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Style Guide; & On Young People Not Watching The News on TV

July 29th, 2019

1:02:02

Have you survived the heat wave? HAVE YOU? This week, Dolly discovers a woman who loves a chandelier, Jared O’Mara resigns after assault charges and …

Instagram's Proposed Removal of The 'Like' Counter; & Why Are We So Obsessed With Other People's Process?

July 23rd, 2019

1:03:00

Ding dong the BoJo's in. Duuuuuude. 


This week: curry seagull; the controversial Cats trailer; and why Ireland's 8th amendment might have been …

An Author Special with The One, The Only, The National Treasure: David Nicholls

July 15th, 2019

1:24:40

Westminster rules in favour of gay marriage and abortion rights in Northern Ireland, former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is sentenced to 9 months in …

Meghan & Harry's Godparent Privacy Furore; And What Makes A True Eccentric?

July 9th, 2019

1:06:36

Glasto's been and gone and the USA won the Women's World Cup - as the crowd began chanting "equal pay, equal pay." 


This week we cover the latest royal storm in a bone-china teacup, as Prince Harry and the Duchess of …

Debunking Wellness Myths with Is Butter A Carb? Authors, Rosie Saunt & Helen West

July 2nd, 2019

1:07:47

We're recording this in advance, so no news update this week but a bunch of reccs and an author special!


Do you swear by your daily turmeric latte? Are you a celery juice fanatic? From placenta pills to kombucha, the …

*EPISODE 100* Why Do Brits Hate Other Brits Abroad? & The Influencer Engagement #Sponcon Furore 

June 25th, 2019

1:06:50

‘Twas the week of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ sofa row, the ‘tube pusher’ is charged with attempted murder and the president of Colombia warns …

An Author Special with anti-FGM Campaigner Nimko Ali on What We’re Told Not To Talk About

June 19th, 2019

1:07:02

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has undertaken her 3rd hunger strike (joined by husband Richard) and ship captain Pia Klemp, who rescued drowning migrants, faces 20 years in prison. On the other end of the news spectrum, …

Pride Month; & the Complex Conundrum of Euthanasia

June 11th, 2019

1:15:08

*Apologies for some slight sound issues this week*


Dolly's lost her passport and Michael Gove's nose is feeling regretful. We talk Sally Challen, …

Should Celebrities Be Involved In Prison Reform?; & The Lunacy of Hen/Stag Season

June 4th, 2019

1:11:39

There's been a garden gnome heist and Trump's on his state visit (those are inter-connected stories, naturally.) Love Island is back - but is there any actual body diversity? 


We discuss Kim Kardashian-West's campaign …

What The Moby-Natalie Portman Row Reveals About Entitlement & Truth-Telling; & Are Women Without Children Happier?

May 28th, 2019

1:21:28

Dolly talks bird-feeding and rabid Game of Thrones fans who want to re-make the ending; Pandora ponders what Spice Girl merch to get her hands on; …

Alabama's Abortion Ban; & The Trouble with Uber's New 'Silence' Mode

May 21st, 2019

57:33

Grumpy Cat has died and we came last (again) in Eurovision. This week Dolly's down a Doris Day content-hole and Pandora's bewitched by the Instagram …

The concept of ‘workism’ & Bryony Gordon on mental health in teen girls

May 14th, 2019

1:20:49

Pandora’s listened to a podcast on ‘workism’ - the idea that work is now the cornerstone of your identity - and it’s changed her life; meanwhile, …

An Author Special with Rosie Price on the effects of trauma on the mind and body

May 7th, 2019

1:12:23

The new royal baby, the Caster Semenya furore, the 'hogspital' and the proposed raise to the minimum wage - oh, and 86% of people have revealed that …

A Bumper Spring Book Special

April 30th, 2019

1:20:16

Welcome back to the summer term, High Lowers! We recap some news and bring you a boat load of televisual, podcast and - mainly - book …

An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth Day

March 27th, 2019

1:17:24

We discuss Lorraine Kelly’s “performative construct”, Dolly’s piece about I’m In Trouble syndrome and what we don’t know - and need to know - about …

