An Author Special with The One, The Only, The National Treasure: David NichollsThe High Low add
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
Meghan & Harry's Godparent Privacy Furore; And What Makes A True Eccentric?The High Low add
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
Debunking Wellness Myths with Is Butter A Carb? Authors, Rosie Saunt & Helen WestThe High Low add
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 registered dietitians, co-founders of The Rooted Project and authors of Is Butter A Carb? Unpicking Fact From Fiction In The World Of Nutrition, Rosie Saunt and Helen West, take us through the myths, fads and where the *actual* science can be found in our wellness crisis.
We talk about body positivity, veganism, food shame, the privilege of wellness and - hardest of all - what constitutes a healthy diet? This is a must-read book that will change the way you think about food, diet, health and happiness. You can follow @rooted_project on Instagram and Twitter.
Is Butter A Carb? Unpicking Fact From Fiction In The World of Nutrition, by Rosie Saunt and Helen West https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-rooted-project/rosie-saunt/helen-west/9780349419299
Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
The Second Mountain: The Quest For A Moral Life, by David Brooks
The Bold Type, on Amazon Prime
TED Talks Daily podcast with David Brooks https://player.fm/series/tedtalks-video/the-lies-our-culture-tells-us-about-what-matters-and-a-better-way-to-live-david-brooks
David Brooks on TBD with Tina Brown podcast
David Brooks on Vox's The Ezra Klein Show podcastacast.com/privacy
*EPISODE 100* Why Do Brits Hate Other Brits Abroad? & The Influencer Engagement #Sponcon FuroreThe High Low add
‘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 against the hypocrisy of the “woke who do coke”. Dolly’s obsessed with Pink Gin Lady - her new summer meme - and Pandora’s perturbed by Charmin’s industrial-sized ‘Forever Roll’ for millennials (do we hate shopping for basic sanitation? Or do we just shit more?)
In this week’s ep we discuss the #sponcon leak that blew up the internet - after the ‘pitch deck’ for New York influencer and Goop Partnership Director, Marissa Casey Fuchs, was leaked to The Atlantic. Does she deserve the white hot wrath of the Internet? And what does this incident tell us about the celebrification of everyone, schadenfreude and our consumer obsession with free shit?
Also today, a new survey has revealed that 72% of Brits ‘recoil’ when they hear another Brit abroad. NB: if we hear you on our holiday, we *will* hide behind a pot plant.
Easy on Netflix
Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes
You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What? A. C. Shilton on ‘Arrival Fallacy’, for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/smarter-living/you-accomplished-something-great-so-now-what.amp.html
Why Going To Bed By 10pm is The Secret To A Happy, Healthy Life, by India Knight for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/why-going-to-bed-by-10pm-is-the-secret-to-a-happy-healthy-life-qp69kkmxz
The Case For Re-Defining Fertility, by Anna Louie Sussman for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/the-case-for-social-infertility/amp
The Rise and Fall of Babe.Net, by Allison P. Davies for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/babe-net-aziz-ansari-date-rise-and-fall.html
Welcome to the Era of Branded Engagements, by Taylor Lorenz for The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/592141/
Why 200K People Couldn’t Look Away From This Influencer’s Viral Engagement Stunt, by Cait Munro for Refinery 29 https://www.refinery29.com/amp/en-gb/2019/06/236248/marissa-fuchs-engagement-proposal-instagram-influencer-viral-response
Brene Brown on Russell Brand https://player.fm/series/under-the-skin-with-russell-brand-1504231/ep-85-vulnerability-and-power-with-brene-brown
Fortunately With Fi And Jane https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07dstjlFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
An Author Special with anti-FGM Campaigner Nimko Ali on What We’re Told Not To Talk AboutThe High Low add
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, Kylie Jenner has been criticised for her Handmaid’s Tale fancy dress party (including Under His Eye tequila) and Missguided have sold out of their 100% plastic £1 bikini. And Dolly’s got a new story from Orkney, naturally.
Today’s author is the utterly brilliant Nimko Ali OBE, am anti-FGM campaigner whose book What We’re Told Not To Talk About (But Are Going To Anyway) sees stories from 42 women across 14 countries on emotional and shocking topics including forced marriage, genital mutilation, the menopause and what it’s like to get your period when you’re homeless.
