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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.

Planet Normal The Telegraph

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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.

    Do you Care Minister?

    Do you Care Minister?

    Every now and then, Planet Normal goes back to its roots and speaks to... a normal person. So joining Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan in the rocket this week is listener Robert, whom regulars will know as the man whose letter brought us all to tears.

    He wrote to Planet Normal about not being able to visit his beloved wife, Josephine in her care home due to lockdown rules. He tells Allison that while he and Jo have recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, their relationship almost ended after a snowball fight many years ago, and why he's now calling for ministers to start thinking more about older citizens when considering restrictions. 

    So Allison and Liam join Robert in asking "Do you Care Minister?" of Care Minister Helen Whately, and demand answers for the thousands of Roberts and Josephines kept apart. Plus, Liam calls for some schools to stay open during the holidays and Allison supports the naked shoppers in South Wales!

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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    • 59 min
    The billion pound Covid drop

    The billion pound Covid drop

    Buckle your seatbelts, Planet Normal is set to blast off for another week with it's esteemed pilots, Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan. This week we discuss how some Northern leaders are raring to tell the PM to sod off if he imposes more restrictions in their areas, Allison gives her reaction to the latest lockdown in her hometown (she's not happy folks!) and Liam thinks coronavirus could have a surprising positive impact on Brexit trade talks.

    Joining the voyage this week is chairman of JCB, Lord Anthony Bamford. The businessman joins us to talk about the 75th anniversary of the firm, the exciting green future of the humble digger, and his verdict on how Boris Johnson is handling the pandemic.




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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    • 55 min
    It'll all end in tiers

    It'll all end in tiers

    Hold onto your helmets, it's another explosive week for Planet Normal, where Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan discuss their fears for tiers, shed light on some underreported positive coronavirus survival stats and how Liam almost abandoned us for Number 10. 

    And filling the passenger seat this week is former BBC star and broadcasting legend Sue Cook. The former Crimewatch and Nationwide presenter airs her disappointment at the BBC’s pandemic coverage, why she now struggles to defend the license fee and shows off her stellar Welsh accent to Planet Normal’s resident Welshwoman.

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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

    Listen to The Trump Card: https://www.playpodca.st/trump |

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    • 58 min
    Why the woke need to wake up

    Why the woke need to wake up

    Sit tight, it's another bumpy journey to Planet Normal. This week, Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan call out the government for failing to excel (see what we did there?) with Test, Track and Trace, interrogate how to cancel the cancel-culture invading UK universities, and debate whether BoJo's mojo has returned. Plus, Allison argues her case to be both Velma and Daphne, thank you very much. 




    Buckling into the passenger seat this week is writer Helen Pluckrose. Helen is the co-author of a new book, Cynical Theories, which looks at how wokeness is ruining academia and seeping out into the wider world. She discusses how she fears this agenda will hurt those it claims to protect, and why it's more important than ever to acknowledge that Britain isn't systemically racist.




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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |




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    • 57 min
    A case of Covid-mania

    A case of Covid-mania

    Buckle in, it’s been a news-laden week. On today’s podcast: Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan commiserate the lads and lassies of Newcastle for having to stay at home, bemoan fat-cat University Chancellors, and struggle to read one heartbreaking listener email. 

    Plus you asked, we listened - this week's guest is lockdown-sceptic and listener favourite Ivor Cummins. He accuses world leaders of "walking away from the science", muses about imaginary tigers (yes, really) and tells us why we ought to sit up and listen to him - even though he's not an epidemiologist. 




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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |




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    • 57 min
    Science vs Spin

    Science vs Spin

    What a week! Time to grab your space helmets and head to Planet Normal, and joining you in the rocket today is Oxford University epidemiologist, Professor Sunetra Gupta. Fresh from a meeting with the PM, she tells Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan why the government was wrong to base the lockdown on worst-case scenario modelling, why this is only a "third division" pandemic and why she wonders if her views would win her less flak were she a white man...

    Plus Allison tells Liam why she's rejoicing at the news that her son has the virus, and the pair debate whether Keir Starmer can really win back the Red Wall after a powerful speech at this week's Labour Conference.




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

    Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/ |

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    Email: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk |

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Lynnnebee ,

Voices of sanity

Thank you for your weekly dose of normality, reason and humanity. We have to hope enough people start to realise the direction hubris is taking us and influence change.

Jenesais ,

Echo Chamber?

If you or anyone expressing opinions has had the virus shouldn’t you disclose this? Journalistic ethics and all that. If I’d had it I wouldn’t give a damn about anyone else either.

Debbieb18 ,

A place of sanity in a mad mad world

I really look forward to this podcast, it resonates so much with my views amongst the madness.

I look forward to Thursdays thanks Allison and Liam for a big dose of common sense.

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