An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving Neverland

March 20th, 2019

1:26:38

We ring up director Dan Reed to discuss his sensational documentary, Leaving Neverland, which is all anyone else is talking about. We deep-dive into the allegations against Michael Jackson - so long, brushed over - and …

An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISIS

March 11th, 2019

1:16:38

*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded several days before it was announced that Shamima Begum's baby had died, which is why it is not discussed in this episode ***


This is one of the most important - and certainly …

A LIVE episode on Emma Thompson’s Open Letter & Discovering Self-Discipline

March 4th, 2019

58:26

We’re live from Pandora jewellery’s flagship store in London on Friday 1st March, in partnership with Ovacome for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Aaaand this week we bring you Emma Thompson’s open letter to The LA Times …

Separating the Intrinsic from the Extrinsic; & An Author Special with Candice Carty-Williams

February 26th, 2019

1:28:42

The High Low turns TWO this week! Excuse us while we wallow in (the admittedly shallow) nostalgia of it all.


This week we discuss the Oscars; the ongoing case of Shamima Begum’s citizenship; the Insta-tributes to Karl …

The Complicated Case of Shamima Begum; & Why The ‘Tortured Artist’ Debate Should Be Retired

February 19th, 2019

1:09:16

*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded about 8 hours before it was announced that Shamima Begum had been denied entry back to the UK and was stripped of her British citizenship.***


This week, we discuss the most …

Valentine's Day, Liam Neeson's Race Row & A Most Literary Liar

February 12th, 2019

1:13:55

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 …

Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat

February 5th, 2019

1:30:36

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 …

A Pretty Daft End to 2018

December 29th, 2018

44:15

It’s our favourite time of year: Betwixtmas. We hope you’re face-planted on the sofa, whilst we waltz down your ears with this end of year episode. …

A Jolly Christmas Special

December 21st, 2018

1:14:00

It’s Chriiiiiiiistmas! From cracker jokes to festive songs; Yuletide readings and actual Christmas cards from the ACTUAL ye olde mail bag; a host of …

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

December 12th, 2018

1:00:00

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, …

A LIVE Episode on 'Emotional Labour' - The New Gas-Lighting? - & How We Discuss Our Bodies on Social Media

December 3rd, 2018

59:44

We're back at Google's Curiosity Rooms to celebrate the launch of their Google Pixel 3 phone and we're still not over Baby Shark. On the agenda today: the zeitgeisty new buzz-phrase 'emotional labour'. What does it mean …

M&S Undiesgate; Lena Dunham's Bare-All Interview; & The Missionary Killed By A Tribe

November 28th, 2018

1:06:25

The Baby Shark ear-worm; Joanna Lumley saying the word 'waz'; and the Chinese man who got so drunk on Black Friday (aka Single's Day in China) he bought a salamander and a tiny Thai pig. Oh, it's a good week at The High …

The Curious Case of Mrs Hinch; & Comedy's Diversity Issue

November 21st, 2018

1:07:05

It was the week of the BBC's 100 Women of the Year list, Hockney's record-breaking art sale and the story of Deke Duncan, a radio jockey playing to …

Collins Word of The Year; Iceland's Banned Xmas Ad; & Why Do 46% of Men Remove Their Body Hair?

November 13th, 2018

55:30

It's World Kindness Day & Dolly has a beautiful poem to kick us off, whilst Pandora has a new Spotify suggestion for everyone who went nutty for …

A Deep-Dive Into The Epidemic of Anxiety, with Author Olivia Sudjic

November 7th, 2018

1:25:06

From Prince George memes (@garyjanetti) to vegan abuse (last week journalist William Sitwell was sacked from the Waitrose Food magazine, for his jokes about killing vegans) via the healthiest/ unhealthiest high streets …

We Talk Mini Skirts; Philip Green; & The Role of Injunctions in Modern Society

October 30th, 2018

1:08:16

Since we’ve been gone, Apple has added cream cheese to its emoji bagel after furious complaints (we discuss what we have on OUR bagels and spoiler alert: it’s not cream cheese, Apple); Urban Outfitters has produced an …

