At first glance, The Pandolly Podcast doesn’t seem like it would be a good fit for me. Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton, fashion and dating experts from The Sunday Times Style, get together once a week to review some of the big and little stories of the week. They recommend fashion items from sponsor River Island and Instagram accounts to follow, chat about celebrities, odd stories and bigger worldwide news, plus often get into all manner of feminist issues.
When I first started listening, it felt like I was eavesdropping on the conversations of the cool kids at school, a group I didn’t have much in common with but probably would have enjoyed hearing them talk. And that’s exactly what this has developed into. I don’t really have anything in common with the two excellent hosts, but hearing them chat about their experiences and their opinions on the news of the week is really, truly, fascinating.
Firstly, they are great presenters, chatting easily with each other and getting their opinions and information across well. Secondly, even though some of the topics they pick to talk about may seem frivolous on the surface, they often delve into the deeper societal issues that lie beneath. The ongoing repercussions of Kim Kardashian’s terrifying robbery, whether there is or isn’t harm in wolf-whistling, and yes, a world in which Donald Trump is President.
I really enjoy when they take differing views on a subject because the subsequent debate is well-informed, opinionated but always respectful and friendly – proving that you don’t have to be a troll just because you don’t agree with someone.
I don’t pay too much attention to the fashion picks and the Instagram recommendations, but I do secretly hope that some of their poise and style will rub off on me organically, through my headphones. But even if it doesn’t, listening to two women discuss and debate the issues of the day is plenty enough.