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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.

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




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

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. In MIN (more important news) a number of protests this week have got us thinking: are points best made with spitting and shouting? In specific reference to the 60-year-old woman punched at the discussion of gender, at speaker’s corner last...

Duration: 00:58:42

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

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 The New Yorker, everything you need to know about therapy by Hannah Ewans for Vice and the story of the 48-year-old intern, as seen at The Spectator. This week, we discuss Kate Winslet’s controversial comments (or lack thereof) when asked about...

Duration: 00:57:17

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

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 usual mixed bag on this week's episode of The High Low. Plus, did you know that purple was NOT Prince's favourite colour? On a not so light note, we discuss the thorny concept of 'safe spaces' in light of Oxford University's Vice Chancellor...

Duration: 00:56:26

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

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 Guardian and Alan Yentob’s BBC interview with Margaret Atwood. Also today, some deep-dive discussion into Taylor Swift’s record-breaking new tune (43.2million YouTube downloads in 24 hours) and whether it’s self-aware and brave, or gauche and...

Duration: 01:07:25

Zadie Smith On Beauty & Trolling The McCanns

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 discover the bizarre tale of the British dad-of-five on holiday who became an accidental Turkish treasure smuggler. In the wake of Zadie Smith's comments on the time-wasting practice of contouring, we talk about the role of makeup in a young woman's...

Duration: 01:00:51

The Response to Charlottesville & The Curious Tale of Chloe Ayling

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 cafes and Taylor Swift in The Top Line. And we look at the surprise shouty renaissance of Trinny and "put a waist belt on it" Susannah's Trinny Woodall. In the wake of the horrifying white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and murder of an...

Duration: 00:51:42

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

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 the revelation of Princess Diana's private tapes (handed over by her speech coach from 1992) that will be aired in Diana: Her Own Words on Channel 4 on Sunday 6th August. Is it really in the public interest, to air tapes Diana never thought...

Duration: 01:11:31

The BBC Pay Gap, R Kelly & Prosecuting For Up Skirt Photos

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 alleged disturbing sex cult and how the reporting reflects rape culture and systemic racism. We also unpick the divisive nature of Netflix's new film To The Bone and ask whether it explores the issue of eating disorders with refreshing honesty or...

Duration: 01:16:09

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

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 and poshness and quiz Elizabeth, who is an esteemed interviewer, on her favourite ever celebrity interview (Clint Eastwood) and her worst (Rob Lowe.) Also in this week's episode: Rob Kardashian's misogynistic social media meltdown and his...

Duration: 00:59:31

Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe & Celebs vs. Trolls

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. Plus Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe. Pandora and Dolly discuss why a naked Vanity Fair cover doesn't mean she doesn't deserve privacy and respect. And BTW, its bloody beaut. Don’t forget to follow The High Low @thehighowshow on Twitter and to...

Duration: 00:52:03

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

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 trivial and the political, the high and the low, on this week’s The High Low. Don’t forget to follow The High Low @thehighowshow on Twitter and to rate/ subscribe on iTunes - You can...

Duration: 00:52:42

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

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, and what we hope will lead to change. You can donate to the Grenfell victims here: and amongst others. At the low-brow, trivial end of the spectrum, we discuss the rise of the...

Duration: 00:58:01

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

It's our first ever author special with Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose incendiary 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 thing. You can buy her book,published by Bloomsbury - Also today: the return of the Nokia 3310 (you know Pandora once beat SNAKE?) And why peeing on...

Duration: 01:07:23

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

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 discuss Miss Eaves’ music video ‘Thunder Thighs’ and the new spate of ‘body posi’ bloggers; and whether purely inhabiting your body could be more progressive than ‘owning' it. Also noteworthy: Dolly is addicted to Wagamama and Pandora went to see the...

Duration: 01:01:51

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

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 and Also this week, we've been watching Three Girls, the truly arresting three part drama from the BBC, reading My Family's Slave by Alex Tizon in The Atlantic, and...

Duration: 01:03:38

National Sandwich Week and the Rise of the Divorce Selfie

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, Dolly - and the rise of the hashtagged divorce selfie. Jesus weeps. Or rather, Pandora does. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review. You can follow us on Twitter @thehighlowshow and email us

Duration: 00:52:09

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

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

Duration: 00:53:51

Simon Danczuk, The Met Ball and Celebrity Crowdsourcing

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.

Duration: 00:47:31

Baby Names, Big Little Lies and ‘Femsumerism’

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

Duration: 00:55:56

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

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

Duration: 01:00:10

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