Oodles of cracker jokes, festive Dolls polls, jolly songs and weird Christmas facts; and Dolly pays a snowy visit to everyone’s favourite filthy agony aunts, Joan and Jericha for their first EVER audio interview. Their top tip for Christmas? A handjob under the dining room table.
We’ll be back from maternity leave in April 2020!
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Painfully British Haikus, by Dale Shaw
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Today we discuss Boris's prediction for a post-Brexit "bonking bonanza", the brilliant scheme that is Press Pad and (more) global idioms.
Also today, the woman who was chucked off an American Airlines flight for her "offensive" slogan tee, which read 'Hail Satan.' Are words the same as actions? Dolly says no; Pandora thinks that in our scripturient time, they just might be.
Donate to PressPad https://natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk/diversifythemedia
Elizabeth Is Missing, on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000c6pv
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, by Adrienne Brodeur https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116165/wild-game/9781784742577.html
How To Throw A Great Christmas party, by Raven Smith https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/raven-smith-on-how-to-throw-a-great-christmas-party-shpjjgnjm
Ode to the Dinkus, by Daisy Alioto for The Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/06/08/ode-to-the-dinkus/
The Manifesto Read https://www.manifestoread.com
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We talk perineum sunning, Christmas tree erection, global idioms and polygraphs. And we host the journalist and author of Jog On: How Running Saved My Life and The Jog On Journal, Bella Mackie, to discuss mental health, running and why it's nothing to do with wellness or personal bests, divorce before the age of 30 and what the media gets wrong about mental health.
Jog On: How Running Saved My Life, by Bella Mackie
The Jog on Journal, by Bella Mackie
Being Single at 30, by Bella Mackie for British Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/being-single-at-30-a-vogue-memoir
How I Found My Wedding Dress (For The Second Time), by Bella Mackie for British Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/how-i-chose-the-dress-for-my-second-wedding
In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado
When I Hit You, by Meena Kandasamy
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80221584
David Merritt on the death of his son, Jack Merritt, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/02/jack-merritt-london-bridge-attack-dave-merrit
For Desire, by Kim Addonizio http://pureapplesauce.blogspot.com/2009/01/for-desire-kim-addonizio.html
Derren Brown on The Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ep-110-derren-brown/id1040481893?i=1000457582733For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 shortage of middle-class foods. Hold on to your halloumi...
And we cover the news that Victoria's Secret have axed their catwalk show - a pop-culture institution that cost £12 million to produce - after sales continue to dive at the lingerie brand. We talk choice feminism, body diversity, the underwear market and models in the age of social media.
@sendb00ks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sendb00ks/?hl=en
MUBI.com for international cinema
Onloan clothing rental: https://onloan.co/
73 Questions with Cardi B, for US Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qTROr7cgCY
My Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story, by Clover Stroud https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116784/my-wild-and-sleepless-nights/9780857525901.html
For Sama, on Channel 4od https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-sama
Broken: Jeffrey Epstein podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sony-music-podcasts/broken-jeffrey-epstein
Dolly Parton's America: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america/episodes/only-one-me-jolene
Sophie Wilkinson on the murder of Grace Millane, for The Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/grace-millane-bdsm_uk_5dd57b30e4b0fc53f20cde5e
Halloumi Hell, by Séamus O'Reilly for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/nov/24/the-halloumi-crisis-supplies-of-one-of-britains-best-loved-imports-are-running-low
This Be The Worst, by Adrian Mitchell: http://aotearoasunrise.blogspot.com/2013/09/tuesday-poem-this-be-worst-by-adrian.htmlFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 diet donut, the cassette tape revival and Nan Goldin's protest against the Sackler family.
And of course, we discuss Prince Andrew's disastrous, obfuscating interview with Emily Maitlis, as she quizzes him about the allegations of sexual assault against him and his continued friendship with the late sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.