Pre-order Pandora’s book! How Do We Know We’re Getting It Right & other essays on modern life (published July 2020) https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-do-we-know-were-doing-it-right/pandora-sykes/9781785176876
What We’re Told Not To Talk About (But Are Going To Anyway), by Nimko Ali
This Will Only Hurt A Little, by Busy Philipps
All Families Are Psychotic, by Douglas Coupland
Look Alive Out There, by Sloane Crosley
Exposure, by Emily Gould for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/magazine/25internet-t.html
The Making of a Millennial Woman, by Rebecca Liu for Another Gaze http://www.anothergaze.com/making-millennial-woman-feminist-capitalist-fleabag-girls-sally-rooney-lena-dunham-unlikeable-female-character-relatable/
Are only certain kinds of people deemed worthy of our compassion? By Kenan Malik for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/15/are-only-kinds-of-people-deemed-worthy-of-our-compassion
You saw me covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all homophobia? By Chris for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/14/homophobic-attack-bus-outrage-media-white
Charlotte Church on The Adam Buxton podcast
Daisy Buchanan on emotional eating and weight loss:
Eva Wiseman on small talkacast.com/privacy
Pride Month; & the Complex Conundrum of EuthanasiaThe High Low add
*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, humpback whales and why sleep apps could make your sleeping worse.
And we deep-dive into pride month and discuss the fallacy that is the proposed straight pride march, particularly in the wake of recent homophobic hate crimes in the UK. Also, the euthanasia that never was: after the false news story about 17 year old Dutch teenager, Noa Pothoven, did the rounds, we discuss the complexity and implications of euthanasia, social media and the suicide contagion.
Easy on Netflix
Queer Intentions, by Amelia Abraham
Florence Welch on self-sabotage, for the July issue of British Vogue - on sale now
The Age of the Internet 'Wife Guy', by Amanda Hess for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/arts/internet-wife-guy-robbie-tripp.html
Sloane Crosley on the Longform Podcast https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-343-sloane-crosley
The Pleasure Podcast https://thepleasurepodcast.com
Emma Jane Unsworth on post natal depression https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/08/lie-health-visitor-lie-friends-truth-postnatal-depression?CMP=twt_b-gdnweekend
What does childbirth feel like? By Nell Frizzell for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/18/what-does-childbirth-feel-like-google
When will homophobes learn that lesbians aren't their playthings? By Sophie Wilkinson for The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/sophie-wilkinson0/
Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? By Christopher de Bellaigue for Guardian Long Reads https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/18/death-on-demand-has-euthanasia-gone-too-far-netherlands-assisted-dyingFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Should Celebrities Be Involved In Prison Reform?; & The Lunacy of Hen/Stag SeasonThe High Low add
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 for clemency for convicted murderer and death row inmate, Kevin Cooper. Should celebrities lend their weight to social reform; or is this signify a dangerous "mission creep"?
And it's silly season: that of hens and stags. With the help of YOU, our brilliant High Low listeners, we discuss the maddest hen stories out there and throw in a few new surveys, for good measure.
Grief is the Thing With Feathers, by Max Porter
My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry
Terry Gross interviews Howard Stern, for Fresh Air https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2019/05/14/723182920/fresh-air-for-may-14-2019-howard-stern-part-1
Why Morrissey Fans Feel So Betrayed by Tim Jonze https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/30/bigmouth-strikes-again-morrissey-songs-loneliness-shyness-misfits-far-right-party-tonight-show-jimmy-fallonFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
What The Moby-Natalie Portman Row Reveals About Entitlement & Truth-Telling; & Are Women Without Children Happier?The High Low add
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; and we discuss Oxbridge's first appointment of its first black female master.
In this episode, a talk-gone-viral from Hay Festival, by behavioural scientist and LSE scientist Paul Dolan, who claimed that women without a spouse and children are happier. We call on the words of Grace Dent, Corinne Fisher and Terri Gross; Simone de Beauvoir and Jacqueline Rose in order to try and determine what makes a happy woman (and is it ever possible to contrast two very different lives?)