An Author Special with Lindsey Hilsum, On Marie Colvin and War Journalism

October 24th, 2018

1:12:35

By the time she died in Syria, in 2012, Marie Colvin was one of the world’s most renowned and courageous war correspondents. Recognised for her …

Why 1/3 of Gen Z Don’t Drink; & How Feelings Took Over The World

October 16th, 2018

1:23:04

Everyone’s talking about Kanye’s nutty meeting with Trump in The Oval Office last week; whilst Melania, in her most frank televised interview yet, …

Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The Nothingburger

October 10th, 2018

1:13:45

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 …

On Brett Kavanaugh; & Why Women Can’t (And Don’t Want To) Have It All

October 3rd, 2018

1:15:49

Hello October! It’s Dolly’s favourite month of the year. If she were reincarnated, says Pandora, it would be as a knee-high boot. 


This week we …

An Author Special with The Guilty Feminist creator and host, Deborah Frances-White

September 27th, 2018

54:18

New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden made history when she took baby Neve to the UN Assembly in NYC this week; meanwhile, Trump made world leaders laugh out loud with his address (“that’s not what I was expecting” he replied, …

Carrie Symonds & ‘the scarlet woman’; & the end of Big Brother

September 19th, 2018

1:09:07

The High Low inbox was full of people asking us to cover the media coverage of Carrie Symonds, the former Tory comms director accused of having an …

Serena Williams & Kirstie Allsopp: Why Women Aren’t Allowed To Get Angry

September 12th, 2018

1:03:01

Roxanne Pallett has been cast (and since left) Celebrity Island since our last record (exploitative, much?) and Hurricane Florence is heading towards the USA. Meanwhile, 2 more people have attempted to make bookings at …

A Bumper Back to School Book Special & Thoughts on the Roxanne Pallet Assault Allegations

September 5th, 2018

1:13:53

We’re back! We wish we were still on the sun lounger, but here we are, at your disposal - with a giant book chat of what we have enjoyed in the last …

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

August 1st, 2018

58:45

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 …

On Plane Bae; and Teaching Children About Mental Health

July 25th, 2018

1:01:30

We might be a little delayed - much like a Ryanair flight - but we got there in the end. Yup, that’s a pun; we’re talking about Plane Bae. Unfolding …

An Author Special with Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

July 18th, 2018

1:04:29

The POTUS hit the UK for his week of ridicule: the balloon; the march; the press conference and *that* video gone viral of Trump barging in front of …

Trump’s Baby Balloon; & Why ‘Natural’ Beauty Is A Damaging Stereotype

July 12th, 2018

1:01:30

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 …

The Dangers of Self-Deprecation; & A Deep-Dive Into ‘Nanette’

July 4th, 2018

1:08:45

It’s the week that England broke their penalty curse; Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne broke up; Roman Polanski (yup, he who is wanted for statutory rape) …

Fame, Fortune and Phone Sex, with Actor and Memoirist, Gabourey Sidibe

June 28th, 2018

1:02:13

In today's episode, we discuss that jacket worn by Melania Trump whilst visiting an immigrant children's camp in Texas; Lionel Shriver's follow-up to …

Clemmie Hooper on Misogyny on Social Media; & The World Cup

June 21st, 2018

1:07:10

We speak to Clemmie Hooper - aka the midwife and influencer Mother of Daughters, who recently suspended her Instagram account after the trolling got …

The Curious Tale of Anna Delvey & Love Island’s Body Problem

June 10th, 2018

46:50

It’s a live podcast brought to you from the Möet & Chandon Summer House, in London! This week we are discussing the story gone viral, of …

Greer’s Fall From Grace; Issa Rae on Kanye; & SATC's 20 Yr Anniversary

June 7th, 2018

1:05:37

What does a trailblazer owe us? That’s a question we’re pondering this week, as we discuss actor Issa Rae’s spicy monologue on Kanye West - who many …

Domestic is Not A Dirty Word: An Author Special With The Great American Novelist, Meg Wolitzer

May 30th, 2018

59:10

It’s National Biscuit Day! One of (but not the only) favourite days in Dolly’s calendar. We discuss the huge response to our segment on Ireland’s …

