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

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 Secours) and talk to Irish writer, Caroline O’Donoghue about what pro-choice campaigners learned from Brexit’s liberal echo chamber.


And of COURSE, we discuss the royal wedding. From the funny bits (he-llo Bishop Michael Curry) to the starry bits (Oprah, hashtag kween); the cringe bits (hi Suits cast on Instagram) to the emo bits (Harry thanking his “pa”); and, of course, the socio-political bits (is this the first time the media has used the term ‘bi-racial’? And why is that so meaningful?) we cover it all.


We’ll be doing a *live* episode of The High Low at the Möet & Chandon summer house in London on the 8th June, and you can sign up here > www.moetsummerhouse.com


Links for this week’s show


Justice for Noura Change.Org petition https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-noura-maritalrape-deathsentence-sudan


The Let Down, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80198635


The Scarlett Letter Reports, hosted by Amanda Knox for Broadly https://www.facebook.com/TheScarletLetterReports/


The Real Housewives of Cheshire, on ITVBe https://www.itv.com/hub/the-real-housewives-of-cheshire/2a3398 


Euthanasia: one family’s story, by Mark Smith for The Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/euthanasia-one-familys-story-3jl83tgbr


This Is Ireland - a short documentary on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB7Ifu4nl0U


Abortion: Ireland's last taboo by Janice Turner for The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-irelands-last-taboo-mbgh7c79m


Elaine Welteroth on the media’s embrace of the term, ‘bi-racial’ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi-0XssloBl/?hl=en&taken-by=elainewelteroth


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the first woke royals, by India Knight for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-sunday-times-magazine/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-are-the-first-woke-royals-this-was-a-royal-wedding-for-everyone-8d0g2xzpg


Reads Like A Four podcast: https://www.acast.com/readslikeafour 


A Very English Scandal on BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p065sk93 


Tig Notaro on Fresh Air: acast.com/privacy