Planet Normal

Planet Normal

By The Telegraph

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

Episodes

The magic money forest

Trevor Phillips, broadcaster, writer and former chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, is Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan's latest castaway to Planet Normal. The former Labour candidate for London Mayor tells Liam why guilt obscures media coverage of racial issues, how he knows what it's like to be randomly stopped by the police, and why he believes parts of the Labour Party just don't care about winning elections.Plus, Allison and Liam discuss the devastating knock-on effect of lockdown on cancer treatments, Rishi Sunak's mini-Budget or "big Economic enchilada", and enjoy listeners' stories of a time before health and safety, featuring a homemade army tank!Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's Chopper's Politics podcast: https://www.playpodca.st/chopperEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
08/07/2044m 27s

Now is the Summer of our Discontent

Shaun Bailey, Conservative candidate for London Mayor, touches down on Planet Normal, alongside Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan. The former Special Advisor to the PM tells Allison why we're in for a "summer of discontent", why Labour hasn't been able to curb London's knife crime crisis and how speaking out against the Left as a black person is seen as an act of bravery. Oh - and how he found love over a Müller Corner...Plus, Allison and Liam lament Leicester's second lockdown and question whether a Wimbledon-style queueing system is the way to get Britain back to the pub. Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's Chopper's Politics podcast: https://www.playpodca.st/chopperEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
01/07/2043m 27s

Banking on a return to normality

Former Governor of the Bank of England, Lord Mervyn King, is the co-pilot on Telegraph columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan's fifth orbiting of Planet Normal.He tells us why he believes no-deal Brexit scaremongering was an attempt to reverse the referendum result, how quantitative easing isn't always the answer, and why politicians should admit to changing their minds.Plus, Allison and Liam mourn the simplicity of a pre-Covid pint in the pub, childhood in a time before Health and Safety (hand grenades anyone?!) and their battle with the dreaded "Quarantine Fifteen". Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's Audio Football Club podcast: https://www.playpodca.st/afcEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
24/06/2039m 39s

We Need to Talk About Unpopular Opinions

Novelist Lionel Shriver buckles up to join Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan for their fourth trip to Planet Normal. She tells us why her political views lose her both friends and awards, and why today’s literature fails to pique her interest.Plus, Allison and Liam weigh in on the footballer who took on the government and won, Marcus Rashford, why the reopening of schools should be “obligatoire” and they reveal who was "leader of the pack" during their Scout and Guides days. Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's Audio Football Club podcast: https://www.playpodca.st/afcEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
17/06/2041m 43s

The Great British Brain Unwashing

It's what feels like week number 582 of lockdown, and it's trip number three to Planet Normal. This week, Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan blast off into a lively debate on what they'd like to do to a statue of Gavin Wiliamson and whether theme parks could possibly be safer than schools.Plus renowned oncologist, Professor Karol Sikora weighs in on why he wants the nation to "unwash" their brains of fear, and he submits to the ultimate black hole: a war of words with Piers Morgan.Read more from Allison: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/allison-pearson/Read more from Liam: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/liam-halligan/Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's daily coronavirus podcast: www.playpodca.st/coronavirusEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
11/06/2035m 18s

From China to the Clapham omnibus

In Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan's second trip to Planet Normal, former Head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove tells Allison why he believes the coronavirus started as an accident after it escaped from a Chinese lab, how organised intelligence activities at British universities aren't merely the stuff of spy novels and why he's ticked off with George Osborne. Telegraph subscribers can listen to the explosive full interview here: https://bit.ly/2U6hxcQListeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's daily coronavirus podcast: www.playpodca.st/coronavirusEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
03/06/2040m 8s

We have lift-off

Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan take their first trip to Planet Normal, a space for shrewd political analysis from a distinctly “down-to-earth” perspective.This week, Allison struggles to defend Dominic Cummings, Liam reveals why the Prime Minister’s most senior advisor once slept on his floor and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson weighs in on the reopening of schools - with some disquieting words for teachers’ unions.Listeners can get 30 days' free access to the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/normalListen to the Telegraph's daily coronavirus podcast: www.playpodca.st/coronavirusEmail: planetnormal@telegraph.co.uk
28/05/2033m 0s

Trailer

The podcast for those fed up of asking themselves what planet some commentators are on. Join Telegraph columnists, Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan for a weekly trip to Planet Normal, where they'll dissect the week's news from a distinctly "down to earth" perspective. Lift-off Thursday 28th May.
23/05/201m 23s
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