We also muse upon the Moby vs. Natalie Portman row, after the musician claimed in his memoir that they dated when she was 20; she says they didn't date - oh and she was 18. What does this story tell us about about entitlement, fact-checking and truth-telling?
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Years and Years, on BBC iPlayer
Mothers, by Jacqueline Rose
Hadley Freeman on the pro-life lobby, for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2HFQmjg
Eva Wiseman on why life is shades of grey, for The Observer magazine https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/26/why-are-arguments-always-so-black-and-white-reality-television
Terri Gross on not having kids, on The Longest Short podcast https://longestshortesttime.com/episode-79-terry-gross-on-not-having-kids/
The C Word on Luminary: https://bit.ly/2HHhVsz
The Scarcity Mindset by Octavia Bright: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/a27527675/scarcity-mindset-competition-women/
Laura Snapes reviews The Spice Girls reunion show: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/25/spice-girls-review-nostalgia-live-croke-park-dublin
Nina Stibbe on The Adam Buxton podcast: https://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/podcast-ep90-nina-stibbe
Wait by Galway Kinnell: https://poets.org/poem/wait
Grace Dent and Sian Harries on not having children: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jd32d
Arwa Mahdawi on Moby and nice-guy misogyny: https://bit.ly/2HDM7opFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Alabama's Abortion Ban; & The Trouble with Uber's New 'Silence' ModeThe High Low add
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 account @90sanxiety.
We discuss Alabama's new abortion ban - the most restrictive in the States - voted in by 25 white men and reflect on the ongoing battle for agency in Northern Ireland, which sees 28 women travel to England every single day, for an abortion.
Donate here to Abortion Support Network - https://donate.asn.org.uk/gb-en/donate
And we debate Uber's new 'silence mode' - whereby you will be able to silence your driver. A practical solution for when you need a bit of quiet; or a worrying indicator of our inability to entertain ad hoc conversation?
It's Time To Hear Alabama's Women - stories from 200 women by The Alabama Media Group https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-hear-alabamas-women.html
The clock is turning back on women's rights, by Janice Turner for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-clock-is-turning-back-on-women-s-rights-x9n9mvqrw
The Matchless Presence of Doris Day, by Anthony Lane: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/postscript/the-matchless-presence-of-doris-day
Fresh Air remembers Doris Day: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/15/723531128/fresh-air-remembers-hollywood-legend-doris-day
Jemima Kirke on Woman Of The Hour with Lena Dunham: https://play.acast.com/s/womenofthehour/friendship-bonus-episode-lena-and-jemima
Anjelica Huston on WTF: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-1018-anjelica-huston
Brene Brown on WTF: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-1012-bren-brown
Homefire, by Kamila Shamsie
David Harewood on Psychosis, on BBC iPlayer
Dead To Me, on Netflix
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The concept of ‘workism’ & Bryony Gordon on mental health in teen girlsThe High Low add
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, Dolly’s tits deep in Doris Day nostalgia.
We talk Danny Baker’s racist tweet, why maternity clothes should be modelled by pregnant models, the Philippines’ proposed ban on gossip. How many mins do you gossip each day? A new study tells us the answer.
And we host journalist, author and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon to discuss her new book You Got This and why we need to focus on the mental health of and myths fed to teenage girls.
You Got This, by Bryony Gordon
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read, by Philippa Perry
Mama’s Boy, by Dustin Lance Black
Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge, BBC iPlayer
The Ezra Klein Show: Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-ezra-klein-show/id1081584611?i=1000436045971
Louis Theroux on Desert Island Discs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00050p7
Alexis Georgoulis interviewed for The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/its-spiro-from-the-durrells-and-hes-single-zg3hgf6kn
Eddie Izzard on Joe Rogan: https://www.reddit.com/r/JoeRogan/comments/bk34bd/joe_rogan_experience_1289_eddie_izzard/
Phoebe Waller Bridge on THR Awards Chatter: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/awards-chatter/id1039032256?i=1000437565819For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
An Author Special with Rosie Price on the effects of trauma on the mind and bodyThe High Low add
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 they are disappointed by the Mona Lisa. Sorry, Lis.