Ireland’s abortion referendum; and a deep-dive into the royal wedding

May 23rd, 2018

59:33

This week, we discuss why Ireland’s proposed repeal of the 8th amendment on 25th May, is so important. We learn about Ireland’s history (from the brutal 'symphysiotomy’ procedure, to the abuse of unmarried mothers in …

A Live Episode with Google on Georgina Chapman’s Interview About Ex-Husband, Harvey Weinstein; & Cannes Selfie Ban

May 14th, 2018

45:56

It’s another live episode, recorded at The Old Selfridges Hotel in collaboration with Google Pixel 2. Dolly’s hungover, Pandora’s no longer pregnant …

The Rachel Divide; & Dissecting The Met Gala

May 9th, 2018

51:51

It’s a week of controversy: Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who says she’s black, is back in the public eye thanks to a Netflix documentary, The …

Kanye’s Basic Tweets; and an Author Special with Trans Activist and Writer, Juno Dawson

May 2nd, 2018

50:02

Amber Rudd’s resignation; Mary Beard’s sparkly sneaks; Kanye’s ‘basic Plato’ tweets - oh and the news that beer goggles really DO exist. Yup, it’s just another week at The High Low.


This week sees the return of the …

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

April 25th, 2018

57:31

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 …

Crediting your sources in the internet age & why we all love to hate Coachella

April 18th, 2018

1:01:48

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 …

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

April 12th, 2018

1:03:00

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 …

The Farcical Arc of The Weightloss Reality Star; And The Travesty That is the Ulster Rugby Rape Case

April 4th, 2018

1:04:46

The High Low is back! Where did those 6 weeks go? Dolly’s been on a nationwide book tour; Pandora’s birthed a tiny dictator. We round-up all the …

Feminism, #MeToo and Clapham's Sticky Carpets: The High Low Meets Oscar-Nominated Margot Robbie

February 19th, 2018

27:22

The High Low is going on maternity leave - or maturity leave, as Pandora accidentally e-mailed someone this week - for 6 weeks, so we’ve decided to go out with a bang, with an interview with the Oscar nominated actor …

Quincy Jones; SATC Feuds; & Author Laura Freeman on how reading cured her anorexia

February 14th, 2018

55:46

An explosive Quincy Jones interview via Vulture; an even more explosive Sex and The City row via Kim Cattrall (just try and get Dolly to shut up …

Food snobbery; the Suffragettes & Kylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy

February 7th, 2018

1:02:20

Your usual mixed bag this week: Cheddar Man, Nutella fights and Lady Doritos.


It’s the 100 year anniversary of the Suffragettes! We deliver to you some facts and a round-up of this week’s celebrations. 


We discuss Kylie …

Women’s unconscious bias towards other women; and Kim Kardashian’s cultural appropriation

January 31st, 2018

1:00:05

Kim Kardashian is making all kinds of headlines this week; not because her new baby boy, Chicago, arrived via surrogacy - but because she’s sharing dozens of pics of herself in the nuddy with what she has called ‘Bo …

The UK’s New Minister for Loneliness; And Are We Children Until The Age of 25?

January 24th, 2018

1:03:33

First thing’s first: 1 in 4 women are still skipping their smear test - please don’t be one of them. Dolly talks to Kate Sanger from Jo's Cervical …

An Author Special With ‘Lullaby’ Novelist, Leila Slimani (& Some Thoughts On The Babe.Net Piece Gone Viral)

January 17th, 2018

1:00:49

Episode 43 is a pretty exciting one for The High Low - a bit of a pinch-me moment, if you will. One minute we were begging Faber & Faber for an …

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

January 10th, 2018

1:03:19

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 …

Dry January & 'New Year, New Me'; And The Pregnancy Glow Myth

January 4th, 2018

1:04:24

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 …

The Highs & Lows of 2017 - with Journalist & Author, Stu Heritage

December 27th, 2017

1:09:14

Happy New Year High Lowers! 2017 has been the year of covfefe, Dr Robert Kelly and of course the birth of yours truly. We have friend of The High …

The High Low Christmas Special

December 20th, 2017

45:13

It’s a festive episode with a special High Low nativity play; written by professional screenwriter (as you will be able to tell) Dolly - and …

What 'Cat Person' Tells Us About Female Pleasure. Plus Which Social Media Platform Is The Most Dangerous?