Refinery 29's campaign to decriminalise abortion https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-make-abortion-a-medical-issue-not-a-criminal-offence-imacriminal
To buy Christmas cards from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists visit www.mfpa.uk
The Crane Wife, by CJ Hauser for the Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/16/the-crane-wife/
Naomi Campbell interview, by Nosheen Iqbal for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/nov/16/naomi-campbell-friends-enemies-tabloids-fashions-new-world-order
Tom Hanks interview, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/movies/tom-hanks-mister-rogers.html
Hood Feminism, by Mikki Kendall https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hood-feminism-9781526622402/
I write in pockets of stolen time, by Roxane Gay for WePresents https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/roxane-gay-essay/
Elizabeth Day on Prince Andrew https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-7693403/ELIZABETH-DAY-not-victim-Andrew-real-victims-invisible-you.html
Suzanne Moore on Prince Andrew https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/17/prince-andrew-abuse-emily-maitlis-queen
Camilla Long on Prince Andrew https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poor-st-andrew-far-too-honourable-to-leave-sex-offender-pal-to-stew-7vtjxwbx5For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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'. And of course: there are some updates in the now legendary segment, Dolls Polls.
This week we have one of the most important and moving author specials we have ever had. Megan Phelps-Roper's memoir, Unfollow, charts her upbringing in the radical Westboro Baptist Church, a church in Kansas made famous by their shocking picketing of funerals, where they held up signs that read: God Hates Fags, and Pray For More Dead Soldiers. They were also the subject of two Louis Theroux documentaries, including the 2007, 'The Most Hated Family In America' - as WBC then became known. Megan left the church in 2012, aged 26, after her conversations with 'outsiders' on Twitter opened up an internal chasm in her faith.
We talk about radicalism, indoctrination, religion and how the ideology of a binary, black and white world, is not something specific to Westboro. It defines the time that we live in, too. And Megan describes the agony of leaving her family behind with her faith. "I left the church - but never you. And never will" she writes in her epigraph to her parents.
Unfollow, by Megan Phelps-Roper
Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? By Pinker, Ridley, De Botton and Gladwell
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, by Elizabeth Smart
Emma Watson interviewed by Paris Lees for British Vogue www.vogue.co.uk/news/article/emma-watson-on-fame-activism-little-women
What is shitposting? By Sarah Manavis for The New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2019/11/what-is-shitposting-and-why-does-it-matter-bbc-brexitcast-laura-kuenssberg-got-it-wrong
Cruel Intentions, on Netflix
The Souvenir, on Amazon Prime
Black Woman, by Twayna Mayne on BBC Sounds www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r9qy3For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
This week we discuss Snapchat dysmorphia, the data-collection of period-tracking apps and why Dolly wants to shag Autumn. Also today we discuss Obama's speech-gone-viral on wokeness - which wasn't really about wokeness but on seeking not to shame, or humiliate others, in the name of progress. Is there space for Obama's brand of gradualism - or do we actually need radical change?
And we talk about Amazon Prime's Modern Love, based on the New York Times column, which we have both fallen hook, line and sinker for - because we are but sentimental fools.
Modern Love on Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Love-Season-1/dp/B07VNF5351
Modern Love, Edited by Daniel Jones https://www.waterstones.com/book/modern-love/daniel-jones/9780307351043
One Dimensional Woman, by Nina Power https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Dimensional-Woman-Zero-Books/dp/1846942411
Sabotage, by Emma Gannon for The Pound Project https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-six-emma-gannon
Exposure, by Olivia Sudjic https://peninsulapress.co.uk/product/exposure
A Woman's Beauty: Put Down or Power Source? By Susan Sontag, 1975 http://www.wheelersburg.net/Downloads/Sontag.pdf
The backlash against birth control apps, by Olivia Sudjic for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/21/colossally-naive-backlash-birth-control-app
I walked out on my husband and kids for true love, by anon for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-walked-out-on-my-husband-and-kids-for-true-love-and-im-not-going-to-live-with-aching-regret-8xnjkgqpd
Instagram might be removing plastic surgery filters, but what about the skin lightening ones? By Ellie Abraham for gal-dem
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 comics.
Our author special today is with award-wining journalist and The Sunday Times Middle East correspondent, Louise Callaghan, who has written a tender, funny and impactful book, Father of Lions, about the zookeeper of Mosul who kept his animals alive through the ISIS occupation of 2014-2017. We discuss the nuances of radicalism, what the west is getting wrong with the dialogue around ISIS brides and the reality of working in a warzone. What is daily life like when you're on the frontline? How do you decompress?