Dolly's discovered tribute bands and Pandora's tits-deep in Refinery 29's Money Diaries series.
Also today we have an author special with Rosie Price, the author of sensational debut fiction, What Red Was. A book about family, friendship, privilege and class, at the centre of the narrative is a rape. We discuss trauma, the aftershock of sexual assault and why the idea of writing as 'catharsis' is problematic. What Red Was is out on May 7th and we cannot recommend it enough.
What Red Was, by Rosie Price https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Rosie-Price/What-Red-Was/23570030
Caster Semenya is a victim of rules that are confusing and unfair, by Kenan Malik for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/05/caster-semenya-is-a-victim-of-rules-that-are-confusing-and-unfair
Larry Ray and the Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence, by Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh for New York Magazine https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/larry-ray-sarah-lawrence-students.html
Refinery29's Money Diary Series https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/money-diary-uk
Conversations on Love with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, by Natasha Lunn https://instagram.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ca50d07f68560ca687f3eece1&id=f8198ddab2
When Did Pop Culture Become Homework? by Soraya Roberts for Longreads https://longreads.com/2019/04/26/when-did-pop-culture-become-homework/
How shocking books have changed with their readers, by Leo Benedictus for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/02/has-fiction-lost-its-edge-american-psycho-bret-easton-ellis-leila-slimaniFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
A Bumper Spring Book SpecialThe High Low add
Welcome back to the summer term, High Lowers! We recap some news and bring you a boat load of televisual, podcast and - mainly - book recommendations. Plus, Dolly falls for the ultimate whale hoax/ocean con. Enjoy.
American Marriage, by Tarayi Jones
This is The Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett
My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
Bad Behaviour, by Mary Gaitskill
Trick Mirror, by Jill Tolentino
Guantanamo's Darkest Secret, by Ben Taub for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/22/guantanamos-darkest-secret
Undercover, on BBC iPlayer
This Is Us, Series 2, on Amazon Prime
Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: https://amzn.to/2J5VoGO
A Half-baked Idea by Olivia Potts https://amzn.to/2DH9GtZ
One Day by David Nicholls: https://amzn.to/2VBXeWA
Close To Where The Heart Gives Out by Dr Malcolm Alexander https://amzn.to/2J6y2Rp
Terrific Mother by Lorrie Moore: https://amzn.to/2WdSPWJ
How To Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore: http://www.sfuadcnf.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/How-to-Become-a-Writer-Lorrie-Moore.pdf
Fortunately With Fi and Jane: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04x5pd7/episodes/downloads
Glenda Jackson on Fresh Air: https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2019/04/23/716229468
David Tenant does a podcast with Tina Fey: https://bit.ly/2ZNpdSz
Private Life: https://www.netflix.com/title/80168222
Don't Think Twice: https://www.netflix.com/title/80103372
My Finest Work Yet by Andrew Bird https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-finest-work-yet/1449649405
Molly Parkin on The Last Bohemians: https://www.thelastbohemians.co.uk/mollyFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth DayThe High Low add
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 society needs to re-frame the idea of “childless” women, with novelist and High Low returning guest, Elizabeth Day, whose memoir How To Fail comes out on April 4th.
The High Low is now on Easter holidays. We’ll be back in May!
How To Fail, by Elizabeth Day https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-to-fail/elizabeth-day//9780008327323?awc=3787_1553638468_1a3ae434886bc59cdb0f76a91f73672c&utm_source=176013&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=Shopping+FM
Brave, Not Perfect, by Reshma Saujani https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/561367/brave-not-perfect-by-reshma-saujani/9781524762339/
Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/554262/inheritance-by-dani-shapiro/9781524732714/
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, by Joel Golby https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Joel-Golby/Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant--Modern/21821485
Jailbirds, by Mim Skinner https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/titles/mim-skinner/jailbirds/9781841883328/
On the enduring feeling that you’re doing something wrong, by Dolly Alderton for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dolly-alderton-on-that-enduring-feeling-that-you-ve-done-something-wrong-ckl8wpj6s
MotherFatherSon on BBC iPlayer
Hell Yes, I’m Tough Enough fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ben-alderton
Emilia at The Vaudeville Theatre: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/emilia/
After Life on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80998491
The emotional life of primates: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?mt=2&i=1000432961859
Interviews with Cat Marnell: https://www.thecut.com/2019/03/cat-marnell-money-book-deal.htmlacast.com/privacy
An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving NeverlandThe High Low add
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 us about child sex abuse, trauma, grooming, the aura of celebrity and how the internet has changed popular culture - and accountability - for the better.
