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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.

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An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth Day

1:17:24 | Mar 27th

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 women in prison, rehabilitation and reform.  And we deep-dive into perfectionism, failure and why so...Show More

An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving Neverland

1:26:38 | Mar 20th

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 what Reed's documentary teaches...Show More

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

1:16:38 | Mar 11th

*** 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 prescient - author specials w...Show More

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

58:26 | Mar 4th

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 after she quit an animated mov...Show More

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

1:28:42 | Feb 26th

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 Lagerfeld; and the Martin Scor...Show More

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

1:09:16 | Feb 19th

*** 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 flammable news story of the week...Show More

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

1:13:55 | Feb 12th

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 Mallory, aka AJ Finn, who built his career on an extensive web of lies. How did it take a decade for anyo...Show More

Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book Chat

1:30:36 | Feb 5th

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...Show More

A Pretty Daft End to 2018

44:15 | Dec 29th, 2018

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. Dolly devises a very silly quiz which *sort* of refers to things that happened in 2018 and sort of inc...Show More

A Jolly Christmas Special

1:14:00 | Dec 21st, 2018

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 Christmas surveys unpicked and the ultimate question: should a parent ever tell their kid Father Chri...Show More

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

1:00:00 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 t...Show More

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

59:44 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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 and are we using it correctly?...Show More

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

1:06:25 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 Low. Today we discuss M&S's ...Show More

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

1:07:05 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 an audience of one (Dolly's spirit animal.) On today's agenda, the 'cleanfluencer' phenomenon, Mrs H...Show More

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

55:30 | Nov 13th, 2018

It's World Kindness Day and Dolly has a beautiful poem to kick us off, whilst Pandora has a new Spotify suggestion for everyone who went nutty for French Chill (a lot of you, quite frankly). We discuss some shocking stats from intelligence agency M...Show More

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

1:25:06 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 in the UK, as voted by The Roya...Show More

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

1:08:16 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 “influencer’ Halloween costume o...Show More

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

1:12:35 | Oct 24th, 2018

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 trademark eye patch - the consequence of a grenade in Sri Lanka, in 2001 - and revered as a journalist, wi...Show More

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

1:23:04 | Oct 16th, 2018

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, described herself as the most bullied person in the world. Meanwhile, Fendi has made a £750 scarf which...Show More

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

1:13:45 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 Cou...Show More

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

1:15:49 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 discuss MeToo’s infighting - as Asia Argento unveils a new bloody dagger tattoo aimed at Rose McGowan; P...Show More

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

54:18 | Sep 27th, 2018

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, surprised at the lols.) In the d...Show More

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

1:09:07 | Sep 19th, 2018

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 affair with Boris Johnson. We discuss the ‘scarlet woman’ trope, historically embodied by Monica Lewins...Show More

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

1:03:01 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 The High Low hotel. Our towels ...Show More

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

1:13:53 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 month. Also today, we discuss the social media trolling of the late Sinéad McNamara and Instagram i...Show More

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

58:45 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 G...Show More

On Plane Bae; and Teaching Children About Mental Health

1:01:30 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 like a modern meet-cute, the tweet story of a ‘romance’ observed by another passenger over the course...Show More

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

1:04:29 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 the Queen. Meanwhile, Dolly discovers a new music hero (David Keenan) and Pandora reads her first ‘wo...Show More

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

1:01:30 | Jul 12th, 2018

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 ther...Show More

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

1:08:45 | Jul 4th, 2018

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) sat FROW at Miu Miu; and let’s not forget! There’s a bumper session of Ask The High Low. We resisted ...Show More

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

1:02:13 | Jun 28th, 2018

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 her anti-diversity rant; Johnny Depp's bonkers Rolling Stone interview; Dolly's new favourite podcas...Show More

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

1:07:10 | Jun 21st, 2018

We speak to Clemmie Hooper - aka the midwife and influencer Mother of Daughters, who recently suspended her Instagram account after the trolling got too much - about why men and women are not equal in the eyes of social media. Why doesn’t her husband...Show More

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

46:50 | Jun 10th, 2018

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 party-girl-fraud, Anna Delvey. Are we living through the golden age of scamming?  Also today, Love Island and i...Show More

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

1:05:37 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 believe is betraying his black identity, in support of Trumpian conservatism - and Germaine Greer’s c...Show More

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

59:10 | May 30th, 2018

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 abortion referendum (they repealed!) and issue some vital corrections; natter about why we’re in the gol...Show More

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

59:33 | May 23rd, 2018

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 mother and baby homes like Bon Se...Show More

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

45:56 | May 14th, 2018

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 - so some things have changed since our last live episode; but some things have stayed the same. We...Show More

The Rachel Divide; & Dissecting The Met Gala

51:51 | May 9th, 2018

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 Rachel Divide. What trauma led to her fraudulent ‘transracial’ identity? And why does Rachel refuse to ba...Show More

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

50:02 | May 2nd, 2018

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 author special, with trans activi...Show More

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

57:31 | Apr 25th, 2018

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...Show More

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

1:01:48 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 b...Show More

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

1:03:00 | Apr 12th, 2018

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 some...Show More

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

1:04:46 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 articles, programmes and podcasts we’ve been enjoying during our hiatus, as well as the topics that made ...Show More

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

27:22 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 and producer, Margot Robbie. We d...Show More

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

1:05:46 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 about it); and some fun Valentine’s Day facts for you: did you know that 5% more babies are conceived dur...Show More