Postmark collaboration with The Miscarriage Association https://postmarkonline.co.uk/miscarriage-association-cards
Father of Lions, by Louise Callaghan https://www.waterstones.com/book/father-of-lions/louise-callaghan/9781789540765
The Examined Life, by Stephen Grosz https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-examined-life/stephen-grosz/9780099549031
Suzanne Moore on Deborah Orr:
Sophie Heawood on ageing:
Alain de Botton on philosophical concepts of failure, on Elizabeth's Day How To Fail podcast https://howtofail.podbean.com/e/how-to-fail-alain-de-botton/
Fortunately with Fi and Jane:acast.com/privacy
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 its new words into the dictionary. 2019's additions include 'omnishambles', 'nomophobia' and 'simples'. We unpick the good, the bag and the ugly new entries.
The High Low is currently on tour! The next High Low Experience tour date is Monday 28th October in Manchester. For more info: https://www.fane.co.uk/our-shows/the-high-low-experience
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, for ITV https://www.itv.com/hub/harry-meghan-an-african-journey/2a7842a0001
The creator of 90s anxiety unpicks the appeal of his 5 most popular posts, for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/10/90s-anxiety-instagram-nostalgia.html
The sadness of miscarriage can build up like soot, by Lucy Pavia for The Evening Standard https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/the-sadness-of-miscarriage-can-build-up-like-soot-baby-loss-awareness-week-a4259591.html
The essays of Rebecca Solnit http://rebeccasolnit.net/books/
Bernadine Evaristo on black female writers https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/19/bernadine-evaristo-what-a-time-to-be-a-black-british-womxn-writer
Anita O’Day on Fresh Air https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?i=1000454020504For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 not to say on a date.
And of course, it's the Wagatha Christie scandal. Coleen Rooney masked as Poirot outed fellow WAG Rebekah Vardy as the person she believed to be leaking false stories about her to the tabloids. Coleen social's media post went viral and soon Netflix were wondering if they should launch a series about it, Keira Knightley offered to play Coleen, and Paul Rudd just looked baffled. How and why did this story gather such extraordinary reach? Is it anything to do with feminism? What does it say about the way celebrities now use social media? And our perception of WAGs? And DID SHE DO IT?
The High Low is now on tour - thank you to everyone who came to the Barbican on the 12th, see some more of you in Dublin on the 20th!
Ronan Farrow interview, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/ronan-farrow-book-harvey-weinstein-measures-bury-alleged-crimes
Paloma Faith interview, by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/paloma-faith-interview-gender-parenting-zwdslqq8p
Abbey Clancy interview, by Sophie Heawood for YOU magazine https://www.you.co.uk/abbey-clancy-interview-2019/
Peter Crouch extract from his book, I, Robot, How To Be A Footballer 2 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/peter-crouch-extract-from-i-robot-how-to-be-a-footballer-2-w0h7xvjlz
Mim Skinner on being an orphan by the age of 30, for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/style/how-being-orphaned-before-30-brought-me-closer-to-my-sisters-and-led-us-to-form-a-new-normal-3jfjwrbj5
The Capture, on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m00085sx/the-captureFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 long in the loo as men, the return of our favourite podcast, Dear Joan and Jericha, Jason Donovan's turn as a fire fighter and Rod Stewart's heroic move, after a couple's wedding was scuppered by the Thomas Cook crash.
Also today, Prince Harry's letter to the tabloids and Meghan's lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday, about the paparazzi bullying of his wife, Meghan (and the leaking of Thomas Markle's letter) which he compares to the plight of his mother, Princess Diana and calls, "history repeating itself". The royal biographers are muttering into their bone china tea cups, but is his voluble emotion - and fury - justified, or will it prove counter-productive?
And Dolly has found a poll about politeness. Do British people spend more money on being polite?
Patrick Jephson on Prince Harry's war on the media, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/05/i-was-by-dianas-side-in-her-press-battles-meghan-harry-patrick-jephson
Annie Lord on break-ups for Vice https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/a35nw8/getting-over-a-long-term-relationship-break-up
Shelf Respect, by Annie Austen
Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout
Dear Joan and Jericha, Series 2 https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/dear-joan-and-jericha-julia-davis-and-vicki-pepperdine/id1376577916
Liam Gallagher's 73 Questions for American Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBWHXDzWrw4For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the UN Climate Summit in NYC, Sally Challen did her first video interview about emotional abuse and coercive control to Sky News since she was cleared of murdering her husband in July and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry became Dolly's new hero after her vibey turn at the Labour party conference.