SARC information: https://twitter.com/Essex_SARC
To The Woman, an Audible Originals series https://adbl.co/2HwwPTC
Ordinary People, by Diane Evans https://bit.ly/2OhAK6Z
Life Itself, on Sky or Amazon Prime
Dirty John, on Netflix and podcast, by The LA Times https://lat.ms/2ui8mIW
Louis Theroux, The Night In Question https://bbc.in/2ES7C3f
Color and Light, by Sally Rooney for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/18/color-and-light
Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog, by Emily Dean https://bit.ly/2HIVTGf
Calypso, by David Sedaris https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/David-Sedaris/Calypso/23638009
Is Jair Bolsonaro the New Trump of South America? By Matt Sandy for GQ https://bit.ly/2TeTYLH
Eva Wiseman on flying with babies, for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2UK82hw
Leaving Neverland, on Channel 4 https://bit.ly/2C626Z8
What Michael Jackson sold us: https://bit.ly/2FiRXJb
Michael Jackson's trick was to groom an entire culture, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2JrGaxy
A Day of Reckoning for Michael Jackson, by Amanda Petrusich for The New Yorker https://bit.ly/2HbTovK
Leaving Neverland and Surviving R.Kelly Ask Too Much of Victims, by Nylah Burton for Vulture https://bit.ly/2Y9W2Iv
Dan Reed interview, by Jonathan Dean for The Sunday Times Culture https://bit.ly/2UMKSr4
Dan Reed interview, by Bilge Ebiri for Vulture https://bit.ly/2IcPHYT
Tracy Emin at The White Cube https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/tracey_emin_bermondsey_2019
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: https://www.amazon.co.uk/City-Girls-Elizabeth-Gilbert/dp/1408867044/ref=nodl_
Elizabeth Gilbert on Hello Monday: https://apple.co/2FoQZwm
Marlon James on Desert Island Discs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003cqxFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISISThe High Low add
*** 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 we’ve ever had. The journalist and author Fatima Bhutto (the niece and granddaughter of two Pakistani Prime Ministers and the daughter of a political exile) joins us to discuss her new novel, The Runaways, about the radicalisation of 3 teenagers. As the Shamima Begum - and now Hoda Muthana - citizenship furore gains momentum, we discuss what lures teenagers to the Islamic State, what the West doesn’t understand about radicalisation and the problem with pitting the East, and West against one another. As Fatima says, “who decided that freedom is a Western value? Or that tolerance is a Western value? Why can’t it be an Eastern value, too?”
The Runaways, by Fatima Bhutto https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/308/308064/the-runaways/9780241346990.html
Shamima Begum’s image problem, by Caitlin Moran for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/caitlin-moran-isis-brides-image-problem-6njvqhlxx
Rukmini Callimachi’s tweet series on Hoda Muthana https://mobile.twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/1098315438478540801?lang=en
Meatmarket, by Juno Dawson (out May 2019) https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/meat-market/9781786540386
Fleabag Series 2, on BBC iPlayer now
Documentary about The Ponds https://www.thepondsfilm.com/about
Whatever Happened To Rachel - One From The Vaults https://m.soundcloud.com/onefromthevaultspodcast/oftv-1-whatever-happened-to-rachel-1
Three Identical Strangers https://www.channel4.com/programmes/three-identical-strangers/episode-guide/
The Marianne Faithfull story https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00030w3
Jim Nicholson remembered on Fresh Air https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?mt=2&i=1000430902937
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A LIVE episode on Emma Thompson’s Open Letter & Discovering Self-DisciplineThe High Low add
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 movie in protest against the studio’s new hire (a man accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment) and we do a deep-dive into self-discipline. Pandora’s discovered the Pomodoro technique; but is Dolly a fan of self-imposed rules? Take a listen and find out.