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

1:12:20 | Feb 7th, 2018

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 Jenner’s secret pregnancy ...Show More

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

1:10:05 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 Derek’ braids aka: cornrows or Ful...Show More

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

1:13:33 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 Cancer Trust who emphasises the importance of smear tests in preventing cervical cancer. Also today, ...Show More

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

1:10:49 | Jan 17th, 2018

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 advance copy of French novelist Leila Slimani’s cult read, Lullaby - a troubling but beautifully written r...Show More

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

1:13:19 | Jan 10th, 2018

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 carp...Show More

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

1:14:24 | Jan 4th, 2018

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 d...Show More

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

1:19:14 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 Low’s and Guardian journalist Stu Heritage on to review the highs and lows of the past year, including P...Show More

The High Low Christmas Special

55:13 | Dec 20th, 2017

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 sponsored by frankincense and myrrh.  As Amazon and John Lewis declare ambitions to open their end of year ...Show More

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

1:15:02 | Dec 13th, 2017

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-br...Show More

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

1:02:46 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 they’ve found one of Santa’s bones. W...Show More

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

1:07:29 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 women to freeze their eggs - as ...Show More

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

1:05:33 | Nov 23rd, 2017

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 journalism - our founding et...Show More

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

1:07:44 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 woman’s life in danger. Our hear...Show More

Arranged vs Forced Marriages & Kevin Spacey’s Netflix Exit

1:11:45 | Nov 8th, 2017

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 and practiced wellness with a monk) The High Low is back in the Acast studio. And we’ve got tons (lite...Show More

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

10:30 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 intent is misogynistic and why m...Show More

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

10:30 | Oct 23rd, 2017

It’s another live episode! (Normal recording will resume soon.) We’re at The Curiosity Rooms, in collaboration with Google and Selfridges, talking about the #MeToo hashtag and - because it’s called The High Low - the Kardashians. The #MeToo hashtag...Show More

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

10:30 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 latterly stuffed their faces with t...Show More

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

1:17:42 | Oct 11th, 2017

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 after leaked e-mails revealed ...Show More

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

1:09:07 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 solely through the lense of modern feminism can be problematic. A must-read, incidentally, is Gloria St...Show More

Is Monogamy Dead? An Author Special with Comedian Rosie Wilby

51:13 | Sep 27th, 2017

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 comedian Rosie Wilby came out in August 2017 and from learning about romantic footprints to the differe...Show More

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

1:10:48 | Sep 20th, 2017

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 some people are focusing on Issa Rae’s commentary, Dolly’s focusing on Margie and her shoulder holdall....Show More

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

1:07:17 | Sep 14th, 2017

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 favourite pieces of the week, including a piece on the rise and full of a Muslim cop at the NYPD in ...Show More

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

1:06:27 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 Tinder date, and a poo. It's our us...Show More

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

1:16:51 | Aug 30th, 2017

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 and the two discuss Hilary Mantel’s epic piece on Princess Diana and 'the princess myth' for The Gu...Show More

Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns

1:10:59 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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 Feltz. In The Top Line, we dis...Show More

The Response to Charlottesville & The Curious Tale of Chloe Ayling

1:01:41 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 Pandora's got summer flu and wants Dolly to update the Good Reads profile. There's Bond, vegan feminist caf...Show More

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

1:20:21 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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 hope you follow their example. This week Dolly and Pandora discuss the invasion of royal privacy with...Show More

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

1:26:09 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 the news of R Kelly's allege...Show More

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

1:11:07 | Jul 11th, 2017

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 July and has whiffs of the Patrick Melrose novels, by Edward St Aubyn. Pandora and Dolly talk privilege ...Show More

Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe & Celebs vs. Trolls

1:02:03 | Jul 5th, 2017

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 can't cope with the trolling. P...Show More

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

1:00:41 | Jun 27th, 2017

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 ‘average’ of 1D, and 95 tower blocks in the UK have failed safety measures. It’s your usual mix of the trivia...Show More

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

1:06:00 | Jun 20th, 2017

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 Khan’s piece for The Guardian, an...Show More

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

1:15:22 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 why 'reverse racism' is not a t...Show More

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

1:09:50 | Jun 8th, 2017

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. Also in today’s episode, we disc...Show More

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

1:12:00 | May 24th, 2017

There is no way we could create Episode 12 without addressing the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please do donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogether...Show More

National Sandwich Week and the Rise of the Divorce Selfie

1:02:09 | May 16th, 2017

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 extensive poll by sandwich expert, D...Show More

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

1:03:51 | May 9th, 2017

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

Simon Danczuk, The Met Ball and Celebrity Crowdsourcing

55:39 | May 2nd, 2017

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.

Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’

1:03:22 | Apr 25th, 2017

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

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

1:07:35 | Apr 20th, 2017

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

Saffiyah Khan, Tamagotchis and That Pepsi Ad

1:02:36 | Apr 11th, 2017

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

55:52 | Mar 28th, 2017

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

Theresa May in Vogue and the Role of Fashion in Politics

55:45 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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

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

53:23 | Mar 15th, 2017

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

International Woman's Day and the Perils of Unpaid Internships

57:31 | Mar 9th, 2017

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

Girls, Gaffes and the Duality of Language

56:44 | Feb 28th, 2017

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 and of course, the Oscars. E-mail thehighlowshow@gmail.com