In shocking news, the inventor of the labradoodle has admitted that he regrets creating the hybrid dog and Demi Moore has released a sizzling autobiography about her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.
This week we have an author special with Amrou Al-Kadhi. The Iraqi-Brit drag queen known as Glamrou of the drag troupe Denim, they are the author of a new coming-of-age memoir, Unicorn, about navigating a queer identity within a religion that considers homosexuality a crime. They talk about intersectionality, family, the act of transforming pain into pleasure via drag, discovering Sufism and seeking acceptance.
The High Low Experience starts next week - and while London, Dublin and Glasgow are sold out, we have a few tickets left for the Manchester show! Go to faneproductions.com/highlow to book.
Unicorn, by Amrou Al-Kadhi https://www.waterstones.com/book/unicorn/amrou-al-kadhi/9780008306069
The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan
In praise of autumn dawns by Nell Frizzell:
An Unbelievable Story of Rape, by T.Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, for ProPublica, 2015 https://www.propublica.org/article/false-rape-accusations-an-unbelievable-story
Unbelievable, on Netflix
The Rewatchables podcast series https://www.theringer.com/the-rewatchables
The Open Ears Project with Eddie Izzard:
The Open Ears Project with Aminatou Sow:acast.com/privacy
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, Fleabag’s Emmy sweep, Thomas Cook’s crash and Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.
Also this week: we discuss male vs female vanity (klaxon: men look in the mirror more than women) and Debrett’s etiquette guide for Facebook messenger. What does this (slightly hilarious) meeting of minds tell us about how desperately we need digital etiquette? We discuss online communication in the age of the constant feedback loop.
We’re going on tour and we want your stories! Send us your best yarns - funny, moving, shocking, riveting - to the e-mail address below.
And for those of you who still want tickets to The High Low Experience - there are a few left for our Manchester show: www.faneproductions.com/our-shows/the-high-low-experience
Talking To Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
State of the Union, on BBC iPlayer
The Red Hand Files: How Long Will I Be Alone: https://www.theredhandfiles.com/how-long-will-i-be-alone/
On The Psychological Effect Of Living With Houseplants by Stephanie Bishop: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n18/stephanie-bishop/on-the-psychological-effect-of-living-with-houseplants
Why Back To Black is The Best Album of The 21st Century by Alexis Petridis: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/13/best-album-21st-century-amy-winehouse-back-to-black
Juno Dawson on The Beauty Podcast with Sali Hughes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/transition-and-the-power-of-beauty-with-juno-dawson/id1473108312?i=1000448498677For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 clip from Chanel Miller, the "Emily Doe" of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, whose memoir is soon to be published, and discuss the shocking news that domestic abuse is at a 5-year high in the UK.
This week Pandora has devoured She Said, the book by the Pulitzer prizewinning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, followed by that of Christine Blasey Ford. We discuss their impact on MeToo, *that* leaked Lisa Bloom memo and their thoughts on the Believe All Women hashtag.
We also discuss Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Tarantino's fictional re-telling of the Manson murders and the personal essay that 'broke' the internet: by the Instagram ghost-writer, Natalie Beach, which we received an unprecedented amount of requests to cover. What does the enthusiasm for this story - it was in the UK's top 5 tweets - tell us about female friendship, schadenfreude and emotional exposure in the internet age?
ALSO: WE NEED YOUR STORIES! As part of The High Low Experience, we want to include your best stories: your funniest, saddest, weirdest, most shocking, interesting, moving - stories that have been passed down/ along through friends, family, the pub. Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your best yarns.