You, Me & The Big C, a BBC podcast https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/you-me-and-the-big-c-putting-the-can-in-cancer/id1356165446?mt=2
Camping, on Sky Atlantic
This Time with Alan Partridge, on BBC iPlayer
Emma Thompson’s Open Letter to The LA Times https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-mn-emma-thompson-john-lasseter-skydance-20190226-story.html%3foutputType=amp
How I Hacked My Most-Used Apps to Calculate My Day Rate, by Anna Codrea-Rado for Contently.Net https://contently.net/2019/02/21/resources/rates/how-i-hacked-my-most-used-apps-to-calculate-my-day-rate/
Relationship Advice From 3 Older Women, by Iman Hariri-Kia for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/02/older-women-relationship-dating-advice.html
The Joy of Being A Woman in Her 70s by Mary Pipher for The NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/opinion/sunday/women-older-happiness.amp.html
Zadie Smith on Touré Show podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cadence13/toure-show/e/53184632
The Secret Life of Spaghetti on Radio 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rk8
Russian Doll on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80211627For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Separating the Intrinsic from the Extrinsic; & An Author Special with Candice Carty-WilliamsThe High Low add
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 Scorsese fan who wants to erase a film ending he doesn’t like. Where does our ability to meme popular culture end; and how will it affect problematic art? Is Animal Hospital without Rolf, just a koala hanging in mid-air?
Today we have an author special with Candice Carty-Williams, whose debut novel, Queenie, has been making waves ahead of its publication (published by Trapeze on 11th April.) Queenie is the young black female protagonist you’ve been hoping for - and the book is funny, raw and wise in equal measure.
Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams. Pre-order the Waterstones exclusive https://www.waterstones.com/book/queenie/candice-carty-williams/9781409180050
City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert (out June 2019)
Lorena, on Amazon Prime
David Remnick on TBD with Tina Brown https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000430163514
Johann Hari on The Joe Rogan Experience with Joe Rogan https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-joe-rogan-experience/id360084272?mt=2&i=1000430287073
How Trump Made Andrea Dworkin Relevant Again, by Michelle Goldberg for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/22/opinion/sunday/trump-feminism-andrea-dworkin.amp.html
Dani Shapiro on writing a memoir (2016), for The New York Times
Do The Jews Own Anxiety? By Daniel Smith (2012) for The New York Times
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The Complicated Case of Shamima Begum; & Why The ‘Tortured Artist’ Debate Should Be RetiredThe High Low add
*** 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: the return of Shamima Begum, the 19 year old Londoner who fled to the Islamic State 4 years ago and returned to have her 3rd baby in the UK. Home Secretary Sajid Javid wants to deny her entry - but should a humane society seek to rehabilitate? We also discuss the idea that “young women do not know their own minds” and why vulnerability does not negate agency.
Also this week, we discuss the allegations against singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, and why the ‘tortured artist’ trope is tired and misogynistic.
Plus, Jenna Coleman’s interview gone viral, creepy finger grapes and Dolly’s favourite new musical.
I Met Fear On A Hill, by Leslie Jamison for The Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/letters-essays/7318/i-met-fear-on-the-hill-leslie-jamison
In Search of Equilibrium, by Theresa Lola http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/in%20search%20of%20equilibrium.html
The Sisterhood, by Daisy Buchanan https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-sisterhood/daisy-buchanan/9781472238856
Roma, on Netflix now
The possibility of redemption is central to a humane society, by Kenan Malik for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/17/possibility-of-redemption-is-central-to-a-humane-society-shamima-begum
Shamima doesn’t look like anyone’s victim, by Janice Turner for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shamima-doesn-t-look-like-anyone-s-victim-whtkc9qln
Anthony Lloyd discusses Shamima Begum https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/shamima-begum-isis-bride
Shamima Begum interview with Quentin Sommerville for BBC News https://youtu.be/TGAxm6KJTWE
A Love Letter to realism in a time of grief: https://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pollock_and_simone_george_a_love_letter_to_realism_in_a_time_of_grief?language=en
Rosita Boland’s investigative piece on Ann Lovett’s boyfriend Richard McDonnell for The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/i-was-ann-lovett-s-boyfriend-1.3484311?mode=amp
Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisy-Jones-Taylor-Jenkins-Reid/dp/1786331519/ref=nodl_
Anna Leszkiewicz on Johnny Depp for The New Statesman: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2018/10/johnny-depp-gq-cover-domestic-abuse-allegations
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Valentine's Day, Liam Neeson's Race Row & A Most Literary LiarThe High Low add
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 anyone to see through his deception? And what does it tell us about the publishing world - and ourselves?