December 13th, 2017

1:05:02

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 …

On 'Women Spreading'; And The Start of Silly Season

December 6th, 2017

52:46

It’s December, which means that silly season is officially upon us. Thank goodness, then, for Alabama student Kelsey who dressed up as a Christmas tree - for every single lecture. Oh, and the scientists who think …

Corporate Egg-Freezing - And Whether Taylor Swift Is A Billboard for Trumpian Values

November 29th, 2017

57:29

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our special episode with Tina Brown last week - we had a huge response. We miss her already <3


This week in the Tina-free studio, we discuss whether corporations offering to pay for …

A Special Episode with Iconic Editor Tina Brown - Creator of High Low Journalism & Our Podcast Patron Saint

November 23rd, 2017

55:33

Welcome to our favourite *ever* episode of The High Low - as we try not to fangirl the fuck out.


For those of you with short memories, the High Low is named in homage to iconic editor Tina Brown. The creator of High Low …

The App That ‘Strips’ Women of Their Make-up; and Boris Johnson’s Comments on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

November 15th, 2017

57:44

No singing this week courtesy of Louis Theroux, but three different accents from Pandora in compensation. 


This week on The High Low, we discuss Boris Johnson’s buffoonery - and when being a dotard can put another …

Arranged vs Forced Marriages & Kevin Spacey’s Netflix Exit

November 8th, 2017

1:01:45

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 …

An Author Special on The Internet (and The Universe) with Jim Chapman

November 2nd, 2017

0:30

Vlogger Jim Chapman is YouTube royalty. But what happened when “the guy from the internet" turned his hand to a book? We chat animal facts (did you know that a group of baboons is called a flange?), whether or not the …

A Live Episode with Google on #MeToo - and Suing The Entire Kardashian Family

October 23rd, 2017

43:31

It’s another live episode! (Normal recording will resume soon.) We’re at The Curiosity Rooms, in collaboration with Google and Selfridges, talking …

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

October 17th, 2017

1:13:15

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 …

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

October 11th, 2017

1:07:42

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 …

Ding Dong The Hef Is Dead - The Legacy of Playboy; And The Death Of The Celebrity Interview

October 3rd, 2017

59:07

In the wake of pyjama-clad Hugh Hefner’s demise, we discuss the legacy of Playboy and its nuances - and why viewing an empire created 64 years ago …

Is Monogamy Dead? An Author Special with Comedian Rosie Wilby

September 27th, 2017

41:13

The High Low is on holiday this week, so we have recorded an author special for you - because we're nice like that.

Is Monogamy Dead? by British …

The Handbag’s Tale and why effective protests needn’t be violent

September 20th, 2017

1:00:48

Twas the week that Margaret Atwood took her handbag to the Emmys - sorry, Margaret Atwood’s handbag took Margaret Atwood to the Emmys - and whilst …

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

September 14th, 2017

57:17

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 …

L'Oreal's Race Row & The Danger With Safe Spaces

September 6th, 2017

52:50

Dennis Rodman's strange new friendship with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un; a deep-dive into the archive via Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg's interview with Ali G; and a most unfortunate story about a girl, a …

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

August 30th, 2017

1:06:51

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 …

Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns

August 23rd, 2017

1:00:59

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 …

The Response to Charlottesville & The Curious Tale of Chloe Ayling

August 16th, 2017

51:41

The High Low is BACK after a week's hiatus in which Dolly went to Majorca, boggled at its lack of scene and read a bunch of books. Meanwhile …

The Travesty of Princess Diana's Leaked Tapes & The Legacy of Celebrity Big Brother

August 2nd, 2017

1:10:21

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 …

The BBC Pay Gap, To The Bone & R Kelly's Alleged Sex Crime

July 25th, 2017

1:16:09

After a break last week, it's a (bumper) episode 19 of The High Low. Of course, we're talking about the incendiary gender pay gap revealed at the BBC and the wider question of the value of each and every job.