She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Know My Name, by Chanel Miller (out Sept 24th)
The White Album by Joan Didion
Bolder by Helen Cathcart and Dominique Afacan
The story of Caroline Calloway and her ghost writer, Natalie Beach, for The Cut https://bit.ly/2mbLY3j
The complicated ethics of publishing personal essays online, by Micha Frazer-Carroll for gal-dem https://bit.ly/2kmG9iR
The con-artist and her mark, by Sarah Ditum for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2m1gRXN
An interview with Natalie Beach, by Jonah Engel Bromwich for The New York Times https://nyti.ms/2kj2k9E
The pain of clearing out my parents' house, by Janice Turner for The Times https://bit.ly/2kjnK6q
Interview with Kantor and Twohey on NPR's Fresh Air https://n.pr/2kD2icNFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 - gird your loins - Thatcher Wine has done his FIRST INTERVIEW. It's predictably surreal.
Today we host comedian Jen Brister, the author of The Other Mother, published by Square Peg at Penguin Random House, about same sex relationships and being not the biological mother to her twin boys, but "the other one". We talk parenthood, partnership and the pressure of having to come out all over again, as a gay mother.
The Other Mother, by Jen Brister https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1116917/the-other-mother/9781910931967
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-testaments/9781784742324
Thatcher Wine interview by Hilary Reid for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/thatcher-wine-juniper-books.html
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon interview on being accused of 'passing' as a black man, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/07/anthony-lennon-theatre-director-accused-of-passing-as-black-interview-simon-hattenstone
Three Vicars Talking https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007qb0
Donna Schaper on Here’s The Thing https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heres-the-thing-with-alec-baldwin/id472939437?i=1000447319326acast.com/privacy
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 our favourite bonkers surveys, including a shockingly disgusting underpants poll and the best place to find love (Oxford, apparently). Plus, it's Pandora's favourite prize of the year - no, not the Pulitzer, not even the Nobel - it's Rear of the Year.
Euphoria on Sky
Game Face on Channel 4
Scarlett Curtis on Russell Brand’s Under The Skin
Giles Coren on novel acknowledgements
Indistractable, by Nir Eyal
Cribsheet, by Emily Ostler
We Need New Stories, by Nesrine Malik
Such A Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo
Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Adam Kay
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
Expectations, by Anna Hope
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Calypso by David Sedaris
Theft by Luke Brown
The New Me by Halle Butler
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
All At Sea by Decca Aikenhead
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Confession by Jessie Burton
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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 his press chief sensationally quit via Jared’s own Twitter, and justice is served as the 4 teenagers who assaulted Melania Geymonat and Chris, in May, are charged. Plus a clip from the archive of Kate Moss and Johnny Depp’s arsecrack. It’ll make sense when you hear it. (God bless the 90s.)
We discuss Leader of the House of Commons’ Jacob Rees-Mogg’s antiquated style guide (banning the use of ‘very’, ‘lot’, commas after ‘and’ and, (see what we did there?) er, ‘got’) and the practicalities of a life led in Esq. We also discuss how young people get their news and the pros and cons to less television.
The High Low is now on a break for August and will be back in September!
Buy tickets to our Manchester show of The High Low Experience at www.faneproductions.com/highlow
Taffy Brodesser-Akner on thriving under stress, for Real Simple https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/taffy-brodesser-akner-stress-tips
Elizabeth Day on other people’s kids, for Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-7261445/amp/Elizabeth-Day-peoples-kids-really-to.html
Lena Dunham on Love Island and heartbreak, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/27/lena-dunham-love-island-can-you-love-after-hurt
We’re all content providers now, by Lou Stoppard for The Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/f4d47bf6-e1ac-11e8-a8a0-99b2e340ffeb
My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger Midnight Chicken: & Other Recipes Worth Living For https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1408867761/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Lw8pDb7JPW1QG
This American Life: Rom Com
This American Life: Americans In Parisacast.com/privacy
Ding dong the BoJo's in. Duuuuuude.
This week: curry seagull; the controversial Cats trailer; and why Ireland's 8th amendment might have been repealed - but is far from what has been legally mandated.
And on today’s agenda, we delve into Instagram's proposed removal of the 'like' counter, which is being trialled in countries including Japan and Australia. Will this change social media for the better? Will it eradicate 'comparisonitus', a flimsiness of self constructed on dopamine hits, and the homogeneity of 'basic' culture? And what is the future for influencer culture? Dolly and I discuss, with reference to our own complicity in this personal profit model.