Also today, we discuss Valentine's Day (and reveal our best and worst and our plans for this year), the diversity of vaginas and the M&S love sausage.
Vagina: A Re-Education, by Lynn Enright https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/lgbt-gender-studies/vagina-a-reeducation,lynn-enright-9781911630012
A Suspense Novelist’s Trail is Deception, by Ian Parker for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions/amp
Why I Photographed 100 Vaginas, by Laura Dodsworth for The BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Why_I_Photographed_100_Vulvas
Rachel Cooke on Dan Mallory for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/we-rush-to-condemn-fakers-such-as-dan-mallory-world-has-made-impostors-of-us-all
Otegha Uwagba’s In Good Company podcast with Abigail Bergstrom https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/otegha-uwagba/id1294215581?mt=2&i=1000426027620
TBD with Tina Brown interview with Laura Wasser https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000428209917
Josh Barrie eats the Love Sausage for iNews https://www.inews.co.uk/news/consumer/love-sausage-m-and-s-valentines-day-2019-taste-test-review/amp/
The Last Days Of August https://www.audible.co.uk/?ref=Adbl_ip_rdr_from_US&source_code=AUK30DFT1BkWS010516905U&ipRedirectFrom=US&ipRedirectOriginalURL=pd%2FThe-Last-Days-of-August-Audiobook%2FB07JK61MK3
Richard E Grant on Awards Chatter https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/awards-chatter/id1039032256?mt=2&i=1000429288454
Camping, on Sky Atlantic
True West, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
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Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book ChatThe High Low add
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 Pound Project, is now open for pledging. Buy in online or mini book form, here! (Plus, there’s a foreword by Elizabeth Day.) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-four-pandora-sykes
This week we discuss everything we’ve been enjoying since Christmas - what we’ve been watching, listening to and reading (a lot.) It’s all listed below. Sign the The High Low’s sub-editor and freelance journalist Anna Codrea Rado’s brilliant open letter to the media, to secure #FairPayForFreelancers http://bit.ly/fairpayforfreelancers. Donate to help The Pool's staff and freelancers get paid: https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-pool-staff-and-freelancers-get-paid?pc=&rcid=r01-154905562015-fce176adade44eb7
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Notes To Self, by Emilie Pine
Ordinary People, by Diana Evans
All That Man Is, by David Szalay
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Duped, by Abby Ellin
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
Once More We Saw Stars, by Jayson Greene
Vox, by Christina Dalcher
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult
My Year or Rest and Relaxation, by Odessa Moshfegh
Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Bottled Goods, by Sophie van Llewyn
Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff
Instead of a Letter, by Diana Athill
The Orange, by Wendy Cope
Watching & Listening
Bros: After The Screaming Stops, available on BBC iPlayer
Origins With James Andrew Miller, on Sex And The City
Bohemian Rhapsody, at cinemas now
The Favourite, at cinemas now
Mary Poppins Returns, at cinemas now
Emily Blunt, interviewed on Fresh Air
Alison Janney, on WTF
Sex Education, on Netflix now
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, on Netflix now
Wendy Cope, on Desert Island Discs
Diana Athill, on Desert Island Discs
Lauren Bravo for foodism https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/
The World of Nora Ephron: a reading list https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/
The Ten best life mantras of Diana Athill: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/10-best-life-mantras-brilliant-author-diana-athill/
Diana Athill interviewed for The Lenny Letter: https://www.lennyletter.com/story/diana-athill-interview
Dolly's songs about places playlist -