We discuss …

A Pop-Culture special feat. Rob Kardashian with author Elizabeth Day

July 11th, 2017

1:01:07

It's our second author special this week, with journalist and author, Elizabeth Day. Elizabeth's brilliant 4th book, The Party, comes out on 13th …

Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe & Celebs vs. Trolls

July 5th, 2017

52:03

In Episode 17 of The High Low, we discuss celebrities quitting Twitter (and why Pandora wants to set up a foundation called The RSPS - the Royal Society for the Protection of Stars) specifically Ed Sheeran who says he …

Corbyn’s Glasto & Why We Should All Strive To Be Average

June 27th, 2017

50:41

JezCo took to the stage at Glasto, 7% of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, Louis Tomlinson admitted he was the most …

The Rise of the ‘Silver Splitter’ - and Pandora’s Best Bum Facts

June 20th, 2017

56:00

Grenfell Tower is an unthinkable national tragedy; with many questions still unanswered, victims missing and families displaced. We discuss the aftermath of the most tragic residential fire since World War Two, Sadiq …

An Author Special with Reni Eddo-Lodge & the return of the Nokia 3310

June 13th, 2017

1:05:22

It's our first ever author special with Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose phenomenal book Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race was published earlier this month. We talk to Reni about race relations in the U.K. and …

On Belly Bulges and Privilege (and Not The General Election)

June 8th, 2017

59:50

It’s General Election week, but there’ll be no talk of #GE2017 here (firstly, it’s already over.) Instead, we discuss Prince William’s revelatory interview with GQ - and Princess Diana’s relationship with the media.

In The Wake Of A Tragedy, The Media Response and What We Can Do As Individuals

May 24th, 2017

1:02:00

There is no way we could create Episode 12 without addressing the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with the …

National Sandwich Week and the Rise of the Divorce Selfie

May 16th, 2017

52:09

Ever heard of Avocado Hand? Wondering what Labour's new budget looks like? You'll be needing The Top 10, then. Also in today's episode: Netflix's weekend proposed price surge, National Sandwich Week - featuring an …

President Macron, Eurovision and our brand new segment: The Top Line

May 9th, 2017

53:51

E is for Eurovision, Emmanuel Macron and Edwina Sheeran on The High Low this week. Plus Frankie Dettori does dressage.  

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Simon Danczuk, The Met Ball and Celebrity Crowdsourcing

May 2nd, 2017

45:39

It's a brand new High Low, where caption is queen. There's an abundance of your e-mails, plus antiquing and Alisha's Attic.  

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Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’

April 25th, 2017

53:22

Pandora and Dolly turn The High Low into The Live Lounge. Plus what has pushed their high sass threshold to the limit?  

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The Girls Finale, Tim Farron and Prince Harry's Best Move Yet

April 20th, 2017

57:35

The Jack Whitehalls of podcasting are back with tales of Berlin and Orkney, Larry David's daughter and the Genny Elec.  

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Saffiyah Khan, Tamagotchis and That Pepsi Ad

April 11th, 2017

52:36

After a fortnight of frolicking, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton return to talk Kendall Jenner, Barry Manilow and living that Nickelodeon life.  

On Legsit and Love Actually

March 28th, 2017

45:52

Much for Pandora and Dolly to discuss this week! Including Princess Tiaamii, Millie Bobby Brown and how to poach a good quince.  

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Theresa May in Vogue and the Role of Fashion in Politics

March 22nd, 2017

45:45

This week on The High Low, Pandora and Dolly discuss the Prime Minister's trousers, freebie culture and booze loyalists.  

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The Meme That Broke The Internet and Why We Need To Talk About Periods

March 15th, 2017

43:23

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss those in the spotlight this week - namely Professor Kelly, Pamela Anderson and Mhairi Black.  

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International Woman's Day and the Perils of Unpaid Internships

March 9th, 2017

47:10

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton discuss some thorny issues in the world of pop culture. Plus the real reason Nicole Kidman can't clap.

 

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Girls, Gaffes and the Duality of Language

February 28th, 2017

46:44

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are back! The High Low is a new weekly pop-culture podcast. Episode 1 examines Lena Dunham's latest, office banter …

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