We also tackle our growing obsession with the processes and routines of people we admire. From beauty to work to sleep to exercise, we are obsessed with the schedules of other people. But what does that say about the way we live our lives? Is it an attempt to shrug off our own lives and co-opt what we perceive to be a happier, more optimised one?
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Kate Kellaway interviews Lemn Sissay for The Guardian, 2016 https://bit.ly/2bs5oGL
Frank Sinatra Has Got A Cold, by Gay Talese for Esquire, 1966 https://bit.ly/2uLGEqS
Profile of Zadie Smith in The Telegraph, 2002 https://bit.ly/2JV4ftK
'Police officers demanded to see my books' by Elif Shafak for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2Y63aZ8
Is Instagram's removal of its 'like' counter a turning point in social media? https://bit.ly/2Y220yI
Megan Nolan on her teenage relationships with older men for The New Statesman: https://bit.ly/2McXEhb
Caitlin Moran on not slut-shaming daughters: https://bit.ly/2YnjLrt
Why are we obsessed with other people's daily habits? by Suzannah Showler: https://bit.ly/32OVIkP
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
So Lucky, by Dawn O'Porter, pre-order now
10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World, by Elif Shafak
Have You Heard George's Podcast? By George Mpanga https://apple.co/2PieAST
Zadie Smith interview on the Touré Show https://bit.ly/2M9mDBMFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Westminster rules in favour of gay marriage and abortion rights in Northern Ireland, former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is sentenced to 9 months in prison (and banned from YouTube), a man dressed in a gimp suit terrorises the people of Somerset, and a love letter from Tupac to Madonna is expected to fetch $300,000 at auction. Plus, how do YOU feel about Matt Hancock's plan to link up Alexa and the NHS? (Spoiler alert: Dolly doesn't like robots.)
Today we have the man who has sold 8 million books, who possesses the most delicious voice you've ever heard (it even beats Philippe Sands), the one and only David Nicholls, on the show. The screenwriter of multiple hits such as Great Expectations and Patrick Melrose and the best-selling author of Starter for 10, The Understudy, One Day and Us, he is back with a new novel, Sweet Sorrow, about a teenage summer romance in the 80s. We talk about teenage love, parenting and being parented, writing, anxiety in the internet age and that twist in One Day.
Pre-order Dolly's novel, Ghosts, here! https://www.waterstones.com/book/ghosts/dolly-alderton/9781785177255
Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls https://www.waterstones.com/book/sweet-sorrow/david-nicholls/9781529393088
Sweet Home, by Wendy Erskine https://www.waterstones.com/book/sweet-home/wendy-erskine/9781906539726
My Name Is Why, by Lemn Sissay https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-name-is-why/lemn-sissay/9781786892348
The Lingering of Loss, by Jill Lepore for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/the-lingering-of-loss
Kids Don't Damage Women's Careers - Men Do, by Jessica Valenti for Medium's GEN https://gen.medium.com/kids-dont-damage-women-s-careers-men-do-eb07cba689b8
David Szalay on All That Man Is, for BBC Radio 4's Bookclub https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005mg6
Lemn Sissay on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gthsz
The Adam Buxton Podcast: episode 100 http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep100-joe-cornish-louis-therouxFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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 Sussex refuse to name the godparents of their newborn baby, Archie. Are the taxpayers entitled to this intel? Or is it time to stop seeing privacy, in our era of 360 surveillance, in black and white terms?
We also take the BBC's eccentric quiz and discuss Will Self's riveting new documentary on what makes a true eccentric and how 'the eccentric' is oft commodified or misunderstood. Take the quiz and let us know - how eccentric are YOU?
Donate to Broadwater Farm's summer play experience https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/broadwaterfarm
The Falconer, by Dana Czapnik
The New Me, by Halle Butler
Bitch, by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Camilla Long on HRH Killjoy, for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/for-keeping-mum-about-archies-godparents-i-rechristen-the-peoples-prince-hrh-killjoy-qs87wlrz6
When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/29/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-met-greta-thunberg-hope-contagious-climate
Pete Paphides' gorgeous Twitter thread on Glastonbury https://twitter.com/petepaphides/status/1145666196622254081
The Death of the Eccentric, hosted by Will Self for BBC Radio 4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006kt6For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy