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 something to say on that....
This week we discuss the results of The ONS’s report into loneliness, which has revealed that - contrary to popular belief - it is not pensioners who are society’s most lonely, but 16-24 year olds. Is social media to blame? Has celebrity replaced community? And what will Tracey Crouch do about it?
Also today, we talk about former Everton footballer Neville Southall who has been lending his Twitter platform (with its associated 127,000 followers) to minorities less privileged than him. Pretty great, huh? Well, apparently not. We talk about criticism, the liberal echo chamber and why curiosity is something to be prized not derided. Ultimately, we could all be a bit more Neville.
And on a lighter note: there’s Cardi B; the fragrance that ‘smells like’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding; why Cynthia Nixon hates it when Big builds Carrie a wardrobe; and Dolly’s drunken obsession with voice notes.
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Neville Southall - A Man Too Good For This Cruel World by Stuart Heritage
Interview with New Zealand’s pregnant Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden - by Helena de Bertadano for The Sunday Times Magazine
The Chinese workers who assemble designer bags in Tuscany - by D. T. Max for The New Yorker
Kim Noble - The Woman With 100 Personalities
Is It Time For Small Plates To Die? by Lauren Bravo
How Do You Want Me? By Ruby Wax
James Martin interviewed by Laura Pullman