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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

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The podcast that speaks your language. News and views from beyond the bubble with Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, every Thursday.

    The War of the Noses

    The War of the Noses

    In the words of Alice Cooper, “School’s out for Summer”. The holidays are fast approaching but there’s no rest for our co-pilots, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan, as Allison accuses the Left of weaponising the use of face masks, Liam predicts public finger-wagging for those choosing to ditch them, and our hosts nail their colours to the mast on the so-called “War of the Noses”.

    Also on the podcast: LSE behavioural scientist Professor Paul Dolan cruises into the Planet Normal atmosphere to tell listeners why the government must honour its social contract of freedom in a post-vaccine world, and why the cost of achieving zero-Covid is just too high. Plus, a particularly moving email from a Brown Owl gives our co-pilots pause for thought. 

    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 14th July from 11am-12pm:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/07/15/planet-normal-rural-areas-will-see-mask-wearing-drop-entirely/ |

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The juggle struggle

    The juggle struggle

    Meet the mothers taking on the system over the way children have been sidelined in lockdown decision-making. Working mums Molly, Liz and Christine added a string to their collective bow when they were forced to become home teachers over much of 2020 - and another one when they later set up pressure group, Us for Them. It campaigns for the needs of the young to be prioritised over the pandemic and beyond. This week they board an extra large Planet Normal rocket, telling Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why calling children ‘resilient’ is simply a means of justifying putting adults first, plus they lay out the very real effect lockdown measures have had on their own kids.

    Elsewhere, has the Saj been had? Liam wonders whether the ‘doom-monger scientists’ will have their way in delaying the new Health Secretary’s freedom day deadline, Allison tells us why the NHS’ George Cross victory saw her jaw drop, and a powerful interview leaves one of our co-pilots cowering in the corner of the Planet Normal capsule.




    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 8th July from 11am-12pm:

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    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/|

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    • 59 min
    England in, Hancock out

    England in, Hancock out

    Good news for football fans, bad news for the former health secretary. A week of highs and lows, or highs and highs - according to our co-pilots, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan. They tell listeners why hypocrisy is too weak a word for the actions of Mr Hancock, and Liam gives us the inside line on new health secretary, Sajid Javid’s first moves. 

    Also on the podcast: SDP leader William Clouston boards the rocket of reason to tell listeners what sets his party apart in the much-anticipated by-election in Batley and Spen, and why he thinks the Labour Party no longer shares the values of its former voters.

    Warning: This episode contains a terrible impression of the current PM.

    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 1st July from 11am-12pm:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/06/30/planet-normal-matt-hancock-has-done-us-favour-exposing-westminsters/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 59 min
    Top hats, PPE and crashing disappointment

    Top hats, PPE and crashing disappointment

    Freedom day has come and gone, and with little freedom restored, co-hosts Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan tell listeners why they feel a rebellion rising. Can opinion polls suggesting the country still supports lockdown be true? Not according to co-pilot Halligan, who tells us why he thinks pollsters’ leading questions are skewing the results. Meanwhile Allison impresses Liam with her newly-acquired scientific vocabulary, and ‘George’ shares some exciting news.

    Also visiting Planet Normal: Developmental biologist Dr Emma Hilton reflects on the announcement that weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at this year’s Olympic Games. She shares research suggesting the loss of muscle mass in trans women undergoing hormone treatment is ‘surprisingly’ small, and argues that being exclusive in sport is necessary for fair competition. But where do Liam and Allison stand on the transgender athlete debate? All is revealed within.

    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 24th June from 11am-12pm:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/06/23/planet-normal-trans-athlete-debate-line-must-drawn-stealing/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 59 min
    A whole new level of lunacy

    A whole new level of lunacy

    Iain Duncan Smith is this week's Planet Normal stowaway, joining Telegraph columnists Liam Halligan and Allison Pearson to discuss the 'real danger' of annual winter lockdowns, and to tell listeners why it's time for the West to stand up to the 'desperate threat' posed by China's economy, military and ideology.

    Elsewhere, Freedom Day? More like Freedom Nay. Our co-pilots threaten to move to an entirely new solar system after the PM's recent announcement that June 21st is off. Allison comes close to self-combusting, while Liam tells us why he believes politicians have become 'addicted to lockdown'. Plus, a listener email has one of our hosts reaching for the tissues.

    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 17th June from 11am-12pm: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/17/iain-duncan-smith-uk-us-must-strengthen-defences-against-desperate/ |

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 56 min
    Pearson vs. Lockdown

    Pearson vs. Lockdown

    Dr Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford medical professor and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration boards the rocket of sweet reason this week to tell Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why he thinks the UK government should 'declare victory and move on’ after its vaccine rollout success. The lockdown policy, he tells our co-pilots, will be viewed as the single biggest public health mistake in all of history.

    Elsewhere, with the sun shining Allison considers crashing the G7 Summit in Cornwall in order to have a holiday, Liam takes listeners behind the scenes at the soon-to-be-launched television channel, GB News, and our co-pilots make an impassioned case for second chances in the light of England cricket star Ollie Robinson's suspension.




    Allison and Liam will be replying to comments beneath this article on Thursday 10th June from 11am-12pm:  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/10/lockdowns-single-biggest-public-health-mistake-history-says/|

    Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/ |

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Charlie Cartwright ,

Excellent podcast - thank you Allison and Liam

A must listen - thank you to Allison and Liam.

Melbourne David ,

A wonderful dose of old fashioned common sense

This podcast is now compulsory listening for us all the way away in Melbourne Australia.
While the politics and the criticism of media generated “virus porn” is UK based it is so relevant to us here in lockdown Melbourne. We have been locked up in our homes now for months with a 5 km (3 mile) travel from home restriction, 1 hour, recently bravely lifted to 2 hours, of outside exercise and the number of cases today, Saturday 3/10, were, wait for it, 8 with 3 deaths in a population of over 6 million. Madness on steroids.
Keep up the good work we love you both for it. Planet Normal needs to be the beginning of a world wide movement of returning to old fashioned rationality.

gericha ,

A weekly pleasure

It’s nice to be reminded occasionally that the woke luvies of the BBC (and their down under cousins the ABC) don’t really represent the silent majority of us in the real world. Even though we can’t travel too far in our pandemic affected world a trip to plant normal is worth the audio journey.

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